King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), within the framework of the US President Donald Trump’s historic visit to the Kingdom, has signed 10 scientific and technological cooperation agreements with leading US universities and institutes in addition to three memorandums of understanding with major US companies.
The agreements inked by Prince Dr. Turki bin Saud bin Mohammed Al Saud, KACST President, with the American party comprehended Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Stanford University, University of California San Diego, the University of California, Berkeley, The University of California, Los Angeles, University of California Santa Barbara, Brigham School of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and recently with University of Northwestern.
KACST President also inked memoranda of understanding for technological cooperation with Amazon Company, Boeing Company and Thermo Fisher Scientific Company.
These agreements and memorandums of understanding are intended to boost scientific and technological cooperation with US universities, institutes and companies within the framework of the Technology Leaders Initiative within the 2020 National Transformation program, which comes out of the 2030 Vision of the Kingdom. The Technology Leaders Initiative aims to establish joint centers of excellence with major research institutes and universities in the field of scientific and applied research. These centers carry out priority research projects for the Kingdom in vital and strategic areas.
This imitative also aims to train Saudi researchers, males and females, in these academic and industrial institutions for a period of two years to increase their experience and improve their research skills, making them eligible to compete for master's and doctorate programs at the top 20 universities in the world.