JEDDAH: Effat University, one of the Arab world’s leading higher education institutions, has pledged to focus on scientific research and investment.
It has four advanced research centers and three research chairs. Effat is also the first private institution of higher education for women in Saudi Arabia and has been named one of the top 100 universities in the QS Arab Region University Ranking 2018.
Its president, Haifa Jamal Al-Lail, said on Monday: “We aspire to become a leading research university to contribute through innovative ideas to the social and economic development of the Kingdom.”
Scientific research is based on wise foundations. However, clear methodology is the only way to ensure their progress and development. In that regard Al-Lail said: “To enhance our competitiveness in today’s world, we have to take care of the various fields of scientific research so that we can catch up with others and overcome any challenges.
“We have already invested in establishing four advanced research centers,” she said.
They are the Intelligent Building Research Center, the Virtual Reality Research Center, the Arabization Research Center and the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research Center. These provide an ideal environment for students to conduct studies in the areas of social and physical sustainability and enable them to meet and overcome different challenges.
Effat University has established three research chairs to develop knowledge, to preserve heritage and contribute to the success of students and society. All that through a research and training program that includes activities, projects and publications that are implemented within the university.
The first of these chairs, the Islamic Financial Chair, aims to produce experts in the future of Islamic finance. The second, the Chair of Entrepreneurship Research, aims at encouraging economic growth and providing students with leadership skills. The third is Queen Effat’s Scientific Chair, which aims to continue Queen Effat’s journey to promote girls’ education in Saudi Arabia.
“My personal philosophy is based on the commitment to empower female students in leading the community, and of course that must include a determination to face all challenges in order to expand their impact and inspire others,” Al-Lail said.
Effat University offers 17 undergraduate and graduate programs, including new university programs, for the first time in the Kingdom through its four faculties: Humanities, engineering, architecture and design and business.