People of Madinah celebrate Prince Muqrin University inauguration

Prince Muqrin bin Abdul Abdulaziz with Minister of Education Ahmed Al-Essa and Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman at the event. (SPA)
Updated 16 February 2017

People of Madinah celebrate Prince Muqrin University inauguration

MADINAH: The people of Madinah celebrated the inauguration of Muqrin University on Tuesday and the launch of Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz Charity.
Prince Muqrin said the university is expected to contribute to the preparation of a generation aware of its responsibilities and duties toward their religion, king and homeland.
Attending the celebration was Prince Faisal bin Salman as well as Minister of Education Ahmed Al-Essa.
Prince Faisal bin Salman, governor of Madinah, said, “Today, we witness the inauguration of Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz University, which is a new scientific edifice added to what has been so far achieved in the field of education, its renaissance, in Madinah. Prince Muqrin stands behind this educational lighthouse.”
Princess Mashael bint Sultan said that the new university is a scientific edifice and a distinctive contributor to higher education in the city of Madinah.
It is the first charitable civil university of high international standards that is keen to provide knowledge in the fields of engineering, computer science, information technology and business management for the sons of the homeland.
“The role of the university is not limited to graduating qualified students for the labor market,” Princess Mashael said. “It is seeking to gain global distinction and become competitive in its fields, and to exercise a role in serving the community, and through consolidating research links with various educational institutions, it will support scientific research locally, regionally and internationally.”
Samar Effendi, director of admissions at Muqrin University, said the colleges offer a range of disciplines needed by the labor market.
“The university also offers interest-free loans on soft instalments, provided by Al-Jazira Bank, to pay the fees,” Effendi said.

Saudi Arabia, South Korea reach agreement on visas

King Salman chairs the Cabinet session in Riyadh on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 16 January 2019

Saudi Arabia, South Korea reach agreement on visas

  • Cabinet OKs air transport pact with Indonesia

JEDDAH: The Saudi Cabinet met to discuss a series of national and global developments on Tuesday, in a session chaired by King Salman.

At the forefront of the agenda was the escalation in tensions between Israel and Hamas along the Gaza border, and the continuing encroachment on Palestinian land by Israeli settlers in the West Bank. The Cabinet responded by demanding that the UN Security Council intervene. King Salman also relayed to ministers the outcome of his talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, which covered many regional issues.

The minister of media, Turki bin Abdullah Al-Shabanah, announced that after reviewing proposals from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a decision from the Shoura Council, a memorandum of understanding between the government and the Republic of Korea on granting visit visas had been agreed upon.

The Cabinet approved the amendment of the air agreement on regular air transport between Saudi Arabia and Indonesia.

The Cabinet, meanwhile, praised the progress of the 2025 Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development Program, aimed at enhancing farming techniques by promoting sustainable water and renewable energy sources.

They also discussed the framework in Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Program 2020 for building a sustainable renewable energy sector, reiterating aims to lead global renewable energy developments over the next decade, and create projects such as the wind-powered plant at Dumat Al-Jandal, as part of the King Salman Renewable Energy Initiative.

In a statement, though, Al-Shabanah said: “The Cabinet discussed the announcement made by the minister of energy, industry and mineral resources about the Kingdom’s oil and gas reserves, which highlighted the importance of Saudi Arabia as a secure source of oil supplies in the long term.”

He added, in closing, the Cabinet’s praise for the efforts of Saudi security forces in the tracking and arrest of seven people in Qatif, which foiled a planned terrorist attack.