King Khalid University

120 Vivas Conducted Online

Source:  King Khalid University - Media Center In a move to ease the process of graduating students amidst the global COVID-19 pandemic, King Khalid University conducted 84 graduate and 36 doctoral vivas online. Dean of Graduate Studies, Dr. Ahmed bin Yahya Al-Fayea, added that this digital transformation is a response to national directives. He expressed his gratitude to His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy, Vice Rector of Graduate Studies and Scientific Research, Prof. Saad Al-Amri, the Deanship of E-Learning and the General Directorate of Information Technology. He confirmed that his team has streamlined all student procedures from admission to graduation to be completed online. Dean Al-Fayea once again raised his thanks to His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy, Vice Rector Al-Amri, and all colleges, supporting deanships, and departments that cooperated with the Deanship of Graduate Studies to achieve this success.
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King Khalid University Celebrates Gulf Day of Learning Disabilities

Source:  King Khalid University - Media Center On 3 May 2020, the Center for Persons with Disabilities delivered a virtual awareness activity on Twitter, celebrating the Gulf Day of Learning Disabilities. The Gulf Day of Learning Disabilities aims to raise awareness about how to detect learning difficulties at an early stage, how to deal with them, and the services available for students who suffer from learning difficulties in the light of experiences. This activity garnered significant attention and trended under the tag #The_Gulf_Day_of_Learning_Disabilities. A number of academics, specialists and prominent special education teachers participated in this activity. The participants shared insights on how to effectively teach students with learning disabilities, noting that with timely intervention students with learning disabilities can reach their full potential. Center for Persons with Disabilities Supervisor, Dr. Amer Ali Jaafar, explained that this activity aims to support people with learning disabilities, increase societal awareness, and introduce the characteristics of people with learning disabilities. Additionally, he explained that every child learns differently and parents need to regularly track the progress of their child. He ended his keynote delivery by mentioning that his team will organize a number of courses for students who are interested in this topic over the summer, which is part of the recently launched Mobaderoon project. Center for Persons with Disabilities Supervisor's Assistant, Dr. Sirine Talal Bakri, said that this participation stems from the Center’s interest in students with learning disabilities. It is also to spread awareness among parents and teachers about their needs, how to deal with them, and how to develop their abilities and skills.
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International COVID-19 Webinar Draws More Than 1,250 Registrants

Source:  King Khalid University - Media Center The Saudi Scientific Society for Medical Education (SSME) at King Khalid University recently launched an international webinar, entitled Medical Education Challenges and Opportunities During COVID-19, headed by Vice Dean for Academic Development & Quality, Taibah University's College of Medicine, Dr. Khalid Shahat, to more than 1,250 participants from all over the world in cooperation with the Virtual Medical Academy. Of note, Dr. Shahat is the founder of the Virtual Medical Academy, which is the 1st health e-learning platform with more than 7 years of experience accredited by the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties. Medical Education Department Head at Umm Al Qura University, Dr. Rania Zeni, moderated the sessions that notably included the participation of Saudi Scientific Society of Medical Education Vice President, Neuroscience Technology Program Head at Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Dr. Mona Al-Sheikh. She walked participants through the current situation of Saudi medical colleges, evaluation procedures, students' views of the temporary procedures, and the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on long-term medical education. Further, she confirmed that Saudi schools and universities have the infrastructure and manpower necessary to implement online education at the highest levels. Following after, Pakistani Association of Medical Education Head, Dr. Rehan Khan, talked about the practical experiences in online education and assessment, and Dr. Richard Fuller from the University of Liverpool concluded the meeting by reviewing valuable references in this field.
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Media and Communication Administration Hosts Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister Saud Kateb

Source:  King Khalid University - Media Center His Excellency, King Khalid University Rector Prof. Falleh Al-Solamy, sponsored an online meeting on Sunday evening entitled "Public Diplomacy Bets in facing the Corona Crisis: America and China as a Model", presented by His Excellency Dr. Saud Kateb, Minster Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister. Dr. Kateb is also the deputy minister for public diplomacy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and has experience in many fields and sectors. He was the spokesperson and foreign media relations managing director at the Ministry of Culture and Information for three years between 2013 and 2016. The meeting is part of the Mobaderoon initiative, which was recently launched by the Media and Communication Administration. His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy welcomed His Excellency Minster Saud Kateb at the start of the meeting, stressing that the meeting is part of King Khalid University's commitment to raising cultural and social awareness through capacity building programs, workshops, training, and partnerships. The meeting was moderated by Media and Communication Administration Assistant Supervisor, Sarah Jaber Al-Solamy, who led participants through a number of topics related to the basic concepts and a historical overview of public diplomacy, propaganda, solid power, women and digital diplomacy. COVID-19 and the basic tasks of diplomacy during crises and the crisis management of COVID-19 public diplomacy engendered much interest. During the meeting, His Excellency Minister Kateb stressed that Vision 2030 will guide aspirations towards an unprecedented new phase of development in which the enormous potential of women will come to light and also a where a vibrant society is created with a strong anchor in culture, arts, and a thriving economy. General Supervisor of the Media and Communication Administration, University Spokesperson, Dr. Mufleh Al-Qahtani, stressed that this meeting is part of a series of meetings and programs organized by the administration to shed light on a number of important topics that align with the current situation and its various implications. Dr. Abdullah Al-Assaf, professor of political media at Al-Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University, emphasized the importance of harnessing Saudi cinema and cultural soft power to strengthen the Kingdom's presence internationally. On his part political analyst and academic at Al-Faisal University, Dr. Khaled Batarfi, emphasized the importance of qualifying a new generation of analysts and those concerned with Saudi affairs, stressing that we have great media capabilities that should be leveraged through training and guidance.
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Providing Asir's General Directorate of Health Affairs With Medical Equipment to Combat COVID-19

Source:  King Khalid University - Media Center Members of the COVID-19 medical equipment initiative held their second meeting with Asir's General Directorate of Health Affairs. The meeting was attended by the region's COVID-19 Pandemic Team and the Director of the Regional Medical Laboratory, Vice Director of Medical Services, Dr. Abdullah Kaddah The meeting started with a brief introduction to the initiative and a view of its manufacturing capabilities and output. They discussed the equipment that will aid health practitioners, especially lab specialists who take samples of the virus. At the end of the meeting, the initiative's team toured laboratory facilities. The team's leader Dr. Ahmad Ali bin Dejum explained that the first delivery contained more than 500 jams designed by 3D printers. These jams are meant to be used by health practitioners, medical teams working in the Regional Laboratory and COVID-19 response teams. He also mentioned that 500 controllers capable of interfacing with most doors, drawers, and lights are nearly ready for delivery. He added the next period would be devoted to manufacturing all the requested equipment in coordination with the Command and Control Center at Asir's General Directorate of Health Affairs, noting that initial demand entails the rapid delivery of ventilator spare parts and nose swab tools. It's worth mentioning that this collaboration comes under the concept of enhancing the partnership between the academia, private and government industry to control COVID-19 while promoting global models and executing the urgent action plan in the governorate set by Asir Gov. Prince Turki bin Talal bin Abdulaziz.
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KKUx Draws in 2 Million Visitors and Grants More Than 60,000 Certificates

Source:  King Khalid University - Media Center The KKUx Learn More initiative has witnessed incredible growth with current statistics showing more than 2,000,000 visitors. Learn More offered all 27 courses, which included more than 1,000 content videos, to everyone for free through April 2020. Vice Rector of Business and Knowledge Economy, Prof. Abdullatif Al-Hadithi, asserted that the KKUx Learn More Initiative is driven by the paradigm of safeguarding the health and well-being of their students, staff and faculties and fulfilling their social responsibility to encourage lifelong learning. The initiative included 25 qualitative skill-based courses delivered by 27 expert trainers from around the world. Of note, 51,000 trainees from 26 countries participated in the training with another 60,000 obtaining qualification training. The KKUx platform includes self-paced courses on design thinking, entrepreneurship, forming start-up companies, artificial intelligence, Python 3 coding, and Mandarin basics. Of noteworthy mention, KKUx was the recipient of an award at the WSIS 2019 competition.
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Deanship of Student Affairs Organizes Online Courses Helping People Deal With Self-Isolation During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Source:  King Khalid University - Media Center The Deanship of Student Affairs organized online female projects, where each program will be held for 3 days. The sports program, "My Fitness in Quarantine", and the psychology program, "Mental Health Basics", are part of the Mobaderoon project in that they are centered around happiness and well-being. The psychology program aimsto improve self-confidence and how to deal with trauma and will run concurrently with the sports program from the 15th to the 17th of Ramadan. Dean of Student Affairs, Dr, Abdullah Al-Adeed, expressed his appreciation to His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy and the Mobaderoon organizers for developing courses that highlight a general increase of awareness around mental health. Dean of Women's Student Affairs, Dr. Fatima Asiri, said: "The two programs will be implemented in cooperation with the Qimam Club in the College of Education and the Medicine Club in the College of Nursing at Khamis Mushait. We aim to enhance the university's role in serving the community and meeting its needs, and women have a large share of these initiatives."
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Admission and Registration Deanship launches Academia for Cell phones.

Source: King Khalid University - Media Center Admission and Registration Deanship of King Khalid University, has recently launched a new application for apple and android devices. The new application is called Academia for cell phones. The new application's aim is to enable teaching staff to reach electronic services easily and via only one application. On this development, the Dean of Admission and Registration, Dr. Sultan Al Farah, stated that the new application "supports Arabic and English languages, and enables teaching staff to reach electronic services easily". The application enables services such as having a look on students' enrollment, schedules, and monitoring absence via a smartphone. Dr. Al Farah added, "The application also enables the student to proceed to undertake many academic actions such deletion, addition, course apology, semester apology, and delay."  Dr. Al Farah clarified that the student, through the new application could have a look on rewards, academic registry, course scores, and a duplicate copy of his or her university. It is noteworthy that the coming update of the application is going to add extra services for both the student and the faculty member. All of them will be able to have a look on examinations schedule, monitoring schedule, ID verification, in addition to linking the daily schedule of the student with evaluation. Furthermore, the next update is going to provide other important services for the student such as ATM card request and displaying all the academic actions done by the student during his or her study at the university. To download Academia on cell phone on android devices, go to https://goo.gl/8jt0dh To download Academia on cell phone on apple devices, go to https://goo.gl/268vLD
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Within the Times Higher Education Impact Ranking King Khaled University ranked 601 globally and 4th locally

Source: King Khalid University - Media Center According to the ranking of The American Times, within the Times Higher Education Impact Ranking, King Khaled University has get 601 globally and 4th locally. This rating measures universities performance according to the United Nations Sustainable Development 17 goals, The comparisons are based on three areas: Research, through looking for new solutions and knowledge related to the sustainable development ; Outreach, Through direct engagement with society, the state, and the world; Stewardship, The responsibility of the university for its consumption and sustainability. The Saudi universities that have appeared in the final results are 5,  4 are governmental and one is private university. This is the second year for this classification. Dr, Mrzen Alshahrani said: That the university's participation in international rankings is a proof  of the university’s keenness in applying best practices and international standards higher education. Also the university success has the effect in improving the  university performance and improving its outcomes to reach the labor market requirements  locally and globally. Al-shahrani raised his thanks to His Excellency the University Rector Prof. Faleh Alsolami for his permanent support, He also thanked all the university's units for their active role that lead the university progress in a number of classifications, Praising the efforts of  the International Classifications Unit with its supervisor, Dr. Sami Al-Shehri.
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The University Special Needs Center Holds a Number of Activities Corresponding with the 45th Arab Deaf Week

Source: King Khalid University - Media Center King Khalid University Special Needs Center at the Deanship of Student Affairs, participated in the 45th Deaf Week with a number of activities under the slogan “ The right of accessible marriage for Deaf people “  with a number of local institutions. The participation aimed to raise  the level of societal awareness and support the various fields special needs, while the center aimed to encourage the learning of sign language and the integration of it in our day to day communication. The center  held an online training, to train participants on the  mechanism of fingerspelling, in addition to sharing a number of applications that are designed for  deaf persons, aside to offering  visual interoperation services to  assure the best outcomes for those attending. The activity included  the participation of translators from different regions of the Kingdom who interpret  and deliver a message  conducted by a deaf individual  filming a video in sign language, in addition to a message from a deaf person to a hearing person , which was supervised by  Professor Khaloufah Al-Shehri. The events also included an online  training workshop  for the  family counselor Mr. Salih Dardir entitled “Marital Life Skills”, interpreting the workshop in sign language was Mr. Ahmed Al-Fifi. The workshop targeted deaf students in the university, with the collaboration of  Prof. Manal Al-Hussein ,  Prof. Reem Asiri, and under the supervision of the Center ’s director  Prof. Sereen Talal Al-Bakri. On their part, the female staff of the Women's Center thanked Dr. Amer Jaafar, the supervisor of the Special Needs Center  for his great support and  the success of the event. It’s worth the center intends to provide more services, events and activities that contribute to support the people with hearing disabilities  and encourage the learning of the sign language in society.
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