Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 08:15


A joint delegation from the Royal Scientific Society and Princess Sumaya University for Technology, headed by the President of PSUT, Prof. Mashhoor Al-Refai, visited the University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain to discuss ways of strengthening joint cooperation in the field of knowledge transfer and scientific research, as well as sharing their expertise in IT, artificial intelligence and big data analysis. The delegation was received by the Rector, his vice-chancellor and the Director of International Relations.

At a meeting attended by Prof. Walid Salameh and Dr. Nabeel Al-Fayoumi, Prof. Al-Refai gave a summary of PSUT's excellent record, highlighting the international accreditations it has received, and its participation in 40 EU-backed projects, five of which are under PSUT management.

Dr. Nabeel Al-Fayoumi, Chief Data Officer and Technology Advisor to Her Royal Highness President of the Royal Scientific Society, pointed out the great potential of the RSS and its excellent local, regional and global reputation. He also spoke about its role in linking applied scientific research to national priorities and its current and future concerns in big data analysis, with the aim of supporting decision-making and policy in various sectors, such as energy, water, health and education.

Al-Fayoumi stressed the Society's leading role in the data field at the regional level, making clear the possibility of creating avenues of joint academic, research and applied work, and the possibility of benefiting from the expertise acquired by the RSS in its cooperative endeavors with European universities and Princess Sumaya University for Technology. 

The two parties also discussed opportunities for cooperation in information security programs, conducting joint research between their faculty members, and enabling PSUT graduate students to spend a semester, or a full academic year, at the University of Santiago.

It should be noted that the University of Santiago de Compostela is home to one of Europe's largest big data centers, where the focus is on its processing, analysis and classification.