It is an independent unit tasked with developing plans and supporting strategic programs and projects involved in scientific and technical activities at Umm Al-Qura University. This unit is also responsible for making sure that such strategic programs and projects are developed and implemented in a manner that serves the National Plan for Science and Technology and meets its objectives. The unit is supervised by His Excellency the Vice-President for Graduate Studies and Scientific Research, Dr. Thamer bin Hamdan Al-Harbi, and managed by Dr. Faisal bin Ahmed Al-Allaf.
The STU offers a number of programs, including:
- Research scholarship program in the areas of strategic and advanced technologies
- Operational projects in science, technology and innovation
- A program for offering research visit grants to professors and Saudi research centers in the field of advanced technologies
- A program for offering research visit grants to graduate students in the fields of advanced and strategic technologies
- Technical Innovation Center Program
- Central Laboratory and Equipment Progra