KACST launches initiative to desalinate water by solar energy

WML Secretary General Dr. Turki delivers lecture at Security Forces Club on importance of Security

Competitiveness forum in Riyadh highlights challenges facing global economy

Finance minister speaks of breakthrough in global financial crisis

International higher education exhibition opens in Riyadh

King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) announced the launch of the first phase of the national initiative for water desalination by solar energy.

This was announced at a press conference which was attended by Minister of Finance Dr. Ibrahim Al-Assaf, Minister of Water and Electricity Eng. Abdullah Al-Husayn, KACST President Dr. Mohammad Al-Suwaiyel and a number of officials.

The initiative was developed in cooperation between KACST and American IBM company through the Joint Center for Nanotechnology Research. The initiative aims at finding solutions to the problems of energy and water at lowest costs. It also contributes to the national economy and reduces the dependence on oil and gas in the operation of plants which currently consume about 1.5 million barrels.

Meanwhile, Secretary General of the Muslim World League (MWL) Dr Abdullah Al-Turki has delivered a lecture at the Security Forces Officers Club in Riyadh in which he stressed the importance of security for the people to perform their business, for the institutions to do their jobs in the service of the society and for the state to carry out its duty of serving public interests.

On the other hand, Dr. Turki had received the Head of the Union of the Social Organizations at the Russian Islamic Council Sheikh Mohammed Salahuddinov and the accompanying delegation.

They reviewed the role of the Council in the field of Islamic education, the Holy Quran memorization and other activities.

Salahuddinov expressed keenness on cooperation with the MWL in the field of social awareness in line with the Islamic teachings.

On his part, Dr Al-Turki confirmed the readiness of the MWL to cooperate with the Council in a manner that serves Islam and Muslims.

In Riyadh, Finance Minister, Dr. Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz Al-Assaf pointed out that the world will witness this year a breakthrough of the current financial crisis due to economic incentive packages adopted by a number of states, stressing the importance of structural reforms conducive to sustainable development.

In his speech at the beginning of the 4th International Competitiveness Forum sessions taking place in Riyadh, he said that the Kingdom has been among the least affected countries by the crisis impact, due to a precautionary plan set to deal with the crisis in the long term. Concentrating on decreasing inflation rates is the most important task for monetary flow, he said.

Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Governor of Riyadh region, received a number of participants in the 4th Global Competitiveness Forum, organized by the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) under the patronage of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz.

More than 100 prominent personalities in the fields of business, economy and politics from around the world are attending the Forum.

Prince Salman reviewed with them a number of challenges facing the world economy.

A number of Nobel Prize laureates have underscored the importance of creating a suitable environment for taking all the necessary care for the Prize's winners in the long run.

In addresses at the 4th Global Competitiveness Forum, now in progress in Riyadh, the laureates called for a social environment that understands the importance of the researches conducted by the scientists and institutions.

They also called for allocating more sums of money for taking care of the scientists and extending support to their studies and researches.

Kristi Allen Denkan, a Nobel Prize laureate, said it has become an essential matter for the scientists, notably Nobel prize laureates to give utmost attention to the ethical matters prior to speaking about their achievements.

Dr Robert Richardson, another Nobel prize laureate, highlighted the importance of training and rehabilitation of places where additionally research works could be undertaken with the required financial investments in a manner that serves the entire world.

On her part, Dr Mary Waler from Texas university, called for further development in the domains of sciences and engineering in addition to formation of teams that work for tackling problems.

Pointing to the upcoming works of King Abdullah University for Sciences and Technology (KAUST), notably in the fields of mathematical and chemical engineering, she said KAUST includes the fastest computer in the middle east region.

Dr Harry Kroto from Florida State University, linked 27 conflicts in the world with religious differences.

He urged the scientists who work in the field of production of bombs to work for a better life instead of manufacturing destructive weapons.

Ian Bremer, Head of EURAS said the changes witnessed by the world during the last 15 months are similar to the changes caused by the second world war because the countries of the world have started to focus on domestic issues notably the big powers like the US and China.

He noted that the process of cash flow and financing operations will be governed by political decisions, adding that the most important issue due to be witnessed by the current world will be the American-Chinese relations.

On his part, Martin Broton, President of British Airways, called for tackling problems like slowness in economic growth rate, rise of oil prices and financing problems.

Meanwhile, Dr Ghada Al-Miteiri from California University in San Diego, underscored the importance of implementing medical projects that involves the advanced technology.

She attributed the increase in the rate of diseases in the 21st century to the population growth.

Michio Kaka, a professor in physics from the City University, New York, called for utilization of Nanotechnology in combating cancer diseases.

Also in the Saudi capital, the Minister of Higher Education Dr. Khalid bin Mohammed Al-Anqari opened the International Exhibition of Higher Education in the presence of a number of prominent academicians and officials from 300 universities participating in the Exhibition.

Addressing the ceremony, Dr Al-Anqari said, 'I am honored on behalf of the Ministry of Higher Education to convey the greetings of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, who patronizes this unique academic event,' stressing that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been witnessing a great development and progress in all fields, thanks to the wise leadership of the King and the Crown Prince who have given utmost attention to education in general and higher education in particular.

Prince Faisal bin Abdullah bin Mohammed, Minister of Education, has expressed happiness with what he has seen at the International Higher Education Exhibition, indicating its importance for the Saudi students, especially those in secondary stage.

In a statement following his visit to the exhibition, the Minister of Education made clear that the Ministry of Education is looking forward to greater cooperation with the Ministry of Higher Education, expressing thanks to the Minister of Higher Education Dr. Khalid Al-Anqari and his Deputy and the organizers for the good organization.

Saudi Cultural Attaché in the United States Dr. Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Issa said that the number of Saudi students in US universities has reached 23,500, expecting the number will exceed 30,000 by the end of 2010.

In a statement to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) on the sidelines of the International Exhibition for Higher Education organized by the Ministry of Higher Education in Riyadh, Dr. Al-Issa said that the number of students expected to graduate from US universities this year is 3,000, pointing out that 50 US prestigious universities were invited to participate in the Exhibition.

Dr. Al-Issa also said that several agreements and memorandums of understanding were signed between US and Saudi universities on the sidelines of the Exhibition.

A number of male and female students, interviewed by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), said the recently-concluded International Exhibition on Higher Education at Riyadh Center for Exhibitions in Riyadh has provided a rare chance for students planning to go on scholarships abroad to score in one shot their goals of surveying international universities offers.

Tens of thousands of students visited the four-day exhibition to enquire about the classification of the universities, tuition fees, cost of living and other academic matters.

They said that they have spared effort, money and time to get the necessary information under the same roof.

For his part, Prince Mohammed bin Faisal bin Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Saud lauded the initiative of the Higher Education Ministry to organize this event, describing it as unprecedented.