Knowledge Economy and Technology Transfer Center
The work of the Knowledge Economy and Technology Transfer Center at the university is based on the Kingdom's vision 2030 in promoting and supporting the culture of innovation and knowledge economy, transferring and localizing technology, as well as raising the contributions of medium and small enterprises in the local product. Education and investment in it, strengthening local and international partnerships, increasing university investments and diversifying financing and partnership programs.
The center aims to build a generation of inventors in all fields by spreading the culture of innovation and invention inside and outside the university and urging inventors to register their inventions and support and develop their ideas and innovations. The center is also concerned with protecting, registering and marketing the protection of promising ideas and inventions and their transformation into commercial or industrial products, and to be an effective tool in the promotion and protection of intellectual property rights and their entrenchment inside and outside university.
Building a knowledge economy is also a strategic goal of the center, by employing knowledge and technology to provide distinct and innovative products or services that help to accelerate the speed of technical and scientific progress and maintain economic growth and development in the long term. The center also seeks to diversify the university’s sources of income and benefit from its infrastructure and human resources and capabilities. In addition, it aims to enhancing its position as long-standing educational institution among its peers, and strengthening the reciprocal relationship between scientists and industry, which opens the way for scientists to cover local industrial needs and harness the minds of researchers and innovators to find innovative solutions to problems and challenges facing society and transforming knowledge into an economic value that contributes to the national product and community service through technology transfer localization and development locally.
The center is divided into four departments: Innovation and Development, Modeling and Testing, Intellectual Property, and Industrial Relations, which accomplish the desired goals and implement the strategic plans of the center through its experts and affiliated units.