King Abdullah Chair for Dialogue established at University of Toronto

June 29, 2010

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz met yesterday with Saudi students studying abroad and officials from the University of Toronto, on the occasion of the establishment of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Chair for Dialogue among Civilizations. Honorary President of the University of Toronto.

In a speech to mark the occasion, King Abdullah said, “My sons and daughters on scholarship everywhere in this world, there is no doubt that you will understand that nations do not rise without the hands of their people, and you know that knowledge is a broad gateway and an effective tool in the development process, so it is the responsibility that lies on every student on scholarship – male and female – to make it obligatory to seek with tireless determination to acquire knowledge and learning.

University of Toronto Rector Dr. David Niller expressed his appreciation to King Abdullah for the establishment of the Chair, which he characterized as a generous gift to the University of Toronto and the Canadian people. The Chair of will work on spreading the culture of dialogue among followers of religions and cultures, including organizing an annual international conference under the patronage of King Abdullah. A budget of SR 20 million [$5.33 million] has been allocated over five years for funding the Chair’s research projects, scholarships, conferences and seminars.