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PSG and the 21st Century University

In a ground-breaking project recently completed for the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), PSG put together a set of HR recommendations that focused on organizational structure, compensation, job families, medical, insurance and retirement benefits, special expatriate benefits, recruiting strategies, governance and other HR policies and procedures, including code of ethics. We also incorporated the notion of pay-for-performance – unthinkable in the world of academia. PSG was awarded the project over a top international HR consulting firm.

KAUST— check it out at www.kaust.edu.sa — is a brand-new institution of higher learning that will open in casino poland two years on the shores of the Red Sea in Saudi Arabia. The official groundbreaking was held on October 21. (Refer NY Times Article Saudi King Tries to Grow Modern Ideas in Desert) With a $20-billion endowment, the university will grant Master’s and Ph.D. degrees to students who will work with faculty on cutting-edge scientific and engineering research to benefit and drive the economies of the Middle East and other regions of the world.

In formulating its recommendations to a client some 10,000 miles away, the PSG team benchmarked HR best practices, visiting some of the top U.S. and foreign universities in the Middle East and combined those findings with relevant corporate and nonprofit best practices. The team also took into consideration the fact that Saudi Arabia was not a location that would immediately appeal to the top-notch faculty KAUST wanted to attract.

KAUST is now using our recommendations to set up its HR department and help recruit the people it needs.

To discuss how PSG can help you assess your current HR practices and operations, call us at (203) 987-3338.

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