Vice President's Message

On behalf of all the staff in the Office of Research & Graduate Studies (ORG) we would like to welcome you to our website. The main aims or functions of the Office are to facilitate faculty members in obtaining external research funding, to manage internal research funded projects and to aid and expedite undergraduate student research through for example poster competitions and industry sponsored student research such as provided Boeing and Shell. In addition, the Office also has overall responsibility for Graduate Studies at Alfaisal University. Our staff assists the Colleges in developing new graduate programs and facilitating their approval through both the University as well as the MOHE/NCAAA system. Since Alfaisal University is a private institution this affects both which external research funds our faculty can apply for as well as the approval process for new graduate programs. In addition, the Office through the Graduate Studies Subcommittee aids in managing the day-to-day needs of our students as they make their way through their graduate programs.

Eminence in research is crucial to achieving the University's goals of becoming a leading educational institution and a model in the region. It is also a critical component to the University's mission of conducting world class research that benefits the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the region and the world. Collaboration between Alfaisal and individuals, companies, and other universities in the local environment is fundamental to conducting research which can be applied to benefit and develop society. Key stakeholders for Alfaisal include for example KACST, KFSHRC and Boeing.

The Office of Research & Graduate Studies is responsible for assuring adherence to the University's and sponsor's policies and procedures, and for following ethical standards in conducting research. It provides direction and guidance in the development, identification, and securing of funding sources as well as proposal development, submission, administering and closure of awards. Policies and procedures governing internal and sponsored research conducted at Alfaisal University are available on this website. It sets forth definitions, policies, and procedures for approval, processing, budgeting, and accounting for research funded from internal and external sources as well as ethical practices.

The Office of Research & Graduate Studies has also prepared Graduate Polices & Procedures for students, faculty and staff to help define their responsibilities and to explain the policies and procedures that govern graduate study at Alfaisal University. As the administrative arm of the Research & Graduate Studies Council (RGC), the Office of Research & Graduate Studies monitors the progress of students enrolled in different graduate degree programs, from the time they are admitted to Alfaisal University until they complete their degrees. This is done in coordination with the College Graduate Studies Committees and the Office of Student Affairs.

Finally, we would once again like to welcome you to our website. Please feel free to contact our staff if you have any questions or need clarification. We wish you all the best during your stay at this great institution.

Sincerely,
Dr. Matheus (Theo) F. A. Goosen
Associate Vice President
Office of Research & Graduate Studies
Alfaisal University

Dr. Yousef M. Alyousef
Consultant/Advisor
Office of Research & Graduate Studies
Alfaisal University