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King Saud University’s Saudi Aramco Chair in Electrical Power and Saudi Arabia’s Electricity and Cogeneration Regulatory Authority signed an agreement of cooperation yesterday, which aims to support research and ultimately contribute to improving services needed by the Kingdom and its citizens. Saudi Arabia’s Governor of the Electricity and Cogeneration Regulatory Authority, Abdullah Al-Shehry, and Chair Supervisor, Abdulrahman Al-Arainy, formalized the agreement in the presence of King Saud University Rector Abdullah Al-Othman.

Following the signing, Rector Al-Othman acclaimed it as a source of pride for the University and thanked Saudi Aramco for their invaluable support and funding for research at King Saud University. The cooperation agreement, he noted, embodies the University’s mission to serve the needs of the Saudi community, and act as a leader in Saudi Arabia’s knowledge economy.

The Authority’s Governor said that fruitful efforts are being made to establish cooperation between state institutions and the research sectors in Saudi universities, which is indeed being led by King Saud University. He pointed to the productive cooperation between the King Abdullah Institute for Nanotechnology (KAIN) and state organizations in the area of desalination water in the Kingdom, stressing that the electricity industry needs to maintain continuous research and development. Al-Shehry said that the signing of this agreement merely establishes a framework. Putting the framework into practice will follow and will continue for the sake of the homeland and the Kingdom’s citizens.

Dr. Al-Arainy noted that the agreement includes several aspects, including the implementation of research projects in areas consistent with the Chair’s objectives, the organization of training courses, monitoring and supervising graduate students in the disciplines concerning the Chair and holding workshops.