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King Khalid University - Media Center

 

Community service and outreach is a central function of institutions of higher learning throughout the Kingdom. Under the leadership of His Excellency King Khalid University Rector, Prof. Falleh R. M. Al-Solamy, the supervision of Academic Development and Quality Vice Rector, Dr. Merzin Al-Shahrani, and the planning and hard work of Community Service and Continuing Education Dean, Dr. Omar Aqeel, King Khalid University is at the forefront for community service and activities.

Through a variety of programs, the Deanship of Community Service and Continuing Education is raising the skills and capabilities of the general public. By encouraging communication and developing partnerships among various entities across the Kingdom, the university is also creating synergies among the various stakeholders leading to exponential improvements within our schools and our communities.

Dean Aqeel stressed that volunteer work especially that which gives time, energy, and expertise to others, is a hallmark of the most advanced societies and the pinnacle of human development. “Our work is founded upon clearly delineated goals and values and is closely supervised. This will ensure that our projects will remain focused, effective, and immune to potential misuse,” said Aqeel. He then explained that the Bader Initiative is linked to the 2020 National Transformation Program through the 5th strategic goal. This encourages volunteer work in conjunction with nonprofit organizations. These programs require creativity, personal sacrifice, and hard work; all of which must be maintained under the penumbra of our core values that make the Kingdom what it is today.

Dean Aqeel further noted that these programs are designed to help meet the needs of the labor market in accordance with the 4th strategic goal of Vision 2030. He said: “Increasing the employment rate within the Kingdom is critical. Enhanced labor participation through higher education and training programs is a fundamental goal. Achieving this will improve the economy, lead to greater productivity, and will inure to the benefit of everyone in our society.” He further noted that vocational training would be exceptionally helpful for the younger generation who will be entering the labor market in large numbers in the coming years.

In order to achieve these objectives, the Deanship offers a number of critical need diplomas and training courses. Among the most prominent activities undertaken by the university during the year (1438-1439 AH) was the implementation of an integrated training program system in which educational institutions, graduates, educators, and the general public all came together to achieve their aspirations. This in-turn will fulfill the lauded goals as set forth in the 2020 National Transformation Program and Vision 2030.

Dean Aqeel also reviewed some of the accomplishments of the past year. These include restructuring of the deanship and the associated administrative units to be more efficient and effective. Also, the deanship has established cooperative relationships with other government agencies and private industry. This is helping to develop the critical infrastructure and professional relationships necessary to implement the various programs and ensure their continued success. By way of example, the Abha Chamber of Commerce is now a permanent partner in program development. Also, the deanship’s electronic media infrastructure and personal development resources are now fully available for program activities. As a result, many of the programs are now fully accredited by the Ministry of Civil Service.

In terms of figures, the Deanship has completed a number of programs and courses in various fields during the academic year 1438/1439 AH which included hundreds of participants from the university and the society. The number of programs during the first semester reached 84 programs and 3,904 participants. In the second semester and summer program, it included 47 programs and 1,654 participants. The deanship also contributed in the implementation of a variety of training courses in cooperation with a number of departments and colleges in the university, and was granted Rector Al-Solamy’s approval to hold English language courses in various fields such as military, health, tourism, and marketing).

In the management field, the deanship also organized training workshops and offered diplomas while preparing models and questionnaires to measure the impact of training on society and the university’s influence. The deanship also created diploma model descriptions described in human resources management, accounting, e-Security inspection, safety, health, and the basics of reading, in order to be adopted and classified by the Ministry of Civil Service in cooperation with the relevant colleges and departments, in addition to developing the deanship's approved courses such as the office management diploma and computer diploma in addition to nine different diplomas.

In the context of community service, community partnerships and volunteer work, the deanship implemented a number of agreements, partnerships, and initiatives that consisted of preparing an educational grant agreement between the Social Welfare Fund and King Khalid University, represented by the Deanship of Community Service and Continuing Education. In a meeting between the two entities, the topic of participation in the 1439 AH summer tourist resort was discussed, and the framework of the partnership was set. This was complemented by the development of a preliminary vision for community partnerships with public schools and a landmark community initiative in regards to His Royal Highness Prince Turki bin Talal bin Abdulaziz's 'Green Initiative'. All of these activities were underscored by a local committee in the deanship to document and follow all community service programs and initiatives.

Within the attempt to build social relations, the deanship carried out several important visits to a number of bodies in the region. It participated in a workshop with His Royal Highness the Deputy Governor of the Asir Region to form the organizational structure of the 'Sandak Volunteer Team'. It also participated in the preparation of the volunteer team, which was a collaboration with the Awareness and Cultural Unit in the Department of Social Welfare. The unit also arranged the Ramadan Breakfast Campaign for 350 people, summer tent activities, a visit to the Police Directorate of the Asir Region, and a number of official bodies and local organizations.

Among the deanship's approved programs, the deanship was granted an approval for the 'Ryada Project', which monitors the performance indicators and documents various community service programs and the number of implementing agencies. In addition, the deanship was also granted the approval of the 'Bader Website Project' for employee and staff volunteer work and initiatives.

On the level of community partnership, the Deanship has implemented five training programs aimed at social collaboration with different parties which have successfully served 1,347 students, teachers, administrators and leaders from the university, and has also organized a series of training courses that help prepare females for the job market requirements in accord with the Ministry of Labor and Social Development Standards and Regulations. In relation to the Student Activities Unit, the female unit held a number of workshops and activities that have served 1,145 members, which included a range of activities in all segments of society. The deanship visited the Hope Institution for Hearing Impairment in Abha. It also visited patients in Abha General Hospital, while the female department visited the Abha Hospital for Obstetrics and Gynecology.

The deanship was the leading sponsor in many events and social activities such as the International Day of Civil Defense, Abha Festival, Abha Capital of Arab Tourism 2017, the International Day for Children, Abha Tenth Summer Tent, and the Executive Plan to Combat the Drug Abuse.

      Source: king Khalid University Media Center King Khalid University, officials and employees commended the consecutive success achieved by the filed of education in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, they applaud the development  and growth of Saudi universities globally,  and stressed  that the support and guidance of our wise leadership is the a pillar in this success. Unconditional Support University Vice president Prof. Mohammad bin Hamid Al Buhair said “ Evidence of our wise leadership’s support and insight continues to appear in various fields of prosperity and development.  He added, the entry of 15 Saudi universities  in the Times classification is a 50% increase  in comparison to the pervious ranking and a sold indication of the efforts and devotion dedicated towards the field of education. Great Leap University Vice president of Academic affairs Prof. Saad bin Mohammad bin Dujam commented: His Excellency the minister of Education ’s announcement that t 15 Saudi universities entered  the Times Classification 2022 is leap towards achieving one of the main goals of our  strategic vision to have  at least 3 Saudi  universities among  international classifications. Bin Dujam, added The Times classification depends on several indicators, most important of which are the volume of innovation, the number of PhD holders, the institution’s reputation in research, the number of annual research papers, citations to university research, stressing that these achievement are all a result of the efforts led by the Ministry of Education and the  Universities to align with the goals of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.” Ongoing Support University  Vice president  for Business and Knowledge Economy, Prof. Dr. Abdullatif bin Ibrahim Al-Hadithi, congratulated our  wise leadership and His Excellency the Minister of Education and  the Saudi Universities on the  entry of 15 Saudi universities into the Times World University Rankings 2022, noting that these achievements are a result of the continuous support dedicated to  education from our wise leadership. ” Al-Hadithi added, “ Saudi universities competition  with other universities at the regional and global levels, is only a result of their capabilities, the empowerment of the universities  education systems,  the efficiency of programs and projects and our national intention to align  with the objectives of the Kingdom's Vision 2030. Promoting  Research and Innovation University Vice president of Post Graduate  Studies and Scientific Research, Dr. Hamid bin Majdoua Al-Qarni, praised the entry of the 15 Saudi universities into the Times Classification 2022. Al-Qarni, explained that, King Khalid University, through its educational and research systems, strives to promote a culture of research and innovation in line with the Kingdom's ambitious Vision 2030 and serves the goals and directions of the Ministry of Education.  He added, "This  achievement proves the university's efforts in the research and publication field , noting that  during the past five years a significant rise in the citations rate was positively reflected on the university’s classification locally and globally, the rate of  published research papers  reached about 519%, and a clear   increase in the number of citations amounted to about 152%, which are all a result of the university’s efforts and sources directed to the filed of research and innovation. Global Competitiveness University Vice president of Quality and Development, Dr. Marzan bin Awada Al-Shahrani, said, “We have the right to be proud of the  global competitiveness of the education sector in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the entry of 15 Saudi universities in the British Times classification,  which is due to the unlimited support that Saudi universities receive from our  government and the directions and supervision of the Ministry of Education. Al-Shahrani added, "This achievement comes as a translation of the great progress witnessed by Saudi universities in the fields of teaching, scientific research and knowledge transfer between regional and international universities, as well as the development of university training programs by all modern methods. He finally said : our future holds  great opportunities to achieve continuous successes in bridging university outputs to serve the labor market and  to achieve the directions of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.” Great Efforts University Vice president of Female Academic Affairs, Prof. Dr. Kholoud Saad Abu Melha, said, "The Times classification is one of the most important  international classifications and the entry of 15  Saudi universities is an outstanding achievement , the confirms that Saudi universities  are globally competitive and are equipped with the best sources and modern technologies that qualify them internationally. Joined Efforts The general supervisor of the branch of King Khalid University in Tihama, Dr. Ahmed Atef Al-Shehri, explained that entry of 15 Saudi universities  in the Times Classification 2022 reflects the generous support of the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which is excels  under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques  His Majesty King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and,  His Royal Highness Crown Prince,  Muhammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud - may God protect them - and with the follow-up of the Ministry of Education and the concerted efforts of universities, especially in the field of research and scientific publishing, stressing that the efforts of these  advanced centers are  undoubtedly reflected in the quality of the education outcomes and our keenness to achieve the goals of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. National Development The Dean of the College of Dentistry, Prof. Ibrahim bin Suleiman Al-Shahrani, said, "Praise be to God, who has bestowed this blessed country with this wise leadership, who  has supported the education sector.  Adding that the Ministry of Education has strengthened the role of research and innovation and its impact on national development.Al-Shahrani added, “Higher education is  a main pillar in our national  economic and social indicators, which have elevated our kingdom to the ranks of global ranking, and reflected the bright image that we aspire to reach. University Development The Dean of the College of Applied Medical Sciences in Abha, Dr. Majid Saad Al Faye, commended  the entry of 15 Saudi universities into the Times Classification ,  and the 50%  in crease reached in 2022. Al Faye said, “our success is a   results of the  support we receive from our wise leadership , who drew  the road map for all Saudi industries to  achieve the goals of the Kingdom's Vision 2030. He “added This progress is a great  indication of the development of Saudi universities and their relentless pursuit of achieving our  nation's strategies, and we are confident that the future will be full of many more  achievements. Enhancing  Research The Dean of the Faculties of Sciences, Arts and community college  at Rijal Alma’a, Dr. Siham Mousa Al Haider, explained that “we are all proud of this achievement,  and the progress of Saudi universities, noting that this success  is nothing but  the effort  made by our wise leadership, the Ministry of Education and the University Affairs Council. Adding that “ research is a source of great strength for prestigious universities around the world, and focusing on it a great investment, which contributes to developing societies and attracting creative ideas.” Clear vision The Dean of the College of Applied Medical Sciences in Mahayel Asir, Dr. Noura Banafa, said, “Our wise leadership pays special attention to education.His Majesty  King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, may God protect him, and  Royal Highness  Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, harnessed all efforts to establish a clear and ambitious vision for the Kingdom to be among the top 20 to 30 educational systems in the world.” Hard work The General Supervisor of the International Classifications Unit at the university and the Vice Dean of Quality and Development,  Dr. Sami Musabeh Al-Shehri, said  that “the Saudi universities’ continuation in their success and outstanding progress in international classifications is the result of good planning, quality of implementation, and hard work undertaken by the universities. The most recent of these honorable results was the entry of 15 universities in the Times World University Rankings, among 1662 universities selected from 99 countries around the world. Al-Shehri added, "This achievement is a step  within an integrated series of higher goals planned by the Ministry of Education, and according to a clear roadmap aimed at bringing Saudi universities to the highest international ranks, and achieving the  Kingdom's Vision 2030. Qualitative distinction ViceDean of the College of Sciences and Arts in Mahayel Asir for Educational and Academic Affairs, Dr. Saleh bin Ahmed Al-Suhaimi, confirmed that “when 15 Saudi universities achieve a national achievement in scientific progress worldwide according to the Times classification 2022, we are very  proud. stressing that  this progress indicates the importance of  distinguishing qualitative excellence in terms of scientific research, innovation and teaching methods. He added, "King Khalid University is one of the most important Saudi universities in terms of scientific and research excellence, and through God’s blessing and the support of our wise leadership that this all was achieved. Institutional work Assistant Professor of Literature and Criticism at the College of Science and Arts in Mahayel Asir, Dr. Ibrahim Omar Al-Mahaili, said that "the entry  of 15 Saudi universities in the Times Classification 2022, is a reflection of the support  devoted to education by our wise leadership, and the  Ministry of Education intention  to improve  the status of Saudi  universities. Al-Mahaili added, "This outstanding achievement  is the effort  of diligent academic work, and a  dedication to the filed of  education is a priority set by our wise leadership, may God protect it, and that education is a major component in  the Kingdom's Vision 2030.
      Source: King Khalid University Media Center Under patronage of his Excellency King Khalid university President Prof Falleh bin Rajallah Al Solami, the university finalized the preparations to inaugurate 6 digital  platforms,  in a ceremony that will be held on Thursday, September 9, at the University Theater in Greger, in the presence of a number of experts and specialist. The Vice Rector for Business and Knowledge Economy, Prof. Dr. Abdullatif bin Ibrahim Al-Hadithi, explained that digital transformation is one of the main pillars to achieve the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, as King Khalid University is keen to improve the quality of education and to cope with  the latest developments in the digital world .He added  through the inauguration  of 6  educational platforms, we seek to provide learners with the information skills necessary to equip them with  self-learning mechanisms, develop creative thinking and make the learner more in control of the educational process and time management.
    Source: King Khalid University Media Center King Khalid University  completed the implementation of its  project to transform  its community colleges into an applied college. This decision was made after the procedures adopted by the university based on what was issued in this regard by the Council of Universities Affairs and the Ministry of Education, according to an executive plan that took into account  with the job  market requirements, the latest  developments in the field of  technology and communications, and the need for applied skills and expertise. His Excellency King Khalid University,  Prof. Dr. Faleh bin Rajaa Al-Solami, said that transforming community colleges into applied colleges comes within the framework of working to contribute in achieving the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 and in response to the Ministry of Education’s endeavor to raise the level of  education and training. He added,  I made sure that the project takes in account the opinions, needs and perspectives of beneficiaries from both the  public and private sectors, and receives  the  attention it deserves through administrative and specialized scientific committees. On his part,  the University Vice president of  Academic Affairs, Prof. Dr. Saad bin Muhammad bin Dajam, explained that the project to  convert  community colleges to applied colleges, includes a college in Khamis Mushait, followed by three branches in Abha and  in Mahayel Asir. The Secretary of the Supervisory Committee of the Applied College, Dr. Ahmed bin Ali Al-Mari’ Al-Asiri, Extended his thanks to  King Khalid University president, members of the Supervisory Committee and the Vice president of d Academic Affairs for their interest and keenness in the this process. He explained that the university had recently adopted five applied programs within its implementation plan to transform Community colleges into applied colleges,  which included  business administration program, an accounting program, a marketing program, an information systems program, and  web and mobile programming program, noting that the college will follow a  three-semester system. It is worth noting that these programs are considered qualitative programs, and the percentage of training in them at the level of all programs (courses, projects and cooperative training) reaches about 70%. The college is scheduled to work on serving its outputs through three main tracks that include the development of various short and medium quality programs.It aims to  respond to the needs of the labor market,  meet  professional requirements, and creates community partnerships with businessmen, institutions and companies in the region to support  training and employment.
      Source: King Khalid University Media Center On behalf of His Excellency the Minister of Education, His Excellency the President of King Khalid University, Prof. Faleh bin Rajaa Al-Solami, chaired , the (first) meeting of the University Council for the academic year 1443, in the presence of the Secretary-General of the Council for Universities Affairs, Dr. Muhammad bin Abdulaziz Al-Saleh, and  the Council members The Vice President  for Postgraduate Studies and Scientific Research - Secretary of the University Council - Dr. Hamid bin Majdoua Al-Qarni, explained that the council reviewed the topics on the agenda and took the necessary decisions in their regard. Al-Qarni, added that one of the most prominent recommendations made by the Council is the approval of the  rules governing the intellectual awareness unit at King Khalid University and its executive procedures,  the approval of the proposal for executive alignment between the university’s strategy 2030 and the strategy of the Asir region, in addition to appointment decisions,  delegation and transfer of some faculty members.
      Source: King Khalid University Media Center King Khalid University President , Prof. Dr. Faleh bin Rajaa Al-Sulami, sponsored the inauguration ceremony of 6 electronic educational platforms, in the presence of a number of representatives of  entities in Asir region, in addition to  university employees and students in the university theater in the university city in Abha. The 6  electronic platforms, are a result of the  university's efforts and keenness to develop the  educational process  and improve the quality of teaching and learning by coping with the  latest developments in self based education. His Excellency the President of the University commended the  attention and care devoted by out wise leadership to education in the corona pandemic time, which enabled the filed of education to succeed and for students to return  to schools and university campus safely. His Excellency,  praised the progress and leadership of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the field of education and e-learning, stressing that the launch of these platforms serves  university students and  members of  our society in a variety of areas of learning. He  also added ,  that the most prominent feature of these platforms is that  they were built by a team of students,  faculty members and employees. On the future of these  platforms, the Vice president of  Business and Knowledge Economy, Prof. Dr. Abdullatif bin Ibrahim Al-Hadithi, explained that the  university is  determined  to transform these platforms into specialized technology companies, believing in  the importance of coping with the latest educational developments  and to improve  education  outcomes that meet the  new university system. He  also added that these platforms are national projects that contribute to achieving the Kingdom's Vision 2030, in addition to achieving the university's vision to be among the top 200 universities in the world. Supervisor of the Design and Digital Platforms Unit, Dean of E-Learning, Dr. Nayef Jabali, said  that the Design and Digital Platforms Unit works in the areas of design innovation and the production of digital platforms that contribute to the growth of  knowledge economy and that is  through  focusing  on reinventing services and products. The inauguration included the following platforms: - kkux platform and application for future skills. - Fikra platform for creative development ideas. - Maher platform for training and knowledge enrichment.    -Jazel platform that allows graduate students the opportunity to communicate with experts in the fields of arbitration, statistics, translation and proofreading. - Qimma interactive platform for managing conferences and forums. -  A+ platform the first platform to provide students with references and questions banks.   It is worth noting ,that the  University agency  for Business and Knowledge Economy has taken, during its short life, many great steps in its field of specialization, achieving  knowledge economy and performing its mission of contributing to building a business and knowledge community at King Khalid University.