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His Excellency Dr. Faleh bin Raja Allah Al-Solamy, the Rector of King Khalid University, explained that the latest package of decisions issued on Monday by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and His Royal Majesty King Salman bin Abdulaziz confirmed their resoluteness to inject a revitalizing force into a number of state facilities. Undoubtedly, these resolutions will contribute to achieving His Royal Majesty's vision, and the broad visions of His Royal Highness Crown Prince, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is valiantly anticipating the aspirations of citizens in a noble effort to achieve their hopes while expediting the road to success underscored in Vision 2030.

Rector Al-Solamy added, "If we examine these decrees, we will notice that they aimed at introducing fresh blood in the form of human capital and the development of many bodies that are moving towards new horizons of active developmental work. Moreover, the decrees included civil and military administration aspects as a foundational objective. This blend reveals the awareness of the importance of the framework needed and the capacity for growth in all sectors."

He concluded his statement by congratulating those appointed by the Royal Trust, asking God Almighty to remove any obstacle in their way.

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Earlier today, on behalf of His Royal Highness Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Abdulaziz, the Rector of King Khalid University, Dr. Faleh Bin Raja Allah Al-Solamy, inaugurated the Sixth Health Awareness and Educational Program in Belasmer.

In his speech at the opening ceremony, Rector Al-Solamy expressed sincere thanks to His Royal Highness the Governor of the region for his patronage, avid interest, and generous support of this program. Rector Al-Solamy further stressed that the university would not delay in providing its services to the community. Finally, he thanked all the employees of the university who are working on the success of the program.

Al-Solamy confirmed that the program had achieved great success in previous years as a result of close coordination with the Emirate of the Asir, colleges, and deanships of the university. In support and recognition of the event, Al-Solamy noted the program for this year comes with many improvements, and it will be held from 5 Jumada II until the 19th of Rajab this year. This year, the program includes consultative visits from the College of Medicine.  

Rector Al-Solamy added that the program aims to reach the largest segment of society in those provinces, detailing that there will be a final week in the province of Belasmer. Al-Solamy also thanked all participants in the health program, which he promised would continue in the coming years.

In his speech, the University Vice-President for Academic Development and Quality, Dr. Merzin Al-Shahrani,  said, "The program comes as a recognition of the university to provide distinguished services to all individuals and institutions in the Asir region.  It is in line with the vision and mission of the University, which is based on three axes: education, research, and community service."

Al-Shahrani emphasized that the program includes specialized medical and therapeutic convoys, in addition to education and awareness activities for which the university will harness all its capabilities and staff. 48 lectures in number will be held in the faculties of boys and girls, 29 in government departments, 24 sermons, 10 lectures on women's Quran memorization, and 30 lectures in mosques. 

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In an explanatory statement based on the university’s previous clarification on the Gregorian calendar transition in depositing student bursaries, University Spokesperson, Dr. Abdullah Al Hamed, asserted that the university confirmed, based on a Royal Directive, that it has already addressed the Ministry of Finance on these dues. When the bursaries from the Ministry of Finance are received, the university will disburse them immediately.

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Under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Abdulaziz, Governor of the Asir Region, King Khalid University will host International Civil Defense Day, organized by the Directorate of Civil Defense in the Asir Region on Sunday, 16 Jumada II 1439 AH.

His Excellency Dr. Faleh Bin Rajaa Allah Al-Solamy stressed that hosting the activities of the International Day of Civil Defense is an affirmation of the university's awareness of the vital role played by our Civil Defense in saving lives and property and for its significant national and humanitarian efforts. The cooperation between King Khalid University and the Civil Defense Directorate comes within the common belief of the two parties in its importance and positive results, under the international slogan "Educational Institutions and Culture of Peace".

Al-Solamy stressed that the directives of His Royal Highness the Governor of the Asir Region always confirm the importance of participation among the government sectors in the region.

In his speech, the Director of Civil Defense in the Asir Region, Brigadier General Aazi bin Yahya Al-Alma’e, said that the Directorate of Civil Defense in the Asir Region, in cooperation with King Khalid University, has completed its preparations for the celebration of the International Day of Civil Defense this year.

He added that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia represented by the General Directorate of Civil Defense, share the countries of the world in the celebration of the International Day of Civil Defense under the auspices of the International Civil Defense Organization in Geneva, which is the most important international organization specialized in civil defense.

In support of preserving the country's resources, he further added that they are very keen to enhance their capabilities and increase interaction within all segments of society. This is aligned with its primary mission and task to protect life and property by intensifying awareness programs and activities to prevent all risks and activate the role of society in this regard.

Al-Alma'e stressed that the launch of these events would receive the attention and follow-up of His Royal Highness the Governor of the Asir Region, noting that many activities will be carried out in partnership and cooperation with King Khalid University in Abha.

Given that International Civil Defense Day is a high priority, Al-Alma'e concluded by emphasizing the activities of the event will include the departments and centers of Civil Defense in the region in all governorates. It will include the establishment of awareness exhibitions in commercial shopping centers, lectures in various schools and some commercial and industrial establishments in the region, with the participation of concerned governmental and non-governmental bodies. Moreover, activities of this day will include the distribution of a series of awareness pamphlets and brochures, which will highlight the importance of safety in educational institutions in the participation of civil defense work and its awareness roles, in addition to the necessity to cooperate in the prevention or reduction of risks, God willing.

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King Khalid University is organizing a seminar on the efforts of the coalition countries to restore hope, development, and stability to the State of Yemen. The seminar also will highlight the security, political and developmental achievements achieved so far.

On this occasion, His Excellency Dr. Faleh bin Raja Allah Al-Solamy, Rector of King Khalid University, informed us that the seminar falls under ministerial directives to all Saudi universities. These seminars are expected to highlight the efforts of the coalition countries to restore hope for the development and stability of Yemen on a monthly basis. Rector Al-Solamy added that the seminar King Khalid University is going to hold will occur on Monday, 17/6/1439 AH, in the presence of a number of senior scientists, academicians, intellectuals, and politicians. The seminar aims at highlighting the role of the coalition countries. In the forefront of these countries is the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz, and His Royal Highness the Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz. The seminar also aims to underscore the role of coalition countries in supporting our brothers in Yemen at all levels.

Rector Al-Solamy also spoke about the future role of the Kingdom and the coalition countries in the reconstruction of Yemen after its stability and mobilizing international efforts in support of the legitimate Yemeni government and our people in Yemen.

In his speech, the University Vice-President for Graduate Studies and Scientific Research, who is the Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the symposium, Prof. Dr. Saad Al-Amri, related that the symposium on the efforts of the coalition countries in the development of Yemen and its stability, which will be held at the university, is focused on the issue of separation and its impact on tearing apart the Islamic Ummah. The symposium has three axes:

  • The axis for the efforts of the coalition countries in the stability of Yemen.  
  • The axis of Shia extremism and its historical roots.
  • The axis of the relationship between terrorist groups and the coup in Yemen.
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His Excellency Dr. Faleh Bin Raja Allah Al-Solamy, the Rector of King Khalid University, stressed that the university has, with the participation of a number of its members from various quarters, a number of local community members, in addition to specialized experts, worked on re-formulating its strategy. Given the absolute importance of Vision 2030, the National Transformation Program 2020, and the Ministry of Education's Horizon Plan, the university pursuit of developing and adapting its strategy to the country's development plans is paramount to success.

His Excellency the Rector emphasized that the university has decided to develop its strategic plan based on its keenness to carry out its duties to achieve the university's aspirations and support the Kingdom's Vision 2030 and its strategic directions.

He also related that in order to carry out the tasks assigned to it, the university worked on building its strategic plan in 2015. He said, "It is well known in planning science that the flexibility of the plan and its ability to confront any repercussions that require change are strength features needed to be agile. Since the university's previous strategic plan, and after the historic declaration of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on the Kingdom's Vision 2030, and the subsequent executive programs and specific objectives, the strategic directions of the state are crystal clear. So, all the institutions of the state and the government, in particular, have found it necessary to have a clear role in supporting this vision for the sake of progress and prosperity."

Al-Solamy: Updating the strategic plan to achieve our ambitions and support Vision 2030 is of the utmost importance.

He explained that the most important reason for updating the plan of the university is the announcement of Vision 2030. He added, "The vision of the Kingdom in 2030 has opened wide areas for the contribution of universities to achieve major qualitative achievements in the tracks that support achieving the vision and consolidating its role in the success of the state’s developmental plans."

As for the aspirations, Al-Solamy said, “In line with what was announced in the Vision of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for 2030 and its aspirations to have at least five Saudi universities among the top 200 universities in the world, King Khalid University has announced its strategic vision within its updated strategic plan. It is a commitment to place KKU among the best 200 universities in the world by 2030." Rector Al-Solamy assured that the university would exert maximum effort, God willing, to achieve this aspiration.

In response to the updated strategic plan to internal and external changes, Al-Solamy asserted that the updated strategic plan of the university responded to the internal changes by updating its strategic plan to meet and exceed the state's plans and orientations. It also responded to regional and global changes, benefiting from the best practices of international universities and carefully examining their experiences in many fields. Furthermore, the strategic mobility of neighboring countries and the world's trends in knowledge investment, renewable energy, and support for innovation and innovation have become an additional incentive for universities while updating their strategic plans to meet and exceed expectations. Given that numerous power scales shifted, the role of knowledge investment has become apparent, and many countries have established themselves in a class of their own by adopting this principle, in spite of their severe lack of natural resources, which had been once one the main the pillars of the strength and safe cover of states.

According to the main pillars that the university depended on to update its strategy, Rector Al-Solamy confirmed that the University has formed its own set of main pillars. They are:

  • Reviewing and diagnosing the current situation.
  • Identifying the needs of the university and its employees.
  • Identifying and addressing the needs of the local community. 
  • Maintaining congruence with the country's development plans, in particular, Vision 2030 and its future directions, its operational programs and the strategic objectives set for it.
  • Keeping in line with the plan for university education in Saudi Arabia (Horizons 2029).
  • Following the standards of Educational Assessment Authority.
  • Benefiting from global practices and standards of international classifications.

Al-Solamy stressed that the updated strategic plan aimed at improving education and learning. This was explicitly stated in the university's first strategic objective - "Improving the quality of teaching and learning" coupled with “Providing an attractive academic environment.” Achieving these two objectives will definitely create a unique experience in both teaching and learning in accordance with the quality required. As we are also keen to support talent, creativity, and innovation, the third strategic plan "Strengthening the active partnership with the community" included a direct initiative, which is the development of the Talent, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship Center submitted by the university Vice-Presidency for Academic Development and Quality.

In an explanatory statement in reference to the strategic plan for the community, Rector Al-Solamy clarified that King Khalid University is deeply-rooted in the region and serves a vast area and large population of nearly 2 million people. This, of course, is a major challenge. As a result, the university faculties cover eight governorates and a branch in Tehammah. For that, the strategic plan has adopted several initiatives that contribute to the development of society and solve many of its issues including:

  • Providing distinguished community services.
  • Investing in research and scientific studies in the service of society.
  • Developing continuous education programs.
  • Providing community programs to contribute to solving community issues.
  • The development of student acceptance criteria to overcome difficulties in accepting students from martyrs’ children and students with special needs.
  • Providing cadres needed by the community.

As for the development of the University's financial resources, Al-Solamy stressed that the strategic vision of the Kingdom supports this trend. He said, "We, at King Khalid University, have set an independent strategic objective, namely, the seventh strategic objective - the development of financial resources.” It aims to activate and develop the financial investment system of the university, which is reflected in the current projects to boost financial revenues while reducing dependence on government funding. This will be achieved through the following conceptual project planning benchmarks:

  • The development, activation and marketing of material and human resources.
  • Activating endowment and various investment projects in the university.
  • Diversifying financial resources.
  • Supporting the knowledge economy. 
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His Excellency Dr. Faleh Bin Rajaa Allah Al-Solamy, Rector of King Khalid University, recently visited the Disabled Children Association in Abha (DCA). The Dean of the Faculty of Education, Dr. Abdullah Al-Qasi, and the Dean of Community Service and Continuing Education, Dr. Omar Aqeel Alwan, accompanied Dr. Al-Solamy. The Director of the DCA, Mr. Abdullah Al-Moheiseni, and all employees of the association received the visitors.

During his visit to the society, Rector Al-Solamy stressed that the university is keen to support the programs and activities of the DCA, which aims to develop the spirit of social cohesion and communication within these precious segments of society.

It is worth mentioning that the Rector was briefed during his visit on the provision of educational rehabilitation and treatment services for children with disabilities, in addition to the programs adopted to integrate the disabled into society. He also met with the children of the association and toured the educational services provided to them within the centers of the association. In support and recognition of the advanced educational centers offered to children of the DCA, Rector Al-Solamy continued his consultative visit to include the treatment and rehabilitation programs, which include consulting clinics, physiotherapy units, occupational therapy units, speech and dental disorders and psychological care.

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His Royal Highness Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Abdulaziz, Governor of the Asir Region and the Honorary President of the Awqaf Endowments of King Khalid University, met with the Rector, His Excellency Dr. Faleh Bin Rajaa Allah Al-Solamy, and the Secretary-General of University Endowments, Dr. Omar bin Saeed Al-Mushait. 

At the beginning of the meeting, His Royal Highness the Governor welcomed Dr. Al-Solamy. He also referred to the undivided attention and support our wise government is providing to the education sector. Notably, he praised King Khalid University for its efforts to benefit the homeland and its citizens. He also had a complete review of the detailed report on the general objectives of the General Secretariat for King Khalid University Endowments and its future vision and strategic issues that include resource development, internal growth, social responsibility, community partnership, and knowledge-based economies. The report also included the strategic objectives of the secretariat, which included attracting different segments of supporters, the development of sustainable qualitative investment, excellence in the administrative and financial performance of the Waqf, the development of active partnerships with various sectors of society, the leadership of the Waqf in achieving social responsibility, and the support of the innovations of qualitative scientific research to meet the needs of a knowledge-based economy.

His Royal Highness Prince Faisal bin Khalid praised all efforts exerted to establish university endowments. He also stressed the importance of supporting scientific endowment and the dissemination of its culture in society expressing that it is a religious and national duty. His Royal Highness also approved the appointments of the Nomination Council and the appointments of the Investment Committee and the Strategic Plan. HRH Prince Faisal bin Khalid also agreed on the proposed date for the Awqaf which will be sponsored by His Royal Highness on Wednesday, the second of Shaaban 1439 AH, corresponding to 18 April 2018.

At the end of the meeting, the University Rector expressed his thanks and appreciation to HRH Prince Faisal bin Khalid for his continuous support and diligent follow-up.

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King Khalid University is organizing a scientific symposium on the extraordinary humanitarian efforts and operations of the Arab Coalition Countries in supporting the development and stability of Yemen, on Monday, 17 Jumada II 1439 AH.

The Vice-President of Higher Studies and Scientific Research, who is also the Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Dr. Saad bin Abdulrahman Al-Omari, affirmed that the symposium will be held under the noble auspices of numerous ministerial directives to all universities. The Kingdom's highly lauded humanitarian role and that of the coalition in Yemen will be highlighted during the symposium.

Dr. Al-Omari added that a number of personalities and public opinion leaders will be invited to talk about the role and efforts of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the coalition countries in supporting the stability of Yemen and development. He added that the symposium will be held for all segments of society. He further related that accompanying seminars will be held in the Governorates of Dahran Al-Janoub and Mohaiyil on the day after the main symposium.


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