The first Forum for Saudi Research Centers and Chairs Abroad, organized by the Prince Salman Abdulaziz Chair for Arabian Peninsula History and Civilization, concluded on January 6 with 44 representatives of Saudi and overseas research chairs and centers having participated in the two-day event held in the Ministry of Higher Education’s Prince Salman Bin Abdulaziz Hall.
The forum, organized by the KSU Research Chair Program, included deliberations on proposals and recommendations to enhance the output of the research chairs and centers in the Kingdom and abroad.
Dr. Mohammed Wadaan, KSU vice rector for Graduate Studies, Scientific Research and Research Chairs Program, provided a comprehensive report regarding the research chairs program. He described the program’s vision, mission, objectives, roles and activities and explained the structure and funding of each.
The vice rector explained that every chair’s performance is evaluated in an objective and scientific manner, then underscored the university’s support of the chairs with an account of their achievements in terms of the patents, books and translated local and international publications produced, as well as the conferences, workshops, seminars, visits and lectures they have provided.
Representatives from 15 Saudi research centers attended:
- The King Faisal Chair of Islamic Thought and Culture at University of Southern California, United States
- The King Fahd Center for Middle East Studies, University of Arkansas, USA
- The King Abdul Aziz Ibn Saud Chair in Islamic Studies, University of Southern California Santa Barbara, USA
- The King Fahd Chair for Islamic Shariah Studies, Harvard University, USA
- The Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program, Harvard University, USA
- The King Fahd Chair for Islamic Studies, London University, United Kingdom
- The King Abdul Aziz Center for Arabic & Islamic Studies at Bologna University, Italy
- The Naif bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud Department of Islamic Studies and Arabic Studies at Moscow University, Russia
- The Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, USA
- The Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre of Islamic Studies, University of Cambridge, UK.
- The Center for International Studies, Georgia Southern University, USA
- The Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud Center for American Studies, American University of Cairo, Egypt
- The Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud Center for American Studies and Research (CASAR), American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon
- The Mohammed Said Farsi Chair of Islamic Peace, American University, Washington, D.C.
- The Abdul Latif Jameel Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA.
The following research chairs participated from within the Kingdom:
- The Prince Salman Bin Abdulaziz Chair for Arabian Peninsula History and Civilization Studies
- The Abdulrahman Al Rajhi and Family Foundation Chair for the Role of Saudi Women in Developing Society
- The Sheikh Abdullah Bahamdan Chair for Evidence-Based Health Care and Knowledge Translation (EBHC)
- The King Abdulaziz Chair for Studies of the History of Saudi Arabia, Al-Imam Muhammad University
- The King Khalid Chair for Scientific Research, King Khalid University.
KSU Research Program officials were delighted by the turnout and, based on the forum dialogues, expressed confidence that the scientific research and societal applications by international universities and academies provide a major benefit in the Kingdom and abroad.
While this was the first forum for KSU chairs and centers, home and abroad, the KSU Research Chair Program was initiated in December of 2007.
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