University Expands its Expertise in 24 Fields
King Khalid University's Institute of Research and Consultation was established in 1432 by a proposal of the Higher Education Council which was approved by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques. The Institute manages the university's research efforts, consultation studies, proposals, contracts, and support services under it duly authorized independent operating authority.
One of the Institute's main objectives is to offer professional scientific, research and consultation that will help achieve the national strategic goals set forth in Vision 2030. The Institute provides necessary assistance on projects designed to enhance economic activity and encourage scientific advancements to improve the Kingdom's global competitiveness. The Institute continually searches for opportunities and establishes partnerships with public and private entities with common interests. These partnerships are vital to community development efforts in the region.
Al-Hadithi: "The Institute of Research and Consultation was established to help foster development in a variety of fields. The Institute also provides trend forecasting and risk management services."
Vice Rector of Knowledge Economy and Business, Institute of Research and Consultation Director, Dr. Abdul Latif Ibrahim Al-Hadithi, explained that the nature of the Institute's work is focused on projects that contribute to society and achieving sustainable development. To date, the Institute has created 20 strategic partnerships in the administrative, social, health and psychological fields. The Institute partners with both public and private entities. By building relationships with these entities the Institute fosters cooperation between and among various stakeholders including industry experts. Al-Hadithi also explained that the Institute's activities give the students opportunities for 'hands-on' work and connects the student body with the community.
Over the last several years the Institute completed numerous studies involving community development initiatives on behalf of the university. These projects included economic development in the Asir region, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture, the Ministry of Interior, and other universities. The Institute employs a great variety of experts who work closely with its collaborative partners. The university can, within limits, act independently in providing services to and through those working with the institute. To date, there are 24 houses of expertise in different fields available for consultation.