Saturday, January 24, 2015

King Abdullah's Vision...

On Friday morning we woke to the devastating news of King Abdullah's passing. Regardless of what people think of him beyond the shores of Saudi Arabia, he was a great man with a great vision for his people. Having acquired many Saudi friends, the pain and shock rippled through me and I was confronted with the reality of this significant but tragic event. 

My family and I have had the pleasure of working towards his vision for nearly two years and have enjoyed the fruits of what he wants to achieve for his people. We have a good life here and I have changed personally and professionally as a result of our time here.

I have made lifelong friends who are Saudi Muslims and I have been honored to learn about their life, their views, their values and their religion. 

See below to learn more about King Abdullah's Vision. 

   

Message from the King The Holy Quran states, "Say thou how would those who know would be equal to those who do not know?" This sound principle exalts the place of knowledge as the ultimate tool for enlightenment and exhorts all human beings to gain knowledge.

The Prophet Mohammed (Peace Be Upon Him) also said, "The most righteous of people is the one who brings the greater good to the community." Because of this, the most beneficial of all deeds is one that continues to bear fruit for generations to come. Waqf(endowment) has been an essential component in the building of Islamic civilization. 

Wishing to rekindle and spread the great and noble virtue of learning that has marked the Arab and Muslim worlds in earlier times, I am establishing King Abdullah University of Science and Technology on the Red Sea in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 

As a new "House of Wisdom," the University shall be a beacon for peace, hope, and reconciliation and shall serve the people of the Kingdom and benefit all the peoples of the world in keeping with the teachings of the Holy Quran, which explains that God created mankind in order for us to come to know each other. 

It is my desire that this new University become one of the world's great institutions of research; that it educate and train future generations of scientists, engineers and technologists; and that it foster, on the basis of merit and excellence, collaboration and cooperation with other great research universities and the private sector. 

The University shall have all the resources that it needs to pursue these goals. A perpetual waqf (endowment) is being established and shall be managed for its benefit by an independent Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees shall embody wise and responsible governance in support of the spirit of creativity that the University represents. 

The coastal locale of the University is an area of great natural beauty and cultural significance. In its design, construction and operations the University will conserve natural resources and demonstrate by precept and example the value of responsible environmental stewardship. 

Since universities striving for excellence depend on an atmosphere of exploration and initiative, nurturing and protecting freedom of research, thought and discourse related to scholarly work will be among the primary objectives of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. 

Our intention is to create an enduring model for advanced education and scientific research. A complete residential and academic compound will permit the faculty, staff, students, associates and their families to enjoy a rich and broad range of educational programs and social amenities. In providing a strong foundation for all aspects of life and work in the University, we aim to ensure its success in promoting the economic development and social prosperity of the people of the Kingdom and of the world. 

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

Original source here http://www.kaust.edu.sa/message_from_the_king.html

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