Saudi crown prince oversees signing of agreements between KSA and US universities on Boston visit

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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the IBM Watson Health office in Boston.
Updated 26 March 2018
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Saudi crown prince oversees signing of agreements between KSA and US universities on Boston visit

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman oversaw the signing of several agreements between Saudi and US universities as he toured a number of Boston institutions on Saturday.

At least seven agreements were struck during the visit, including a cooperation between state energy giant Saudi Aramco and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the field of sustainable development in the energy sector.

The crown prince visited IBM Watson Health, which aims to empower advocates and influencers in the health care field, just one of his stops in the Massachusetts capital as he explores “areas of cooperation between the Kingdom and the United States,” the Saudi Embassy said in a tweet.

During the visit, the center’s Senior Vice President David Kenny briefed the crown prince on the potential applications of artificial intelligence in the health care field, according to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

The crown prince also toured the biomechatronics lab at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where scientists work on technologies to restore function to individuals who have impaired mobility due to trauma or disease.

He also visited the Innovation Forum held at MIT, where he was briefed on the industrial innovations of Saudi universities and companies, and a selection of their technical products.

The King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) displayed a biometric magnetic sensor for use in oil and gas exploration, and a project on smart cities and alternative energy use.

At the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology pavilion at MIT, four programs were presented, including the “Fast Innovation Track,” which seeks to establish an environment aiming to increase bilateral trade between Saudi Arabia and the US.


There were also pavilions associated with Saudi companies including SABIC and Aramco.

At the nearby Harvard University, the crown prince met with Provost Alan Garber and faculty members.

They reviewed aspects of cooperation between Saudi Arabia and the university in a number of fields, especially in the areas of advanced research of entrepreneurship, systems engineering and the development of education methods to cope with new challenges.

The crown prince also met with the heads of other major universities, colleges and institutes.

The meetings and visits were attended by Prince Khaled bin Salman, Saudi ambassador to the US, and the crown prince’s official accompanying delegation.

The crown prince is on a multi-city tour of the US, in a trip highlighting the ties between the longstanding allies.

He met US President Donald Trump on Tuesday and delivered a keynote speech at a gala function in Washington on Thursday, where he said the KSA-US relationship was one built on trust and strategic partnership.

Crown Prince Mohammed has met with US dignitaries during his visit, including Vice President Mike Pence and US Congress leaders as well as some of the heads of the largest corporations in America.


AGREEMENTS SIGNED IN BOSTON

A number of cooperation agreements were signed in the technical and research fields during the Saudi crown prince’s visit to Boston:

- Agreement between Saudi Aramco and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the field of the sustainable development in the energy sector.

- Agreement between SABIC and MIT in the field of pyrolysis research of natural gas.

- Agreement between King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology and MIT to establish a research center in complex engineering systems.

- A cooperation between King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) and Brigham Women’s Hospital in the field of biomedicine.

- Partnership between KACST, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and the Research Product Development Company to establish a vaccine and biotech production center at KAUST.

- The creation of an “Ibn Khaldun Fellowship” between MIT and KACST.

- Agreement between GE Healthcare and Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies to establish a center for biologics manufacturing and vaccine development in order to supply equipment and develop treatments for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).


Saudi Civil Defense makes Kingdom safer place to live

Updated 28 min 55 sec ago
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Saudi Civil Defense makes Kingdom safer place to live

JEDDAH: Collaboration between Saudi universities, research centers and the country’s Civil Defense is helping to make the Kingdom a safer place to live.
Col. Abdul Aziz Al-Zahrani, the general director of the Jeddah department of Civil Defense, said “strong” cooperation on safety and civil protection matters was a vital part of risk management work taking place in the Kingdom.
Speaking during a press conference to announce details of next month’s Intersec Saudi Arabia 2019 trade fair for the security, safety, and fire protection sector, Al-Zahrani said the General Directorate of Civil Defense had spent many productive years sharing knowledge with Saudi education and research institutions.
He said research data helped in producing risk assessments and finding solutions to natural, industrial and domestic safety issues. “The Civil Defense takes advantage of these studies to help keep people and properties safe.”
Al-Zahrani added: “Take me for instance. I am a graduate of King Abdul Aziz University where I obtained my Ph.D. in geological and environmental engineering. I have worked on risk assessment on the coast of the Makkah region. We were able to produce geological maps that helped to locate risky, low-risk and safe areas.”
The third edition of the Intersec exhibition will take place on April 14-16 at the Jeddah Center for Forums and Events with more than 150 exhibitors from 20 countries expected to attend.
The event aims to offer a platform to network, create and strengthen partnerships, share information, and keep up to date with the latest innovations driving the regional and global security, safety, and fire protection industries.
Organized by Messe Frankfurt-Middle East and Al-Harithy Company for Exhibitions (ACE) and supported by the General Directorate of Civil Defense along with other international government partners, trade associations, and non-profit institutions, Intersec will bring together key regulators, government authorities, solution providers and end-users to discuss strategies and collaborative approaches for security, safety and fire protection in the region.
The trade event will cover product groups including commercial security, information security, perimeter and physical security, homeland security and policing, fire and rescue, and health and safety.
Al-Zahrani said great strides had been taken in Saudi Arabia to protect the public from the dangers posed by unsafe appliances, and the Civil Defense had also increased the efficiency and effectiveness of fire and rescue services.