Eastern Province Governor, HRH Prince Mohammed Bin Fahd Bin Abdulaziz approved an agreement between Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University (PMU) and University of Central Florida (UCF) in the US.
The Governor and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees at PMU patronized this collaboration for joint research and strategic study programs and applauded the efforts of PMU administration. “PMU fulfills the needs of society by offering modern education. New collaborations with reputed institutions of higher learning for research programs will provide solution of problems society faces,” he said. The governor said that this step has strengthened Saudi-American relations for that PMU must take suitable measures.
The governor advised that “PMU must encourage academic research and welcome reputed institutions from various parts of the world to collaborate for research and academic programs.” It is important for the global presence as a university that conducts research activities.
PMU Rector Dr. Issa Al-Ansari and UCF President Dr. John C. Hitt signed the agreement. “It is another step by PMU to strengthen position internationally,” said Dr. Al-Ansari after signing the agreement.
An important aspect of this agreement is to establish Prince Mohammed Bin Fahd Program for Research and Strategic Studies at the University of Central Florida. It will attract researchers to involve in specialist academic researches with scientific spirit, said Dr. Al-Ansari further. He said that “PMU attaches great importance to exchange of experiences in the context of its policy to increase global partnerships. Other aspects of the agreement are joint conduction of seminars, conferences, panel discussions and workshops.
UCF delegates said that internet has narrowed the distances henceforth classrooms of PMU and UCF would have presence of experts ready to solve problems through technological advancements. We propose for an annual forum to discuss multiple topics of global importance, conduct joint researches by applying modern tools and to focus on academic exchange programs that involve faculty and students.
Scholarship schemes are also proposed for meritorious students. Administrative and faculty members from PMU and UCF would be council of advisers to supervise programs and do the annual follow-ups.
Both universities are well prepared with modern technologies so integration to implementation of joint activities from virtual online participation of faculty and students in single classroom concept is feasible.