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King Saud UniversityIn a continuing effort to promote KSU development programs, the Rectorate of Graduate Studies and Scientific Research for Developmental Programs held an exhibition entitled Develop Your Creativity… Our Development Programs Are at Your Service, which took place at KSU's women’s campuses on February 12- 22.  The objectives of the exhibition were to promote development programs in KSU's female sector by educating students, faculty and staff of program benefits, as well as inspiring students to innovate and help KSU to expand its reputation for excellence in research.

The effort was spearheaded by Dr. Ebtesam Al-Olayan, Assistant to the Vice President for Graduate Studies and Scientific Research for Development Programs.

Opening ceremonies were held February 12 at the Center of Female Scientific and Medical Colleges in Malaz.

Following brief remarks by the guests, Dr. Einas Al-Eisa cut the ribbon to formally open the exhibition which included displays from Riyadh Techno Valley (RTV); the Riyadh Technology Incubation Center (RTIC); the Intellectual Property and Technology Licensing Program (IPTL); the King Abdullah Institute for Nanotechnology (KAIN); KSU's Innovation Center; the Visiting Professor Program; the Biomarkers Research Program (BRP); the Program of the National Plan for Science, Technology and Innovation and the KSU Research Chairs Program.

King Saud UniversityExhibits shed light on the objectives, services and accomplishments of each program as well as the creativity and innovation of KSU students and faculty. Several invention prototypes were on display including a solar powered recreational vehicle, the first Saudi-designed car (Gazal-1), vehicle security systems and a protective medical glove.

Dr. Amani Awaad, Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacognosy, displayed information on her development of an herbal treatment of hemorrhoids, and a pharmaceutical gelatin from camels and cattle, projects which are being entered in an international competition for innovation.

Dr. Al-Olayan displayed a water cooler she has designed with the principle of pottery in cooling water and the use of solar energy to generate electricity. In May of 2011, this invention earned Dr. Al-Olayan a gold medal at the Korean International Women’s Invention Exposition (KIWIE) in Seoul.

KSU student Malak Al-Qahtani explained her idea of a scanning device to be used in the surgical theater to detect surgical supplies which may have been inadvertently left in the patient.

Dr. Al-Eisa applauded the efforts of KSU students and stressed the importance of technology transfer, which benefits science and innovation at KSU, as well as society in general.  She emphasized that the growing network of Saudi universities should benefit from the leadership of KSU in making significant progress in their science and innovation programs.

Dr. Awatif A. Alam of the Department of Family and Community Medicine praised the enthusiasm and competence of the students she met and emphasized the need for effective promotion and marketing of KSU output, including more high-profile educational exhibitions, documented clinical trials, and publishing.

On February 14-15, the exhibition moved to the College of Pharmacy and the College of Applied Studies and Community Service, respectively, where events were opened by Dr. Maha Al Mutairi, Vice Dean of the College of Pharmacy, and Dr. Entissar S. Alsuhaibani, a College of Science professor that in 2009 won a silver medal at the International Fair for Women Inventors in Seoul, Korea, and a gold medal at the Geneva International Conference.

International visitors expressed their appreciation of the exhibition, especially the fact that it was taking place on the female campus, and noted that such programs are important in establishing KSU’s standing worldwide.

King Saud University PY IIOn February 19-20, the Olaysha Center for Girls hosted the exhibition, which was formally opened by Dean Nora Al-Shaikh. This was an important outreach to the humanities college to demonstrate the unity of KSU programs and to educate and inform female students of the opportunities in scientific fields, recognizing as the Kingdom progresses towards a knowledge-based economy, it will need the creativity and skills of both its young men and women. The successful campaign ended with visits to the College of Applied Medical Sciences on February 21, where the event was opened by Dr. May Al-Muammar, and the female Preparatory Year (PY) Deanship on February 22, where the event was opened by PY Vice Dean Dr. Faten Al-Zamel.

Students attending the exhibition reported that they were impressed with the scientific inventions on display.  Several reported that they previously were not fully aware of the services offered by KSU for supporting innovation, and therefore found the exhibition valuable and informative.  The success of the exhibition was summed up by two student comments:

One said, “When I see these inventions by other people, I know that I, myself, could have the ability to invent something and make a difference.”

Another noted, "The campaign was successful and meaningful. It includes a collection of programs with different subjects that concerns the students and faculty members. I think that the developmental programs will add greatly to the future of King Saud University."

A faculty member also added, "The campaign is a great step. It connects modern technologies together so that students and faculty members see new inventions that also can be a first step for research. These developmental programs will improve the research and innovation within King Saud University."

The efforts of all who worked tirelessly to organize and execute the event are appreciated for the new opportunities and horizons they have opened to the KSU community.

Key Saudi academic leaders attending the opening ceremonies included:

  • Dr. Einas Al-Eisa, Vice Dean of the Center for Female Scientific and Medical colleges;
  • Dr. Amal Fatani, Dean of the Center for Female Scientific and Medical colleges;
  • Prof. Awatif A. Alam Department of Family and Community Medicine, KSU and Vice Dean of Female Section, Al-Maarefa College;
  • Dr. Noura Almobarak, Associate Professor of Physical Chemistry, Noura Bint AbdulRahman University; and
  • Dr. Eman Alkhayal, Head of Attracting Faculty Unit, Princess Noura Bint AbdulRahman University.

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