SJAHI Profile

Saudi Japanese Automobile High Institute (SJAHI)

The Saudi Japanese Automobile High Institute (SJAHI) stands as a concrete manifestation of the long history of good-will and cooperation between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Government of Japan. Managed by a professionally accredited team with a perfect vision of achievement, SJAHI has the supervision, support and patronage of the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade & Industry (METI), Japan Automobile Manufacturers’ Association Inc., (JAMA) and Japanese Automobile Distributors in the Kingdom (JADIK). SJAHI provides job-oriented technical training for young Saudi high school graduates having a zest for the Automobile Technology and maintenance field with a distinct perspective in Japanese automobiles.

A Nonprofit Institute

Saudi Japanese Automobile High Institute (SJAHI) is the first nonprofit institute in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Japanese Automobile Distributors in the Kingdom (JADIK) shared SJAHI’s construction cost with Japan Automobile Manufacture's Association Inc., (JAMA) and both the Saudi Arabian and Japanese Governments supported the institute by providing land, tools, equipment and experts. The training cost at SJAHI is being borne by the Japanese Automobile Distributors in the Kingdom (JADIK) and Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF). Benefiting from the experience of SJAHI, more nonprofit institutes have been established.

Vision

To occupy a leadership position by hard work in the process of qualifying Saudi youths who possess high capacity and noble work ethics and to enable them confidently to work at the automobile maintenance and service centers.

Mission

Cultivate the local human resources thereby contributing towards the Saudization process in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by improving their technical Knowledge, Skill and Attitude (KSA).

SJAHI Background:

The automobile sector in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is growing with a fast pace and requires constant update of technology and skills, both in terms of technical know-how as well as practical competency. Despite the growing number of Saudi youth graduating from Saudi universities, institutes and schools, the private sector particularly, the automobile sector has a shortage of skilled and competent Saudi expertise, which does not meet the current sophisticated needs of the automobile industry. 

Tapping of this unexplored pool became a reality when JADIK members contacted JAMA suggesting the idea of establishing an institute or academy to develop the skills of the Saudi youth in the domains of automobile technology and maintenance. This was in line with the idea of building a bridge between the industry and graduates by providing them with job-oriented technical training and work experience that directly corresponds to its requirements. Thus the industry will be able to fit the trained graduates directly into its job requirements. This would be a practical and realistic step towards the real Saudization. 

During the visit of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud to Japan in October 1998, when he was the Crown Prince, delegates of both governments signed a Memorandum of Understanding which urged the creation of a task force in each country for the establishment of such an institute. 

With the establishment of SJAHI, the automobile sector in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is looking forward to recruit these young men who will be well armed with high skills, confidence and practical training. 

As an encouragement to this project, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud endowed a plot of land, on which SJAHI is built, with a total area of more than 70,000 sq. meters from the National Guard territory in Jeddah

Formal Inauguration of SJAHI:

The formal inauguration of SJAHI was officiated by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud on Wednesday, 19 March 2003 (16/1/1424 H) when he was the Crown Prince. The inauguration was attended by our Japanese partners from the public and private sectors. SJAHI had been patronized by His Majesty since it was an idea and his support continued until its inauguration. Academic classes started in SJAHI on 1st September 2002 and this occasion was celebrated in the presence of the Chairman of Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association Inc., (JAMA) and the heads of the JADIK companies.

A Unique Experience

It is very rare to see the competing manufacturers in a country join hand-in-hand with their distributors in another country to start such a project; therefore, the establishment of SJAHI is truly a unique experience in the world.

Objectives

  • Invest in training, rehabilitate and give employment to Saudi youth.
  • Develop the concept of partnership among Commercial and Industrial sectors in their respective specialized areas.
  • Motivate the non-Saudi organizations and companies having business interest in the Kingdom to support the community service programs of the private sectors.
  • Develop the concept of functional cooperation among the institutions with similar activities.
  • Promote the principle of specialization in industrial and productive partnerships.
  • Focus on the principle of Applied Education.
  • Provide high-level practical training for Saudi youth in the area of automobile technology and maintenance according to the standard set by the Japanese manufacturers.
  • Provide job opportunities for graduates at JADIK companies.

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