As part of the community partnership between Umm Al-Qura University and the General Directorate of Education in Makkah, the Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship initiated the "Future Innovators Forum". The forum aims to qualify the female students participating in the National Olympiad for Scientific Innovation, in partnership with the Gifted and Talented Department, to develop female students' innovation skills and transform ideas into prototypes. This is in addition to following up the stages of preparing the projects until they are submitted to the competition. The forum was attended by the Vice Dean of University Studies, Dr. Samira Abdali.
The Vice Dean of the Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Dr. Najwa Samarqandi, presented models of success stories in the Arab world, like the father of femtochemistry, Ahmed Zewail, and the member of the Shura Council, Dr. Hayat Sindi, to spark inspiration and motivate the students to complete their projects with scientific content that meet all the elements required with regard to the research abstract and the required word count.
The Deputy Head of the Department of Innovation and Creativity at the Institute, Ms. Suhair Saqti, considered the emergence of the idea as a creative step to solve the problem or provide a new product that supports the needs of development, according to the foundations and standards that steer the idea, from the moment it was first launched until its implementation, in the way that is required.
The Vice Dean of the College of Islamic Economic and Financial Sciences for Educational Affairs, Dr. Hala Hijazi, stressed the importance of selecting a suitable research title for the project to be successful and to progress to the advanced stages. She explained the most important elements that should be covered when writing the introduction of the research and its objectives, according to the requirements of the research point.
On her part, Dr. Hanaa Yamani, Vice Dean of E-Learning and Distance Education, referred to the importance of scientific research in developing the cognitive skills of female students compared to their peers, in terms of increasing the comprehension level, and concentrating on fact-finding and problem-solving.
The workshops concluded with supervision sessions for the projects of the female students which were held by faculty members at the College of Computer and Information Systems and the College of Applied Sciences. The institute also honored Dr. Laila Al-Saedi, Director of the Gifted and Talented Department, Ms. Nouf Al-Ansari, the Head of the Programs and Competitions Department, as well as the supervisors and participating bodies.