Welcome Message


Effat University (EU)and the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies (KFCRIS) are thrilled to welcome you to the 9th QS MAPLE Conference under the theme “Research in the Middle East and Africa: Overcoming the Bias” held for the first time in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, one of the fastest growing cities in the world, known as the Bride of the Red Sea and the Gate to the Two Holiest Places for Muslims – Makkah and Madina. Jeddah was also ranked fourth in the Middle East and Africa in terms of innovation in 2009 in the Innovation Cities Index, and named a Beta World City by the Globalization and World Cities Studies Group and Network (GaWC).

The topic of this conference is of utmost importance to educational institutions in the region, which arestriving to occupy a place in the world in terms of innovation and intellectual contribution. The conference invites scholars to present their thoughts, experiences, and research studies about the ways in which research funding bias, language bias, and subject area bias may impede research and researchers, as well as how such biases can be overcome.

The conference will bring together prominent researchers, experienced educational academic leaders, and even industry and business partners who will debate the issues hindering the growth and spread of intellectual contributions from the Middle East and Africa,the adverse effect of this on the intellectual, social and economic growth of the world, and the role that universities can play in uplifting biases and improving the future of research and innovation in this region to make the desirable societal and global impact.

This conference is the product of the collaboration of QS, Effat University and King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies. Whereas King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies is renowned for its great efforts in enhancing research in the region,mainly driven by the words of late King Faisal (God rest his soul); “We want this Kingdom to be a beacon of light for humanity”, Effat University- the university established by the late wife of King Faisal, Queen Effat Al-Thunayan (God rest her soul) to advocate women’s education- is strengthened by the university’s move towards “embracing research”, the major strategic direction of its current strategic plan (2017-2022).

Both Effat University and King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies are looking forward to your participation and contributions at the 9th QS MAPLE Conference and very much look forward to meeting you all in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Best Regards
Dr. Haifa Reda Jamal Al-Lail
President of Effat University