The Research Chairs Program at KSU completes the scientific research apparatus in important scientific and technological fields, promotes research to world-class standards, and helps foster a knowledge-based society.
It is the vision of King Saud University that KSU’s significant reforms should be internationally visible and contribute to the university’s world recognition. Therefore, they proposed and are currently implementing a well structured, visionary and pragmatic work plan in order to achieve the University aim in becoming a research-led institution.
The demands on educational and research institutes such as ours expect us to broaden our horizons and attract funding, knowledge and expertise from the global market. The state of the current global market is very performance driven, with competition amongst the elite very fierce. To compete, the King Saud University must embark on a period of transition. A number of new short term initiatives must be introduced to ensure the university receives the correct exposure on the international scene right now. However, a long term programme of strategic plans and reforms need to operate in tandem to ensure that growth measured in terms of wealth of knowledge, facilities and recognition are sustained in the future years. Worldwide recognition will certainly have a profound effect on the King Saud Universities research orientation and will pave the road to increase accredited education programs. Hence, it is essentials that the foundations are put into place as soon as possible, so that our university can be at the forefront of worldwide projects, technologies and discoveries.
Most of strategic reforms and plans that the KSU has already undertaken to improve its education, research and enterprise, may not be visible to the international community. These reformation and developmental plans should be published in order to give KSU the recognition and reputation it deserves and to highlight the huge efforts and resources committed to elevate standards of education, research and enterprise.
To this end, the University has recruited and acquired the input of international researchers who are specialist in various research fields with outstanding careers as part of Distinguished Scientist Fellowship Program.
Manuscripts are important works by scientists and researchers that were hand written before the printing era, and so are some of the oldest texts available today. They are extremely valuable records of human knowledge and endeavors, and need to be kept safe and secure. To make these texts accessible to all, King Saud University established the Manuscript site that contains more than eleven thousands manuscripts that visitors can browse, read online, and get copies in the form of images or PDF files.
King Saud University continues to host a number of Nobel laureates as part of the University’s program to enhance scientific research and build international collaboration.
The University works with laureates to establish areas of scientific co-operation, and organizes conferences and plenary sessions with talks by visiting laureates. Through this exceptional program, KSU strives to enrich scientific research both at the University and nationally by taking advantage of laureates' expertise in their respective areas such as medicine, economics, physics, and chemistry. Visits by laureates typically last between two and three days, and include a number of activities, including:
i. Establishing strategic research partnerships between laureates, the scientific institution they are affiliated with, and KSU. These partnerships involve jointresearch with distinguished KSU researchers, research supervision of postgraduates, and research counseling within the various research programs at KSU.
ii. A plenary session to be attended by a number of state officials, faculty members, students, associated managers, and other academics. The theme of the plenary will be a general one taken from the laureate’s area of specialization.
King Saud University’s international renowned academic library has solid planning and infrastructure, and plays the leading role in supplying information, instruction, and technology for learning at KSU. Such resources are essential for academic research, pedagogical planning, and education generally.
The Central library at KSU strives for excellence in its research academic library system, which is constantly being reviewed, upgraded, and developed to serve faculty and students. The system is also a hub of key resources for curriculum development, and the library plays a central role in the development of modern academic curriculum and research.
The Library strives to provide quality service and leadership to facilitate professional and instructional programs, and encourage students to efficiently use library resources.