Umm Al-Qura University

Umm Al-Qura University

Message from the Director of the Science and Technology Unit


- 2021/05/10

The establishment of the Science and Technology Unit at Umm Al-Qura University came in order to keep pace with scientific developments within the strategic directions of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the fields of science and technology, which were identified by the comprehensive National Plan for Science, Technology, and Innovation. This plan laid down its vision, mission and goals to meet the scientific challenges and to place the kingdom in the ranks of the advanced countries in science and technology.

Since its establishment in 2008, the Science and Technology Unit at Umm Al-Qura University has served as a link among researchers at Umm Al-Qura University and the National Plan for Science, Technology, and Innovation. From the very beginning, the unit has consistently supported researchers and provided them with every assistance in all stages of their projects. The unit has achieved the following outcomes since its establishment:

  1. Holding more than 50 workshops, introductory courses and meetings to introduce the programs of the National Plan for Science, Technology, and Innovation.
  2. 110 research projects have been accepted in 8 research priority areas, with amounts in excess of 199 million riyals.
  3. More than 244 scientific papers have been published in international conferences and 220 scientific papers in scientific journals archived in the ISI-Web of Science.
  4. More than 70 patents have been filed with the US Intellectual Property Office.
  5. The proposal to establish a Technical Innovation Center in Geographical Information Systems (GISTIC) was accepted, with the support of 50 million riyals.
  6. 12 research laboratories have been established, equipped with cutting-edge research equipment.

In addition, the unit has implemented the program for University Research Grants and Research Centers (Grants), where more than 160 research proposals have been submitted in 4 sub-programs. Recently, the unit implemented a postdoctoral research fellowship which is funded by the Ministry of Education.

Finally, I extend my sincere thanks to the former unit directors as well as the affiliates of the unit for their efforts and dedication in serving the researchers at Umm Al-Qura University.

 

Director of the Science and Technology Unit

Dr. Rami bin Abdulaziz Al-Fattni

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