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King Saud University EndowmentAs part of an agreement signed in January 2011 between King Saud University and Schneider Electric, an intensive training course on electric circuitry was recently conducted by the company’s staff for graduate students in the KSU College of Engineering.

Addressing attendees on the opening day of the five-day course were Dr. Yasir A. Alturki, the College of Engineering’s vice dean for academic affairs and Tareq Al-Sayyed, a strategic projects official with Schneider Electric.

In January of 2011, Schneider Electric, a French global specialist of energy management, agreed to equip two towers being constructed as a part of KSU’s University Endowment Program, which involves construction of a medical center, office buildings, a convention center, a shopping mall and a 50-story luxury hotel.

The agreement, however, goes beyond developing King Saud University’s infrastructure, as Schneider Electric will conduct a series of activities for KSU students, providing workshops, conducting student training and providing labs and technology for teaching.

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The French company is contributing to a number of projects throughout the KSU system, and was even recognized for its 2011 work on the Girls' College at King Saud University, which will soon become the second biggest campus for females in the Kingdom.

King Saud UniversityProviding solutions that reduce operating costs, while offering greater comfort and safety, Schneider Electric has been involved from the design phase to the implementation of a large network of medium-voltage and low-voltage components, as well as the command and control operations system.

The KSU Endowment relies on similar agreements to bolster partnerships with wealthy individuals and companies who provide a variety of operational and educational funding.

The endowment (waqf, plural awqaf) is a very important institution in Islam. It is a legal mechanism that has been recognized and developed under Islamic law for more than a millennium. At its heart the Islamic endowment is connected firmly with the religious precept of charity.

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