A professional mentorship program in Saudi Arabia has launched its third year of applications with thousands of students expected to take up the opportunity to gain work skills.\r\nQimam matches students with leaders in the public and private sector, and offers them training sessions and visits to the offices of top companies. In its first year, the program received 13,000 applications, rising to 18,000 last year. Applications for the third year opened at the end of last month and will continue until February 27.\r\n\u201cQimam offers high-potential university students access to some of the Kingdom\u2019s most prominent industry leaders,\u201d the program\u2019s co-founder Annas Abedin said. Qimam was launched in 2018 in association with McKinsey, the consulting firm.\r\nQimam is open to bachelor\u2019s and master\u2019s students studying at any Saudi Arabian university and universities abroad. The selection process is based on students\u2019 academic achievement, their extracurricular activities and their efforts related to social responsibility.\r\n\u201cGiven the vast pool of intellectually-curious, emerging talent in Saudi Arabia, the country\u2019s youth has immense potential to have a direct impact on the transformations underway,\u201d said Abdullah Saidan, associate partner at McKinsey Middle East.