Since Alfaisal University is a relatively new research & graduate studies institution, good relations with external research oriented institutions is critical. Three of Alfaisal current graduate programs have been developed in collaboration with the King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre (KFSHRC). Courses are taught in part by staff experts from KFSHRC who have joint faculty appointments at Alfaisal University. Research related projects may be run either at Alfaisal or at the KFSHRC research laboratories. Moreover, with the help of a BOT member and KFSHRC Executive Administration, Alfaisal University is now ordering research chemicals through the KFSHRC system. Based on our initial experience it takes about 2 to 4 months to receive the research chemicals, which is significantly shorter than the previous ordering system, which used to take a six month period required through the regular route.