On the first day of the new year, Muharram 1, 1437 AH, HE University President Dr. Abdullah M. Al Rubaish launched the Deanship of Community Service and Sustainable Development’s E-gateway and the associated platform for the Social Responsibility Bank in the Central Library’s main hall on UoD’s main campus.  The University vice presidents, college deans, employees, honored guests from companies that are a part of UoD’s numerous partnerships, officials from the financial and business sectors and individuals with an interest in community affairs attended this event.

In Dr. Al Rubaish’s opening remarks he stated that, “Serving the community is a responsibility that is inherent to the culture of the University.  It is a goal that we in the University are committed to and we will do all that we can to achieve this in order to effectively serve the community.  Serving the community is integral to UoD’s Strategic Plan and its importance is reflected by its constant presence in the curricula as well as in extracurricular activities at the University.”  Dr. Al Rubaish praised the ongoing projects and programs that demonstrate the University’s commitment towards the community and he noted that the establishment of this bank is yet one more example of UoD’s role in professionally serving the community.

Dr. Al Rubaish welcomed the guests from the financial and business sectors.  He emphasized the importance of community partnerships with the University and how integral these partnerships were in contributing to the success of a growing and vital community.   

Dr. Al Rubaish praised the Deanship of Community Service and Sustainable Development on its groundbreaking programs, taking note of all that is done by the University for the community and how from this initiative the idea of creating a socially responsible community at the University of Dammam emerged.  The Deanship has a project in place that will measure the performance level of the University in terms of its responsibility towards the community.  Some of the factors that will be examined will be university employee community service contributions and an evaluation of the final results of the University’s Sustainable Harvest for the Community, which will be linked with the recently established Decision Support Unit that will collect all databases and register what is done in the academic, research, community service or project processes.