Aramco and university launch Nature-Based Solution Center at anniversary event.

King Faisal University Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Aramco signed a memorandum of understanding with King Faisal University to cooperate on a Nature-Based Solution Center. Pictured HRH Prince Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Governor of the Eastern Province (center), HRH Prince Saud bin Talal bin Badr, Governor of al-Hasa (left), H.E. Yousef Al-Benyan, Minister of Education (right), Aramco executive vice president of Technical Services, Wail A. Al Jaafari (second from right), and the president of King Faisal University, Muhammad bin Abdulaziz Al-Ohali, second from left.

King Faisal University has celebrated the 50th anniversary of its founding under the theme “Fifty Years of Growth and Giving” in the presence of royalty, excellencies, senior officials, university and media professionals, and members of the local community.

The celebration took place under the patronage of HRH Prince Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Governor of the Eastern Province, who congratulated the university. The president of King Faisal University, Muhammad bin Abdul Aziz Al-Ohali, extended his gratitude to Prince Saud for his attendance and support, and noted that the anniversary formally recognized the contributions of the university to the Kingdom’s education and development. The prince also sponsored the signing of a number of community agreements and partnerships to support the university’s future.

Launch of Nature-Based Solution Center

During the event, Wail A. Al Jaafari, Aramco’s executive vice president of Technical Services, helped launch the Nature-Based Solution Center in collaboration with the university. The center is planning to be a multidisciplinary climate research, innovation, and learning institution that aims to leverage its expertise with the objective of shaping positive outcomes for the Kingdom, the region, and the world.

The center plans to employ the latest technologies and research methods in its efforts to address climate change challenges, and focus on biodiversity efforts. These streams of work are aligned with the efforts of the Saudi Green Initiative and the Middle East Green Initiative.

The celebration included an accompanying exhibition enabling participants to explore the history and progress of the university over 50 years.

— The Arabian Sun: January 24, 2024