23 projects to develop human resources underway in KSA

Al-Hadlaq said 636 initial research proposals have already been received from researchers at universities, government institutions, and non-profit organizations. (SPA)
Updated 14 May 2019

23 projects to develop human resources underway in KSA

  • SR4 million social research initiative launched
  • Al-Hadlaq said 636 initial research proposals have already been received from researchers at universities, government institutions, and non-profit organizations

RIYADH: The Ministry of Education has launched a targeted social research initiative aimed at encouraging high-quality research in social sciences, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
The initiative is to direct research into fields with a development dimension in Saudi Arabia, with the aim of enhancing the culture of social science research and linking the country’s academic and research institutions.
The initiative focuses on five areas related to Saudi social challenges, as well as the objectives of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform plan. These are changes related to the family, social empowerment, women’s empowerment, future cities and economic leadership, said Dr. Hisham bin Abdul Aziz Al-Hadlaq, who is director general of the Research and Development Office (RDO) at the ministry.
He said the initiative was divided into two tracks. The first is related to research projects with a budget of nearly SR3 million ($1.68 million) over a period of one to two years. Its objective is to enhance interdisciplinary research between teams of two members and above, and to collect data at a national level.
The second track is related to small and medium grants with a budget of SR1 million over a period of one year. The objective of this track is to carry out locally based research on a smaller scale. It is based on teams that include one researcher and one assistant researcher, in addition to supporting research teams, he added.
Al-Hadlaq said 636 initial research proposals have already been received from researchers at universities, government institutions, and non-profit organizations. Of these 37 were found to be plagiarized while 513 qualified for the second stage of evaluation under the supervision of specialists in social science research.
Al-Hadlaq said the RDO is managing 23 initiatives as part of the Program for Supporting Research and Development in Universities, an integral part of Vision 2030 and the development of human resources in the Kingdom.


185 disabled Saudi children ready for new academic year

Updated 22 August 2019

185 disabled Saudi children ready for new academic year

RIYADH:  Saudi Arabia’s Disabled Children’s Association (DCA) finished its preparations for the new academic year with the completion of its educational programs aimed at developing children’s mental, cognitive and motor skills.

The DCA’s centers are getting ready to welcome around 185 new students, who will be enrolled in the preparatory and elementary stages. The association is also housing early intervention children in 11 centers throughout the Kingdom.

“The DCA’s centers finished their preparations early in line with the directives of Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, chairman of the association’s board of directors,” said Awadh Al-Ghamdi, the DCA’s secretary-general.

He added: “The association is keeping pace with new technologies by developing the educational care system every year. It continuously adopts new methods for children with special needs by providing the centers with what is necessary for the development of linguistic, social and psychological skills.

“The DCA held consultative meetings to approve an implementation mechanism by consulting experts from the educational committee at King Saud University about the importance of establishing an innovative resources room in all of the DCA centers.

Al-Ghamdi said: “The project will be implemented in cooperation with the Ministry of Education after it is judged by specialists from Saudi universities and adopted as part of the association’s initiatives. This comes as a continuation of the DCA’s role in caring for children with special needs for more than 35 years.”

The director of the DCA’s center in Al-Rass governorate presented the project’s original idea, which included reviewing the centers’ educational care programs according to modern educational trends.

A working group, which included a number of specialists, was assigned to the investigation. It presented a final vision to the DCA’s secretariat with a guide to the project’s implementation.