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11 November 2015
After several successful rounds in the UK, the Saudi Student Conference was recently held for the first time in Australia. It attracted more than 50 Saudi postgraduate students who introduced their research projects across the areas of medicine, medical science, engineering, science, education, linguistics, economics and business.
Supported by the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission (SACM) and hosted by Monash Global Engagement, the upcoming researchers showcased an outstanding range of scientific papers and posters. The full-day conference, ‘Scientific Research Future in Saudi Arabia’, highlighted the great potential of the next generation scientists and scholars from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The top three research papers have been awarded with a prize.
“This was the first Saudi Student Conference in Australia and we are happy that it was such a great success. We would like to thank everyone for their support and Monash University for their generous hosting,” said Abdulrahman Almosa, President of the Saudi Students Association in Melbourne.
The conference was attended by Dr Abbas Brashi, Deputy Attaché for Cultural and Social Affairs, who reiterated the importance of organising such conferences, as a good opportunity to promote the achievements of Saudi researchers.
The main session hosted three speakers addressing the important topic of the region’s future in research and scientific development across the fields of education, health, engineering, and oil.
Dr Antonio Curulli from Aramco Overseas provided insights into the Saudi Arabian oil and engineering industry and the requirements for applied research. Dr. Mohammed Madadin, Assistant Professor of Forensic Medicine at Dammam University in Saudi Arabia, talked about research opportunities in the higher education sector. Finally, Saudi student Betoul Baz of King Faisal Specialist Hospital, presented a paper on scientific research opportunities in the health sector.
Dr Nizar Farjou, Associate President-Middle East, North Africa & Central Asia (MENACA) and Director of MENACA Engagement – Global Engagement at Monash University pointed out the high quality of Australian education. He commended the quality research done by Saudi students at Monash University.
“At Monash, we acknowledge the efforts of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to build a knowledge based economy and to become a beacon for innovation, science and technology in the region. We are proud to contribute to this vision through partnership and collaboration in higher education and research,” Dr Farjou said.