HEI Schools to expand in Saudi Arabia

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HEI Schools Saudi Arabia

  • The Finnish educational company to open three Finnish-based schools in the Kingdom.
  • Riyadh in 2020 and Jeddah & Dammam in 2021.

Waqar Naseem Wamiq, Riyadh – Helsinki International Schools (HEI Schools). A Finnish company backed by academics at the University of Helsinki is expanding in the Kingdom at full speed.

HEI Schools and its Saudi partner, EduGuide for Education and Training, signed two new agreements at the Finnish Embassy in the Saudi capital Riyadh, on Tuesday. The two companies agreed to expand their partnership in Jeddah and Dammam, both slated to open by the end of 2021.

Ambassador of Finland

“It is wonderful to see Finnish education expanding in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The partnership between HEI Schools and EduGuide will support the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, which acknowledges that there is a need for high-quality early childhood education in the country,” says the Ambassador of Finland in Riyadh, Antti Rytövuori.

Antti Rytövuori, the Ambassador of Finland in Riyadh (left) hosted the signing of HEI Schools Jeddah and Dammam at the Finnish Embassy. Held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, October 29th, 2019

The two companies, HEI Schools and EduGuide have collaborated since 2018 with plans to open the first HEI Schools in the capital, Riyadh, in September 2020. The Riyadh school has been designed by HEI Schools and its Finnish architectural partner, Collaboratorio.

Firstly, the unique building will have a capacity of 600 children between the ages of three and fifteen. Secondly, the K-9 school will start accepting preschool and kindergarten aged children to its school in 2020. It is for the September start. Thirdly, the primary and intermediate schools will open a year later, in September 2021.

HEI Schools Riyadh to open in September 2020. Image and Architectural planning by Finnish company Collaboratorio.

Jeddah & Dammam

The Jeddah and Dammam schools will also start their operations with preschool and kindergarten first, in 2021. Both schools will expand to primary and intermediate schools a year later, in 2022. HEI Schools will design and build the two schools together with Collaboratorio. Firstly, EduGuide and its local architecture team will oversee the planning and construction phase. Secondly, EduGuide will be responsible for operations in all three HEI Schools in Saudi Arabia. Thirdly, HEI Schools will license its full concept with its pedagogical capabilities and Nordic space design.

“We are excited and privileged to bring high-quality education to children in Saudi Arabia with our Finnish Educare model and our partner EduGuide.” says HEI Schools CEO, Milla Kokko.

“HEI Schools will be the first Finnish-based school in the country. We are looking forward to offering the people of Saudi Arabia extensive benefits of the HEI pedagogy and curriculum through the continued expansion of campuses throughout the Kingdom.” adds Mohammad Al-Zahrani, CEO of EduGuide.

HEI Schools (Helsinki International Schools)

Firstly, HEI Schools (Helsinki International Schools) is an international early childhood education (ECE) concept from Finland. Founded in partnership with the University of Helsinki and licensed all over the world. Secondly, the HEI curriculum is based on the Finnish national curriculum for ECE & care, and the latest pedagogical research. Thirdly, the HEI curriculum has been packaged into concrete inspiration packages, ready to be taken all over the world together with extensive teacher training, Nordic space design and operational support. Most importantly, HEI Schools have partners in different parts of the world who operate schools in Australia, China, South Korea, Finland and also soon in Indonesia, Argentina, Kuwait, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia. Above all, the company is set to expand all over the world to provide high-quality early childhood education to as many children in the world as possible.

In addition, EduGuide for Education and Training is a scholastic, higher education, and professional development company originally founded in 2009. Moreover, EduGuide, a Saudi company, is a consultancy for well-established institutes of higher education, recruiting qualified international faculty for service at campuses throughout the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In keeping with the company’s vision of offering multiple education, assessment, and career-enhancement services, Further, EduGuide is proud to facilitate the introduction of Finnish early childhood education to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia through a partnership with HEI Schools.

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