COVID-19

225 Thesis Were Virtually Discussed Since the Start of COVID19.

Source: kkU - Media Center The Deanship of Graduate Studies at King Khalid University, in cooperation with the E-learning Deanship and the colleges involved, held online thesis discussion sessions, where 225 thesis were discussed and defended by PhD and Masters students from different colleges at the university, each session was attended by a large number of people.  The Dean of the Graduate Studies Deanship, Prof. Ahmed bin Yahya Al Fayea, explained that 159 thesis were defended during the second semester of 1441AH, and 66 theses were defended during this semester, adding that a number of theses are to be defended by the end of the current semester. Al Fayea, added that these online sessions are easier to be joined and attended by the students and their families, discussion committees and those living in far areas, especially with the excellent coordination between the deanship and the colleges involved, and the efforts of the E-learning Deanship. Al Fayea, pointed that the variety of thesis topics presented are to contribute to educational needs, finding solutions, and focusing on the development needs and requirements to achieve 2030 Vision. It’s worth mentioning, that the Deanship of Graduate Studies in cooperation with the E-learning Deanship and the colleges involved were among the first in the Kingdom to successfully implement online thesis defense sessions.
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Saudi Universities Achieved Advanced Positions in Terms of COVID19 Research Production.

source: KKU - Media Center Saudi Universities, have ranked 1st in the Arab world and 17th globally in terms of coronavirus research production, accounting for 83.4% of the Kingdom's production. His Excellency the University President, Prof. Faleh bin Rajaa Allah Al-Solami, expressed his gratitude , and appreciation to His Majesty the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, and His Royal Highness Prince Muhammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, and His Excellency the Minister of Education, Dr. Hamad Al-Sheikh for their continuous support for education. Al-Solami, commended this achievement , describing it as a reflection of capabilities , and efforts devoted by Saudi Universities
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The University President honors the the College of Engineering team

Source: King Khalid University_ Media Center His Excellency the University President Prof. Falleh bin Raja Allah Al-Sulami, honored the team behind the initiative producing and manufacturing products to limit the spread of COVID-19. The initiative was organized by the Collage of Engineering as a part of its community services to fight against COVID-19. The Collage’ male and female students and professors participated in the initiative. The honoring was attended by the Collage Dean Dr. Muhammad Al Misfer, and the initiative’s Supervisor Dr. Ahmad bin Dejum. The initiative focused on manufacturing preventive medical products, ventilators spare parts using 3D printers, to limit the spread of the virus. His Excellency the University President thanked the whole team members and praised their efforts in participating with the national efforts to limit the spread of this pandemic. The initiative’s Supervisor Dr. Ahmad bin Dejum, explained the initiative’s team ,manufactured more than 17800 piece which included 6 different products. He confirmed the initiative trained more than 21 students in the steps of manufacturing, assembling and packing. He thanked his Excellency the University President for supporting this initiative and its outcomes. This initiative had a team of students and another of faculty members which was chaired by Dr. Ahmad bin Dejum. Dr. Saqr Al-Omari, Dr. Ali Anaki and Dr. Ahmed Al-Qahtani were members in this team. The initiative’s products were distributed to a number of entities in collaboration with "Nashama Asir” project. The initiative had an advanced position among 12 voluntary projects honored by His Royal Highness Asir’s Prince
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Scholarship Student Publishes Research Aimed to Mitigate Effects of COVID-19

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.
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31K Benefit From Deanship of Community Service and Continuing Education 2020 Summer Programs

Source: King Khalid University - Media Center The Deanship of Community Service and Continuing Education successfully offered several summer 2020 learning opportunities such as "Mobaderoon" and the "Goodwill Initiative". These initiatives were made available to the public writ large during the COVID-19 pandemic as part of King Khalid University's commitment to help us stay connected and move forward by building skill sets participants can use to form lasting connections. Dean of Community Service and Continuing Education, Prof. Omar bin Alwan Aqeel, explained that 14,074 participants took part in a 22-hour online training package. The most important courses, he noted, were "Skills of Dealing with Crises and Disasters", "Personal and Behavioral Skills of a Security Guard", and "Future Skills of the Fourth Industrial Revolution". He praised the efforts of those who participated in implementing these initiatives. In collaboration with the College of Sharia and Fundamentals of Religion, the program "Your Ramadan Filled with Quran" was delivered to over 19 attendees. It included memorizing the Qur'an, sessions to correct recitation, and a lecture on reflecting. Additionally, competitions on the best recitation for kids, "Quranic Whispers", a cultural competition, and Qira'at (recitations or readings) attracted 1,965 participants. As a part of the Goodwill Initiative in collaboration with the College of Applied Medical Sciences at Khamis Mushait, eight-hour training programs tailored to students were offered, attracting 2,865. The courses included one on protecting our mental health in times of COVID-19, COVID-19 prevention while picnicking, and the role of occupational health and safety after the pandemic. Several initiatives and programs as a part of the Goodwill Initiative were launched at numerous campuses around the Asir. Please see below. Tehama Campus Headlining the Tehama Campus initiative, which benefitted 11,500, was the health caravan in the parks, presenting gifts and educational publications in shopping centers, and a fine arts competition. The College of Science and Arts at Dhahran Al-Janoub The Deanship also collaborated with the College of Science and Arts at Dhahran Al-Janoub to implement programs and initiatives, benefitting 740. They included one on kids and technology and one on being beautiful without a filter. Several competitions were also run on the oldest historical document, the best form of poetry, the best photo, the best mural, and the best intellectual discussion. The College of Science and Arts at Sarat Abidah In Sarat Abidah, the Deanship collaborated with the College of Science and Arts to hold health and safety awareness initiatives to nearly 400 participants, namely the initiative to promote the Goodwill Initiative's slogan — "Picnic Carefully". Also included was an initiative for home-based businesses, a bike race, a horse race, a show, and a medical awareness meeting at Sarat Abidah Hospital.
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Tehama Campus Registers More Than 200 COVID-19 Volunteers

Source: King Khalid University - Media Center King Khalid University's Tehama Campus registered 200 University member volunteers in the Health Volunteering Platform. It was within the University's efforts to spread the culture of volunteering. Tehama Campus Supervisor, Dr. Ahmed Al-Shehri, explained that this contribution is a step in the right direction in terms of fulfilling the health volunteering plan. He noted that it stems from patriotism deeply rooted in the hearts of its people. He pointed out that the volunteers were comprised of faculty members, employees, and health practitioners. He confirmed that this participation is supported and supervised by His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy. He hoped that this would contribute to supporting the national volunteering efforts, in order to succeed in these preventive plans to face this pandemic. The areas of volunteering include health volunteering, awareness, and psychological and social counseling, logistical volunteering, and humanitarian service.
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Ministry of Health, Asir Emirate, Intellectual Awareness Unit, and Abha Literary Club Launch COVID-19 Webinar

Source: King Khalid University - Media Center Under the patronage of His Excellency, King Khalid University Rector Prof. Falleh Al-Solamy, the Intellectual Awareness Unit, on 25 June 2020, in cooperation with the COVID-19 Crisis Management Team in the Emirate of Asir and Abha Literary Club, the university launched an online awareness meeting with Ministry of Health Spokesperson, Dr. Muhammad Al-Abdali, entitled "The Summer and the Coronavirus Pandemic: Tips and Directions." Dean of the Arts and Sciences College, Dr. Mesfir Alwadi, directed the meeting in which he discussed different axes of prevention. He provided advice and directions on how to deal with COVID-19 in the summer. "The Ministry, through its media and press conferences, was clear in its statements believing that honesty creates awareness and raises the level of trust with the public. I praise the awareness of both citizens and residents," concluded Dean Alwadi. The meeting included a number of important interactions, such as Dr. Ali Al-Shaabi, where he praised the government efforts in limiting the spread of the COVID-19. Dean of the Community College in Khamis Mushait, Dr. Ahmed Al-Muraee, who is also the Head of Abha Literary Club, praised the level that the Ministry of Health exhibited in managing the COVID-19 crisis. He noted the great success of accurate media reporting. "For the next stage of the pandemic, I would suggest adding two media programs that will help the community to deal with COVID-19 and promoting the culture of preventive behaviors. The first suggested program is an educational awareness clip to explain to the community how to live with caution in all circumstances. The second suggested program is a regular meeting once or twice a week to review the global medical developments about COVID-19, the new discoveries, the virus changes, it's potential or evolution, the incorrect rumors, and fears, and simplifying the medical information to educate people about the virus," concluded Dean Al-Muraee. University Spokesperson Dr. Mufleh Al-Qahtani — who also serves as the general supervisor of the General Administration of Media and Relations — emphasized that the Ministry of Health's consistent communication strategy prevented any communication gaps. He also referred to the role of King Saud University, King Khalid University, and other universities in creating media programs for non-media specialists. Dr. Al-Qahtani praised the Ministry of Health's ability to balance the media between news and awareness. The meeting also involved a presentation of Dr. Siham Al Haider, Dean of College of Sciences, Arts and Society in Rijal Alma, and Dr. Aida Al-Qarni, Dean of the College of Nursing in Abha, where they are talking about the roles fulfilled by the family unit and the Ministry of Health. They praised the efforts of the Kingdom's leadership alongside societal awareness and compliance.
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launching a 100 bed COVID-19 ICU to the Medical City

Source: King Khalid University_ Media Center   With the presence of the Minister of Health and the Deputy Minister of Education for Universities, Research and Innovation Prof.His Royal Highness Asir’s Prince sponsors launching a 100 bed COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit to the Medical City at King Khalid University His Royal Highness Prince Turki bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud The Governor of Asir Region sponsors on Wednesday morning the launching ceremony of a 100 bed ICU for patients with COVID-19 at the Medical City in Al-Qara’a. The Ceremony was attended by His Excellency the Minister of Health Dr. Tawfig AlRabiah, and His Excellency the Deputy Minister of Education for Universities, Research and Innovation Prof. Muhammad Al-Sudairy, and His Excellency the University President Prof. Faleh bin Raja Allah Al-Sulami. His Royal Highness Asir’s Prince started the ceremony which took place on the fifth floor of the Medical City’s Hospital which includes 100 ICU. He was briefed on mechanisms of the work through an introductory tour that was attended by their Excellencies the Minister of Health, the Deputy Minister of Education for Universities, Research and Innovation, and the University President. At the beginning of the ceremony, His Royal Highness praised the achievement, pointing to the importance of the leadership structure in implementing it. He stressed on the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques - may Allah protect him - and the government’s directions to provide comfort for the citizens. His Highness thanked His Excellency the Minister of Education, His Excellency the Minister of Finance, His Excellency the Minister of Health, and His Excellency the Minister of Human Resources and Social Development for their fruitful cooperation. He also thanked His Excellency the University President and his team for their efforts to complete this project in a short period of time, as well as the health affairs team in Asir region, and the company which implemented the project. His Royal Highness Asir’s Prince stressed on his great interest in the university city. He pointed he held meetings with contractors, and frequent meetings will be held as of next November in order to tackle all matters related to the university city. His Excellency the Minister of Health explained a 100 bed COVID-19 ICU to the Medical City is a special addition to the region. He confirmed health services are a priority for our leadership to achieve all means of comfort and reassurance for citizens in the COVID-19 pandemic that made the Kingdom among the best countries in the world in dealing with this pandemic. He thanked His Royal Highness for supervising implementing and launching health institutions. He also thanked the Minister of Education Prof. Hamad Al Al-Sheikh, for his support and interest in supporting the health sector in Asir through this facility. His Excellency the President of King Khalid University Prof. Falleh bin Raja Allah Al-Sulami welcomed His Highness the Governor of the region, His Excellency the Minister of Health, His Excellency the Deputy Minister of Education for Universities, Research and Innovation, and all attendees. He confirmed the integration between all the entities makes us capable of challenging, and the crises create opportunities. He pointed preparing 100 bed COVID-19 ICU in one month instead of six months was a challenge. He praised His Highness’s efforts in coordinating, integrating, stimulating the entities’ capabilities. Launching this project in the new University City in Al-Qara’a is a beginning to a new phase in community service. He stressed everyone in Asir has high hopes and confidence in their leadership to continue completing the University City which will contribute in raising educational and medical services.
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University Explains Satellite Campus Admissions Process

Source: King Khalid University - Media Center King Khalid University, explained that the 2020-21 admissions process is entirely online and will be executed with the utmost transparency through the university portal (click here). The university confirmed that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the university had reduced the rate required for the achievement test from (40%) to (20%) in consideration of the current situation. The university also clarified that the branch colleges in the surrounding governorate were established to serve students and locals living in these areas. For that, the Deanship of Admissions and Registration has considered that the number of available student enrollments in these colleges is limited. Therefore, female students from outside those governorates were not accepted due to this limitation. The university noted that the difference in the student percentages in the colleges of art and theory between male and female students is the result of the achievement test. Regarding the lowest percentages to be accepted, the university explained that depending on the average student percent and the available number of enrollments, the lowest rate will be determined. Of note, all vacated seats due to the withdrawal of students would be fully occupied by students who meet the admission requirements by the announced conditions, as the immediate admission and admission transfer service (from here) is available until Saturday the 18th Dhu al-Hijjah.
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Agency of Female Student Affairs to Hold First Virtual Meeting on Women and COVID-19 Pandemic in Saudi Universities

Source: King Khalid University - Media Center King Khalid University, represented by the Agency of Female Student Affairs, organized an online meeting entitled "The First Meeting of Women Leaders on Saudi Universities and the Corona Crisis". Vice Rector of Female Student Affairs, Prof. Kholoud Abu Melha, explained the meeting, which will be held on Monday, aims to discuss the impact of the novel coronavirus on higher education. The ultimate goal is to review the experiences of all colleges, deanships, and functional workgroups within the university system during the Spring 2020 semester and put into action a policy response and strategy in relation to COVID-19 and its implications for the Fall 2020 semester, and achieve effective women participation in the development process of King Khalid University.
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