Research Competitiveness Program (RCP) Continues to Support Research Ethics Infrastructure in Saudi Arabia

Following a successful implementation of RCP’s Research Ethics for International Collaboration short course in the major cities of Riyadh and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in December of 2018, the KSA Ministry of Education invited AAAS RCP back to run the course in the northern and southern cities of Tabuk and Abha, respectively, in March 2019. RCP has worked with the Ministry’s Research and Development Office (RDO) to build research capacity and competitiveness across the country. With a special focus on early career faculty, the Research Ethics course has reached over 200 faculty and academic leaders in over 26 Saudi colleges and universities.

This RCP course is designed to promote responsible conduct of research by addressing knowledge gaps in key topics in research ethics, developing strategies to proactively prevent ethical violations, and empowering participants to address issues and concerns that arise within their scientific communities. Through RDO, long-term impacts will be assessed with course participants and their institutions, and AAAS is looking forward to supporting the development of a sustainable ecosystem in STEM research and training in Saudi Arabia.

Images of participants and instructors at ethics course

RCP instructors, Drs. Heather McInnis and Irene Aninye leading a review of case studies in Tabuk (top left). RDO Director-General Dr. Hisham Alhadlaq addresses the group in Abha (bottom left). Participants engage in group exercises (bottom-center and right).



3 May 2019 Irene Aninye, Ph.D Research Competitiveness Program

Trading & Consulting International, Inc.

Albert Beckford Jones, President and CEO Trading & Consulting International, Inc. (a Chicago based international business development, strategy implementation and management consulting company) is the Advisor to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Research Competitiveness Program (RCP).  Albert Jones assists RCP (and other AAAS programs) in their business development efforts with foreign governments, and institutions of science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), research, innovation, and entrepreneurship; Albert Jones lays the ground work for international programmatic work and S&T collaboration. As the world’s largest general scientific society, AAAS has a commitment to strengthening science, technology, mathematics, engineering (STEM) ecosystems. The Research Competitiveness Program (RCP) has worked for more than twenty years to provide strategic assessment, peer review, training, and programs for innovation and entrepreneurship for governments, universities, foundations, and other STEM organizations

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