Saudi Arabia comes 1st in Arab world, 17th globally in coronavirus research

Minister of Education Dr. Hamad Al-Sheikh

Saudi Arabia ranked 1st in the Arab world and the 17th globally in Saudi universities efforts to publish researches on coronavirus; as Saudi Arabia accounted for 1.8% of global research production.

The Minister of Education Dr. Hamad Bin Mohammed Al-Sheikh, has extended thanks and appreciation to King Salman and Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, deputy prime minister and minister of defense, for their continuous support for education, research and innovation. As well as preparing all means for scholars and researchers in Saudi universities to achieve success and compete globally.

The minister also affirmed that this achievement is a continuation of great efforts that Saudi Arabia exerted to address the coronavirus pandemic. Saudi Arabia surpassed many countries, which reflects its ability to deal with crises, he added.

In a statement to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA); the minister said that Saudi universities published researches on coronavirus accounting for 83.4% of the Kingdom’s production. This was due to national efforts that started since the outbreak of the pandemic.

Dr. Al-Sheikh also stressed the ministry’s keenness to organize a number of specialized events; with the participation of a large number of universities and Saudi research centers, researchers and academics.

He noted that the ministry is also keen on coordinating universities’ efforts through specialized workshops. This is to raise the efficiency and contribution of researches to address the COVID-19 pandemic.