King Khalid University

20 Internal Reviewers in Academic Development and Quality

From the 7th to 11th of Safar, the Deanship of Academic Development and Quality held a training program titled 'Preparing Reviewers'. The primary purpose of the hands-on program approved by the Advisory Quality Development Committee was to prepare qualified internal reviewers in the field of academic development and quality. The program offered 8 workshops in a 45-hour program that introduced the current needs and conditions in quality accreditation as well as the targeted learning objectives in courses and programs. Additionally, designing the description of academic programs, fieldwork reports, performance indicators, and evaluation studies were covered. At the end of the program, Dean of the Academic and Quality, Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Hajri, thanked His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy and the senior leadership of academic development and quality for their continued support and encouragement in that they sponsor high-quality programs contributing to the development of faculty members.  
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Student Activity Clubs Forum: Excellence, Influence, and Development

On the 13th of Rabīʿ Al-Awwal, the Faculty of Science and Arts for Girls in Ahad Rufaida held a forum titled 'Excellence: Influence and Development'. Utilizing quality indicators in student activities and events was the theme of the event led by Dean, Dr. Salma Al-Gharabi, from the Faculty of Science and Arts for Girls in Ahad Rufaida. The forum began with a background presentation on the reasons for holding the forum. During the introductory talk, total quality management of student activities was highlighted in collaboration with the Deanship of Student Affairs and student activity coordinators from numerous departments and colleges. The topics included but were not limited to:  How to prepare reports and plan activities;  The role of volunteer clubs in encouraging active community participation;  The role of student activities in the development of social responsibility among female students;  Analyzing student reluctance to participate in university activities and how to use the media to expand activities;  How to motivate female students to participate in activities;  The role of student activities in the development of skills. "Student activities is a creative space that allows students the opportunity to spend free time doing something they love. It is also a positive method to spread awareness and to hold programs that benefit students and the society we live in," said Dean Al-Gharabi. Dean Al-Gharabi explained the Faculty of Arts and Science in Ahad Rifadah aspires to achieve extra-curricular excellence through its Student Activities Unit. She added that the unit serves to achieve desired outcomes in providing a positive, creative atmosphere in collaboration with all students clubs to enhance campus life.  
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Information Technology in the King Khalid University Rector Launches Ambitious Initiatives

On the 10th of Rabīʿ Al-Awwal, His Excellency King Khalid University Rector, Prof. Falleh R. M. Al-Solamy, launched 3 new and unique initiatives in the information technology field. These initiatives focus on coding and professional development in the information technology field. This program is spearheaded by CIO, Dr. Salem Alelyani, and Vice Rector of Academic Development and Quality, Dr. Merzin Al-Shahrani. The first initiative titled 'Coding Hour' is designed to increase student participation in computer science activities. Sponsored in cooperation with Code.org, the initiative reflects King Khalid University's active involvement in this internationally renowned campaign that has engaged at least 10% of student worldwide. This international effort focuses on making the computer science community more inclusive. The second initiative, 'Asir Codes', is similar to the 'Coding Hour' noted above. It is designed to increase participation in computer science and related activities. However, this initiative is specific to and focuses services/training sessions on people and organizations within the Asir region. 'Asir Codes' is operated in collaboration with the Misk Charitable Organization, a well-known and established non-profit dedicated to serving the Kingdom. The third initiative is an internship program in the information technology field. The program is under the tutelage of the General Directorate of Information Technology, and it provides opportunities for interns to help deliver best-in-class technical solutions. The program is guided by the university's determination to develop the Saudi information and communications technologies (ICT) talent pool. His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy began the launch meeting by introducing the initiatives and explaining each project in detail. As to each initiative, he reviewed the purpose, importance, and role within the program. His Excellency praised the iT Department for its support and efforts in making these projects a success. He also noted that the opportunities resulting from these initiatives will lead to the discovery and or development of world-class coding talents now lying dormant within the Asir region. This will ensure that the Asir region will take a well-deserved role in being at the forefront of computer science and technical programming trends. Moreover, CIO Alelyani explained that the initiatives and community service plans are an integral component of the national objectives set forth in Vision 2030 and the National Strategic Digital Transformation Plan. Later, even more detailed information concerning each initiative was shared. In 'Coding Hour', the program leaders will foster a creative environment for learning, motivate students to participate in computer science, and teach the fundamentals of coding. The Saudi effort is in conjunction with programs in 180 other countries over a 3-week period in December. Locally, the 'Asir Codes' initiative will teach the fundamentals of computer coding in a program spanning 100-days here in Asir starting in December. This initiative is the 2nd edition of a coding program conducted in cooperation with the Misk Charitable Organization. It expounds upon the effort conducted under 'Coding Hour' in that 'Asir Codes' is regionally focused. That is, 'Asir Codes' will focus on the cultural aspects of programming in the Kingdom and can be specifically tailored to showcase Saudi talents in information technology. As part of 'Asir Codes', the leadership is actively recruiting local subject matters coding experts to serve as ambassadors. These ambassadors will utilize the newly created web platform to train and develop coders throughout the region. The pinnacle of training in these coordinated initiatives is the iT Internship Program. Its fundamental purpose is to take the talents and abilities of the participants and optimize them into practical experience. While other programs focus on theoretical knowledge, the interns will prepare for the rough and tumble real-world of information technology. Having been prepared by experts in their field, the interns will be ready for life 'in the trenches' in a high-quality environment under the supervision of the iT Department. This effort will support the strategic goals of the 2020 National Transformation Program and Vision 2030 in accordance with the program objectives.  
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Vice Rector Sponsors International Day of Radiology Celebration

On behalf of King Khalid University, Vice Rector of Academic Affairs, Dr. Saad Du'ajim, opened the International Day of Radiology on the 12th of Rabīʿ Al-Awwal. The event was organized by the Radiology Department in the Faculty of Applied Sciences, the Radiology Club, Siemens International Radiology Administration, Al-Ghad Medical College, and Saudi German Hospital. Vice Rector Du'ajim praised the efforts that contributed to the success of the event, noting that the Radiology Department and the participating booths did a fantastic job. He explained that taking part in international events spreads awareness and knowledge about new opportunities. Radiology Department Head and Event Supervisor, Dr. Maqbool Al-Olayan, welcomed the attendees and participants, confirming that the department and the college are keen to connect to the field of specialization and to offer academic and social services. He then welcomed the Al-Fasil High School students in Khamis Mushait and Abha High School students who are interested in the field of radiology. Al-Olayan thanked all those who contributed to the success of the event, pointing out that this annual event was established on November 8th, 2012. It is part of the American and European initiative to celebrate the science of radiology. 'The department is proud to celebrate the achievements of radiologists in the university and around the world,' he concluded. From the participating entities, Assistant Director of Medical Services in the Asir region, Dr. Saleh Al-Qahtani, thanked the Applied Medical College and the Department of Radiology for the opportunity to celebrate the International Day of Radiology. He also thanked all who contributed to the success of the event, stressing that the spread of awareness and knowledge serves the community.  
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Sheikh Al-Maghamsi Visits King Khalid University

His Excellency King Khalid University Rector, Prof. Falleh R. M. Al-Solamy, welcomed His Excellency the Sheikh of the Quba Mosque and Taiba University Professor, Dr. Saleh bin Awad Al-Maghamsi, on Wednesday morning the 13th of Rabīʿ Al-Awwal. His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy expressed his appreciation to Sheikh Al-Maghamsi for coming to the university as our honored guest. His Excellency Sheikh Al-Maghamsi met with the university students at the main campus. The topics of discussion included religious doctrine and relevant topics in Islamic jurisprudence. There was a Q&A session in which the students actively and enthusiastically participated.  
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Awareness Program on the Effects of Drugs and Smoking Launched by Rector

On the 12th of Rabīʿ Al-Awwal, His Excellency the University Rector, Prof. Falleh R. M. Al-Solamy, sponsored the activities of the 'Awareness Program on the Effects of Drugs and Smoking' organized by the Deanship of Student Affairs. The program was conducted in collaboration with the Cultural Awareness Center. Upon his arrival, Rector Al-Solamy toured the venue and the booths participating in the exhibition. There were 11 booths that included the Ibn Rashid Optical Center, the Poison Control and Chemistry Center, the Ministry of Health's Anti-Smoking Program, the Faculty of Applied Medical Sciences, Health Affairs in Asir, the Faculty of Pharmacy, the Faculty of Medicine, and the Faculty of Dentistry. At the beginning of the ceremony, Rector Al-Solamy welcomed all participants and spectators, expressing his appreciation for their efforts to raise awareness and educate the students and the public at-large. Rector Al-Solamy cautioned our youth on the substantial dangers of drugs and illicit substances. He mentioned that the university had adopted the first strategic anti-drug plan in the Kingdom supervised by supervised by HRH Prince Turki bin Talal, Deputy Governor of the Asir region. HRH Prince Turki bin Talal has developed a strategic anti-drug plan which is now being implemented by the university. At the end of his speech, Rector Al-Solamy thanked all those who worked towards the establishment and success of the activities of this program. Later, the Cultural Awareness Center Supervisor, Dr. Khudran Al-Sahimi, delivered his presentation. He stressed that the center is fully committed to supporting this program and raising awareness of the social and health dangers inherent in drug usage. He then briefed the attendees on the center's services and programs for the prevention of drug use in our society. The program also included various meetings and working discussions Supervisor of Education, Mr. Ahmed Badawi, and Dr. Hassan Al-Qahtani, a member of the Department of Drug Control in the Asir Region, discussed the effects of tobacco usage, drugs, and intervention strategies. The meeting displayed figures and statistics on the devastating impact drugs have on our society. The Cultural and Awareness Center presented a short film detailing the center's goals, mission, vision, and planned events. The program also included a play titled 'Determine Your Location' by Theater Club students, where they discussed the dangers and consequences of drug usage. At the end of the program, His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy honored the participants and contributors that made the event successful.  
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International Affairs Administration Bringing Saudi Higher Education to the World

King Khalid University under the auspices of the International Affairs Administration is taking the necessary steps to lay the groundwork and subsequently fulfill its commitment to forming partnerships and applicable joint ventures with other educational institutions and government entities throughout the world. By integrating educational programs and systems with highly reputable partners around the globe, the university will achieve its goals through advanced research activities and community outreach.more       
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Cybersecurity: Challenges and Aspirations Symposium

In the frame of global events and rapid digital growth, the College of Computer Science organized a symposium titled 'Cybersecurity: Challenges and Aspirations'. Delivered by the Director of Cybersecurity and Anti-Cybercrime Unit, Dr. Sara Hadi Abu Ghazalah, the symposium was planned in collaboration with the Computer Science Student Club, the Digital Minds Student Club, and the Cybersecurity and Anti-Cybercrime Student Club. The symposium witnessed a large number of attendees. Of note, Vice Rector of Scientific Research and Advisory Studies, Dr. Saad Al-Amry, College of Computer Science Dean, Dr. Ali Khrawi, and a number of illustrious deans, vice deans, and faculty members were all in attendance. In the symposium, Dr. Abu Ghazala discussed the importance of cybersecurity and cautioned that public sector organizations in the Kingdom face unprecedented risk from cyber attacks and data breaches. King Khalid University is a leader among all Saudi universities in this field she related. This was followed with proposed methods of prevention in accord with Vision 2030. On his part, Dean Khrawi explained that the symposium comes within the university community service initiatives offered by the College of Computer Science and the Cybersecurity and Anti-Cybercrime Unit, which are keen on contributing to the spread of digital awareness in society, especially with the rapid uptick in phishing attacks, ransomware invasions, trojan horse strikes, and many other serious cyber threats. It is worth mentioning that King Khalid university prioritizes the field of cybersecurity offering it great attention through a number of academic and administrative strategies it was explained, noting that a recent University Council decision issued the transition of the Cybersecurity and Anti-Cyber Unit to the Cybersecurity and Anti-Cybercrime Center.
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Academic and Administrative Appointments

During the month of Safar, His Excellency King Khalid University Rector, Prof. Falleh R. M. Al-Solamy, issued a number of appointments, postings, and extensions as follows: Extension: Dr. Fahad Abdullah Al-Ahmari, Dean of the e-Learning; Extension: Dr. Ibrahim Sulyam Ahmed Al-Shahrani, Dean of the College of Dentistry; Extension: Dr. Fouad Idris Abaaq, Medical City Executive Manager; Extension: Dr. Hassan Ahmed Al-Talie, Vice Dean of the Research and Consultation Center; Extension: Dr. Ali Isaa Qanaie, University Scientific Journal Supervisor; Extension: Dr. Ahmed Mohammad Ahmed Al-Amri, Admissions Supervisor; Extension: Mr. Feras Ibrahim Shahbi, Information Security Unit Supervisor; Extension: Dr. Amal Hussain Al-Mushait, Assistant Dean, Khamis Mushait Community College; Extension: Ms. Reem Mohammad Qasim, Al-Samer Campus English Language Coordinator;   Appointment: Ms. Nora Abdul Qader Amer, Media Center Assistant  General Supervisor & Supervisor in the  Media and Communication Department in the College of Humanities; Appointment: Dr. Mari Saad Mari Habash, Advisor to the Center of Corporate Governance; Appointment: Ms. Fatimah Yahya Sebyani, Psychology Department Supervisor; Appointment: Ms. Noura Al-Sufyani, Community College General Course Department Head; Appointment: Mr. Saeed Abdullah Al-Shahrani, Community College General Course Department Head; Appointment: Ms. Noura Ibrahim Al-Saeed, Community College General Course Department Supervisor; Appointment: Dr. Noura Hassan Zarib Al-Qahtani, Alumni Unit Supervisor; Appointment: Ms. Maryam Mohammad Hadi, Geography Department Supervisor; Appointment: Ms. Byan Mohammad Al-Hefdi, Pharmacy Department Supervisor; Appointment: Mr. Abduallah Al-Shehri, Head of the Financial and Banking Departments in the College of Arts and Science in Tanuma; Appointment: Mr. Abdul Majeed Abdullah Al-Qahtani, Assistant Director of the Center of Corporate Governance; Appointment: Dr. Muna Abdulaziz Al-Mansif, Clinical Pharmacy Department Supervisor; Appointment: Dr. Khadeja Al Hussain Al-Hefdi, Supervisor of the Arabic Language Department; Appointment: Dr. Haleema Abdullah Yahya Al-Rafie, Assistant Supervisor in the General Education Services Administration. Congratulations to all of our colleagues who have achieved extensions or new appointments. We wish those granted extensions continued success in their endeavors. Also, we are looking forward to benefitting from the talents and efforts of the new appointees.  
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Academic and Administrative Appointments

During the month of Safar, His Excellency King Khalid University Rector, Prof. Falleh R. M. Al-Solamy, issued a number of appointments, postings, and extensions as follows: Extension: Dr. Fahad Abdullah Al-Ahmari, Dean of the e-Learning; Extension: Dr. Ibrahim Sulyam Ahmed Al-Shahrani, Dean of the College of Dentistry; Extension: Dr. Fouad Idris Abaaq, Medical City Executive Manager; Extension: Dr. Hassan Ahmed Al-Talie, Vice Dean of the Research and Consultation Center; Extension: Dr. Ali Isaa Qanaie, University Scientific Journal Supervisor; Extension: Dr. Ahmed Mohammad Ahmed Al-Amri, Admissions Supervisor; Extension: Mr. Feras Ibrahim Shahbi, Information Security Unit Supervisor; Extension: Dr. Amal Hussain Al-Mushait, Assistant Dean, Khamis Mushait Community College; Extension: Ms. Reem Mohammad Qasim, Al-Samer Campus English Language Coordinator;   Appointment: Ms. Nora Abdul Qader Amer, Media Center Assistant  General Supervisor & Supervisor in the  Media and Communication Department in the College of Humanities; Appointment: Dr. Mari Saad Mari Habash, Advisor to the Center of Corporate Governance; Appointment: Ms. Fatimah Yahya Sebyani, Psychology Department Supervisor; Appointment: Ms. Noura Al-Sufyani, Community College General Course Department Head; Appointment: Mr. Saeed Abdullah Al-Shahrani, Community College General Course Department Head; Appointment: Ms. Noura Ibrahim Al-Saeed, Community College General Course Department Supervisor; Appointment: Dr. Noura Hassan Zarib Al-Qahtani, Alumni Unit Supervisor; Appointment: Ms. Maryam Mohammad Hadi, Geography Department Supervisor; Appointment: Ms. Byan Mohammad Al-Hefdi, Pharmacy Department Supervisor; Appointment: Mr. Abduallah Al-Shehri, Head of the Financial and Banking Departments in the College of Arts and Science in Tanuma; Appointment: Mr. Abdul Majeed Abdullah Al-Qahtani, Assistant Director of the Center of Corporate Governance; Appointment: Dr. Muna Abdulaziz Al-Mansif, Clinical Pharmacy Department Supervisor; Appointment: Dr. Khadeja Al Hussain Al-Hefdi, Supervisor of the Arabic Language Department; Appointment: Dr. Haleema Abdullah Yahya Al-Rafie, Assistant Supervisor in the General Education Services Administration. Congratulations to all of our colleagues who have achieved extensions or new appointments. We wish those granted extensions continued success in their endeavors. Also, we are looking forward to benefitting from the talents and efforts of the new appointees.  
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