COVID-19

University to Support 45 COVID-19 Research Projects

Source: King Khalid University - Media Center In an attempt to contribute to the Kingdom's efforts in finding a vaccination to the global coronavirus pandemic, King Khalid University will fund ground-breaking research projects and initiatives into the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its treatment. Vice Rector of Graduate Studies and Research, Prof. Saad Al-Amri, explained that the supported research projects have reached 45 and are planned to find a solution to COVID-19 and to develop effective drug treatments and vaccines. He added a supervisory committee has been formed that includes a number of specialists to follow the progress of the research projects.
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Tehama Campus Issues COVID-19 PPE to Faculty and Staff

Source: King Khalid University - Media Center   The Department of Operation and Maintenance at the Tehama Campus delivered cloth masks and personal protective equipment (PPE) to faculty and staff, which is designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Tehama Campus Supervisor, Dr. Ahmed Al-Shehri, explained that the initiative is a way to adhere to the instructions and precautions against COVID-19, coinciding with the slogan "Return Carefully". He added this initiative is supervised by His Excellency the University President because he prioritizes the health and safety of the university community. This initiative is within the efforts exerted by the Office of Technical Affairs represented by the Department of Operation and Maintenance. Assistant General Supervisor of the Technical Affairs, Mr. Abdul Rahman Murea, reiterated that humanity is the most precious and valuable resource for any organization therefore maintaining their health is a top priority. He pointed out that the initiative is part of the efforts made by the Office of Technical Affairs to raise the level of its services. Operation and Maintenance Manager, Mr. Metib Al-Shehri, explained that the initiative is an extension to a series of initiatives implemented by the department, which were supported and directed by the campus supervisor and his assistant for technical affairs.  
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College of Science to Hold Scientific Meeting on COVID-19

  Source:  King Khalid University - Media Center The College of Science at King Khalid University organized an online scientific meeting titled "The Negative Effects of the Emerging Coronavirus on the Behavior of Individuals and How to Reduce Risks". College of Science Dean, Prof. Ali Abdullah Mohammed Shati, explained that the meeting comes within the framework of educating society about the pandemic and the mechanisms to mitigate risk factors. He noted that the meeting will be presented by Chemistry Department faculty member Dr. Nasser Awad at 10 pm on the 21st of Ramadan 1441 AH.
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The Role of University Endowments and the Economic Fallout of Coronavirus

Source:  King Khalid University - Media Center King Khalid University Rector Prof. Falleh Al-Solamy supervised an online meeting on Tuesday the 19th of Ramadan. The meeting was entitled "The Economic Implications of Coronavirus and the Role of University Endowments". The meeting was delivered by His Eminence Sheikh Saad Al-Muhanna and organized by the King Khalid University Endowment Secretariat as part of the Mobaderoon initiative. Secretary-General of University Endowments, Prof. Omar Al Mushait, explained that the meeting aimed to spread awareness on the important role endowments play in fulfilling and perpetuating the mission of higher education institutions, noting that it will serve as a vital lifeline in reducing the economic repercussions of the Coronavirus pandemic. The meeting targeted members of the Board of Directors, members of the Investment Committee, members of the Standing Committee for Endowments, faculty members, and all endowment representatives of Saudi universities.
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Tehama Campus Continues to Implement Preventive Measures Against Covid-19

Source:  King Khalid University - Media Center In view of the recent developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Office of Technical Affairs at the Tehama Campus has implemented a contingency plan, which extends to all campuses, in line with the guidelines of national and international health authorities. The contingency plan produced immediate effects on all campuses at King Khalid University. Tehama Campus General Supervisor Assistant, Abdurahman Mureea, explained that the plan was implemented by intensively sterilizing buildings and distributing hand sanitizers to all employees. The task force, under the supervision of Tehama Campus General Supervisor, Dr. Ahmed Atef Al-Shehri, appointed by His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy, contains measures and recommendations for each individual member of the academic community in order to minimize the transmission risks and the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Services and Maintenance Department Director, Meteb Al-Shehri, added that protective measures were also implemented at maintenance staff housing, noting that guidelines stipulating only two people to a room were adhered to. Also, he noted that all compounds where maintenance staff reside are routinely sterilized with access to frequent temperature checks and medical treatment as needed. Director of Medical Clinics at Tehama, Fayez Issa, explained that the outpatient clinics in Tehama have implemented preventive measures by implementing visual sorting points at the clinic entrance and safe pathways for all the patients. Director of the Security and Safety Department, Mohammed Al-Asimi, confirmed that all entrances are now sorting points where whoever enters is examined for Coronavirus for the safety of all. Of note, more than 100 volunteers from the Office of Technical Affairs registered with the Ministry of Health's "Health Volunteer Platform" to help in the Kingdom's frontline battle against COVID-19. You can register in "Health Volunteer Platform" by clicking here.
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Online Workshop Organized by Measurement and Evaluation Center

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.
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International COVID-19 Webinar Draws More Than 1,250 Registrants

Source:  King Khalid University - Media Center The Saudi Scientific Society for Medical Education (SSME) at King Khalid University recently launched an international webinar, entitled Medical Education Challenges and Opportunities During COVID-19, headed by Vice Dean for Academic Development & Quality, Taibah University's College of Medicine, Dr. Khalid Shahat, to more than 1,250 participants from all over the world in cooperation with the Virtual Medical Academy. Of note, Dr. Shahat is the founder of the Virtual Medical Academy, which is the 1st health e-learning platform with more than 7 years of experience accredited by the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties. Medical Education Department Head at Umm Al Qura University, Dr. Rania Zeni, moderated the sessions that notably included the participation of Saudi Scientific Society of Medical Education Vice President, Neuroscience Technology Program Head at Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Dr. Mona Al-Sheikh. She walked participants through the current situation of Saudi medical colleges, evaluation procedures, students' views of the temporary procedures, and the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on long-term medical education. Further, she confirmed that Saudi schools and universities have the infrastructure and manpower necessary to implement online education at the highest levels. Following after, Pakistani Association of Medical Education Head, Dr. Rehan Khan, talked about the practical experiences in online education and assessment, and Dr. Richard Fuller from the University of Liverpool concluded the meeting by reviewing valuable references in this field.
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Deanship of Community Service and Continuing Education at Tehama Launches Series of COVID-19 Initiatives

Source:  King Khalid University - Media Center Following the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, the Deanship of Community Service and Continuing Education at Tehama launched a number of online activities and initiatives during quarantine. Vice Dean of Community Service and Continuing Education, Dr. Abdullah Al-Shehri, said: "Responding to His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy's directive, we developed a planning policy to raise societal health awareness under the supervision of the Tehama Campus General Supervisor, Dr. Ahmed Atef Al-Shehri." Parts of the initiative have already started with the distribution of educational programs and pamphlets, in addition to sending social media messages that show how to apply prevention procedures, monitor symptoms, accurately participate in social distancing, and home quarantine procedures. The programs will encompass a variety of fields, including courses in the art of public dynamics, the role of rhetoric in human communication, and the art of family dynamics. Of note, 1,200 participants are scheduled to join.
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Media and Communication Administration Hosts Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister Saud Kateb

Source:  King Khalid University - Media Center His Excellency, King Khalid University Rector Prof. Falleh Al-Solamy, sponsored an online meeting on Sunday evening entitled "Public Diplomacy Bets in facing the Corona Crisis: America and China as a Model", presented by His Excellency Dr. Saud Kateb, Minster Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister. Dr. Kateb is also the deputy minister for public diplomacy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and has experience in many fields and sectors. He was the spokesperson and foreign media relations managing director at the Ministry of Culture and Information for three years between 2013 and 2016. The meeting is part of the Mobaderoon initiative, which was recently launched by the Media and Communication Administration. His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy welcomed His Excellency Minster Saud Kateb at the start of the meeting, stressing that the meeting is part of King Khalid University's commitment to raising cultural and social awareness through capacity building programs, workshops, training, and partnerships. The meeting was moderated by Media and Communication Administration Assistant Supervisor, Sarah Jaber Al-Solamy, who led participants through a number of topics related to the basic concepts and a historical overview of public diplomacy, propaganda, solid power, women and digital diplomacy. COVID-19 and the basic tasks of diplomacy during crises and the crisis management of COVID-19 public diplomacy engendered much interest. During the meeting, His Excellency Minister Kateb stressed that Vision 2030 will guide aspirations towards an unprecedented new phase of development in which the enormous potential of women will come to light and also a where a vibrant society is created with a strong anchor in culture, arts, and a thriving economy. General Supervisor of the Media and Communication Administration, University Spokesperson, Dr. Mufleh Al-Qahtani, stressed that this meeting is part of a series of meetings and programs organized by the administration to shed light on a number of important topics that align with the current situation and its various implications. Dr. Abdullah Al-Assaf, professor of political media at Al-Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University, emphasized the importance of harnessing Saudi cinema and cultural soft power to strengthen the Kingdom's presence internationally. On his part political analyst and academic at Al-Faisal University, Dr. Khaled Batarfi, emphasized the importance of qualifying a new generation of analysts and those concerned with Saudi affairs, stressing that we have great media capabilities that should be leveraged through training and guidance.
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Providing Asir's General Directorate of Health Affairs With Medical Equipment to Combat COVID-19

Source:  King Khalid University - Media Center Members of the COVID-19 medical equipment initiative held their second meeting with Asir's General Directorate of Health Affairs. The meeting was attended by the region's COVID-19 Pandemic Team and the Director of the Regional Medical Laboratory, Vice Director of Medical Services, Dr. Abdullah Kaddah The meeting started with a brief introduction to the initiative and a view of its manufacturing capabilities and output. They discussed the equipment that will aid health practitioners, especially lab specialists who take samples of the virus. At the end of the meeting, the initiative's team toured laboratory facilities. The team's leader Dr. Ahmad Ali bin Dejum explained that the first delivery contained more than 500 jams designed by 3D printers. These jams are meant to be used by health practitioners, medical teams working in the Regional Laboratory and COVID-19 response teams. He also mentioned that 500 controllers capable of interfacing with most doors, drawers, and lights are nearly ready for delivery. He added the next period would be devoted to manufacturing all the requested equipment in coordination with the Command and Control Center at Asir's General Directorate of Health Affairs, noting that initial demand entails the rapid delivery of ventilator spare parts and nose swab tools. It's worth mentioning that this collaboration comes under the concept of enhancing the partnership between the academia, private and government industry to control COVID-19 while promoting global models and executing the urgent action plan in the governorate set by Asir Gov. Prince Turki bin Talal bin Abdulaziz.
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