King Khalid University

Study Details Steps to Create Safety Culture in Saudi Academic Institutions

The Institute for Research and Consulting Studies completed a study on safety in collaboration with the General Directorate of Civil Defense. It recommended the participation of university students in the planning and execution of safety programs within universities, the establishment of a technical support center to produce safety oriented educational content, and the establishment of safety intervention units in universities. Notably, the study also stressed the importance of establishing safety and fire production academic programs. The primary objective of the study was to introduce the culture of safety to the university community. It was underscored by the identification of opportunities for cooperation between the King Khalid University and the General Directorate of Civil Defense. The majority of the recommendations entail the creation of programs and procedures that will accelerate the implementation of societal safety awareness strategies. It is expected that the outcomes of this study will have a far-reaching effect leading to the Ministry of Education and other public education administrations in the Kingdom to develop partnerships with security institutions safety agencies. Institute of Research and Consulting Studies Dean, Dr. Abdulateef Al-Hadithi, said: "This study bolsters safety awareness in the community. It is a common interest among all private and governmental entities." Dean Al Hadithi explained that the partnership agreement between King Khalid University and the General Directorate of Civil Defense reflects the university's interest and desire in protecting and saving lives as well as protecting public properties through spreading the culture of safety by holding workshops and training. The recommendations of the study include but are not limited to: Training faculty members and staff on industry safety and fire protection standards; Stressing the importance of safety procedures among the members of the university; Intensifying the spread of safety awareness and encouraging university employees to include safety awareness in all activities; Applying safety measures in all departments and units; Holding lectures, seminars, and symposiums on safety procedures; Establishing a higher education diploma program in safety and fire protection; Establishing a masters program in safety engineering and fire protection.
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King Khalid University Hosts Sheik Al-Turki

On the 14th of Safar, the Intellectual Awareness Unit hosted Royal Court Advisor and Supreme Council Scholar, Sheikh Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulmohsen Al-Turki. Sheikh Al-Turki's visit was part of the Scholar Visitation Program, a partnership between the General Secretariat Council of Senior Scholars and King Khalid University. Deputy Supervisor of the Intellectual Awareness Unit, Dr. Misfer bin Ahmed Al-Wadaie, said: "The partnership program regularly provides scientific meetings with senior scientists in Saudi Arabia to strengthen their reference to youth and society and maintain their prestige from attempts to distort them in social media networks." The meeting was the second in a series of meetings that aim to achieve several goals, most prominent of which is the status of scholars in the nation, the Islamic approach to misconceptions, and the adverse impact of false accusations.  
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According to QS Ranking Indicators King Khalid University a Top 10% Arab University

QS World University Rankings has announced that King Khalid University is ranked 24th in the 2019 Arab Region rankings, making it one of the top 10 universities in the region. Vice Rector for Academic Development and Quality, Dr. Merzin Al-Shahrani, explained that the progress made by the university in the benchmarked categories of the 2019 QS international indicators for Arab universities confirms that the sustained efforts exerted by the university administration and its employees are admirable. Vice Rector Al-Shahtani extended his profound gratitude to His Excellency King Khalid University Rector, Prof. Falleh R. M. Al-Solamy, and all faculty members and staff for their outstanding efforts in improving academic and administrative performance. Supervisor of the International Classifications Unit, Dr. Sami Al-Shehri, stressed the importance of optimizing key performance indicators of the university in various international classifications in order to improve performance in accord with the university's vision. This will ensure that we are continually striving towards achieving excellence and continuous competition at the domestic and international levels. QS evaluates regional universities against stringent criteria in numerous categories. The most prominent metrics of these are academic reputation, employer reputation, the faculty/student ratio, citations per faculty, and the international faculty/student ratio.  
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Al-Hasoun, Al-Humaid, and Al-Qarni Headline Poetry Evening

As part of the 15th Annual Book Fair activities, a poetry evening was hosted by Vice Rector, Dr. Mohammed Ali Al-Hasoun, Dr. Abdullah Mohammed Al-Humaid, university advisor, and Prof. Awad Bin Abdullah Al-Qarni on Tuesday the 7th of Safar. University Media General Supervisor, Dr. Mufleh Al-Qahtani, moderated the evening. The moderator of the evening welcomed the participants and briefed the audience on the background and work of the poets. The evening began with Vice Rector Al-Hasoun's piece titled 'Sanaa a Sister to Riyadh' and a poem titled 'Abha'. Dr. Al-Humaid delivered a poem about his late father, several national poems, and a piece on King Khalid University. Dr. Al-Qarni delivered a poem dedicated to soldiers stationed on the southern border, a poem about the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), and a piece titled 'Al-Huriya' recounting the value of the Arabic language. At the end of the evening, Dean of Library Affairs, Dr. Abdullah Al-Nasser, honored the poets for their participation and thanked the audience.  
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Paperback and Ebook Identities

As part of the activities accompanying the 15th Annual Book Fair, and in collaboration with the Abha Literary Club, a lecture was held on Wednesday the 8th of Safar delivered by Prof. Hassan bin Fahad Al-Huwaimel, Professor of Graduate Studies at Qassim University, and moderated by Dr. Yahya bin Abdullah Al-Sharif, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at King Khalid University. In the lecture, Al-Huwaimel explained that paperback books will always be popular even with the presence of electronic books. He maintained that the feel and utility of paperback books are far greater than that of electronic books. He added that electronic books provide advantages such as accessibility, capacity, and size inasmuch that they do not diminish the value of a paperback or hardback book. He concluded by observing that the nostalgic relationship we have with paperback books will never be truly replaced by electronic books.  
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15th Annual Book Fair Comes to a Close

His Excellency King Khalid University Rector, Prof. Falleh R. M. Al-Solamy, Vice Rector of Academic Affairs, Saad Muhammad Du'ajim, concluded the activities of the 15th Annual Book Fair, which was organized by King Khalid University and represented by the Deanship of Library Affairs at the Prince Sultan Cultural Center in Khamis Mushait in the presence of a number of government officials and publishing houses. At the beginning of the ceremony, Vice Rector Du'ajim thanked His Royal Highness Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Abdulaziz, Governor of the Asir Region, for his patronage and His Royal Highness Prince Turki bin Talal bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Governor, who honored the university by launching the book fair. He also thanked His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy for his keenness and support, the Deanship of Library Affairs, and all the participants, agencies and publishing houses. On the success of the exhibition, the patron of the ceremony praised the distinguished cultural mobility presented, the programs and activities and guests that accompanied the book fair and exhibition, stressing that the presence of King Abdulaziz University as a guest of honor, and the participation of different bodies and agencies had a great impact on the book fair and on the number of visitors and attendees. He added, "the large number of visitors witnessed in this book fair is an indicator of the success of the event, which we hope would meet more success in the future." After that, the attendees watched a video entitled 'Views' which displayed the views and opinions of book fair visitors. Dean of Library Affairs, Dr. Abdullah Al-Nasser, said: "The success of the book fair this year was a result of a combination of efforts from all entities that took part in the event." He then thanked all those who participated in the success of the book fair and the accompanying events. At the end of the ceremony, Vice Rector Du'ajim honored all participating bodies in the book fair.  
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King Khalid University Signs a Cooperation Agreement With Al-Kawther Health Association in the Asir Region

On the 9th of Safar 1440 AH, His Excellency King Khalid University Rector, Prof. Falleh R. M. Al-Solamy, witnessed the signing of a cooperation agreement between King Khalid University and the Al-Kawther Health Association. This agreement will provide a slew of health and training services to university employees and students. Vice Rector of Academic Affairs, Saad Muhammad Du'ajim, represented the university in the signing, while Dr. Jubran Al-Qahtani represented the Al-Kawther Health Association. In more details, the agreement provides partnership and support between the two parties to achieve distinguished services in areas of volunteer work and training, in addition to the research, health programs, marketing, and public relations. Dean of the Institute of Research and Studies Studies, Dr. Abdul Latif Ibrahim Al-Hadithi, confirmed that this agreement would open a host of new and in-demand free health services for our community. He emphasized that the Al-Kawthar Health Association is one of the leading national non-profit institutions with a remarkable track record that includes a number of awards in the Kingdom. Dean Al-Hadithi stressed that the university under the guidance of His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy is pleased to provide unwavering support to achieve noble goals. Dean Al-Hadithi pointed out that the health services needed by the community are provided through government agencies and private entities. "The charity sector represents a third party no less critical than those bodies," he said. He also highlighted the vital role that universities play in health awareness educational training and in encouraging community service which are all part of the Saudi 2030 vision.
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In the Presence of His Royal Highness the Governor of Asir King Khalid University Signs Agreement With General Authority for Meteorology

Along with His Royal Highness Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Asir Region, His Excellency Dr. Faleh bin Rajaa Allah Al-Solamy signed an Experience in Environmental Studies Cooperation Agreement with the President of the General Authority for Meteorology and Environmental Protection, Dr. Musleh bin Khalil Al-Thaqafi. The signing ceremony was also attended by the Emirate of Asir Undersecretary, Eng. Khaled bin Abdullah Al-Rabiah. On this auspicious occasion, His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy expressed his pleasure in having His Royal Highness oversee the signing of the agreement between the university and the Authority, which will have a positive impact on the study of environmental science in the Asir Region. Vice rector of Graduate Studies and Scientific Research, Dr. Saad Al-Amry, expressed his appreciation to His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy and the President of the General Authority for Meteorology and Environment Protection for signing this agreement as well as the entrustment to King Khalid University to be the home for environmental studies. Vice Rector Al-Amry added that the university with the support of the rector, has assumed a leading role in scientific research at the domestic and international levels. It is also worth noting that King Khalid University has achieved top 5 status among Saudi universities and is within the top 500 for all universities worldwide as per QS World University Rankings.  
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Constructive Doubt in Knowledge and Its Value in Scientific Research: A Lecture at King Khalid University

King Khalid University, represented by the Department of Arabic Language and Literature at the Faculty of Humanities, organized a scientific lecture on Sunday the 5th of Safar 1440 AH titled 'Constructive Doubt in Knowledge and Its Value in Scientific Research'. It was presented by Dr. Abdullah bin Sulayem Al-Rasheed and managed by Abdulrahman Al-Mahsani, Director of the Social Research Center at King Khalid University. During the lecture, Dr. Al-Rasheed presented a number of scientific, linguistic, literary, and historical issues, which were addressed through cognitive and constructive skepticism and characterized by accurate research methodology. He called upon scientific researchers and postgraduate students to examine knowledge according to scientific, methodological and research frameworks. He pointed out that constructive and useful cognitive skepticism is a high scientific methodological element that results in addressing many issues and correcting many concepts. Al-Rasheed cautioned attendees not to depend on sources that are not based on scientific or systematic approaches. He asserted that invalid, unreliable, and unpublished works are not reliable sources. The lecture witnessed a large number of attendees and participants. At the end of the talk, Dr. Kassem Asiri, Dr. Khaled Abu Hikma, and Dr. Ahmed Al-Tahani thanked Dr. Al-Rasheed for his speech and his visit to the university.
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Princess Moudi bint Khalid Al Saud Sponsors the Introductory Meeting at Southern Charity Association for Female Faculty and Staff

Her Royal Highness Princess Moudhi bint Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, President of the Southern Female Charity Association, sponsored the Introductory Meeting at the Southern Charity Association for Female Faculty and Staff. On her arrival, Vice Rector Dr. Kholud Abu Melha and a group of deans and vice deans met and welcomed Her Royal Highness. On this occasion, HRH Princess Moudhi bint Khalid said: "I am happy to be with my daughters today and to talk to them about the benefit of nonprofit work and the value of charity and the impact it has on the development of our society. I have worked with charities in the Kingdom for more than 40 years. I started working with associations when I was 18, and I was fortunate that I had relatives working in this field that sparked my interest in it. My work in this field expanded my perception as a young woman, and I learned the true meaning of systematic giving, which added a lot to my understanding of human needs and communities." Her Royal Highness then explained that charitable organizations provide promising and decent work opportunities for Saudi youth. The average wage of the non-profit sector professions starts at 5,300 SAR, which is better than the private sector which offers of 4,400 SAR, according to the 2018 KFH Non-Profit Sector Reports of this year. Her Royal Highness, then explained that the non-profit sector is considered to be the most balanced sector in the employment of both sexes, and the participation of women in this sector is 43%, which exceeds the total participation rate of women in the labor market at only 14%. Her Royal Highness then encouraged the contribution of females in this field of work describing them as the future and hope our country invests in, noting that donations, volunteer work, and initiatives have a great impact on the communities we live in and on the social role we play in the development of our society. Vice Rector of Student Affairs, Dr. Kholoud Abu Melha, delivered a speech in which she said: "On this happy day, King Khalid University and its employees are honored to receive the premier charitable work leader in the Kingdom, Her Royal Highness Princess Moudhi Bint Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. We are proud that our university bears the name of one of the founders of our beloved country, King Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, who gave everyone the right of education, and the opportunity to be part of human development and the creation of a leading society." Abu Melha stressed that our beloved country continues on the hands of the sons of our country’s leaders, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, HRM King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince, HRH Prince Mohammed bin Salman. They provide undivided attention to charitable and nonprofit work inside the Kingdom. Additionally, the King Salman Humanitarian Aid Relief Center is a leading international charity worldwide receiving notable recognition. At the end of the meeting, Her Royal Highness Princess Moudhi presented a commemorative memorial shield to King Khalid University and received one as well from the university by the vice rector for student affairs.
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