King Khalid University

The University Receives a Delegation from the Association of Retired Persons in Riyadh

On behalf of His Excellency the rector of King Khalid University, the Vice Chancellor for Academic and Educational Affairs Dr. Saad Al-Dajjam received a delegation from the Association of Retired Persons in Riyadh on Wednesday 9 th of Muharram. Al-Dajjam thanked the delegation for their visit to King Khalid University, and gave them a brief overview about the university, its colleges, departments and community services provided to the community and the region. The delegation members also expressed their happiness for the university hospitality. Some of the delegation members also presented a number of inquiries in which the university's vice president answered about the services provided by the university to the community, Its contribution to supporting tourism considering Asir as a large tourist destination. At the end of the visit, the delegation members visited a number of colleges and departments at the main campus of the University (Qureikar).  
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Deputy Governor of Asir Lauds Flagship Workshop Determiners of the Executive Prevention Plan Against Drug Use Launched

Following after, His Excellency King Khalid University Rector, Prof. Falleh R. M. Al-Solamy, welcomed Deputy Governor, HRH Prince Turki bin Talal, the Secretary of the National Committee for Narcotics, Dr. Faisal Al-Shathri, and the attendees, stressing that it is the University’s honor to host and partner with the National Committee for Narcotics, which serves a noble role. He asserted that the University is pleased with the efforts underway, hoping that this workshop will have a far-reaching effect in setting the foundation needed for preventing drug misuse and addiction in our society. He then thanked HRH the Governor of the Asir Region and his Deputy Governor for their generous sponsorship and continuous support. The Secretary of the National Committee for Narcotics in Saudi Arabia, Dr. Faisal Al-Shathri, stressed that illicit drugs are the number one source of danger to our youth, which leads to terrorism, corruption, and moral crimes. He highlighted that it is a tool used by the enemies of our beloved country to encourage and motivate corruption and chaos, noting that Vision 2030 depends on our youth to realize their potential, and as a result, we must eliminate drugs from our society. In order to do so, Dr. Al-Shahtri asserted that we first must acknowledge the ground realities of substance abuse and treat it transparently by leveraging the vital role of judges in the reform of drug abusers through rehabilitation and alternative solutions. Dr. Al-Shahtri related that the executive plan to combat drugs is the first in the Kingdom and will lead the way. It is worth mentioning that the workshop is under the supervision of the Asir Region Emirate and has a total of 23 participating entities. It will comprehensively address several topics that include the characteristics of drug abuse, the number of drug cases in the region, the amount of substances found, the number of addicts, the factors that contribute to the spread of drug use, the relationship between drugs and crime, the number of addicts convicted in connection with drug crimes, the number of addicts seeking treatment and rehabilitation, and the role of the participating entities in preventing drug use.   Sponsored by the Governor of the Asir Region, HRH Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Abdulaziz, and in the presence of the Deputy Governor of the Asir Region, HRH Prince Turki bin Talal, the "Determiners of the Executive Prevention Plan Against Drug Use in Asir Region Workshop" organized by the National Committee for Narcotics and hosted by King Khalid University was launched. In his speech about the importance and effectiveness of this workshop, HRH Prince Turki bin Talal said: "It is an unfortunate day for drug dealers to learn that this meeting was conducted. It is their lowest desire that this meeting would happen and it is of their joy to see our efforts to remain scattered. In our dispersion is their strength and our unity is their defeat." He explained that drug dealers are enemies to society who work collectively. At the end of his keynote speech, he stressed that we are to work as a team in the fight against this ever-present danger, praising the participating entities and different parties on working towards drug prevention.  
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A study of the beneficiary satisfaction of the electronic services at the university achieved 57%

In the first phase with the participation of more than 45 thousand beneficiaries of the satisfaction of the beneficiary of electronic services at the University achieved 57% According to a statistical study conducted by King Khalid University, represented by the Digital Transformation Unit at the General Directorate of Information Technology, 57.6% of the beneficiaries of the electronic services at the University, with the participation of 45015 thousand Beneficiary, during the period 1 March 2018 to 1 June 2018 were pleasant with the services provided by the university. The study was mainly based on the satisfaction of the beneficiary 'students, faculty members, employees, community), which is the most important in the success of the process of transformation of e-government system, and the study is conducted periodically every three months for electronic services provided by the university. In the details, the study targeted 9 e-services provided by the university in a statistical way, mySITE , which achieved the highest satisfaction rate of 95.8%, followed by academic service with a satisfaction rate of 92.3%, and the Blackboard Management Service received a satisfaction rate of 86.6%. The service rate of the academic file was 80%, the service received a satisfaction rate of 75%. myKKU service reached a satisfaction rate of 66.7%, the satisfaction rate for the maintenance reporting service was 55.6%. On the other hand, the lowest percentage of these services was for the MyApps library service at 33.3%. The study focused on five main indicators: the electronic service provided according to the needs of the beneficiary, the ease of the access to the electronic service, the ease of the use of the electronic service, the comprehensiveness of the content of the electronic service page, and the general satisfaction with the level of electronic service. Through this study, the University seeks to provide the electronic services provided by a highly qualified efficiency and meet all the needs and requirements of the beneficiary in a professional manner with the participation of all target groups, measuring their satisfaction to find out the current problems, finding developmental solutions, Solutions through the results of digital measurement of those statistics, and to know the opinion of the beneficiaries of services and their observations and suggestions in the development, and improve those services, which gives full ability to identify needs, and achieve the desired satisfaction of the beneficiary. It is worth mentioning that the study came out with some important recommendations, which help to improve the quality of electronic services, most notably the services which meet all the needs of the beneficiary, and the possibility of using and access them easily. For the report of the satisfaction of the beneficiary (click here).  
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King Khalid University Launches Arhebo Initiative

His Excellency Prof. Falleh R. M. Al-Solamy, King Khalid University Rector, launched the Arhebo Initiative in the presence of the university vice rector of academic development and quality, the vice rector of postgraduate studies and scientific research, the dean of community service and continuous education, and General Saleh Alqarazi, General Director of the Asir Police. The initiative aims to welcome international and domestic tourists to the region by expressing hospitality and introducing the region's culture. The ceremony was opened with a recitation from the Holy Quran followed by a speech delivered by His Excellency Dr. Merzin Al-Shahrani, Vice Rector of the Deanship of Academic Development and Quality, who explained that the Arhebo Initiative is a community-based effort that will create lasting memories by introducing the region’s culture and landmarks through a team of 30 volunteers in public parks, festivals, events, and malls. Vice Rector Al-Shahrani also thanked Rector Al-Solamy for his continued support, the Deanship of Community Service and Continuous Education, the volunteer team, and the Asir Police for all of the efforts and hard work.
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Coding Bootcamp Closing Ceremony

The iT Administration at King Khalid University concluded the Coding Bootcamp Program, which was a collaboration between King Khalid University and the Asir JEEKS Association. The Bader Technology Incubator Program hosted the bootcamp under the auspices of His Excellency Dr. Saad Muhammad Du'ajim, Vice Rector of Academic Affairs. The coding bootcamp is an exciting initiative offered by the iT Administration based on developing a scalable and competitive workforce in accord with Vision 2030. It employed an accelerated learning model by immersing participants in group activities, specialists from the field, and offering topics such as design thinking, building work models, and information security. The coding bootcamp team included ten trainees, ten instructors, and supervisors from the university.  In the first stage of the program, 25 individual projects were presented, where trainees applied the skills and techniques they had learned, which included web analysis, building an idea and designing models, followed by building websites and finally creating applications. The closing ceremony included five team application projects ready to be launched in the digital market; the applications included travel, social networking, coffee lovers, woman's lifestyle, and a guide to the region.
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King Khalid University Launches Arhebo Initiative

His Excellency Prof. Falleh R. M. Al-Solamy, King Khalid University Rector, launched the Arhebo Initiative in the presence of the university vice rector of academic development and quality, the vice rector of postgraduate studies and scientific research, the dean of the community service and continuous education deanship, and General Saleh Alqarazi, General Director of the Asir Police. The initiative aims to welcome international and domestic tourists to the region by expressing hospitality and introducing the region's culture. The ceremony was opened by a recitation from the Holy Quran followed by a speech delivered by His Excellency Dr. Merzin Al-Shahrani, Vice Rector of the Deanship of Academic Development and Quality, who explained that the Arhebo Initiative is a community-based effort that will create lasting memories by introducing the region’s culture and landmarks through a team of 30 volunteers in public parks, festivals, events, and malls. Vice Rector Al-Shahrani also thanked Rector Al-Solamy for his continued support, the deanship of community service and continuous education, the volunteer team, and the Asir Police for all the efforts and hard work.
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The Asir Region An Ecotourism Hotspot

Summer is one of the most awaited seasons of the year. Planning a summer vacation is usually one of the most exciting things to do; people from around the world hunt for the perfect tourist destination: a place where safety, nature and great weather come together. They want to be able to enjoy a temperate climate, a beautiful, bewitching nature, cultural heritage and archaeological sites. As the premier destination for ecotourism, all of the reasons above are what makes the Asir top the list for tourists to experience the true soul of southern Saudi Arabia. Outstanding Nature Jabal Sawda is a peak in Saudi Arabia with an elevation of around 3,000 meters – making it the highest point in Saudi Arabia. It is one of the most beautiful areas in the kingdom with an awe-inspiring terrain, dense juniper forests, and waterfalls that have inspired poets and artists for ages. Tourists from around the world are routinely met with clouds that hug the peaks of the mountains just above the valleys - a place many would describe as the rose of Asir. With a rich variety of national parks and wildlife, Asir is also the home of Dalgan, Nahran, Bani Mazin, Al-Masgi, and Shaaf Al-Waleed in Namas that all form a pristine reflection of beauty and hospitality. Environment Ecotourism is one of the main features of the Asir region. With over 70% of the Kingdom's plant species, Asir is home to green pastures, animal sanctuaries, rivers, and waterfalls. Landmarks and Historical Sites One of the most famous sites in the region is the ancient Shamsan Castle, which contains traces dating back to the 3rd Millennium B.C. The Ottoman bridge near the Justice Park in Abha is another historical landmark that was designed and built from stone and is 80 meters long. Jahwa City in the province of Namas is also a tourism destination for many; it is a beautiful cultural area that vibrates the traditions and culture of the people who lived there. Traditions and Culture When exploring the construction of traditional old houses and buildings in Asir, one would undoubtedly notice the art and diversity in the structures that mirror the atmosphere of the area belonging to it. The villages and museums in Asir carry the story of the past in communities such as Al-Muftah, the Abha Heritage Fortress, the Fatima Museum in Abha, and Ben Haanmsan village in Khamis Mushait. Running parallel to the rich architecture and museums in the region, the old markets are a sight to see that will take all who wander its alleys back in time. The Tuesday market, the Khamis Mushait market, and the Al-Yazeed market are perhaps the most sought after by tourists due to an abundance of tasty and nutritious raw honey that is locally grown. In recent years, the region has made significant efforts to attract international tourism, especially in the city of Abha, where it was chosen as the 2017 Arab Capital of Tourism.  
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Quality Matters Appoints King Khalid University

Among thousands of international educational institutions, Quality Matters (QM), a non-profit quality assurance organization, chose one of King Khalid University's e-courses as an ideal model and global reference to all QM candidates around the world. The e-course "Computer Organization 2" was developed internally by King Khalid University and chosen by QM as a model of reference, to serve more than 6000 academic candidates for five years. The competition to select the ideal e-course was very specific and included hundreds of international courses, which made this nomination a victory in the King Khalid University legacy, and an inspiration for King Khalid University to become one of the leading universities nationally and internationally in all fields. It is worth mentioning that King Khalid University was the first educational institution to partner with the QM association in 2010 in the Middle East. At the end of 2010, the e-Learning Deanship established the e-Courses Quality Department with the mission to raise the awareness of quality in e-courses, to apply the standards required to achieve accredited model e-courses, and to promote the culture of creativity and excellence in education. The mission of the e-Courses Quality Department is augmented by an overarching imperative to measure performance indicators and developmental initiative efforts to achieve the deanship's vision in empowering faculty members to design and manage high-quality e-courses leading to optimal learning outcomes for the students. The university has chosen to build its partnership with QM due to its rich experience and leadership in the field of e-courses, and through this partnership, KKU adopted internationally accredited standards to become a center for quality in e-courses. To that end, the e-Learning Deanship has developed more than 130 e-courses in different fields, and among them, 32 courses are accredited by QM.  
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King Khalid University Launches Flagship Employee Training Program: Ambitious

King Khalid University, represented by the Administrative Development Unit in the Faculty Members and Employee Affairs Deanship, launched the Ambitious Employee Development Training Program that is expected to train approximately 1400 employees. Dean of the Faculty Members and Employee Affairs Deanship, Dr. Mohammad bin Hamid Al-Bohari, explained that with the support of His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy the deanship launched the program, which is considered the most extensive development training program in the history of King Khalid University. It will include a diverse array of national and international development programs and courses, which are inline with the university vision, mission, and the specific knowledge or skills to improve needed to improve performance in the academic environment. Dr. Ahmed Al-Obid, administrative development unit manager, explained that this program is central to the strategic goals of the university, which aims to ensure productivity, nurture creativity and capitalize on top talent so that employees have the tools necessary to achieve their full potential. Al-Obid added that the university is determined to offer and provide continuous development for all members while following the progress and outcomes to determine accurate results.
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Registration for Summer School Computer Programming Program Bootcamp Begins

King Khalid University, represented by the College of Computer Science, opened the doors to registration for the 6-week summer school programming course which is scheduled to begin on the 10th of Shawwal and end on the 20th of Duhl Qadah. This initiative is sponsored by the Takaful Foundation in cooperation with the Department of Computer Science at the Al-Samir Campus in Abha. The Dean of the Faculty of Computer Science, Dr. Ali Al-Garawi, explained that the summer school programming course was specially developed for high school students. The program is intended to teach students coding during the vacation, which will spark students to begin programming, establish a basic foundation, and prepare them for computer courses when joining the University. Additionally, this program will allow the University to scout for exceptional computer talents and invest in students interested in software at an early stage. He added that the University seeks to achieve its goals and actively contribute to the objectives of Vision 2030 and the 2020 National Transformation Program. He further related that this program underscores the commitment to the strategic plan of the University by creating a promising generation of talented programmers. To register click on the following link https://www.kkucoding.com/
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