151 Saudi students compete in prestigious scientific olympiad

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The Saudi students chosen to compete at the ISEF 2020 gathering in California will be up against 2,000 students representing 90 countries. (SPA)
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The Saudi students chosen to compete at the ISEF 2020 gathering in California will be up against 2,000 students representing 90 countries. (SPA)
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The Saudi students chosen to compete at the ISEF 2020 gathering in California will be up against 2,000 students representing 90 countries. (SPA)
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The Saudi students chosen to compete at the ISEF 2020 gathering in California will be up against 2,000 students representing 90 countries. (SPA)
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Updated 13 February 2020

151 Saudi students compete in prestigious scientific olympiad

  • 27 winning contestants will be revealed on Saturday
  • Winners will compete in the ISEF 2020 in California in May

RIYADH: A prestigious national Olympiad aimed at identifying the next generation of Saudi scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs on Wednesday kicked off in Riyadh.

A total of 151 male and female students will compete in the National Olympiad for Scientific Creativity (Ibdaa 2020), organized by the King Abdul Aziz and his Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity (Mawhiba) in collaboration with the Saudi Ministry of Education.

The winning 27 contestants will be revealed at a closing ceremony to be held on Saturday under the patronage of Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar.

Students participating in the competition have already completed their projects at King Saud University in line with the scientific ethical regulations adopted by a jury of eight members, and judging will take place on Thursday and Friday.

The Olympiad entrants will be presenting their research in 21 different scientific fields and a committee of 31 academic experts will pick the winning projects to go through to represent the Kingdom at the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF 2020) being staged in the US in May.

Those chosen to compete at the ISEF gathering in California will be up against 2,000 students representing 90 countries.

Through the Ibdaa competition, the Mawhiba and Ministry of Education partnership aims to identify and develop young Saudi talent. 

More than 75,000 students from throughout the Kingdom applied to take part in the contest which involves thousands of educational supervisors, ministry officials, and scientific experts in supporting students with their research projects.


King Salman meets Mauritanian president

Updated 27 February 2020

King Salman meets Mauritanian president

RIYADH: King Salman received Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Ghazouani in Riyadh on Wednesday.

They discussed ways to develop and strengthen bilateral relations, especially in the economic and investment fields, as well as the latest regional developments. Later, the king hosted a luncheon in honor of the president and his accompanying delegation.

The king and Ghazouani also witnessed the signing ceremony of four agreements and memoranda of understanding between the two countries. They include cultural cooperation, civil service, and vocational and technical training.

On the Saudi side, the ceremony was attended by State Minister Prince Mansour bin Miteb bin Abdul Aziz, Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan and Finance Minister Mohammed Al-Jadaan, among other officials. Mauritanian officials also attended.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman visited Mauritania in December 2018, bolstering relations and renewing support for the country’s development efforts.

He expressed his “great satisfaction at the depth of the fraternal relations between the two brotherly peoples.”

Also on Wednesday, Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune arrived in Riyadh. At King Khalid International Airport, he was received by Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar and a number of officials.

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