Agreement signed to establish Saudi science and technology center at Tokyo University

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The signing ceremony was attended by the president of the University of Tokyo, Makoto Gonokami, the chairman of the Misk Initiatives Centre, Bader Al-Asaker, and Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Japan, Naif bin Marzouq Al-Fahadi. (Supplied)
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The signing ceremony was attended by the president of the University of Tokyo, Makoto Gonokami, the chairman of the Misk Initiatives Centre, Bader Al-Asaker, and Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Japan, Naif bin Marzouq Al-Fahadi. (Supplied)
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Updated 14 February 2020

Agreement signed to establish Saudi science and technology center at Tokyo University

  • Mohammed bin Salman Center for Future Science and Technology will support innovation in scientific research and technological development between the Kingdom and Japan
  • The center will also play an important role in supporting the admission of Saudi scholarship students to academic and research programs at the University of Tokyo

TOKYO: The University of Tokyo and Misk Initiatives Centre on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding to set up the Mohammed bin Salman Center for Future Science and Technology.

It will support innovation in scientific research and technological development between the Kingdom and Japan in fields such as big data, cybersecurity, renewable energy, energy efficiency, mechatronics, robot technologies, medical and biological sciences.

The center will also play an important role in supporting the admission of Saudi scholarship students to academic and research programs at the University of Tokyo.

The signing ceremony was attended by the president of the University of Tokyo, Makoto Gonokami, the chairman of the Misk Initiatives Centre, Bader Al-Asaker, and Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Japan, Naif bin Marzouq Al-Fahadi.

Al-Asaker said: “Saudi-Japanese relations have been strong and distinguished for over six decades, and this has created an encouraging and stimulating environment for cooperation in various fields, especially in the scientific, technical, research and educational fields. Today, we witness an important part of this cooperation manifest in announcing the establishment of the Mohammed bin Salman Center for Future Science and Technology at the prestigious University of Tokyo.”

Al-Asaker added that the agreement was an extension of the existing partnerships between Misk and the University of Tokyo, which include the training of about 60 young Saudi men and women at the university in the fields of renewable and nuclear energy in cooperation with experts from Japan’s industrial and research sectors, in addition to field visits to factories and research centers.

Gonokami said: “I had the honor to meet Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in July last year, and I still remember that distinctive meeting. The establishment of this center is a wonderful opportunity to strengthen and deepen cooperation between us. Saudi universities and the University of Tokyo enjoy constructive relations at the educational and research levels, and we will proceed in developing our partnerships to achieve the Saudi-Japanese Vision 2030.”

The University of Tokyo was founded in 1877 and is the most prestigious university in Japan. Seven of its alumni have received Nobel prizes, 17 have been prime ministers, and three are astronauts.

The university also occupies advanced positions in league tables. It is one of the most successful universities in East Asia in the fields of entrepreneurship and start-ups emerging from universities.

Misk Foundation is a not-for-profit philanthropic organization set up by the crown prince to cultivate leadership and learning among young Saudis.


Media district project launched in Jeddah

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Media district project launched in Jeddah

  • The Mayasem project’s overall cost is SR33 billion
  • The next stages will include other cities around the country

JEDDAH: The Saudi Ministry of Housing, Ministry of Media and Shamayel United Development Company announced on Thursday the establishment of the Media District as part of Mayasem residential project in Obhur, north of Jeddah.

The project extends over an area of ​​1.6 million square meters, offering around 5,000 residential units, including over 900 residential units dedicated to media professionals.

The site’s infrastructure development had been completed, said Housing Minister Majid Al-Haqeel, during a conference titled “Celebrating a Better Life,” at the Galleria Hotel in Jeddah.

“The project has one goal, which is to provide a higher quality of life for Saudi families of all classes,” he said.

The minister also stressed the importance of the partnership between the public and private sectors to ensure significant achievements on the ground.

Beneficiaries of the Media District project will be workers in the media sector and employees at the Media Ministry.

The district is intended to have a cultural value; streets will be named after prominent Saudi scholars, journalists and writers. Furthermore, it will act as a cultural hub for the city and a gathering place for media and intellectual leaders.

It will also be equipped with suitable facilities to improve the quality of life for benefitting families, including libraries, parks, cinemas, shopping centers, museums, hospitals, schools and mosques.

The media district initiative falls within the framework of a previously signed agreement between the two ministries, which included the establishment of residential neighborhoods for media professionals.

Minister of Media Turki Al-Shabanah, and Housing Minister Majid Al-Haqeel, signed the agreement at Riyadh’s Digital City earlier in February.

The first stage of the project included Riyadh, Dammam and Jeddah, and will be completed by 2021.

The next stages will include other cities around the country.

The Mayasem project’s overall cost is SR33 billion ($8,798,524,020), and it will be completed by 2025.