Second Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector-General Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz left Dhahran today after inaugurating the Sixth Saudi Engineering Conference organized by King Fahd University for Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM). Engineering conferences are held at different universities every three years. This year's four-day event, which opened yesterday, has the theme 'Engineering education facing the challenges of the era.' The accompanying exhibition includes pavilions of private companies in the fields of oil and gas, electricity and electronics, building and construction, engineering consultancy, manufacturing and laying of pipelines, and the processing of iron ore and steel.
Speaking on the occasion, Prince Sultan referred to the conferences as showing the concern of Saudi universities to promote knowledge and the preparation of a suitable environment for scientific research, and demonstrating the high scientific standard that these universities have reached. He noted that the Council of Ministers recently approved the idea of establishing a Saudi Commission for Engineers, adding: "Today, we live in a world characterized by specialized science and knowledge; therefore, we should exert every effort to improve the quality of our education."