The Governor of Asir Region, His Royal Highness, Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Abdul Aziz, - on the sidelines of the opening of the first Saudi Conference of Environment, under the slogan 'Sustainable Exploitation of Natural Resources' - sponsored signing two strategic partnership agreements. The first agreement is between King Khalid University, and the Ministry of Social Affairs. The University was represented by the Vice President for High Studies and Scientific Research, Dr. Majid Al Harbi, while the Ministry of Social Affairs was represented by the General Director of the Asir branch of the Ministry, Mr. Hakim Shahrani. The second agreement was between the University and Al Bilad Bank. The University was represented by the Dean of Research and Strategic Studies Institute, Dr. Abdul Latif Al Hadethi, while Al Bilad Bank was represented by Mr. Abdulaziz Mohamed Anizan.
Regarding the University agreement with the Ministry of Social Affairs, His Excellency, the Vice President for High Studies and Scientific Research, Dr. Majid bin Abdul Karim Al Harbi, clarified that because of the University's social responsibility, and its national and development duty, it had entered into that agreement through which it seeks to activate the partnership of programs provided by the Ministry of Social Affairs, and to contribute with development centers in supporting various social activities. Dr. AL Harbi assured that the University would effectively participate in the provision of scientific consultations to resolve family, financial, and community issues, and to provide ideas and applicable solutions to various social phenomena. Dr. Al Harbi further informed that the University would provide academic expertise in the treatment of a number of negative phenomena. For example, divorce cases and disobedience, among others, saying that the University would also contribute with its expertise, in drafting and reviewing regulations, plans, and programs of social institutions and charity organizations, as well as cooperation with the organization on joint activities, conferences, workshops, forums, exhibitions, and to facilitate the acceptance of people with special needs and orphans. The University will also participate in the provision of training courses and educational psychological counseling, for the Ministry employees in the region.
With regard to the cooperation agreement with Al Bilad Bank, the Dean of Research and Consulting Studies Institute in the University, Dr. Abdul Latif Bin Ibrahim Al-Hadithi said that, in the University's and Al Bilad Bank's efforts to achieve the required integration and cooperation, that agreement showed the recognition of Al Bilad Bank for the important and developmental role of King Khalid University in the Kingdom, and from the Bank's concern to support the mission, and to take care of some of the University activities and programs. Dr. Al Hadithi said: “We are pleased to sign this agreement and we thank the officials for their response and their fruitful cooperation which will reflect - God willing - in the development and in the improvement of this relationship, in a way that will benefits the development in Asir Region. We seek to frame the cooperation partnership agreement with Al Bilad Bank as one of the Kingdom's leading financial institutions, and we will seek to develop it, God willing, in a way that benefits the University and its employees. The bank will offer a set of banking and financial facilities for the University employees and students".