BAE Systems to support outstanding Taif University graduation projects

Taif University and BAE Systems officials at the signing ceremony. (SPA)
Updated 03 March 2017
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BAE Systems to support outstanding Taif University graduation projects

JEDDAH: Taif University and the Saudi company BAE Systems signed a five-year cooperation agreement to financially support special graduation projects and offer students scientific lectures.
Turkey Al-Thubaity, university vice president for planning, development and community service, expressed the university’s appreciation for the scientific and financial support provided by BAE Systems to the university students. He highlighted the unique partnership with the company.
He noted the importance of this specific agreement between the company and the university, which helps develop the skills of students and motivates them.
He urged students to produce outstanding graduation projects in order to win the awards provided by the company. He said the support will help create a “remarkable competitive environment.”
Musleh Al-Harthy, engineering faculty dean, said the agreement entails cooperation in various fields. The company’s financial support is given as an award for special graduation projects during specific semesters. The program also enables students to attend scientific lectures on a quarterly basis to allow students to benefit from the company’s scientific and practical expertise.
He said that under the agreement BAE Systems will grant the university SR240,000 for one university year, SR200,000 of which was used as financial rewards for remarkable projects in both semesters, and SR40,000 for scientific lectures.
He said the company will announce the winning projects at the beginning of the semester to give an incentive to students to produce their projects. The winners are announced through different media outlets.
Al-Harthy said that the university will assess the winning projects, but will also allow the company to have its input based on specific standards set by the university.


Saudi minister of culture welcomes task of organizing Janadriyah festival

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Saudi minister of culture welcomes task of organizing Janadriyah festival

  • The Ministry of National Guard was previously responsible for organizing the annual cultural event
  • On Tuesday, the Cabinet decided to assign the responsibility to the Ministry of Culture

JEDDAH: Saudi Culture Minister Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan on Tuesday welcomed the Cabinet decision to give his ministry the responsibility of organizing the annual Janadriyah Festival.

Before this decision, the Ministry of National Guard was responsible for the organization of this annual cultural event.

The culture minister thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the continuous support extended to the cultural sector. He said the ministry will work to make the Janadriyah Festival an even bigger and distinguished event.

The festival offers an opportunity for visitors to take a glimpse of Saudi Arabia’s rich and diverse cultural heritage. It captures the great history and heroism of the Saudi people since the unification of Saudi Arabia by King Abdul Aziz bin Abdulrahman Al-Saud.

The event starts with a grand annual camel race, with speeches and national performances to be held in the evening, during which prominent personalities of the Saudi society are honored in recognition of their contributions, achievements and services for their nation in several fields.