US varsity honors Prince Sultan

Updated 20 November 2012
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US varsity honors Prince Sultan

Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA), chairman of the board of trustees of the Prince Salman Center for Disabilities Research in Riyadh and the first Arab astronaut, has been awarded Syracuse University’s prestigious Chancellor’s Medal for Outstanding Achievement.
Prince Sultan was given the medal during a ceremony on Friday at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. The ceremony was attended by Prince Salman bin Sultan, Saudi Cultural Attache in the US Muhammad Al-Eissa, SU staff and Saudi students at the university.
Prince Sultan dedicated the award to the Kingdom and his parents. He commended the Saudi government’s efforts to give opportunities to its citizens. “There are about 70,000 Saudi scholarship students in the US under King Abdullah Foreign Scholarship Program,” the prince said, adding that more than 150,000 students have benefited from the program.
Prince Sultan requested his teachers at the university to come onto the stage to celebrate the award, in appreciation of the knowledge they imparted and the care they gave him when he studied there.
The Chancellor’s Medal is given to individuals in honor of their expertise and contributions to their community, the university and the world. Prince Sultan studied at the University of Denver and received his master of social science degree from the Maxwell School in 1999.
Sultan was recognized for his lead role as president of SCTA in fostering a better understanding of and appreciation for Saudi Arabia, its people and its rich cultural heritage; and his key role in helping launch a collaborative partnership between SU and Princess Nora bint Abdul Rahman University, the first all-female university in Riyadh and one of the first and largest women’s universities in the Middle East.
He was selected for the award for his long-time deep dedication to scientific exploration and knowledge. In 1985, he became the first Arab and Muslim to go into space as a member of the international crew of the Space Shuttle Discovery; and his commitment to promoting services and research for those with disabilities matches SU’s own historical strengths as a leader in disability rights.
“Prince Sultan’s wide-ranging accomplishments stand in the finest SU tradition of breaking down barriers,” says SU Chancellor and President Nancy Cantor. “Whether setting records as an astronaut or advocating for opportunity for women and people with disabilities, he courageously has blazed new trails in the Arab world.”
Prince Sultan started his career as a researcher in the Department of International Communications at the Ministry of Information in Saudi Arabia in 1982. He served as deputy director of the Saudi Media Committee for the Saudi athletes participating in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.


Saudi Arabia's KSRelief distributes assistance to Syrian refugees in Lebanon

KSRelief distributed assistance to Syrian refugees. (SPA/file)
Updated 21 April 2018
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Saudi Arabia's KSRelief distributes assistance to Syrian refugees in Lebanon

  • KSRelief seeks to ensure that the living conditions of Syrian refugees are in accordance with international specifications
  • The center also distributed 3,500 cartons of dates in the villages of Izzala Al-Jumah in Yemen

JEDDAH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) distributed humanitarian aid including birth kits, personal bags and baby blankets to Syrian female refugees staying in Osman Hospital and Central Hospital in Kattermaya, Kharoub province of Lebanon on Friday.

This distribution is within the framework of the assistance provided by the center for displaced Syrians and refugees in neighboring countries. 

KSRelief seeks to ensure that the living conditions of Syrian refugees are in accordance with international specifications through various relief programs. 

Earlier, winter blankets, jackets, jumpers, hats and other items were distributed to meet the basic needs of refugee families.

The center also distributed 3,500 cartons of dates in the villages of Izzala Al-Jumah in Al-Mukha directorate in Taiz governorate, benefiting 21,000 people.

In addition, 36 trucks with 469,483 kg of relief, shelter and medicines crossed Al-Wadiaa border on Thursday evening as part of the KSRelief plan to help Yemenis.

Of this total, 26 trucks with 500 food baskets, weighing 375 tons, in addition to 43,173 kg of shelter items, will be heading to Maareb province, and ten trucks carrying 42,221 kg of shelter items and 9.89 tons of medications will go to Aden.

On Thursday, the Bahraini Royal Charity Foundation and the Khalifa bin Zayed Foundation for Humanitarian Affairs signed an MoU for the establishment of the Bahrain Health Center in Aden, Yemen, at a cost of $2 million, in the presence of Ahmed bin Ali Al-Bayez, assistant general supervisor of operations and programs at KSRelief, and a number of officials. SPA, Jeddah