In attendance at the ceremony were Dr. Issa Ansari, lector of PMU, and Hany K. Abu Khadra, executive director for Information Technology at Saudi Aramco.
A workshop attended by Saudi Aramco employees and PMU faculty members was held at the ceremony, at which a number of topics included best practices in the field and planned research projects for the chair.
Saudi Aramco will sponsor the chair for the next three years. The chair will identify challenges facing domestic companies and institutions in the Kingdom and pursue solutions.
The chair will become a scientific platform to suggest areas of research related to the company’s business. Also, advancements in IT add to the Kingdom’s global competitiveness. The chair will not only conduct research but also host workshops, conferences and act as a conduit between academic experts and those working in the private sector.
Saudi Aramco has a history supporting excellence in scientific research in the Kingdom, Abu Khadra said, noting that the company has sponsored several chairs at national universities. The Information Technology admin area will support this chair in cooperation with PMU as part of Saudi Aramco’s efforts to achieve excellence in scientific research.
Ansari said the university is allocating more resources to research by establishing a Deanship for higher studies and research as well as crafting a strategic plan to recruit researchers in fields important to the Kingdom.
Abu Khadra said that through this joint effort, Saudi Aramco is also striving to bring researchers to the Kingdom to contribute to development of the educational program at the university.