King Khalid University

King Khalid University Supports International Scholastic Achievement

Currently, there are 1,130 international students from 45 different nations enrolled at King Khalid University. Vice Rector of Academic Affairs, Dr. Saad Muhammad Du'ajim, confirmed that the General Administration of Scholarship Students has approved the enrollment of an additional 200 students from 14 countries for the current academic year. Vice Rector Du'ajim went on to explain: "The university is providing scholarships in a wide-range of areas of study to distinguished students from all over the world. We want to attract some of the world’s best students in different disciplines. By offering them access to cutting-edge, advanced education, everyone will benefit. The university will gain the perspective and talents of the best other cultures have to offer. The students will be able to take their world-class education back to help improve their own countries. Building relationships between and among nations is a beneficial and central aspect of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia which will be furthered by such cultural exchanges. Also, international inclusiveness in scientific and technological fields supports the objective of further advancing the Saudi economy as set forth in Vision 2030." He then further stressed that our international students span both the undergraduate, graduate, and doctorate levels of education. He noted that the large majority of international students are permanent residents of the Kingdom while a significant and growing number travel from their home countries. He also noted that a significant percentage of our international students are women and at their respective campuses. "The university is working diligently to provide a strong foundation for international research and provide an environment that fosters technological innovation. Our objectives are high; our research efforts will be done in accordance with the highest international scientific and educational standards. His Excellency King Khalid University Rector, Prof. Falleh R. M. Al-Solamy, has clearly and unequivocally stated that the international scholarship program is a high priority. We will ensure that this program is a continued success," said General Administration of Scholarships Supervisor, Dr. Saeed Al-Shahrani. In addition to academic scholarship, the university will also provide certain non-scholastic programs and activities designed to help the students and make their academic life at King Khalid University a more pleasant and enriching experience. The university has appointed a select group of qualified trainers who are responsible for helping the international students become accustomed to university life and integrating into the local community. Beside non-academic training programs, the university also offers leisure and entertainment activities for the benefit of the international students. Our students work very hard and of course need some rest and recreational diversions. These leisure-related activities also bring the students and teachers together at a personal level and enhance intercultural understanding. The Deanship of Student Affairs has been and will continue to be an integral part of this effort. By supporting interactions off-campus through a scholarship student club, and by way of various events on-campus, the deanship fosters a strong sense of community among all of the students both international and domestic. This effort is bolstered by the "Grass Roots Program", which honors outstanding scholarship and motivates students to be the best they can be. One of the major challenges of international scholarship is keeping the lines of communication between the students and the host open. Often times, once students leave the host country, communication ceases. At King Khalid University, our scholarship program will focus on maintaining that mutually beneficial relationship long after the students return home. By nurturing continued collaborative programs between and among the different countries, the former students can continue to serve as ambassadors for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This will continue to enhance the Kingdom’s reputation on the world stage. Maintaining these international relationships will be a significant challenge for the General Administration for Scholarship Students staff. As per Rector Al-Solamy's and Vice Rector Du'ajjim's instructions, the administrators have established an innovative management program that ensures continued collaboration, communication, and scheduled follow-up complete with periodic reviews. Each team member will be personally accountable for making sure that the program objectives are continuously met. Clearly, the international scholarship effort is a high priority for the university. In addition to the foregoing, see supra., please note the following additional details regarding the General Administration of Scholarship Students: Spreading the message of moderate Islam and teaching the Arabic language; Exploring the relationship between Islam and scientific development; Fostering cooperation between and among Islamic scientific institutions in humanitarian efforts; Supporting the “Elite Program”, which is a distinguished group of student leaders who are at the forefront of academic, scientific, and managerial prowess for international cooperation in science and technology; Sponsoring attendance in various conferences, symposiums, and scientific seminars both within and outside of the Kingdom; Hosting the Folklore Ceremony which is a carnival celebrating and highlighting the different nations, cultures, and regional heritages throughout the world. This serves to deepen the understanding between and among the domestic and international students.
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Ahmed Sadiq Abdul Majeed Lands the 35th Rashid bin Humaid Award for Culture and Science

College of Education pedagogy expert, Prof. Ahmed Sadiq Abdul Majeed, won the 35th Rashid bin Humaid Award for Culture and Science in the field of educational studies. His paper, “The Use of E-Projects in the Development of Entrepreneurship Skills and the Enhancement of Computer Learning in the College of Education", received high praise. The study aimed to develop entrepreneurship skills and enhance computer learning in the College of Education through the use of e-project strategies. To achieve the objective of the study, a sample of students were chosen from the bachelor's level in the College of Education at King Khalid University. The study stressed the necessity of training students to develop entrepreneurship skills before graduating from college to limit the unemployment rate and improve learning outcomes.
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Sheikh Al-Khanin to Refute Misleading Information

The Intellectual Awareness Unit in collaboration with the General Secretariat of Senior Scholars is hosting Sheikh Abdullah Mohammed Al-Khanin as part of the visiting scholar initiative program on the 29th of Safar. It will take place at the College of Science and Arts Theater in Mohayil. The purpose of King Khalid University’s Islamic Values Program is to embrace a moderate approach to all aspects of civic life. Also, the program calls for rejection of extremist views and considers radical teachings counter-productive and void ab initio. Deputy Supervisor of the Intellectual Awareness Unit, Dr. Misfer bin Ahmed Al-Wadie, explained that the program involves a series of meetings and forums with senior scholars in Saudi Arabia. Their role is to enhance and support scholarly endeavors while refuting false or misleading statements and accusations being propagated on various forms of social media. This is the third in a series of meetings which aims to highlight the role of scholars and also: Identify the true sources of Islamic knowledge; Teach how to deal with false or misleading information; Advise on how to live in mental and emotional homeostasis; Highlight the dangers of atheism to people of faith.
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King Khalid University Signs Landmark Agreement Initial Memorandum of Understanding Reached With the Elm Company

King Khalid University, represented by the Deanship of Community Service and Continuing Education, signed a cooperation agreement with the Saudi Elm Company (‘Elm’). Elm is a leading provider of innovative digital solutions owned by the Public Investment Fund. Elm will provide to King Khalid University a fully integrated training program to certify law students and to help young lawyers earn their license.  Vice Rector of Academic Development & Quality, Dr. Merzin Al-Shahrani, represented King Khalid University. Deputy Business Executive Director, Dr. Nasser Al-Mashari, represented Elm. The signing took place in the presence of the Community Service and Continuous Education Dean, Dr. Omar Alwan Aqeel. Vice Rector Al-Shahrani explained that the purpose of this license training program is to ensure that law students and neophyte lawyers can successfully transition from academic study to the actual practice of law. The training programs were designed by highly experienced legal scholars and practitioners. The training focuses on the procedural aspects and practical knowledge required to navigate the legal system within the Kingdom. The training program also prepares burgeoning lawyers to attend various types of hearings and represent relevant interests in court. Vice Rector Al-Shahrani also thanked Rector Al-Solamy for his continued encouragement and support for these important development programs. Dean Aqeel noted: "This agreement represents the strategic partnership between the university law center and Elm. The collaborative training program will help prepare law students for legal board exams and licensing. In addition to being expertly developed, the training program will be supervised under the watchful eye of the Ministry of Justice. This unique program will be an excellent opportunity to those who studied Sharia, and a useful tool to ensure that the Kingdom has sufficient legal expertise to serve the public in an increasingly complex world."
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International Relations Administration: Bringing Saudi Higher Education to the World

King Khalid University under the auspices of the International Relations 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. The International Relations Administration was established by university decision number (5/60) on the 16/1/1431 AH. The vision of the administration is based upon the core objective to establish long-term mutually beneficial relationships with reputable domestic and international institutions. Vice Rector of Graduate Studies and Scientific Research, Dr. Saad Al-Amry, said: "His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy and the Deanship of Graduate Studies and Research are determined to forge ahead with the expansion of domestic and international partnerships and agreements, and exchange expertise in specialized research fields." He added that the university has been successful in creating these partnerships. These domestic and international ventures have benefitted numerous departments within the university and have significantly contributed to our partners as well in many scientific disciplines. Vice Rector Al-Amry stressed that we must continue to develop the framework and regulations that will continue to foster these cooperative programs and international research projects. These programs will be continuously evaluated using both quantitative and qualitative measures in accordance with best practices as recognized by the top educational institutions worldwide. This is a significant challenge as these ventures involve cooperation among faculty members of different institutions, student exchange programs, and cooperative research efforts. Despite inherent complexities, these programs and integrated partnerships will ultimately lead to cutting-edge research breakthroughs and joint degree programs. The International Relations Administration at King Khalid University is responsible for ensuring that the following objectives are met: Promoting a culture of international cooperation within the faculty and staff at the university; Creating and maintaining an environment that facilitates these domestic and international joint ventures among the various scientific institutions; Sponsoring and coordinating international conventions and associated ancillary meetings and follow-up reports; Ensuring the availability of sufficient funds to implement the various program and projects; Providing research and logistics support to our faculty members in order to enhance international cooperation and faculty exchange programs; Serving as a reference institution and repository of information for research and guidance at the regional and international level; Coordinating the exchanges and consultations among relevant institutions and agencies to ensure that our domestic and international ventures comport with and support Vision 2030. To date, the International Relations Administration has entered into 40 agreements, joint ventures, and partnerships. These encompass several areas and disciplines including but not limited to: Graduate studies, scientific research, curriculum development, training of faculty members and university students, and the exchange of academic professors in medicine. The International Relations Administration has several agreements and partnerships with American universities such as: University of Arizona - Medicine, pharmacy, curriculum development, and scientific research; The University of Nevada Las Vegas – Medicine and curriculum development; The University of Pennsylvania – Pharmacy and curriculum development; The University of Wisconsin - E-learning qualification programs; Michigan State University - E-learning qualification programs. Also in Europe, the university cooperation agreements include: The University of Groningen (Netherlands) – Computer Science; The University of De Montfort (UK) - Environmental Research and Health; The University of Lyon (France) - Particle physics, astrophysics, quantum mechanics, and plasma fusion applications; The University of Madrid (Spain) – Advanced materials engineering; AGH University of Technology and Science (Poland) – Electrical engineering. In Asia and North Africa, agreements include: The University of Ghadi Amravati (India) - Advanced materials design and manufacturing; The University of Malaya (Malaysia) - Advanced materials technology; The University of Damanhur (Egypt) - Immune systems research and cancer treatment; The Institute of Agricultural Research (Egypt) - GIS and remote natural resource detection; The Pasteur Institute of Tunisia - Infections and cancer research. Director of the International Relations Administration said: "The administration is currently working on a comprehensive five-year strategic plan that would result in King Khalid University’s international recognition as a top 200 institution in the world by the year 2030. A critical part of this strategic plan is continuous performance improvement, constant expansion of specific objectives, and ensuring the success of partnerships and joint ventures. Overall, our success demands constant vigilance and adherence to the highest academic standards." He added that there would be many specific programs targeting continuous development of faculty members and students in scientific research and learning skills. In addition to existing partnerships and ventures, there are numerous other initiatives currently under consideration. These include cooperative agreements with Georgetown University in Washington D.C., Queen Mary University of London, Queen's University Belfast, the Royal College of Surgeons in England, a number of universities in Finland, and the Indian National Institute of Agriculture. In the Arab world, we have received requests for cooperation from four Moroccan universities. These proposed cooperative agreements will lead to further projects and programs that will enhance the university’s global standing and be mutually beneficial to all concerned parties. Through excellence in academia, research, and project management, King Khalid University will have a positive impact on a local and global scale. The International Relations Administration is helping the university to stay on the leading edge of global scientific and applied research. Through these partnerships and agreements, King Khalid University will further enhance its standing within the academic community and raise the bar for scientific research and complex program management in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.  
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Improving Efficiency Through Advanced Information Systems

His Excellency King Khalid University Rector, Prof. Falleh R. M. Al-Solamy, praised the achievements of the university in various fields, including the field of graduate studies which during the past two years witnessed an expansion in program development. The vast undertaking of improvement yielded substantial gains at the academic and technical levels he related. The new service system rolled out by the Deanship of Graduate Studies was inaugurated in the presence of the Vice Dean for Graduate Studies and Scientific Research, the Dean of Graduate Studies, and a number of staff members. Before the start of the inauguration, Rector Al-Solamy honored Yasser bin Ayed bin Namlan who tragically passed away before the graduation ceremony where he was set to receive an MA in Education. Namlan's father was presented with his son's - may God have mercy on his soul - MA Degree in Educational Supervision and Management. Al-Solamy stressed the importance of establishing an active electronic system, praising the Deanship of Graduate studies on this positive step and referring to it as a great example in delivering efficiency in work and quality performance. In like manner, Vice Rector for Graduate Studies and Scientific Research, Dr. Saad Al-Amry, praised the step, asserting that the system not only provides accessibility while expediting the process but also allows the documentation of scientific research in an organized method. Dean of Graduate Studies at the University, Dr. Ahmed Bin Yahya Al-Faya, commented that the electronic services launched by the rector aims at developing scientific guidance and supervising scientific desertions for graduate students. He explained that it facilitates a simplified supervision process among the students and professors, emphasizing that it will enhance the level of communication with advisors while saving time and effort. "This is in accord with the digital transformation we are witnessing at King Khalid University," said Al-Faya. Dean Al-Faya also praised Rector Al-Solamy's and Vice Rector Al-Amry's undivided attention towards the progress and development of the Graduate Studies and Scientific Research Deanship, stressing that the attention and care received enabled the deanship to expand its programs in addition to implementing many projects and new programs. Vice Dean of Technical Affairs, Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammed Al-Ghamdi, explained that the electronic system is a complement to a number of electronic procedures that were previously launched. "The system has gone through multiple stages and is in accord with the deanship's regulations and conditions," he concluded.
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University Vice Rector Meets with Students

Dr. Khalood Abu Melha the university vice rector of students affairs met with the female students in the university female main campus in King Abdullah Road, in the presence of the supervisor of the academic center Dr. Samiya Al Hakmi.  The meeting was opened with a speech delivered by the center supervisor,in it she welcomed the university  vice rector and praised the meeting  attendees, she then introduced the meeting agenda and the topics to discuss.After that Dr. Khalood Abu Melha delivered a speech, where she highlighted the university achievements, specially on the female part, she stressed on the value of knowledge and the importance of being  aware, and the responsibilities of college students in our society. Abu Melha ,continued by explaining the goal of establishing students academic centers, is  to raise the level of quality performance and students services according to studies, statistics and models.  The meeting included a Q&A  session, on students affairs and university services, where students had the opportunity to ask questions and where met with the answers and recommendations needed, during the session Abu Melha noted that the university is keen to stay in contact with academic and  educational institutions in a variety of fields, through hosting experts and specialists to assist and evaluate academic programs and consolations, however regarding  university, she explained that the requirements and regulations are set every year according to the job market needs.
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KKU Goes Big Screen

The Media Club hosted an event in which more than a dozen original films were screened. Our students showcased 11 original films, and 2 were offered by creators from outside the university. This event represents the culmination of the KKU Cinema Program which is designed to enhance student creativity and encourage their cinematics talents. This program will likely foster the burgeoning careers of future Saudi filmmakers who honed their skills at the Media and Communication Department. Many of the films paid tribute to Islamic, specifically Saudi culture. These films were the graduation projects for some of the students, and the quality of their work showcases their talents and high level of motivation for the topics and the process of filmmaking. The competitive portion of the event included appreciation certificates for all of the creators with special awards for the top 3 films based on the judgment of a learned panel of film critics. "This event is an excellent conduit for cultural exchange and means of preparing the students for serious filmmaking and showcasing their work. Their creative endeavors comport with the objectives of Vision 2030," said Professor Nora Amer, supervisor of the media and communication department. She added, "The topics covered in the films featured at the event were the natural outgrowth of the subjects they studied during their time in the department." It is worth mentioning that the cinema events included the following workshops: Theater makeup and special effects by Jawhar Ahmed Al-Maafa and Zahra Ahmad; Professional Filming with Smartphones by Rowaida Al-Shahrani; Screenwriting for Short Films by Hajar Abdullah.
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Appointing New Lecturers

His Excellency King Khalid University Rector, Prof. Falleh R. M. Al-Solamy, approved the University Council’s resolution to promote numerous teaching assistants to the position of lecturer. Congratulations to all of those who met the requirements and achieved their increase in rank. Vice rector of Graduate Studies and Scientific Research, Dr. Saad Al-Amry, also congratulated our newly minted lecturers. He noted that this is the second round of promotions for this academic year. Vice Rector Al-Amry expressed his gratitude and appreciation for His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy’s efforts in creating and maintaining an agile system of employee development. This system requires a productive work environment in which our faculty members can improve their skills and flourish as educators. As our faculty members’ talents grow, those teachers are promoted and the university benefits greatly. He then called upon all teaching assistants who hold a master’s degree to complete the requirements for promotion to lecturer as expeditiously as possible.  
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Community Service Deanship: Protecting Children from Harmful Video Games

The Female Division of the Deanship of Community Service and Continuing Education in collaboration with the Faculty of Education held a workshop titled “The Dangers of Electronic Games on Children”. The lead presenter was Haifa Jaydan Al-Mabrook from the Department of Kindergarten. The forum began with a background presentation about technology, computer games, and electronic game theory in the modern age. Following the introduction was an in-depth presentation on the dangers and potential ill-effects of video games to young people. She alluded to several deleterious effects of video games such as addiction, displacement of physical activity, and exposure to cyber-criminal activity. She also provided several alternatives to traditional video games that were more likely to benefit young people including construction games, puzzles, and group collaboration projects that encourage real, productive human interaction. The presenter then noted that the landscape for children's’ toys and entertainment is changing rapidly as evidenced by the recent bankruptcy filing of toy and game retailer, Toys“R”Us. Al-Mabrook then provided an eye-opening statistical analysis regarding video games. The information summarized from peer-reviewed studies indicate that these games can substantially and negatively impact children’s brain functions and physical health. She noted that “because of these inherent risks, it is incumbent on parents and educators to closely monitor and control our children's’ use of video games and other electronic devices.” Prior to the conclusion of the event, Al-Mabrook discussed a number of actual cases involving electronic games health issues. She and the participants discussed the cases and made recommendations as to how similar situations should be handled. This was extremely helpful to the participants whose main objective is to protect the children. “Initiatives such as this are crucial to defending young people from unhealthy and or evil influences in modern society,” said Assistant Dean, Dr. Abeer Al-Medawi.
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