A SASTA delegation led by Dr. Hilal Lahuel, SASTA’s Secretory General, was in an official visit to JU in KSA on May 26-28th, 2012. The members of the delegation made major contribution to the Workshop on Research strategic planning, organized by the Deanship of Scientific Research at the University, where they shared their experience in research strategic planning and developing postgraduate programs, and presented novel findings from their own research projects. The workshop brought active researchers from the biomedical and natural sciences at JU to interactively discuss a draft of JU’s 2012-218 strategic research agendas.
The main purpose of the visit has been to explore the opportunities of cooperation and partnership between SASTA and JU towards strengthening of the internal research capacity and enhancing the research throughput and quality of the latter. The delegation held a fruitful meeting with the Dean of Scientific Research at JU, Dr. Rashad Alsanosi, where potential areas of cooperation between the two sides and practical steps necessary to jump-start a partnership were identified. Both sides agreed to follow and work towards reaching a final agreement in the near future.