King Khalid University

Third National Conference for Computer Colleges in Saudi Universities Underway

Under the patronage of His Excellency King Khalid University Rector, Prof. Falleh R. M. Al-Solamy, the Third National Conference for Computer Colleges in Saudi Universities began on the 28th of Muharram 1440 AH. It was organized by the College of Computer Science at Abha Palace Hotel. Computer science colleges and departments met from around the Kingdom in an attempt to introduce the latest concepts and developments and create a platform where they can share success stories, research, and presentations. His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy, welcomed the deans of computer colleges from Saudi universities, commenting that the conference is an essential factor in supporting Vision 2030 and the 2020 National Transformation Plan. He emphasized that the field of technology and computer applications is one of the fastest growing fields and must receive great attention by computer faculties to raise the level of awareness and performance and to enhance the level of academic knowledge and models used in learning. Vice Rector for Higher Studies and Scientific Research and Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the Conference, Dr. Saad Al-Amry, confirmed that the committee focused on activating the role of exchanging educational and research experience -- the primary conference goal. He further related that the exchange of knowledge in accord with international standards will contribute significantly to the improvement of teaching skills in the field of computer science and will help meet the needs of the labor market. He brought attention to the many events, workshops, and talks to be provided by an elite group of specialists in the fields of computer science and information systems. More importantly, he explained, the Third National Programming Contest in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will spark the next generation of computing professionals as they pursue excellence. Dean of the Faculty of Computer Science at King Khalid University and Co-Chair of the Scientific Committee of the Conference, Dr. Ali Al-Karawi, asserted that the Third National Conference for Computer Colleges in Saudi Universities aims to raise the level of performance of computer colleges, which are the building blocks for the current digital transformation, adding that most of the goals of Vision 2030 are based on digital technologies. He stressed that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is steadily moving towards intelligent technological solutions to ensure sustainable development, pointing out that the conference received excellent attention from specialists, adding that the of Computer Science College received more than 70 research papers. The Third National Programming Competition in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will occur on the sidelines of the conference and will host more than 200 students from various universities in order to enhance creativity, teamwork, and innovation in solving complex software issues. It will also enable students to test their performance capabilities under the pressure of time in accord with the standards of international group competitions.  
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University Launches Asir Coding Initiative

The General Directorate of Information Technology launched the 'Asir Coding Initiative' in collaboration with the Misk Charitable Organization as part of the second edition of Misk’s coding initiative. The initiative will span 100 days and aims to teach the fundamentals of coding for all members of society. Chief Information Officer, Dr. Salem Alelayani, explained that this initiative is a result of the university belief in the importance of social development and aims to spread the culture of coding and computer learning in Asir region. The program will include three stages and will host volunteer programmers and coding initiatives to build an intelligent computing society. To access the workshops in-person or online and receive more information about the registration process, please visit https://saudicodes.kku.edu.sa
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Excellence Award Workshop

Under the patronage of His Excellency King Khalid University Rector, Prof. Falleh R. M. Al-Solamy, the Deanship of Academic Development and Quality held a workshop titled 'The Standards to Develop the Excellency Award' on the 6th of Rabīʿ Al-Awwal at Abha Palace Hotel in the presence of the university vice rectors, deans, vice deans, employees, and associates. At the beginning of the workshop, Vice Rector of Academic Development and Quality, Dr. Merzin Al-Shahrani, welcomed the attendees and participants and thanked His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy for his support and encouragement in the launch of new award categories and the development of the Excellence Award. The workshop discussed suggestions and amendments for category standards to accompany the Excellence Award. The awards include but are not limited to:  The Student Excellence Award;  The Research Award;  The Community Service Award;  The e-Learning Award;  The Faculty Member Excellence Award;  The Employee Award;  The Entrepreneurship and Invention Award. At the end of the 100-person workshop, Dean of Academic Development and Quality, Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Hajri, thanked the university rector for actively supporting and developing the Excellence Award. He also thanked the university vice rector of academic development and quality for his effort and guidance.
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International Children's Day Activities and Lectures

International Children's Day was held contemporaneously with King Khalid University's 15th Book Fair and Exhibition on Monday the 6th of Safar. The activities included a lecture initiated by the Department of Kindergarten at King Khalid University's College of Education delivered by Dr. Haifa Al-Mabrouk, which displayed a video of negative parental behaviors with children. This was followed by a discussion on the concept of positive education, which aims to introduce the stages of development within children behavior and ways of dealing with each stage without being subjected to psychological damage. Al-Mabrouk also stressed the importance of being a positive educator in raising children to be more confident, socially active, and flexible when facing difficult situations. She also discussed the factors that cause negative or undesirable behaviors, mentioning some essential psychological and social factors related to growth. In her lecture, she described a set of strategies that help educators to reinforce the concept of positive education, including problem-solving strategies which focus on helping a child solve a problem, rather than reprimanding the child for their behavior. This too was coupled with a talk on effective listening strategies and emotional control strategies that affect communication skills and the positive build-up of character and personality. The closing lecture on the importance of self-empowerment was delivered by Dr. Samira Al-Manaie Al-Akalbi from the Department of Kindergarten Faculty of Education. In her talk, Al-Akalbi discussed the importance of fostering a sense of self-empowerment in children by family members and relatives. She explained that it would stimulate independent reasoning and self-awareness while encouraging self-accountability.  
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Cultural Entrepreneurship Exhibition

His Excellency King Khalid University Rector, Prof. Falleh R. M. Al-Solamy, opened the Cultural Entrepreneurship Exhibition on the 5th of Rabi Al-Awwal. The exhibition organized and supervised by the Talent and Creativity Entrepreneurship Center will operate for three days at the main campus in collaboration with the Social Development Bank, the International Entrepreneurship Center, the Bader Program, the iT Administration, and the e-Learning Deanship. The exhibition includes a number of booths for entities from inside and outside the university. The stalls will display and introduce the services provided by the participating entities as well as the requirements and conditions to join or establish any new projects. Director of the Talent, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship Center, Dr. Mohammad Al-Maghrabi, thanked Rector Al-Solamy for his continued support and encouragement. He stressed that spreading the culture of entrepreneurship is one of the main priorities of the center, noting that the spread of the culture of entrepreneurship and self-employment inspires ambitious young people to pursue their dreams and teaches the stages of building businesses as well as encouraging creativity. Al-Maghrabi explained that the event was launched during International Entrepreneurship Week in accord with global observation and to contribute to Vision 2030.  
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Al-Sadoon on the Role of Saudi Youth in Achieving Vision 2030

The Intellectual Awareness Unit organized the 'WAIE' Awareness Program on the 5th of Rabi Al-Awwal at the Al-Mahala Campus. The program was led by Shura Council Member and Director of King Faisal Airfare College, Abdullah Abdul Kareem Al-Sadoon. The main aim of the discussion was to develop and encourage students to embrace the important role they hold in achieving the 2030 Saudi vision. The audience was primarily composed of the heads of student clubs and highly motivated university students. Al-Sadoon discussed the importance of Vision 2030, encouraging students to get involved and aspire towards the future we plan for our county by developing talents and increasing efforts. It is worth mentioning that the Intellectual Awareness Unit is keen to hold activities, events, and programs in different branches and departments in the university to guarantee that all students have the opportunity to benefit from the programs held.
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The Role of Educational Institutions in Achieving Intellectual Security Workshop

The Intellectual Awareness Unit organized a workshop that focused on the leaders and supervisors of student activity clubs. The Role of Educational Institutions in Achieving Intellectual Security Workshop was conducted at the iT administration in the main campus. The unit hosted the National Advisor of intellectual Security, Dr. Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman Al-Halil, who presented an overview of intellectual security and its importance. He pointed to the method of promoting and strengthening the concept of intellectual security by activating the role of social development institutions towards the cause and highlighting the social responsibility they hold and their contribution towards it. Al-Halil discussed five essential aspects during the workshop: Intellectual security and its relation to national security; The origins of extremism and violence; The historical background and nefarious factors of extremism and violence; The indicators of intellectual deviation; Methods to address the phenomena of extremism and violence. Deputy Supervisor of the Intellectual Security Unit, Dr. Misfer Al-Wadai, explained that workshop comes within the unit's mission and focus on intellectual security, the role of educational institutions, and protecting employees from the dangers of the internet. It is worth mentioning that the workshop is part of the Intellectual Awareness Program, which is a collaborative effort between the Intellectual Security Unit and the Deanship of Student Affairs.
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'Accordion' Takes Center Stage at Cinema Event

At the closing of King Khalid University's cinematic activities, the Media and Communication Department displayed the first place film 'Accordion'. 'Accordion' was a course project by students Nouf Al Shehri, Rahaf Mubarak, and Nora Al-Ahmari under the supervision of Dr. Maryam Al-Ajmie. It discussed the stages of development in Abha from 1996 to 2017. 'Betra' came in second place under the directorship of student Ghayda Al-Hazmi. It was a graduation project that discussed the generational fabric pattern art that characterizes women's clothes in the Asir. 'Victims of Thought ' came in third place under the directorship of student Razan Al-Hamad. It discussed the sad reality of youth unknowingly following mislead thoughts and ideologies. At the end of the event, the Media Club honored 'Momentum of Senses' Director, Areej Ahmed Al-Hamd, for her participation in the film. Her initiatives with the Department of Media and Communication at the University were highlighted.  
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Study Conducted on Women Driving in Asir

King Khalid University received a thank you note from the Governor of Asir, HRH Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Abdulaziz, for a study that was conducted by the university titled 'The Impact of Female Driving in Asir Traffic'. The study focused on evaluating the current state of roads, parking lots, crossroads, and infrastructure roadmap plans. More importantly, it discussed future solutions and strategies after the decision permitting women to drive was issued. To conduct the study, a team of representatives was brought together from different entities that included:  The Asir Region Council;  The General Directorate of Traffic in Asir;  The Ministry of Transportation;  The Asir Regional Secretariat;  The University Agency for Projects;  The Institute for Research and Advisory Studies;  The Faculty of Engineering. The study aimed to find convenient solutions for the anticipated increase in traffic, which will impact the regional transport infrastructure and engineering roadmaps. An extensive field analysis was the primary means of observation. Dean of the Research and Advisory Studies Center, Dr. Abdul Latef Ibrahim Al-Hudaithy, explained that the project team was keen to conduct the pilot study in Abha. "We studied the impact of increased vehicles on the road. By utilizing the SIDRA Intersection application, innovative solutions were provided after determining the number of women willing to drive, as well as evaluating crossroads, roundabouts, private and public parking lots," said Dean Al-Hudaithy. He also explained that digital simulation models of road networks predicted a 40% increase in drivers on the road. The study came to a number of recommendations that were endorsed by the Asir Region Secretariat. They include but are not limited to:  Establishing a transportation engineering administration responsible for strategic planning and evaluation;  Establishing a female traffic safety committee;  Improving the efficiency of traffic courts;  Investing in the expansion of parking lots. The Asir Transport Unit recommended the establishment of a Risk and Emergency Management Division with the following responsibilities:  Preparing general evacuation plans for road network;  Establishing a division to measure behavioral trends to monitor road accidents;  Expand the installation of surveillance cameras to assess the efficiency indicators of road networks in Asir. Administrative recommendations include but are not limited to:  Providing training workshops on tests and international standards for driving licenses;  Training leadership and police departments to take on traffic and safety responsibilities;  Establishing a transportation engineering department in the Faculty of Engineering to improve transport planning throughout the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The recommendations related to Ministry of Transportation include but are not limited to:  Preparing strategic plans environmental transportation infrastructure plans;  Establishing a website to follow the opinions, suggestions, and views of Asir residents towards road networks in Asir in collaboration with the General Directorate of Traffic;  Building a regional urban information system for the roads in Asir to improve;  Expanding road networks in a partnership project between the King Khalid University Research and Advisory Center and the Faculty of Engineering.  
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University Joins Sharjah International Book Fair

King Khalid university participated in Sharjah International Book Fair, which was held  between 31 /10/ 2018  and the  10/11/2018. The university wing  was launched by the Saudi Consul in UAE Mr. Abdul Hadi bin Mohammad Al Shafie, the Saudi Attache Dr. Rashid Al Ghaydadh and representing the university from the  deanship  of library affairs was  Mr. Khalid bin Ahmed Al Muhsin. The university  participation came along side the participation of  Saudi university in Sharjah International Book Fair, which aim to display scientific and research publications, however King Khalid university wing  hosted 40 titles  in addition to university introductory booklets and souvenirs.  It is worth noting ,the University held a cultural salon, that hosted of a number of intellectuals and writers as well as honoring the Saudi Council Abdullah Al Shafi
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