Introduction and Establishment
The Institute of Consulting Research and Studies was established based on a decision issued by the Higher Education Council in its session No. 54, dated Jumada Al-Awwal 14, 1430 AH, corresponding to May 9, 2009. The decision stipulated converting the Center of Consulting Research and Studies at Umm Al-Qura University into the Institute of Consulting Research and Studies, by virtue of Decision No. Rabei Al-Thani 26, 1430 AH, which was crowned by the approval of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques – also Prime Minister and Chairman of the Higher Education Council – through Decision No. 4882/M, dated Jumada Al-Awwal 29, 1430 AH, corresponding to May 24, 2009.
Since ever it was established, the Institute has worked to provide consulting services, whether full-time or part-time consultations. Such services have been provided by professors and experts with academic and professional specialization in their domains, from the distinctive faculty members widely known for their competence at Umm Al-Qura University.
The Institute also provided additional services for consulting services at the Institute’s Vice Deanship for Development and Business Implementation. Those services are represented in the expertise offices that aim at promoting the roles of the University’s faculty members in professional life, and linking them to investment and commercial aspects. This is by sharing with the community in which they live their expertise, advice, and knowledge beyond the boundaries of the University in a proper manner that does not interfere with their primary role as teachers and mentors. To achieve that, faculty members are given the opportunity to establish expertise offices in their academic fields to serve students, the University, and external investment entities in a systematic manner; under legalized investment rules and contracts; and with agreed upon financial ratios. All this is under the umbrella of the Institute of Consulting Research and Studies at Umm Al-Qura University.
Moreover, the Institute of Consulting Research and Studies provided a number of services that support professional accreditation. This is through giving a number of carefully selected, specialized courses and workshops that serve individuals to prepare them for labor market requirements. The courses and workshops were given by competent faculty members for the purpose of improving the quality of life in all domains; benefitting from information; applying technology; and utilizing the human mind as a capital. This was also for the purpose of employing such courses in a way that serves society and its individuals; covers labor market needs; and contributes to entering into the global economy as one of the significant elements of the social system. The Institute further provided the trainees with certificates approved and certified by local and international professional accreditation entities.
The Institute was proactive in reviewing its vision, mission, and strategic objectives in a way that enhanced its role in promoting the Saudi Vision 2030. The Institute’s new vision in the era of the Saudi Vision is thus that the Institute becomes a leading institution concerned with the production, transfer, and localization of knowledge and technology to achieve the goals of sustainable development in the Kingdom. This vision was formulated based on the vision of our leaders for the advancement and glory of our country, home of the Two Holy Mosques, and so that the Kingdom would become a successful, leading example in the world and at all levels.
Effective contribution to achieving the Saudi Vision 2030 was and will remain the ultimate goal sought by the Institute of Consulting Research and Studies. The thing that sets our hearts at rest is that the new vision of the Institute goes to the heart of the Saudi Vision 2030. That is because such vision concentrates on three focal areas constituting the pillars of comprehensive sustainable development. Here, in the forefront comes the social focal area, which is building a vital society with deeply rooted values; fertile environment; and solid structure. The second is the economic focal area, which is building and developing a thriving economy with fruitful opportunities; effective investment; attracting competitiveness; and exploited location. As for the third, it is the institutional focal area, which is building an ambitious homeland with effective institutions adopting the culture of performance and working with high standards of transparency and accountability, as well as responsible citizens seeking to attain the achievements and gains that will come only when each of them bears their responsibilities in life and works toward themselves and their family, community, and country.