Saudi Team Receives U.S. National Science Foundation Research Grant Worth $1.2 Million

The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) has provided a research grant worth $1.2 million to a research team consisting of three American universities led by Saudi academic and faculty member at the University of California, Dr. Faisal Nawab.

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The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) has provided a research grant worth $1.2 million to a research team consisting of three American universities led by Saudi academic and faculty member at the University of California, Dr. Faisal Nawab.

Dr. Nawab said in a statement to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) that the universities participating in the research team include the University of California at Irvine, the University of California at Davis, and New Jersey Tech, noting that the project aims to address the challenges of data protection and privacy in Internet applications and smart cities.

He added that the project seeks to enable the transformation of the current data infrastructure to comply with user data protection legislation and regulations, such as the personal data protection system that the Kingdom is working on, represented by the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA).

He stated that the team's mission will last four years, and its first results will be revealed at the Data Systems Development Conference in Italy and will be presented and discussed annually at the NSF.

Dr. Nawab highlighted his cooperation with some Saudi universities and entities through his research laboratory at the University of California for this goal, adding that Saudi Arabia, represented by SDAIA, was the first to introduce systems and regulations for data protection in a way that guarantees user rights and that personal data protection.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

Taif Education Launches Teaching Chinese Language in Taif Schools

The General Administration of Education in Taif Governorate has launched the “Chinese Language” enrichment program in more than 50 secondary schools for second-year students.

The administration said that the program will benefit more than 3,000 stud…

The General Administration of Education in Taif Governorate has launched the "Chinese Language" enrichment program in more than 50 secondary schools for second-year students.

The administration said that the program will benefit more than 3,000 students, who will be taking one class per week during proficiency enrichment classes. The class will be equipped with audio and visual aids to display the content of the Chinese language enrichment program, which the Ministry of Education selects.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

Education Minister meets UNESCO-King Hamad ICT Prize Director

Dr. Mohammed bin Mubarak Juma, Minister of Education and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Higher Education Council, met with Fengchun Miao, the Director of the UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the Use of Information and Communicat…

Dr. Mohammed bin Mubarak Juma, Minister of Education and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Higher Education Council, met with Fengchun Miao, the Director of the UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the Use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in Education.

They discussed the arrangements for the award-distribution ceremony which will be held at the UNESCO headquarters on September 7.

Senior officials, ambassadors, diplomats, researchers, and media professionals from various countries will attend the ceremony to honour the award laureates.

Dr. Juma and Fengchun Miao reviewed areas of cooperation between Bahrain's Ministry of Education and UNESCO in fields of education and higher education.

They also discussed the proposed themes of the award's next edition.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

65,000 parents attended the first induction day, Minister of Education

Thousands of parents today head to schools to attend the first induction day.Education Minister Dr. Mohammed bin Mubarak Juma said that around 65000 took part in the induction day, making up nearly 50% of the overall number.His Royal Highness Prince S…

Thousands of parents today head to schools to attend the first induction day.

Education Minister Dr. Mohammed bin Mubarak Juma said that around 65000 took part in the induction day, making up nearly 50% of the overall number.

His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister, directed the Ministry of Education to hold the induction days at Government-run schools.

In a statement today, Dr. Juma said that certain Government schools had reported up to 90% of parents' attendance on the first induction day.

The minister said that schools will hold the second induction today tomorrow, Tuesday, from 8 am until 4 pm, praising the administrative and educational staff for the good organization which marked the first day.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

Youth Minister meets HIPO-Youth batch

Rawan bint Najeeb Tawfiqi, Minister of Youth Affairs, met with members of the fifth batch of the national leadership programme HIPO-Youth.The programme is organized by the Institute of Public Administration (BIPA) in cooperation with the Ministry of Yo…

Rawan bint Najeeb Tawfiqi, Minister of Youth Affairs, met with members of the fifth batch of the national leadership programme HIPO-Youth.

The programme is organized by the Institute of Public Administration (BIPA) in cooperation with the Ministry of Youth Affairs and INJAZ Bahrain.

The minister stressed the pivotal role played by Bahraini youth in advancing the development process in Bahrain, through their capabilities to initiate youth programmes that would raise the level of national aspirations.

Dr. Shaikha Rana bint Isa bin Daij Al Khalifa, Director General of BIPA, explained that the meeting of the minister with the programme's members is a meeting from youth to youth, which reflects what Bahrain possesses today in terms of youth energies and leaders capable of participating in the decision-making process.

She noted that the exchange of experiences and applied practices by an elite group of government leaders is a mechanism that has proven effectiveness in motivating and encouraging Bahraini youth to develop their abilities and skills, and come up with innovative ideas and projects that contribute to achieving national accomplishments that keep pace with government visions.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

CST Seeks Public Consultation on Space Data Platform Regulations, Space Data Platform

The Communications, Space and Technology Commission (CST) invites the public to submit their input on the Space Data Regulations Platform and Application Document for Obtaining a Permit to provide Space Data Platform Services, which aims to establish t…

The Communications, Space and Technology Commission (CST) invites the public to submit their input on the Space Data Regulations Platform and Application Document for Obtaining a Permit to provide Space Data Platform Services, which aims to establish the regulatory environment for the space sector and attract investments to contribute to the growth of the GDP, as well as to increase the effectiveness of space data governance.

CST stated that through the publication of these two documents, any entity that undertakes to establish a platform that acts as a marketplace for space data, and to collect and process the space data received from satellite operators, such as satellite images, remote sensing data, orbital data, weather data and astronomy data, can get informed with the view to obtain a license.

The platform also connects satellite operators, technical solution and application developers, researchers and entities wishing to obtain space data-based solutions.

CST underlined that the Application Document for Obtaining a Permit to provide Space Data Platform Services includes guidelines and requirements for entities interested in acquiring a license, as well as obligations of relevant parties to ensure user rights and data security.

CST calls on all concerned parties and stakeholders to provide their comments, observations and suggestions regarding the documents, emphasizing its commitment to transparency and clarity in engaging all relevant entities. The deadline for submitting the input is September 12, 2023; submission can be done through the CST website:

https://regulations.citc.gov.sa/en/Pages/PublishedPublicConsultations.aspx#/PublishedPublicConsultations

Source: Saudi Press Agency