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His Excellency Rector of King Saud University, Abdullah Al-Othman, received yesterday morning James Joseph Heckman, the Nobel Laureate in Economics for the year 2000. Dr. Al-Othman welcomed the Professor’s visit to King Saud University pointing out its importance in highlighting the worldwide leading role of the Kingdom of Humanity in the promotion of Science and the support of scientists for their achievements in the service of mankind. His Excellency also pointed out that the visit comes in the context of implementing the Nobel Program, which is one of the most instrumental developmental programs at King Saud University.
Through the Nobel Program, the University would invite distinguished Nobel Laureates to discuss with them the various aspects and fields of research collaboration. During the meeting, Dr. Al-Othman and Professor Heckman signed a service contract for research and academic collaboration in the field of Economics. His Excellency confirmed that, thus far, the University has signed such agreements with 25 of the most renowned scientists in a variety of scientific disciplines. The agreements are geared to provide a chance for Teaching Assistants (TAs) at King Saud University to pursue their Master and Doctoral studies abroad. In fact, thanks to such agreements, nearly 600 TAs will be able to finish their studies abroad and return to work as faculty members at the University. Under these agreements, and in addition to undertaking joint research, the Nobel laureates would also supervise a number of post graduate students, each in his/her respective area of specialization.