Naif Arab University for Security Sciences (NAUSS) hosted in Riyadh the meeting of the National Working Group on Biosecurity within the Biosecurity Initiative, which was organized by the University in cooperation with the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), from 13 to 14 June.
The initiative aims to enhance the readiness of national law enforcement agencies; to counter natural accidental or intentional biological incidents, including bioterrorism. The meeting will build on the conclusions of the mock exercise; to promote a multi-agency approach to prevent biological accidents and be on full alert to counter them.
The meeting comes within the framework of the strategic partnership that links INTERPOL with NAUSS, which enables the organization to increase its regional training services and benefit from the university's technical and scientific facilities to serve regional and global security, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
Naif Arab University for Security Sciences (NAUSS) is an Arab organization with a legal personality and enjoys diplomatic status. It is the academic body of the Arab Interior Ministers Council. NAUSS offers programs for graduate studies, research, and training in security fields and relevant areas. The university campus is in Riyadh, the capital of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The idea of establishing the University came to realization with the holding of the first conference of Arab Police and Security Leaders in Al-Ain in the United Arab Emirates in 1972. Then, the second conference of the Arab Interior Ministers Council, which was held in Baghdad on October 4, 1978, issued a decision to establish the Arab Institute for Training to undertake studies and research on societal defense against crime, in addition to training. Later, the name of the institute was changed to the Arab Center for Social Defense Studies in 1979. In the third conference of the Arab Interior Ministers, which was held in Taif in 1980, a decision was then issued to change the name to the Arab Center for Security Studies and Training.
Since its early activities in 1978, this Arab academic institution has emerged to showcase a specialized academic security message to Arab security personnel and to contribute to meeting the needs of institutions and security agencies in the ministries of interior, criminal justice, and social welfare agencies in Arab countries. Within years, the University has risen to be among the ranks of prestigious universities and has even occupied a unique position closely related to the security of Arab society in its broader sense. Recently, the university launched its 2019-2023 strategic plan.