2005 News Story

Saudi-Japanese auto institute ready for upcoming academic year

The Saudi-Japanese Automobile High Institute (SJAHI) has announced that, starting from today, it is ready to receive applications from high school graduates with science majors for upcoming courses at its 36 centers throughout the Kingdom. SJAHI, whose headquarters is in Jeddah, trains young Saudis as maintenance technicians of Japanese cars, and awards them a diploma equivalent to those provided by the Kingdom's technical colleges.

Applicants must be Saudi nationals who are fluent in English, not over 20 years in age, and able to pass medical as well as academic tests. If accepted, students will work for a company associated with the institute during the course, and when they graduate, offered opportunities to work in their own province.

SJAHI was officially inaugurated in March, 2003, as a direct result of the 1998 visit to Japan by Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, and with the cooperation of members of the Japanese Automobile Distributors in the Kingdom and the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association in Japan. There are currently 419 students in the institute, with about 200 students graduating each year.