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King Faisal University

The National Research Center for Giftedness and Creativity

In the Words of the President
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Dr Muhanna Abdullah Al-Dalami

In recognition of its leading role in serving the community in all its spectrums, King Faisal University has established the first national centre to be specialised in giftedness and creativity research. Now, the Centre is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The Centre has actively contributed to the development of giftedness in the Saudi context and beyond, through several academic programmes in cooperation with the College of Education, through qualitative and quantitative research projects, seminars, open days, workshops, and others. The Centre seeks to help achieve Saudi Vision 2030, particularly its aim to achieve "a thriving economy... rewarding opportunities". The Centre seeks to assist with the provision of education that contributes to the advancement of the national economy by spreading a culture of giftedness and creativity throughout higher education institutions, schools, and wider society. In order to develop work and improve the quality in all aspects of academic, research and administrative life and to achieve effective community partnerships, the University focuses on building its integrated system through comprehensive strategic planning. The University aims to help achieve the plans for the national transformation towards achieving sustainability and the goal of Vision 2030 to achieve food security and development through the creation of a sustainable system operating within a number of vital areas and to invest tributaries of excellence; something that comes at the forefront of the National Research Centre for Giftedness and Creativity, which is one of the most important pillars of the innovation system and entrepreneurship at the University. All of that is intended to underpin the march of the national positive transformation and the development of giftedness at the local, Gulf and international levels.

In the Words of the Vice-President for Graduate Studies and Research
Prof. Abdullrahman Alilly

It is our belief that fostering giftedness and creativity is not only a national duty, but also a humanitarian one. We aim to make the Arab field of giftedness and creativity (in its philosophical and empirical bases) transcend Arab regions to demonstrate an international presence and display a globally leading role by critically analyzing the past ten years of the Center's journey. This will help us stop merely "chasing" and passively following Western theories and practices. When the Arab library is closely examined, its giftedness and creativity are lacking. The majority of Arab writing is either a translation of Western ideas or a docile assimilation of Western realities. 
In the Words of the Centre Director
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Dr Saeed AlQahtani

Our team holds the belief that the nurturance of giftedness and creativity is not merely a national responsibility, but, moreover, a humanitarian obligation. By critically reflecting on the past 10 years of the Centre journey, we seek to make the Arab field of giftedness and creativity (in its philosophical and empirical bases) transcend Arab regions to demonstrate an international presence and display a globally leading role, thus stopping merely passively following and “chasing” Western theories and practices. The close observation of the Arab library will find it to be poor for talented ness and creativity. Most of what exists in Arab literature is either translation or submissive adoption of Western philosophies and experiences. This is not to mention the complete absence of international institutes in Arab regions that are specialised in this field. Towards the end of the 20th century, giftedness emerged in Saudi Arabia as a “movement” and “campaign” initiated by progressive and ambitious male and leaders of the country. This led to the foundation of King Abdulaziz and his Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity. This was followed by the formation of a department in the Ministry of Education to look after giftedness in schools. Having realised the necessity for higher education institutions to embrace such a national reform, King Faisal University has established the National Research Centre for Giftedness and Creativity; the first centre of its kind in higher education institutions at the national and Arab levels. Our team is enthusiastic about the second decade of the Centre journey.