Prof. Moudhi Al-Humoud, President of the Arab Open University (AOU), participated in the launch meeting of the Shoman Scientific Research and Innovation Community, which was organized by the Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation (AHSF) under the patronage of HRH Princess Ghida Talal. In a presence of more than70 Arab figures, and a number of professionals, researchers, academics, representatives from public and private sectors, and journalists, the meeting was held in Jordan, Amman, on the occasion of the 35th anniversary of Shoman’s scientific research award.
Prof. Al-Humoud participated in a panel titled “Science to Innovation in the Arab world”. The panel was headed by Former Higher Education Minister Ameen Mahmoud, and was participated by Rana Dajani, an associate professor at the Hashemite University, Saeed Ismail, a scholar in genetics, Dhiyaa Khaleel, the president of the electronic engineering department at Egypt’s Ain Shams University, and Victor Billeh, an international expert of educational strategies and policies.
The panel discussed the obstacles of conducting scientific research in the Arab world and the role of AHSF in promoting more applied research that leads to innovation and offers practical solutions to face future challenges.
During the panel, in her research paper, Prof. Al-Humoud addressed a number of academic, research and community work systems in the Arab world. The paper discussed the components and elements of these systems and their role in research, innovation, and development at the national, Arab and international levels. As examples, she presented the system and the role of the General Secretariat of the League of Arab States, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR), and the role of the Kuwaiti youth experience in the small and medium projects.
In addition, she addressed several points, such as the role of the agreements between universities, institutions of research, production and services, the level of public spending on research in Saudi Arabia, and the role of the private sector in supporting applied research and encouraging innovation.
She said the partnership in research, development, and innovation is one of the necessary requirements for developing the applied scientific research and encouraging innovation in the Arab world, which one of its first requirements is to raise the culture of work as one team.
She concluded that studying science and culture indicators and comparing them to economic ones indicate a mathematical correlation between the spending of the state on research and development and its population and per capita income. In addition, there is a correlation between the ratio of the number of scientists and engineers working in scientific research and the population and per capita income. Some developing countries such as East and Southeast Asian countries recognized this fact and increased their spending on science, technology, and innovation, which has led to high growth rates. Therefore, Arab countries are required to increase their spending on research and development to achieve targeted growth rates.