Visit from Curtin University

From May 15-17, 2023, KFUPM had the honor of hosting a delegation from Curtin University, consisting of Dr. Hussein Znad and Mr. Nigel De Silva. The visit was a multifaceted engagement aimed at strengthening academic and research collaborations between the two institutions. The delegation had a series of meaningful discussions with key figures at KFUPM, including meetings with the President, Vice President, and the Dean of CCM.

A highlight of the visit was a tour of Aramco's cutting-edge IR 4.0 facility. This state-of-the-art setup employs advanced analytics to achieve commendable results such as enhanced fuel efficiency, lower production costs, and significant emissions reduction, including a 60% drop in flaring.

While on campus, the delegation delved into current and upcoming research initiatives during an interactive session with the faculty of Chemical Engineering. They also explored educational synergies in focused meetings with Dr. Samir Bayat and Dr. Nadhir Baghli, discussing details concerning the MOU, course equivalency, and credit transfer within the student exchange program. Insights were also gathered from current exchange students about their experiences at KFUPM.

Additionally, the Curtin University representatives met Dr. Theis Ivan Solling for discussions on CPG & Mining Programs, as well as Dr. Jameel Althagfi and Dr. Faleh Al-Dheyabi for Bioengineering Programs. The delegation concluded their visit with a tour of Dhahran Techno Valley Company and the Innovation and Technology Transfer facilities, providing them with a comprehensive overview of KFUPM's role as a leader in innovation and research.