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
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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.


Bassam Ghulman, deputy minister at the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah

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Bassam Ghulman, deputy minister at the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah

Bassam Ghulman has been deputy minister for transportation affairs at the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah since February 2018.

Previously, he was general manager of the Haramain High-Speed Rail Project, which links the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah.

He was also a professor of contracts and construction project management at Umm Al-Qura University in Makkah.

He first joined the university as an assistant lecturer in 1994, and held several positions there, including head of the civil engineering department.

Ghulman serves as vice chairman of the board of the Saudi Council of Engineers. He was an adviser to the secretary of Makkah, having first joined the municipality there as an assistant civil engineer in 1991.

Ghulman holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Umm Al-Qura University. He earned his master’s and Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Oklahoma in the US.

He has participated in local, regional and international events and conferences, and has published numerous academic papers and books.

Ghulman is a member of several government committees, including the advisory board for development in the Makkah region.

He recently met with members of the transport sector at the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah to discuss early preparations for this year’s season.

Ghulman said the meeting was in line with the ministry’s vision to improve and develop services to transport pilgrims to holy sites.