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Policy Title :
Institutional Research Agenda
Policy Number :
V. 16
Responsible Party :
Research
Effective Date :
21/05/2015
Revised Date :
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Purpose

The purpose of the Institutional Research Agenda policy is to ensure that policies are written and developed to support the research agenda being institutionalized at Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University.

Statement :

Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University research agenda is key for becoming the protagonist in the development of the society of the Eastern province of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. A well-articulated institutional research agenda can assist essential contributors and intended beneficiaries to visualize the link between research and community needs, systems outcomes, and national development.

Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University research agenda is set to influence internal and external funding agencies to support the expansion of research at all institutional levels.

The Institutional Research Agenda is defined for the purpose of this policy as the development and execution of multidisciplinary research areas that will strengthen the research culture of PMU in order to ensure visibility and high standards in the university community not only of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia but in the GCC region.
At PMU, we believe that research should be directly oriented to the economic prosperity of KSA which depends upon knowledge creation and learning with explicit implications to the region itself. In order to have an impact on the society, PMU believes that its role as a university in the knowledge production, application, dissemination, and integration of the knowledge in teaching should be thematic and not only discipline centered.
The seed funds aim not only to encourage individual projects with due respect to academic freedom but will mainly support the “Institutional Research Agenda” based on the KSA trends and needs.
The following emerging research topics could be considered as potential guiding factors of the research agenda that will rule and govern the research culture at Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University.
The emerging themes are:

  1. Energy and Environmental Studies (i.e., green building, environmental health, energy generation, storage, transport, conversion, management, environmental impact)
  2. Graphical System Design
  3. Nanotechnology (i.e., fluid, solid, smart materials, smart structures)
  4. Enabling Disabled Individuals  (i.e., special education, special needs, people with disabilities)
  5. Youth and Youth Development
  6. Revenue Diversification in KSA (i.e., other sources than oil: tourism and hospitality;  human development and culture sustainability; improvement of the well-being of the Saudi citizens)

Three other areas of interest are under exploration by the PMU Management for their prioritization in the Institutional Research Agenda which are:

  1. The multi-attributes and root causes of “terrorism” behavior and their social, anthropological, and economic impacts on the country victims.
  2. Knowledge Economy.
  3. Digital Society.

Criteria for Institutional Research Areas

The research areas for development at PMU must:

  1. Allow the development of new programs or electives addressing undergraduate and postgraduate students.
  2. Have an immediate impact on the business society of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  3. Be multidisciplinary in order to facilitate internal and external collaborative research between faculty members and students.
  4. Seek for the development of a Center of Excellence in a specific area in short-term followed by the creation of a Research Institute in the long term. The creation of the Center for Excellence represents Phase I and the Research Institute constitutes Phase II in the implementation of the “Institutional Research Agenda”.
  5. Ensure the proper mechanisms to recruit and hire faculty with specific research agendas and interests in one of the above mentioned areas.
  6. Guarantee recruitment and hiring based not only on teaching preferences but also based on the research needs of the institution.
  7. Secure external funding for the development and expansion of the research agenda and needs of the institution.