Expertise offices are an enhancement of the principle of strategic partnership between the University and all segments of society; a development of the specialized professional competence of the affiliates of the University; an employment of the University’s different potential in order to convert the knowledge and experience that the University and its affiliates have into economic projects with financial returns. This contributes to developing the self-generated revenues of the University and its affiliates; benefitting from the experience of the University’s faculty members beyond the boundaries of the University, yet under an official umbrella; and introducing them to the area of business and economy. That is by providing profit-based, specialized scientific services for conducting consulting studies, or designing and implementing training programs directed to all groups of society, while maintaining the standards of the profession and the confidentiality of information and data.
Objectives of Expertise Offices
Expertise offices aim at enriching experience, as well as providing consulting and research services in their areas of specialization, in a way that serves all segments of society. This is achieved as follows:
- Providing scientific services as well as consulting, research, and scientific studies at a distinguished level to society in all fields and specializations, and promoting the development of the principle of partnership between the University and society.
- Giving the University’s faculty members the opportunity for providing scientific and consulting services, and contributing to building the knowledge economy.
- Consolidating the faculty members’ bond with the University through giving them opportunities, and providing financial incentives for the distinguished among them, for mutual benefit from the activities of the center.
- Finding distinguished opportunities to support practical practice for the University’s students, which contributes to developing their capacities through the scientific and consulting service projects provided by expertise offices.
- Employing the University’s administrative, financial, laboratory, and library equipment and potential for supporting development programs in the public and private sector, and providing specialized technical support including factories, laboratories, and university workshops, while compensating the University for the cost of using such facilities from the revenues of their scientific and consulting services.
- Developing the capacities of those with specialized scientific and professional competence in the different areas of knowledge.
- Participating in building the sector of experience and national consulting services, and developing academic consulting activities for serving local economy.
- Encouraging those with scientific competence to keep pace with the fast progress of science and technology.
- Creating added values for beneficiaries, including:
- Getting highly competent, specialized consulting services at a reasonable cost.
- Protecting the financial and intellectual property rights of all parties.
A number of expertise offices were approved in the period from 1432 AH to 1435 AH, as various specializations that serve society were involved. It started with 38 offices, until the number reached its highest, becoming 270 offices, in 1440 AH.
Field-Based Expertise Offices
The fields of the expertise offices became numerous with having various specializations involved. The greatest number of offices is in the field of humanities and educational aspects, amounting to 82. And the smallest number, which has reached 5 offices, is in the field of innovation and creativity.