Prince Turki al Fasail of Saudi Arabia visits University
10 June 2009
Professor John Hearn, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, International, welcomed HRH Prince Turki Al Faisal from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, His Excellency Hassan bin Talat Nazer, Saudi Ambassador to Australia and New Zealand, and a delegation from the King Faisal Centre for Research and Islamic Studies to the University of Sydney last week.
The delegation was at the University to discuss options for further engagement in Saudi research and teaching programs in key focus areas of medicine, sciences, law, architecture, engineering and humanities and social sciences ahead of a possible University of Sydney 2010 delegation.
Professor Hearn hosted a luncheon for HRH Prince Turki Al Faisal, which included the Dean of Medicine, Professor Bruce Robinson, the Dean of Law, Professor Gillian Triggs, the Acting Dean of Education and Social Work, Professor Robyn Ewing and Associate Professor Ahmad Shboul, Chair of Department of Arab & Islamic Studies at the Faculty of Arts.
In his address at this luncheon, His Royal Highness highlighted the potential scope for development of sustainable linkages between the University and Saudi Arabia, especially with the King Faisal Research Centre for Research and Islamic Studies, of which Prince Turki is Chairman and Alfaisal University and Effet University both supported by the King Faisal Foundation..
Professor Hearn also hosted a roundtable session with senior leaders from across the University. HRH Prince Turki Al Faisal also met with around 20 Saudi students studying at universities across NSW and the ACT.
The University of Sydney currently hosts 89 Saudi students studying across faculties, the majority of which are at undergraduate level, with a small but growing portion at PhD level. The main study areas for Saudi students are in the health sciences, sciences and medicine. The University of Sydney-Saudi Health program, launched in 2005, continues to be the University's flagship program for student engagement with Saudi Arabia with over 157 students involved in various stages of the program.
The high-level visit to the University of Sydney was organised by Mr Ali Roude OAM, Deputy Chairman of the Islamic Council of NSW. Members of the Islamic Council also attended meetings at the University. The Cultural Attaché from the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission and staff from the Cultural Mission and the Royal Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia attended campus events with HRH Prince Turki Al Faisal.
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