UK conference highlights Saudi students’ accomplishments

Updated 14 February 2016

UK conference highlights Saudi students’ accomplishments

DAMMAM: The 9th Saudi Student Conference which is being held on Feb. 13-14 is sponsored by Umm Al-Qura University and hosted by the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom. It was organized by the Scientific Society for Saudi Students in the UK (SSSSUK) with the collaboration of the Saudi Arabian Cultural Bureau in London for students funded under the King Abdullah Foreign Scholarship Program.
Faisal Abalkhail, cultural attaché at the Saudi Embassy in London, said that the event aimed to provide scientific and cultural benefits for participants and those attending in addition to highlighting the groundbreaking work and accomplishments of Saudi students at all levels of study in universities throughout the UK.
Abalkhail said: “The flagship two-day forum showcases research achievements in various disciplines and fields and is accompanied by a number of parallel activities and workshops to encourage and stimulate communication, scientific cooperation, and partnership among students, as well as raising awareness of the best practices in various fields and disciplines.”
Regarding the cooperation of British universities with Saudi student activities, Abalkhail said that the conference is being hosted by a different UK university each year. He said, “The cooperation with universities in the United Kingdom is growing and evolving positively as the participations of Saudi students and the research becomes highly credible in those institutions.”
The event, supported by Saudi Ambassador to the UK Prince Muhammad bin Nawwaf and the country’s minister of education, allows students to illustrate their creativity and publish their research, promote scientific research standards and contribute to research and academia both locally and globally.
Embracing international standards of excellence, the scientific committees of the conference received about 600 scientific participations, including 96 papers and 499 posters, which represent some of the most innovative work currently being done in medicine, engineering and computer science, management, humanities and social sciences, the media and arts.
In terms of academic relations, the conference also provides many opportunities for exchanges between Saudi universities and their counterparts in the United Kingdom in order to develop joint research and educational projects.
The SSSSUK was founded under the patronage of the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia Cultural Bureau in London. It was officially inaugurated on 29 March 2014 and its aim is to provide a distinctive scientific and research environment for Saudi students in the UK, besides improving and refining their scientific and research skills and creating opportunities for Saudi students and researchers in the UK to communicate and exchange their experiences in the most efficient manner.

Forum aims to boost Saudi-Japan trade ties

Updated 22 min 46 sec ago

Forum aims to boost Saudi-Japan trade ties

  • Japan is one of Saudi Arabia’s most important economic partners

TOKYO: More than 300 government, investment and industry leaders on Monday took part in a high-level gathering aimed at further boosting business opportunities between Saudi Arabia and Japan.

The Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) welcomed key figures from the public and private sectors to the Saudi-Japan Vision 2030 Business Forum, held in Tokyo.

Hosted in partnership with the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), the conference focused on the creation of investment opportunities in strategic sectors of the Kingdom. Delegates also discussed key reforms currently underway to enable easier market access for foreign companies.

Speaking at the event, Saudi Economy and Planning Minister Mohammed Al-Tuwaijri, said: “Today’s forum is a testimony to the success of the strategic direction set by the Saudi-Japanese Vision 2030 two years ago, which seeks to drive private-sector involvement, both by partnering with public-sector entities.”

SAGIA Gov. Ibrahim Al-Omar said: “At SAGIA, we have been working on creating a more attractive and favorable business environment in Saudi Arabia, which is making it easier for foreign companies to access opportunities in the Kingdom.”

Japan is one of Saudi Arabia’s most important economic partners. It is the Kingdom’s second-largest source of foreign capital and third-biggest trading partner, with total trade exceeding $39 billion.

JETRO president, Yasushi Akahoshi, said: “Saudi-Japan Vision 2030 has made great progress since it was first announced. Under this strategic initiative, the number of cooperative projects between our two countries has nearly doubled, from 31 to 61, and represents a diverse range of sectors and stakeholders.”

Since 2016, the Saudi government has delivered 45 percent of more than 500 planned reforms, including the introduction of 100 percent foreign ownership rights, enhancing legal infrastructure and offering greater protection for shareholders.

As a result, the Kingdom has climbed international competitiveness and ease-of-doing-business rankings, with foreign direct investment inflows increasing by 127 percent in 2018 and the number of new companies entering Saudi Arabia rising by 70 percent on a year-on-year basis in the first quarter of 2019.