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Research & Initiative Center

Research & Initiative Center

The aim of the new research structure is to decentralize the research activities at PSU to the college level, and to reduce the duplication and overhead, and to ease the research activities process, and to identify PSU strength and set distinguished research themes driven by these strengths.

Facts & Statistics

Journal Articles

193

Conference Papers

76

Books / Book Chapters

19

Patents

0

Citations

4396

Vision

RIC is intended to create a suitable environment that nurtures, encourages and inspires research activities that lead PSU to be among the top universities in the Middle East.

Mission

Foster research excellence among faculty members of PSU and prioritize the Saudi Vision 2030 in their scholarly research activities. Aims and Objectives of the RIC The aim of the new research structure is to decentralize the research activities at PSU to the college level, and to reduce the duplication and overhead, and to ease the research activities process, to identify PSU’s strengths, and to set distinguished research themes driven by these strengths.

Research Themes

Theme 1: Data Science and Security
Theme 2: Digital Economy
Theme 3: Capacity Building, Education & Human Resources Development
Theme 4: Energy, Sustainability, Infrastructure & Built Environment
Theme 5: Science, Technology & Industrial Innovation
Theme 6: Governance & Policy Design

Objectives

  • Promote research, excellence, and innovation in the University community.
  • Explore practical research problems that address the community needs.
  • Promote collaborative and interdisciplinary work.
  • Raise the scientific impact and feasibility of PSU and have research to be an added value to PSU achievements.
  • Enhance the research infrastructure for professional development.
  • Generate financial revenue for PSU, through external grants, consultation, possible training, commercialization.

MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR

In the last few years, Prince Sultan University has increasingly given research more attention and weight. This finally contributed to the establishment of the Research and Initiatives Center (RIC in short), in September 2017. Since then, the University has taken several brave decisions to promote research and has resulted in several new research programs and initiatives. First, the University adopted a decentralized strategy for research governance, giving colleges their financial independence and decision making about conference attendance, project proposal evaluation, research labs, to name a few. This change from the fully centralized research strategy to a decentralized one has radically improved the research productivity and increased the motivation of researchers. Besides, several research programs were established, allowing faculty members to invite top scholars as distinguished visiting professors, and also invite Ph.D. students from abroad for research internships of one to six months. These are just a sample of the initiatives that Prince Sultan University has made, and that resulted in a highly positive impact on the research environment. At PSU, we are very proud and enthusiastic about the achievements made in research, and we are working forward to reach the highest level of excellence in research in the near future. I also take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank the efforts of the previous RIC Director Dr. Khaled Almustafa and his team for paving the way to a productive research environment and we do hope to continue this success.

Anis Koubaa

RIC Director

RIC Committee

Prof. Anis Koubaa

RIC Director

Dr. Iman Almomani

RIC Associate Directors

Dr. Mohammad Nurunnabi

RIC Associate Directors

Mr. Abdulrahman Yassin

RIC Assistants

Ms. Sarah Al-Shareef

RIC Assistants