Source: King Khalid University - Media Center On behalf of the King Khalid University community, King Khalid University Rector, His Excellency Prof. Falleh Al-Solamy, congratulated His Royal Majesty the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and His Royal Highness Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on the occasion of the third anniversary of the pledge of allegiance to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense. Rector Al-Solamy explained that this precious occasion is an opportunity to draw inspiration from past achievements and Vision 2030, which set the roadmap for a diversified economy, improved living standards, cultural awareness and development. Rector Al-Solamy added that the reforms that support the nation, citizens and residents led by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the past three years is representative of his political, economic and development accomplishments in addition to his generous attention and focus on administrative organization, governance and optimal use of resources which have resulted in raising the level of awareness among the Saudi citizens. He also commended the Kingdom's achievements as a result of world-class strategic planning in various fields. Rector Al-Solamy concluded by asking Allah to protect and bless our country with security and prosperity under the leadership of His Majesty the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and His Royal Highness the Crown Prince.
Source: King Khalid University - Media Center King Khalid University concluded the Ramdan Holy Quran program, which is part of the Mobaderoon initiative. The program was organized by the Deanship of Community Service and Continuing Education in collaboration with the College of Sharia and Fundamentals of Religion. Dean of Community Service and Continuing Education, Prof. Omar Alwan Aqeel, explained that the program started from the 4th of Ramadan and continued to the 20th of the same month. It included the following 4 competition categories: Holy Quran schools of recitation; Education and correction methods to reading the Holy Quran; The Holy Quran recitation competition; Children recitation competition. Dean Al-Aqeel added that the Deanship announced the names of the winners of the Quran Competitions from 770 contestants from several countries in the world. Holy Quran Recitation - 10 Chapters First Place: Moudi Al-Hamid Second Place: Mohammed Al-Fifi Third Place: Bashir Al-Harthi Holy Quran Recitation - 20 Chapters First Place: Saeed Jumbay - Comoros Second Place: Kholoud Al-Sayari Third Place: Khaled Al-Ghamdi The Entire Holy Quran First Place: Ayamuddin Fakhr - Russia Second Place: Souad Khaliq - Pakistan Third Place: Abdullah Amin Best Recitation First Place: Arwa Ahmed Second Place: Bilal Kurtabejo - Austria Third Place: Abdulaziz Al-Qahtani
Source: King Khalid University - Media Center After the suspension of attendance and switching to e-learning as a precaution during the COVID-19 pandemic, King Khalid University was successful in the transition to a full e-learning environment during the second semester of 1441 AH. E-Learning Plan His Excellency, King Khalid University Rector Prof. Falleh Al-Solamy, explained that the Deanship of E-Learning's plan was based on four principles: Training: Ensuring all faculty members are able to conduct their courses; Support: Providing a dedicated team to deliver technical support 24/7; Follow-up: Ensuring daily reports are delivered to each college that bolsters the educational process; Content: Provide a dedicated team to provide direct and indirect content as required. Educational Process Statistics In numbers, Rector Al-Solamy highlighted that 84,684 virtual classes were attended by 770,342 students (duplication across sections noted), recorded lectures reached 56,043, electronic evaluations reached 1,806,718 (except electronic test), discussion boards reached posts 11,215,350 with an average of 373,845 discussions on a daily basis. In terms of faculty members, 95% of them added asynchronous electronic content, 90% created synchronous virtual lectures, 92% used electronic assessment tools, and 96% used communication tools with students. In terms of student interaction, the utilization rate exceeded 92% from the beginning of suspension until the final exams. 98% benefited from asynchronous electronic content, 80% from virtual lectures, and 95% with online assessment tools. Scientific Theses and Dissertations Rector Al-Solamy highlighted that 159 theses were defended online. In detail, 113 master's theses and 46 PhD theses. Technical Support Various technical support was provided during the transition period, including 14,248 calls, 4,810 messages via WhatsApp, 329 direct meetings, 96 online support tickets, 87 emails, 4,984 Blackboard support requests, and 500 iPads for international students. Electronic Meetings and Support 19 e-courses and 2 e-meetings have been presented to faculty members, and 2 e-meetings for students with the participation of 12 trainers in the presence of 3,788 faculty members and 485 students. Furthermore, 15 informative guides were prepared, 3 frequently asked questions websites, 106,125 e-mails, and over 250,000 SMS messages. Tamkeen Channel 229 educational videos were presented to faculty members and 44 videos for students. Views since the beginning of the crisis reached 225,398 views, while subscribers to the channel were 11,534. E-learning Community The beneficiary's e-learning community on Blackboard reached 4,245 faculty and 53,490 students. Deanship Reports During the transformation period, the Deanship of E-Learning prepared 270 reports with 190 reports submitted weekly about the activation of faculty and students for e-learning tools. Also, 45 reports on the absorptive capacity of e-learning systems were delivered, 23 reports on the level of activating e-learning or the activating of specific tools in the learning management system, and 12 reports on activating e-learning in general. Tests and Assessment 50,866 students sat for the final e-test with 2,847 faculty members in 5,257 courses at 29 colleges. Overall, evaluation reached 7,628 assessments for 226,770 students, 656 projects for 9,293 students, 487 papers for 4,527 students, 452 presentations for 4,072 students, and 292 oral tests for 4,957 students.
Source: King Khalid University - Media Center The Deanship of Graduate Studies defended 113 MA theses and 46 Ph.D. theses in different colleges and departments. Each defense session also known as viva voce was attended by a panel of judges, senior leadership, and members of the public and private sector. Dean of Graduate Studies, Dr. Ahmed Al-Fayea, explained that his team worked on admission procedures in 84 MA, Ph.D. and Postgraduate Diploma programs. Admission procedures were finalized in 50 MA and Ph.D. scholarship based programs with the names of the admitted students being announced. A detailed framework of admissions to 34 MA, Ph.D. and Postgraduate Diploma programs (both paid and scholarship based) were made in what is considered the second stage of admission. Admission to these programs will start on the 10th of Shawwāl as announced. On the statistics related to the Deanship’s online work during school suspension, Dean Al-Fayea explained that 478 decisions were made online. Eight meetings of the Deanship Council were held where 144 topics were discussed and proper recommendations were made. 312 decisions were taken based on the authorization granted by the Deanship Council. 121 of these decisions were related to plans and 15 to additional opportunities in addition to 165 decisions to form discussion committees and 6 decisions related to student enrollment. 2 decisions were dedicated to appointing alternative supervisors and 3 to changing research titles. The Internal Enrollment Committee held 2 meetings where 22 topics were discussed and decisions were made. The number of programs and courses offered by the Deanship reached 12, including three programs and nine training courses.
Source: King Khalid University - Media Center During these unprecedented times, Asir Gov. Prince Turki bin Talal bin Abdulaziz commended King Khalid University's response to the COVID-19 crisis by addressing the acute need for personal protective equipment (PPE). HRH Prince Turki also leads the Asir COVID-19 Crisis Management Room, which serves to provide the research, experts and resources to help the fight against COVID-19. He noted that the "Manufacturing and Developing Health Protection Products Project" is noteworthy in that it has the capacity to react to the critical need for PPE in the Asir region. Through the use of 3D printers, spare ventilator parts and other critical PPE equipment will be distributed at a much faster rate. After his introductory remarks, HRH Prince Turki inaugurated the project, noting that it is supervised by the College of Engineering in participation with the Ministry of Interior, Asir's Health Affairs Directorate, and the Asir Municipality. The project aims to achieve two strategic goals with the first goal being to provide health services, awareness, and preventive care. The second goal is to reduce the economic impact on employers and employees. One of the main themes of the project is to localize the required modern manufacturing methods within the "Neshama Asir" initiative with diverse resources to bear on problems through project-based learning/discovery. 15,000 health protection products and ventilator spare parts are currently in production by students who participated after taking intense training courses. It was highlighted that opportunities have been created in which a large number of students will be trained in production and manufacturing.
Source: King Khalid University - Media Center King Khalid University Vice President, Dr. Mohammed Al-Buhairi, congratulated the Class of 2020 and their families. He also congratulated our nation's leaders for providing an environment that will allow the Class of 2020 to contribute to our nation's bright future. Vice Rector for Educational and Academic Affairs, Prof. Saad Du'ajim, highlighted that graduation day is an unforgettable memory. It is the beginning of a whole new journey with new hopes and aspirations. He expressed his happiness in congratulating them on the day when they see the result of their hard work. He prayed to Allah to keep everyone safe and aid the Class of 2020 in developing this great nation. Vice Rector of Graduate Studies and Scientific Research, Prof. Saad Al-Amri, expressed his gratitude to His Royal Majesty the King and His Royal Highness the Crown Prince for their continuous support to the education sector. He thanked the Ministry of Education represented by His Excellency the Minister for his support. He also thanked His Royal Highness the Governor of Asir for his efforts in supporting King Khalid University. Vice Rector Al-Amri then congratulated the University Rector for this achievement and congratulated the graduates for their excellence. He urged them to invest everything they learned in serving their nation and developing themselves. Vice Rector for Academic Development and Quality, Dr. Merzin Al-Shahrani, pointed out that King Khalid University is like any other Saudi university in celebrating a new class of graduates. He explained that this was a result of our wise leadership’s interest in education and interest in the youth. He congratulated the graduates for their achievement, hoping they would achieve all their dreams and develop their nation. Vice President for Business and Knowledge Economy, Prof. Abdulatif Al-Hadithi, congratulated the graduates. He urged them to apply their acquired knowledge into working hard, showing Islamic identity and belonging to their nation and leadership. He confirmed that King Khalid University celebrates this class of graduates as its mission to qualify national cadres to play their role in developing their community. He concluded by commending our wise leadership, may Allah support them. Vice Rector of Female Student Affairs, Prof. Kholod Abu Melha, expressed her happiness with the Class of 2020. After spending four years they acquired knowledge in different fields she related. She confirmed that they would be pillars to our nation's future under the tutelage of our wise leaders. Tehama Campus General Supervisor, Dr. Ahmed Atif Al-Shehri, explained that under these circumstances, King Khalid University did everything within its power to hold this ceremony. The university wanted to spread joy because the Class of 2020 deserves to celebrate after working so hard. He congratulated every hard-working student and thanked every official, instructor and employee who had a role in the educational process that resulted in graduating a generation armed with knowledge that will contribute in developing the nation. Dean of Admissions and Registration, Dr. Abdulmohsen Algarni, confirmed that under these exceptional conditions where our nation prioritized the citizens' safety, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia set an example to the whole world showing what human worth means. Our nation made sure all sectors continued their tasks unaffected by the circumstances. For this reason, he noted, King Khalid University celebrated the graduation of more than 13,000 graduates. Dean Algarni highlighted that he expects them to contribute in building a prosperous economy for our ambitious nation. Dean of Graduate Studies, Dr. Ahmed Al-Fayea, expressed his happiness for announcing the masters and doctorate results of the 22nd batch in different fields. These fields include Religious Studies, Humanities, Education, Science and Medicine. He pointed out that the total number of graduates reached 535, 75 of whom were PhD holders while the other 460 were MA holders. He stressed how happy and proud the university community is in graduating this distinguished batch. Dean of Community Service and Continuous Education, Dr. Omar Alwan Aqeel, explained that this ceremony is a pleasant occasion for King Khalid University because it presents to our county a batch of educated graduates who have developed themselves. There is no doubt that preparing qualified human cadres is a great responsibility. Developing minds is not easy, it is a very complicated process, only a few people master it. He added: "On this occasion, I trust that a graduate from our university will be - by Allah's will - distinguished in their work, religious commitment and manners. You, graduates, are one of King Khalid University's most important achievements, and our doors will always be open for you.” Dean Aqeel congratulated the nearly 600 graduates of applied diplomas in the Deanship of Community Service and Continuous Education.
Source: King Khalid University - Media Center On 14 May 2020, under the patronage of Asir Gov. Prince Turki bin Talal bin Abdulaziz, the Class of 2020 had their degrees conferred by University leadership via virtual presentation. The 22nd batch ceremony was moved to a virtual format in response to the coronavirus pandemic, orders from national directives, and recommendations from global public health organizations. More than 13,000 graduates of the Class of 2020, from 29 colleges, received their diplomas during a live-streamed commencement ceremony. The commencement ceremony was organized by the General Directorate of Information Technology (iT) in cooperation with other university entities. It started with a speech delivered by His Royal Highness Prince Turki bin Talal, congratulating the graduates of 2020. His Royal Highness said: “I convey the love and care of His Royal Majesty the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and His Royal Highness Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, may Allah protect them. I congratulate you for concluding your flourished efforts.” His Royal Highness stressed the fact that the youth are the pillar of this nation and the fulfillment of its vision is their responsibility. He added that their academic achievement will be an addition to their bright futures. His Royal Highness also reminded us of the importance to being committed under these circumstances for we are going through difficult times. However, he noted, we must realize that every decision our wise leadership makes is for our best interest. Every decision aims to benefit the citizens in general and the youth in particular, and by Allah’s decree, we will overcome this pandemic. Following After, His Excellency King Khalid University Rector Prof. Falleh Al-Solamy delivered a speech commending His Royal Highness's patronage of the graduation ceremony. He also praised the care and attention paid to education by our wise leadership and the efforts of the Ministry of Education and His Excellency the Minister of Education Prof. Hamad Al Shaikh. His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy concluded his speech by addressing the graduates, confirming that King Khalid University will always be their second home and it will always be proud of their achievements. He confirmed that this ceremony celebrates the parents' and families' efforts and support as well. Vice Rector for Educational and Academic Affairs, Prof. Saad Du'ajim, gave a speech expressing his gratitude to the Kingdom's wise leadership and Asir Gov. Prince Turki bin Talal bin Abdulaziz. He then congratulated the graduates and confirmed that they will contribute to the development of our country. Vice Rector Du'ajim was followed by Dean of Admissions and Registration, Dr. Abdulmohsen Algarni, and the Dean of Graduate Studies, Dr. Ahmed Al-Fayea. They thanked the Kingdom's leadership and congratulated the graduates. Special thanks to iT for continuously developing and maintaining mission-critical applications. The Commencement 2020 website, which received nearly 200,000 visitors within a few hours of going live, was developed quickly and within the time frame suggested. Please see CIO Dr. Mohammed Alsaqer explained that role of technology has never been more important, noting that the development of the website required coordinated efforts between iT and other entities. The website was well designed with scalable options for pictures, videos, and a digital information book for the graduates. The book contained the names and information of around 13,000 graduates, offering a feature where a congratulation card for every graduate can be viewed. Around 50,000 visitors used this feature with widespread social media sharing.
Source: King Khalid University - Media Center King Khalid University recently signed a cooperation agreement with Saudi Post to deliver graduation certificates and academic records to students. Dean of Admissions and Registration, Dr. Abdulmohsen Algarni, explained that this agreement comes within the university's keenness to limit the spread of COVID-19 responding to the Ministry of Health instructions. Dean Algarni added that the Deanship prepared the academic system to deal with the national address, and the Saudi Post will deliver certificates and academic records to graduates in their homes. They were noting that 9,000 consignments will be sent to the beneficiaries. Dean Algarni calls students to quickly establish a national address through the Saudi Post website and add it to academic records through the "Academia" portal to avoid any delays in the delivery of their certificates.
Source: King Khalid University - Media Center On 14 May 2020, under the patronage of Asir Gov. Prince Turki bin Talal bin Abdulaziz, the Class of 2020 had their degrees conferred by University leadership via virtual presentation. The 22nd batch ceremony was moved to a virtual format in response to the coronavirus pandemic, orders from national directives, and recommendations from global public health organizations. More than 13,000 graduates of the Class of 2020, from 29 colleges, received their diplomas during a live-streamed commencement ceremony. King Khalid University Rector Prof. Falleh Al-Solamy praised His Royal Highness’s patronage of the ceremony. He made note of the care and interest devoted to the education sector by His Royal Majesty the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and His Royal Highness Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, may Allah protect them. He also commended the continuous efforts of His Excellency the Minister of Education Prof. Hamad Al Shaikh. Rector Al-Solamy explained that King Khalid University and its employees are proud of this batch. Those students spent many years working hard, they were eager and diligent. He confirmed that they would serve the country and contribute to its development. He congratulated the graduates' families for the achievements of their sons and daughters, praying for the success for all. The ceremony included a speech delivered by Asir Gov. Prince Turki bin Talal bin Abdulaziz, His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy, Vice Rector for Educational and Academic Affairs, Prof. Saad Du'ajim, Dean of Admissions and Registration, Dr. Abdulmohsen Algarni, and the Dean of Graduate Studies, Dr. Ahmed Al-Fayea. The ceremony also highlighted the graduates' achievements and success stories.
Source: King Khalid University - Media Center The Deanship of E-Learning at King Khalid University delivered a report on a number of statistics related to the online final exams conducted during the month of Ramadan 1441. Dean of E-Learning, Dr. Fahad Alahmari, explained that his team was able to effectively facilitate the smooth transition to a fully online assessment environment thanks to God and His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy. He also sent his gratitude to Vice Rector for Academic Affairs, Prof. Saad Du'ajim. The report stated that there were over 5,257 courses distribute over 29 colleges in 4 different areas: diploma, bachelor's, master's and doctoral. The total number of students reached 50,866 with 20,888 being male and 29,978 being female. The total number of faculty members reached 2,847 with 1,667 being male and 1,180 being female. In tests and evaluations, 203,921 students were able to take 5,795 tests; 9,293 students were able to submit 656 projects; 4,526 students submitted 487 papers; 4,072 students delivered 452 presentations, and 4,957 students were able to perform 292 oral tests.
Source: King Khalid University - Media Center King Khalid University's Deanship of Graduate Studies announced the available programs for the second stage of admissions in the 1442 AH academic year. Dean of Graduate Studies, Dr. Ahmed Al-Fayea, explained that the electronic portal for admission will be open 10/10/1441 and close on 24/10/1441. Dean Al-Fayea added that 34 programs, accommodating more than 1,550 students in 10 of the university’s colleges, will open admissions. He mentioned that grants are not required for fee-based programs available to citizens and residents.
Source: King Khalid University - Media Center Represented by the Deanship Student Affairs, King Khalid University finalized the disbursement of student support funds for the 2019-20 period ending on 1 May 2020. The disbursed funds included allowance student support for 176 students, married students' support funds, and additional support funds. Dean of Student Affairs, Chairman of the Student Support Funds Board, Dr. Abdullah Al-Adeed, said that the Deanship of Student Affairs is keen to offer support to serve the well-being of students. Dean Al-Adeed stressed that King Khalid University seeks to create a positive environment for students through the support and guidance of His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy and Vice Rector of Academic Affairs, Dr. Saad Du'ajim.
Source: King Khalid University - Media Center King Khalid University's Special Needs Center at the Deanship of Student Affairs launched a virtual lecture entitled "Psychological Readiness for the Deaf When Getting Married" as part of the 45th Arab Week for Deaf in cooperation with the Asir Department of Education under the Arab Federation of Organizations Working with the Deaf. This year's celebration has been named "The Right of Deaf to Get Married and Support by Community Institutions". The Special Needs Center announced that it also participated in the "Listen to Me 3 Volunteer" initiative sponsored by Her Highness Princess Tahani Abdulaziz bin Abdul Mohsen Al Saud. Starting in 1974, Arab Deaf Week brings together government and private industry to recognize the hearing impaired under a common theme to encourage the integration of sign language. Special Needs Center Supervisor's Assistant, Dr. Sereen Al-Bakri welcomed everyone for their presence, starting with Her Highness Princess Tahani Al Saud. After, Assistant of General Director of Education in Asir, Noura Al Mufreh, Psychology Department Head, Asir Department of Education, Dr. Ghada Al Ziyad, and sign language interpreter Dr. Manal Saeed Al Suroor were welcomed and thanked for their participation. Her Highness the Princess thanked King Khalid University's Special Needs Center and the Asir Department of Education for their efforts and cooperation to serve the deaf. She then explained the "Listen to Me 3 Volunteer" initiative's goals and message to the community. Following after, Dr. Ghada Al Ziyad delivered a lecture with sign language interpreter Dr. Manal Al Suroor. The lecture covered topics including awareness of relationships, psychological preparation before marriage, expressing feelings, strategies of how to deal with each other, and how to avoid problems of disagreement. Noura Al Mufreh participated during the lecture with an explanation of the associations and initiatives developed for those with special needs in the Asir region. Of note, the Special Needs Center plans to organize a series of events and initiatives to support the hearing impaired and raise the level of societal awareness.
Source: King Khaled University- Media Center The technical affairs at the King Khalid University branch in Tihama, represented by the IT Department, carried out a training course entitled "Providing Technical Support" delivered by the trainer Sarha Al-Ammari, which dedicated  to IT female staff in Tihama colleges. Mr. Moussa Al-Asimi, CEO of The IT Department says:” the course aimed to qualify the employees, so they can provide immediate support to the colleges and solve urgent problems to ensure the continuity of work and raising the level of operational efficiency of female employees and developing their skills, He added that this course comes within a series courses that will be offered too”. Al-Asimi raised his thanks to the general supervisor of the university branch in Tihama, Dr. Ahmed Atef Al-Shehri, and his assistant, Mr. Abdulrahman Muraee, for their support to take  the work into advanced level.
Source: King Khaled University-Media Center Al-Sudairy: The real need for research is  transforming it into a marketable products. His Excellency the Deputy Minister of Education for Universities, Research and Innovation Prof. Mohammed bin Ahmed Al-Sudairy met King Khalid University faculty members, in the presence of His Excellency KKU Rector Prof. Faleh bin Reja Allah Al-Solami, and a number of its agents, deans, faculties, at the university theateri "Quraiqar". The meeting comes within His Excellency Al-Sudairi visit to Asir region, to launch 100 intensive care beds for Corona patients at the University Hospital of the University Medical City in Al Far'a. At the beginning of the meeting, His Excellency the University Rector welcomed the Deputy Minister, thanking him for his concern to meet the University employees, and listening to their opinions and suggestions for the university’s future plan, in the light of the Kingdom's vision 2030, and the new university system. Prof. Mohammad Al-Sudairy, during his speach, affirmed that the Ministry of Education is seeking to support the universities’work, and thanking  the wise leadership - may Allah preserve it - support and  believe in the importance of education and scientific research,and  transforming visions and hopes into some thing real. Al-Sudairy stressing on the importance of faculty members’interaction and integration of departments and colleges with each other and the importance of converting research studies into products, and not focusing on raising the level of publication only, highlighting that publishing in distinguished scientific journals is not enough; the real need is transforming it into marketable products that benefit all segments of society to achieving human development. The discussion dealt with the importance of universities' cooperation with all sectors, in order to achieve what the ministry aspires to in light of the Kingdom's 2030 vision. Al-Sudairy expressed his happiness with the confidence of His Highness, the Emir of Asir region, at the university and its employees through its consultation and contribution to the scientific study of the region's projects, and  makes effective societal contributions. It is noteworthy that His Excellency the Deputy Minister listened to a brief explanation of a number of university agencies during the meeting.
Source: King Khalid University - Media Center The Measurement and Evaluation Center at King Khalid University recently organized an online workshop for faculty members. The purpose of the workshop was two‐fold. First, it was to review information related to appropriate assessment methods that accurately measure and evaluate learning outcomes (1) and (2) conceptually explain why course learning outcomes, assessment methods, and teaching strategies should fit and flow together as an integrated learning and teaching process. The first session of the workshop was chaired by Measurement and Evaluation Center Consultant, Dr. Hala Al-Zobair, and began with Measurement and Evaluation Center Head, Dr. Saeed Almueed, giving a talk on how to use SPSS to evaluate course learning outcomes and analyze student performance. Focusing on electronic tests, Dr. Almueed aimed to introduce fundamental SPSS basics and related features after results are exported from Blackboard. He explained that educators need to code raw data, perform quantitative analysis, and interpret results. The second session of the workshop was chaired by Measurement and Evaluation Center Coordinator, Dr. Mona Al-Assal, and began with a talk on the new direction of the Measurement and Evaluation Center and the importance of test banks for our students. It was highlighted that the center's focus has shifted since its inception with adaptability and flexibility to serve the shifting priorities for instructors. The main component of those priorities during the COVID-19 pandemic is the creation of test banks to be used in the achievement test. A call was made to all faculty members to utilize the Measurement and Evaluation Center's services to develop and improve the educational and academic process.
The Community College of Administration and its employees is pleased to offer you our sincere congratulations on the occasion of the advent of the blessed month of Ramadan, asking God to make you fast and steadfast and to lift the calamity of the nation.
Source: King Khalid University - Media Center King Khalid University's dedication to contributing their research capabilities to alleviate the COVID-19 pandemic is well documented, with dozens of projects and initiatives launched in record time. Heeding the call of academic innovation and the Hippocratic Oath, Adel Abo Mansour from the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences at the College of Applied Medical Sciences shared first co-authorship with a team of researchers from the University of Naples Federico II and the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences (ICVS) at the University of Birmingham. The research paper entitled, "Could IL-17 represent a new therapeutic target for the treatment and/or management of COVID-19-related respiratory syndrome?: This paper is dedicated to Sofia Maione born during COVID-19 outbreak", is published in the journal of Pharmacological Research and can be accessed by clicking here. In the article, which is accessible above, the authors aim to access bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) and plasma/serum samples from mild- and severe-infected COVID-19 patients to measure IL-17 levels. In doing so, the authors contend that it would "potentially provide a rationale for testing neutralizing antibodies targeting IL-17." The paper, stemming from the immunological point of view, focuses on receptors that play an important role in the spread of inflammation, which may result in damaging body tissues. In that view, the authors also put forth connections and solutions between COVID-19 and Pneumonia, which is a lung infection that causes inflammation in the tiny air sacs inside your lungs. Vice Rector of Graduate Studies and Research, Prof. Saad Al-Amri, praised the efforts of Abo Mansour and his co-authors to contribute to the solution in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, adding that the university encourages such efforts from scholarship students. His Excellency, King Khalid University Rector Prof. Falleh Al-Solamy, commended Abo Mansour on his research efforts to help decision-makers, frontline staff, scientists and engineers, explaining that King Khalid University supports scholarship students that serve national and international efforts in accord with Vision 2030.
Source: King Khalid University - Media Center In response to universities closing their doors and transitioning to e-learning in March as part of a national social distancing and quarantine effort in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Deanship of E-Learning stepped up to the call and rapidly ensured the continuation of the educational process. During this crisis, the Deanship of E-Learning trained more than 4,000 faculty members, which facilitated opportunities for educators to learn best practices on how to incorporate active learning and maintain an interactive teaching methodology. Through 20 workshops and several training guides and manuals, faculty members were equipped with new knowledge and tools for e-learning along with an inspiration to be an active member of the digital transformation taking place at King Khalid University. Dean of E-learning, Dr. Fahad Al-Ahmari, confirmed that his team is on a mission to adopt new approaches and tools based on the ever-evolving technological landscape, noting that King Khalid University has an ambitious roadmap for education reform that include a range of digital assessment and social learning tools. Assessment, noted Dean Al-Ahmari, is critical to the education process and teachers need to balance a variety of assessment methods and carefully weigh evidence of student learning in order to generate a reliable and valid grade to students - the main stakeholder. As such, students were the recipient of more than ten workshops to ensure that they are aware of and prepared for their final exams. Dean Al-Ahmari also explained that his team carried out an awareness campaign on all social media accounts, which have been viewed more than 13,000 times concurrently with nearly 1 million views on the Tamkeen Training Channel on YouTube. In the attempt of activating e-learning, Dean Al-Ahmari confirmed that among the 50,866 students and 2,847 faculty members, there is a high utilization rate, reaching 94.3%. He also highlighted that there are more than 15,000 full e-learning courses with a total of 1,133,259 entries, 1,745,955 assessments, 9,167,694 electronic activities, 5,735,757 files uploaded, as well as 54,657 virtual classrooms, 55 viva voces with another 30 scheduled to be examined in the coming month. Dean Al-Ahmari added that the Deanship developed ten courses for people with special needs, as well as creating 563 qualitative and educational content items in line with Universal Design for Learning, which is a set of principles for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn. The Deanship also offered 30 educational infographic files and 250,000 educational awareness text messages, as well as 106,125 emails to support and educate individuals during these trying times. On the technical side, the Deanship of E-Learning delivered technical solutions and support to more than 10,000 users through WhatsApp, phone calls, the Anydesk technology support system, and a frequently asked questions manual containing 63 of the most commonly asked questions. On supporting and improving e-learning, Dean Al-Ahmari explained that a remote agreement was signed between King Khalid University and Jeddah University in the field of electronic training and the Opportunity Investment During the Coronavirus Crisis Online Forum was held and attended by more than 2,000 people. He added that the KKUx platform offered free courses to the public with certification, which garnered considerable national attention to the tune of hundreds of users in its first week. Dean Al-Ahmari concluded his interview by highlighting that his team has also collaborated with the Deanship of Student Affairs, offering more than 450 iPads for international scholarship students at the Lasan Campus.
Source: King Khalid University - Media Center The General Administration of Information Technology, represented by the Digital transformation Unit, offered GoGeek Kids, which is a training program designed to fill a niche of online coding classes for kids between the ages of 10-15. GoGeek Kids mainly focuses on electronic games that also teach programming logic such as sequencing and loops and Python, which is a high-level programming language that is easy for kids to learn because commands read similar to words instead of complicated numbers. Of note, all programs in the GoGeek Kids initiative were delivered by Ms. Fatima Al-Jarbou. CIO, Dr. Mohammed Alsaqer, explained that the electronic games development program lasted for six hours and it had an interactive nature. Game programming, on the other hand, lasted for three days. Many topics were covered, most importantly introducing the concept of programming through "Scratch". "Scratch" was developed by MIT and is an online environment where kids can create games and animations using drag-and-drop programming events. CIO Alsaqer: more than 50 projects were completed and published on Teaching programming using Python lasted for four days, a total of eight interactive hours. Around forty-two kids, between 10 and 13 years old, benefitted from this course. It covered a lot of skills most importantly, the concepts of programming and algorithms. In addition, the classification of programming languages. Then, a number of projects were made interactively using Python Turtle. In addition to introducing how to deal with calculations, loops, and variables. Its worth mentioning that a total of 375 applicants submitted interest with only 109 being accepted based off of merit. The applicants were not only from Saudi Arabia, but there were also applicants from Egypt and Germany. GoGeek Kids is an extension to the GoGeek Initiative, which won the United Nations WSIS 2020 Prize in Capacity Building.