Saudi Arabia’s KAUST launches winter program to ‘broaden students’ horizons’

Dr. Tony Chan poses for a group photo during the event. (Supplied)
Updated 22 January 2019
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Saudi Arabia’s KAUST launches winter program to ‘broaden students’ horizons’

  • The two-week event will include field trips, special courses, seminars and lectures by keynote speakers

JEDDAH: The tenth edition of the Winter Enrichment Program (WEP) at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) was launched this week by the university’s president, Dr. Tony Chan.
Chan stated that the WEP would provide “a platform for us to reach out to the wider region, as well as the rest of the Kingdom, so all can benefit from what we’re doing at KAUST.”
“We reach out to many different places and sectors. We sponsor some of our best students, almost 500 per year, to go overseas and study. Our goal is to broaden our students’ horizons, and our measure of success is long term,” he added.
The two-week program, this year focusing on the theme of “Time,” will include lectures by keynote speakers, as well as special courses, seminars and field trips, in an effort to inspire current KAUST students and members of the public.

Encouragement
KAUST hopes that, by encouraging Saudi students to study abroad, the WEP will provide a boost to the Kingdom’s economy through forging international connections and businesses.
Prof. Valerio Orlando, chairman of the WEP, said: “When I was asked by the university to lead the program, I immediately came up with the theme of ‘Time.’”
“Time is the most universal and unifying theme that one can think of. Time is the dimension that everybody can understand and experience.”

Sharing experience
The WEP will also see successful former students and program participants, many working at multinationals like Saudi Aramco, return to talk to current students about their own experiences. Almost 200 graduates currently work for Saudi Aramco, including several people previously on the program.
But, Chan and Orlando said, the WEP wasn’t just about identifying and nurturing future employees for international corporations.
“This university is open to everyone who has talent. As long as they have talent, they will be supported and educated,” stated Orlando.
“We don’t just want to be associated with big companies, but also to encourage students to start their own companies,” Chan added.


KSA’s anti-graft agency Nazaha reports rise in corruption complaints

Nazaha has completed investigations into 59 percent of the complaints, with 4.4 percent referred to the Control and Investigation Board. (SPA)
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KSA’s anti-graft agency Nazaha reports rise in corruption complaints

  • Nazaha announced the statistics as part of the National Strategy for the Protection of Integrity and Combating Corruption and Vision 2030

JEDDAH: Complaints to the Saudi National Anti-Corruption Commission, Nazaha, have risen by 50 percent in a single year amid increasing efforts to combat financial and administrative misconduct in the Kingdom.
Nazaha received 15,591 reports in 2018 compared with 10,402 the previous year, according to statistics released by the commission.
Financial and administrative corruption cases made up the bulk of the reports.
Nazaha has completed investigations into 59 percent of the complaints, with 4.4 percent referred to the Control and Investigation Board and 3.37 percent to the Kingdom’s Presidency of State Security.
The commission’s smartphone app received 29 percent of the reports, followed by the website at 23.6 percent, while 19.2 percent of the complaints were made in person at Nazaha’s branches. AN Jeddah
Nazaha announced the statistics as part of the National Strategy for the Protection of Integrity and Combating Corruption and Vision 2030.