The WFSF and PMU Agreement was signed in 2019 for a 5-year collaboration, as well as establishing a chapter and research funds per agreement. PMU has developed and operates the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) Chapter of WFSF. Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd Center for Futuristic Studies (PMFCFS) and World Futures Studies Federation (WFSF) announced FIRST FUTURES RESEARCH GRANT PROPOSAL on February 12, 2020. The objective of this grant was to encourage more researchers to explore and research in disciplines related to energy, sustainability, education, youth empowerment, environment, climate change, and artificial intelligence. PMFCFS received more than 100 proposals from multiple countries such as Australia, Brazil, United States, Finland, France, Italy, Jordan, Malaysia, Mexico and Saudi Arabia. Also see WFSF President Dr. Erik F. Øverland opens the new Centre for Futuristic Studies (Futures Studies) at the Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University (PMU) in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia.
The World Futures Studies Federation (WFSF) is an international non-profit and non-governmental organization, operating under international law. It was founded in 1973 to promote the development of futures studies as an academic discipline. Beyond offering membership to individuals and institutions over the years, the Executive Board of the Federation has considered how foresight programmes in higher education might be further strengthened through an external quality assurance process. Currently no entity exists at the tertiary level to recognize, evaluate and accredit foresight education programmes. Given the history and reputation of the Federation and being a peak body in futures research, the WFSF offers the accreditation of foresight education programmes assuring their quality. In 2018 the Federation established a set of standards and guidelines for quality assurance in higher education. These accreditation standards deal with the Mission, Faculty, Curriculum, Instruction, Students, and Resources that undergird foresight degrees offered by universities, colleges and schools. Those universities offering programmes which meet the minimum standards outlined by the Board are afforded recognition by the WFSF as offering an Accredited Foresight Program. Academic Mission of the Federation The Federation exists to support and encourage high quality, innovative, foresight education throughout the world. It encourages and supports the development, advancement and dissemination of futures research and foresight education. It provides standards for peer review of foresight education programmes and recognizes high quality programmes through specialized accreditation. Accreditation Philosophy The Federation was guided in its development of its accreditation process and standards by a philosophy of quality assurance …
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