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Posted: December 29, 2007
Saudi Arabia plans to set up nanotechnology institute
(Nanowerk News) Saudi Arabia plans top set up a nanotechnology institute. The proposal has been approved by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, according to Dr Abdullah Al Othman, rector of King Saud University (KSU).
To be located on a two million square metres facility in Riyadh Techno Valley, it will be named after King Abdullah, and serve as an advanced technology research centre for KSU.
Al Othman said that Crown Prince Sultan, deputy premier and minister of defence and aviation, has donated SR30 million for the recruitment of top research scientists from all over the world. He spoke at the start of the three-day Seventh Saudi Engineering Conference, which was inaugurated by Interior Minister Prince Nayef on behalf of Crown Prince Sultan at KSU’s auditorium in Riyadh recently.
Prince Naeyf welcomed the KSU initiative and stressed the importance of manpower for the kingdom’s development. “The future of the country depends on its youth, which in turn depends on human resources development. The scientific community must exert more effort to train and qualify the Saudi youth,” he said.
He praised KSU’s effort to recruit Nobel laureates and top research scientists as well as creating chairs to conduct research with the cooperation of leading universities and multinational companies.