King Khalid University

The department of General courses Farewell party 2021

Under the patronage of Dr. Muneera Abuhamama, Dean of the Community College for Girls, King Khalid University, Abha and supervision of Dr. Heba Sheera, Head of the General Courses, a farewell party for the teaching staff of English Department was organized on Tuesday, April 06, 2021.  Dr. Muneera Abuhamama, the Dean, presided over the function and appreciated the efforts of English Department throughout the semester for enhancing the academic excellence of students and achieving the program learning outcomes. Dr. Heba Sheera, Head of the General Courses, briefed about the performance of the department and the achievement of the academic plans. She also pointed out the new strategies and approaches for meeting the learning goals of the program. Dr. Heba highlighted the importance of the academic plan and its benefits after its practical implementation during the academic year. She gave several examples how the new strategies for the academic plan led to achieve the learning outcomes and professional development of the faculty members. In order to achieve the maximum outcomes, Dr. Heba mentioned that in order to carry out the desired learning curves she formed the teams/committees -Training Team, Research Team, Examination Team and Website Team. Dr. Sheera explained that how these new changes modified the learning and teaching patterns and enhanced the academic performance of the department. She also mentioned  that teachers and students training webinars were organized throughout the semester. All these academic activities reflect the success rate of the department, Dr. Heba added. Ms. Asma Alnahri delivered the welcome speech and welcomed all the staff members. Dr. Muneera Abuhamama, the Dean and Dr. Heba Sheera, the Head of the General Courses, acknowledged the valuable contributions of the faculty members. Ms. Sirajum Munira,  Dr. Meenakshi Sharma, Ms. Nada Abdullah AlMelhi, Ms. Tahmina Begum, Ms. Ghazwa Abedin, Ms. Asma AlNahri, Dr. Nawal Mousa, Ms. Julia, , Dr. Mai alzain and Ms. Fozia Zulfiqar were bestowed with certificate of appreciation for their outstanding contribution in the department. Dr. Heba Sheera distributed a token of gift to those who are departing from the college this year and wished the best for their future endeavors. After the event, the teachers became emotional as they recalled their time. Hustle and bustle of the college made them very nostalgic. Teachers were very excited initially but after the function most of them were left teary eyed.  
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Rector Supervises Educational Process and Meets Students

Source: King Khalid University - Media Center His Excellency, King Khalid University Rector, Prof. Falleh Al-Solamy, was accompanied by Vice Rector for Educational and Academic Affairs, Prof. Saad Du'ajim, to see the progress of the educational process for the Fall 2020 semester. They visited several colleges to make sure that COVID-19 protocols were followed. Rector Al-Solamy was briefed on the educational process by the College of Science Dean, Prof. Ali Al-Shatti, during a Blackboard training meeting with freshmen students at the College of Science. He praised the faculty members' efforts in training students and adhering to the social distancing procedures. He stressed the importance of continually providing PPE in classes and labs. He advised first-year students to benefit from the e-services to facilitate their education, wishing them all the best. Rector Al-Solamy then delivered a speech to the students in an online lecture, highlighting King Khalid University's eagerness to assist students. Dean of the Pharmacy College, Dr. Abdulrahman Alsayari, then introduced an app developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dean Alsayari mentioned that it allows students to train as pharmacists interactively. The training is through an electronic virtual pharmacy, in which the trainee receives prescriptions and dispenses appropriate medications. The process is supervised and assessed electronically by faculty members. Of note, King Khalid University started the 2020-21 academic year for around 60,000 students, with deans across all colleges meeting students online to welcome them and answer their questions.  
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Rector Meets With the Abha Chamber of Commerce and Industry Secretary General

Source:King Khalid University - Media Center On Thursday, His Excellency, King Khalid University Rector, Prof. Falleh Al-Solamy, met with Abha Chamber of Commerce and Industry Secretary-General, Dr. Riyadh bin Ahmed Al-Oqran.  A lot was on the table for discussion. Namely, potential projects to enhance collaboration in research centers, capacity building, and human capital development focused on a start-up culture. It's worth mentioning that this meeting results from the common interests of King Khalid University and the Abha Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The Memorandum of Understanding between the University and the Abha Chamber of Commerce and Industry calls for the support and protection of the interests of the business community in Abha. It was noted that both parties will continue working towards creating a favorable business environment and supporting business development.
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Students Affairs Launches Virtual Meeting

Source:King Khalid University - Media Center The Deanship of Student Affairs at King Khalid University, represented by its Agency of Female Students Affairs, launched the online meeting "A University Student". It began on Wednesday and will last until the 27th of this month. It includes several introductory meetings, guidance sessions, and much more. This meeting was supervised by Vice Rector of Female Student Affairs, Prof. Kholoud Abu Melha. She explained that this meeting targets first-year students in order to build and improve their skills. She then welcomed the new students. Vice Rector Abu Melha explained that a good learning environment is interactive, engaging, and fun. She pointed out that the students are a part of this success. She thanked His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy and the employees at the Deanship of Students Affairs for their efforts in providing everything that serves male and female students and their development. The Female Section of the Agency of Student Services and Sports Activities participated in implementing this meeting, with the Guidance and Counseling Center, the Center for Persons with Disabilities, and the Student Fund Administration. It is worth mentioning that the meeting aims to introduce the Deanship of Student Affairs and its Vice Deanships, centers, and services to new students. In addition to introducing student clubs and encouraging female students to participate in student activities.
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Nuclear Plants and Peaceful Uses of Energy Workshop Launched

  Source: King Khalid University - Media Center  On 14 August 2020, the Community Service Unit at the College of Science, under the Mobaderoon initiative, will hold an online webinar training program entitled "Nuclear Plants and Peaceful Uses in the Field of Energy". The program, which will be delivered by radiochemistry specialist Prof. Nasser Awad, is tailored to university students, researchers, faculty members, and those interested in nuclear power. To register, please (click here). Dean of the College of Science, Prof. Ali bin Abdullah Al-Shati, says: "The program aims to introduce participants to the installation of nuclear plants, the production electricity through nuclear fuel, and a comparison between the economic cost of producing electricity with other sources such as petroleum, coal and solid waste."
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Tehama Campus Launches Several Goodwill Initiative Activities

Source: King Khalid University - Media Center  His Excellency, King Khalid University Rector Prof. Falleh Al-Solamy, extended his thanks to Tehama Campus Supervisor, Dr. Ahmed Al-Shehri, for his team's efforts in launching the summer 2020 Goodwill Initiative entitled "Picnic with Caution". The initiative included several training courses and cultural seminars, in addition to the health caravan, and a fine arts competition. Dr. Al-Shehri explained the keenness of those in charge of implementing the initiative's activities to keep social distancing and apply precautionary measures in those events. Dr. Al-Shehri explained that these seminars and training courses were focused on raising social awareness of COVID-19 prevention methods.   Dr. Al-Shehri thanked His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy for his continuous support. Deputy Dean of Community Service and Continuing Education, Tehama Campus, Dr. Abdullah Hassan Al-Shehri, explained that his team implemented six training courses and educational seminars on the COVID-19 pandemic. He highlighted that several health activities were implemented as part of the "Health Caravan" activity, which aimed to raise health awareness on the importance of early detection, distribute leaflets, sterilizers, masks, and provide medical examination services with the participation of a specialized medical team.   The Fair Art Competition organizers also aimed to raise the level of intellectual awareness about COVID-19 among society. This is the second iteration of the Goodwill Initiative directed by His Royal Highness Prince Turki bin Talal, Governor of Asir - may God protect him – in order to emphasize a good welcoming of visitors from outside the region.
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Center for Assessment and Evaluation: Supporting Leadership Make Informed Decisions

Source: King Khalid University - Media Center  To achieve the Ministry of Education directions to evaluate educational outcomes, and to meet the need to develop assessment and evaluation centers in higher educational institutions in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on both student achievement levels and the evaluation of curriculums and course levels, King Khalid University established the Center for Assessment and Evaluation after decision number 35346 issued by His Majesty on 22/9/1438 AH. The decision was also based on the memorandum of the General Secretariat of  Higher Education Council No. 35/73/1434 on the establishment of the Center for Assessment and Evaluation at King Khalid University, which was implemented  as a result of the  recommendation No. 37-3-2 / 38, issued by the the third  Deans' Advisory Committee on 3/29/1438 AH. The Importance of the Center: Center for Assessment and Evaluation Director, Dr. Saeed bin Muhammad Al-Moaidh, noted that the center has received great attention from His Excellency, King Khalid University Rector Prof. Falleh Al-Solamiy who believes in the importance of the center and its role in assisting and evaluating operation and education. Director Al-Moaidh also thanked Vice Rector for Academic Development & Quality, Prof. Merzin Al-Shahrani, for his leading role in the achievement and success of the center. Important Points: The  vision of the Center for Assessment and Evaluation is to excel and lead in the field of assessment and evaluation at a local and regional level. The center's mission revolves around the application of best practices in the field of assessment  and evaluation through a scientific quality methodology that implements honesty, commitment, responsibility, innovation, transparency and cooperation in order to achieve  several goals, the most prominent of which are: Spreading the culture of assessment and evaluation in the university and the local community; Supporting decision-making based on accurate, documented digital data and statistics; Activating and following up the evaluation processes at the faculty level; Contribute to improving and developing evaluation methods; Ensuring the integrity of the procedures for applying performance evaluation tools; Predicting weaknesses and strengths in the educational process; Interpreting data and information and providing feedback to faculty members in colleges; Application of distinguished international, Arab and national practices in the field of university assessment and evaluation; Study the extent to which programs achieve the requirements of the labor market and develop development plans; Professional development for faculty members in the fields of university measurement and evaluation. The Centers Goals : The Center for Assessment and Evaluation is affiliated with the university’s Quality and Development Agency and aims to develop academic performance and enhance learning outcomes, as well as offering quality education and the necessary information for decision-makers to implement the necessary development programs, achieve quality standards at the university and also evaluate its role in serving the society. Role and Importance of the Center: The center highlights the importance of following and evaluating outcomes to assure that investing in programs leads to achieving desired goals in accord with Vision 2030. The Center's Relation with Colleges  In the context of the Center for Assessment and Evaluation's endeavor to modernize the assessment and evaluation system at King Khalid University. The  center has established assessment and evaluation units at all university colleges to work on activating and implementing the center's tasks based on a clear a vision. The center also focuses on introducing the skills and information  to provide  faculty members in the colleges with more knowledge and skills related to assessment and evaluation that allows them to implement  the requirements of achievement and electronic tests, build question banks and keep them updated with the latest developments in the field,  as well as contributing to coping with the developments in the field of education assessment and  the methods to achieving  fairness in education. Enabling Units Director Al-Moaidh confirms that the center also seeks to enable college units to play their role in serving and developing  performance  tests and examinations. Most Prominent Tasks One of the most important tasks of the Center for Assessment and Evaluation, in addition to harmonizing assessment  and evaluation methods with the educational outcomes, as well as issuing an electronic magazine is the realization modern technical  means in automating the assessment and evaluation system by establishing  question banks, providing automatic test correction services and statistical analysis, as  well as  including the latest research and results of studies in the field of  assessment and evaluation, the centers publications administrative and educational organizations and information to exchange experiences and provide data and information in the field of assessment and evaluation using modern technology, and preparing an annual reports on the performance of academic units and university colleges. Promoting the  Culture of Assessment  and Evaluation The tasks of the center also include providing feedback on performance, consultations and possible proposals to develop performance, in addition to provide  electronic training workshops via a synchronization platform in the areas of assessment  and evaluation,  updating the center's forms, issuing  bulletins to introduce the culture of assessment  and evaluation,  preparing and updating  databases necessary for the center’s operations, as well as designing standardized questionnaires to evaluate academic performance at the university, evaluate general satisfaction, and evaluate the reality of building quarterly and final achievement tests. Center's achievements As for the achievements of the Assessment and Evaluation center at King Khalid University, one of  the most prominent of which is the development of an implementation plan in accordance with the university's strategic plan, through  many activities and events that contribute to developing the skills of faculty members and enhancing the role of assessment and evaluation  in improving the overall  educational and academic environment . The center also  developed  a number of  electronic services by updating  the center’s website and the center’s social media platforms, as well as  planning and working on implementing the comprehensive electronic system for assessment and evaluation at the university as a result to the (creating an electronic question bank) initiative.   Another prominent achievement is the center analytical study of absenteeism rates at the beginning of each semester by studying the reasons and proposing solutions and statistical analysis of the results of the achievement tests, as the center designed three standard models for all colleges to analyze  results (the faculty member model, the course coordinator form, the supervisor's model for the assessment  and evaluation unit), in addition to an evaluation survey of the achievement test questions for  the  faculties of the university, by analyzing samples of those  tests and reports   Models and plans   The center’s  achievements also includes  building, designing and approving a unified course plan template (Course Syllabus) in Arabic and English  for  each semester, designing questionnaires on various topics and activities and sending them to the target groups and analyzing them, as well as providing and updating modern electronic forms on the center's website in the fields of assessment  and evaluation. As we’ll as as providing  support for students expected to graduate through designing and implementing  standard  examination project Exit Exam, while also exchanging visits with institutions concerned with assessment  and evaluation such as the National Center for Assessment and Evaluation and recruiting faculty members specializing in the field of assessment  and evaluation, to activate the center's units. In addition to supporting the National Center for Assessment and Evaluation in organizing meetings with faculty members in colleges to spread the culture of assessment and evaluation, and carrying out field visits to measurement  units.   Training courses   The center also implements many training courses and workshops after determining the training needs of faculty members, which included:   A course on building and developing achievement tests. A workshop on building and developing question banks. A workshop on building courses according to  assessment  and evaluation standards. A course on  the modern trends  of assessment  and evaluation. A course on the applications of assessement  and evaluation in the academic field. A course on the course plan in terms of content  and methods of  design and application. A workshop on designing and applying forms for analysis of achievement tests. A course on statistical programs and their applications in the academic field. A workshop on evaluating academic programs. Conducting electronic training sessions for  forms related to the center, such as:  results analysis forms, use of SPSS program, course plan, validity and reliability standards. The importance of the specification table in measuring learning outcomes. Analyzing the questionnaire and interpreting  research results. Statistical analysis using SPSS. Analyzing data using SPSS for graduate students at the university. Measuring the learning outcomes of the random block. Measuring learning outcomes for electronic tests using the SPSS program.
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Issuing the statistics for the Summer semester’s educational processes

Source: King Khalid University - Media Center  The Deanship of E-learning at King Khalid University issued a report on the summer semester online educational processes. These processes were for more than 28500 students in different majors and different headquarters in Abha and other provenances in Asir. The University Vice-President of Educational Affaires Prof. Sa’ad bin Mohammad bin Dejum, explained the University implemented E-learning quality standards and provided guidance and all means of support. It also held a number of online training courses and workshops for faculty members and students.     The Dean of E-learning Dr. Fahad bin Abdullah Al-Ahmari, explained that according to the Learning Management and Virtual Classrooms System during the summer semester of 1441 AH, there were 763915 reviews, 2674126 discussion boards, 1226484 viewed files and 763915 virtual classroom sessions. Al-Ahmari spoke on technical support where a total of 1784 operations were made through different means (phone, WhatsApp, Email and Anydesk). The Deanship issued 23 guide for faculty members and students. As for training the Deanship executed, during the Summer, nine courses seven of which targeted faculty members, with a total of 2174  attendees. The other two courses targeted Students, and they were attended by 1400 students. The Deanship supervised organizing 25 lectures where the attendees reached 52943. The Deanship executed 11617 electronic tests and 342 oral exams. In addition to 739 presentations, 1146 research papers and 11617 projects. The electronic courses of 637 faculty members which were divided into 955 sections were reviewed, and 195 reports on the educational operations were issued. “Tamkeen” YouTube channel continues to offer educational services. The videos posted since the beginning of the Summer semester were 277 with 28325 views in 889 hours, and 298902 impressions. 
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Admissions Offers on Track to Enroll 12,000 More KKU Students

Source: King Khalid University - Media Center  The Deanship of Admissions and Registration announced today (July 22) that some 12,000 incoming King Khalid University freshmen were offered a spot for fall 2020 on at least one of KKU's undergraduate campuses. Dean of Admissions and Registration, Dr. Abdulmohsen Algarni, welcomed the talented group of applicants to the university and confirmed admissions data also show an uptick in acceptance. Commenting on the electronic procedures, Dean Algarni related that his team has responded to 4,000 emails, 10,000 WhatsApp messages, and more than 2,000 phone calls. "To ensure the safety of all, we will receive all applicant inquiries online," he said. Nomination ratios of admission for this year in each of the university's majors are available by clicking (here). Dean Al-Qarni added that his team is diligently working to take applicants off of the waitlist through the immediate admission service. The immediate admission service allows students with a request number to see the vacant seats and apply. Also, he noted that the Deanship of Admissions and Registration will provide a service to change the chosen major before the beginning of the semester. Of note, the two services will be available from 2 Dhu al-Hijjah until 18 Dhu al-Hijjah.
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King Khalid University Partners With National Center for Educational and Professional Development

Source: King Khalid University - Media Center  King Khalid University, represented by the College of Education and the National Center for Educational and Professional Development at the Ministry of Education, launched an online summer training program. The program, consisting of a series of training programs delivered by the best faculty members, is in the third stage of the summer project for educational and professional development for the year 1441 AH / 2020 CE. Dean of the College of Education, Prof. Thabet bin Saeed Al-Kahlan, explained the program aims to develop professional educational practices in accord with Vision 2030. It also aims to foster the culture of professional educational development in line best practices in qualifying and training teachers. Dean Al-Kahlan confirmed that this partnership came under the guidance of His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy and his leadership team.
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