On behalf of the Minister of Education, His Excellency Dr. Ahmed Al-Essa, the Rector of King Khalid University, His Excellency Prof. Faleh bin Rajaa Allah Al Solamy, today, patronized the opening ceremony of the Second International Conference titled "Media and Terrorism: means and strategies." The conference takes place in Abha City, and is attended by the many dignities including the Secretary - General for dialogue among followers of religions and cultures in Vienna, Austria, and the Secretary - General of the King Abdul Aziz Center for National dialogue, His Excellency Mr. Faisal bin Abdurrahman bin Muammar, in addition to the Rector of the University of Bisha, His Excellency, Dr. Ahmed bin Hamed Nagadi.
Al Solamy: "we all witness the evolution of media and the breadth of its activities, the thing which adds an important role for universities; how to use and invest media in a meaningful way that could serve the national issues.
On this important occasion, His Excellency Prof. Al Solamy said, "It is our pleasure to welcome you. I would like to transfer the greetings of His Excellency, the Minister of Education, Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammed Al-Essa, the patron of this conference, who is always keen to support holding such a themed conference." The Rector added that the King Khalid University was pleased and honored to organize such a conference, which is considered a part of its contribution in the service of national issues through academic work. He added, “We all witness the evolution of media and the breadth of its activities, the thing which adds an important role for universities; how to use and invest media in a meaningful way that could serve the national issues. Specialized departments at universities are expected to address contemporary issues, and the media foundations have to protect generations from the misleading ideas and destructive orientations. It is time for those specialized departments to prepare experts who are capable of carrying on this responsibility.The phenomenon of terrorism has become a global phenomenon, and the world has become like a small village - thanks to the evolution of the media, the reason terrorists have found themselves able to wander freely and easily. Believing in their responsibilities toward community, universities should contribute in the study this phenomenon”
His Excellency - the Rector - further stressed that all the countries of the world had suffered from the phenomenon of terrorism, including our Kingdom - he Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. But thanks to God, then to our wise leadership, led by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdul Aziz al Saud, may God protect him, and the Crown Prince, His Royal Highness, Prince Mohamed bin Nayef bin Abdul Aziz, the Deputy Prime Minister as well as Interior Minister, and the Deputy Crown Prince, His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, who is the second Deputy Prime Minister as well as the Minister of defense, the Kingdom was able to defeat this phenomenon. Even the Kingdom has become a model for most of the world’s countries in confronting this phenomenon. The Kingdom would not have achieved its goals in fighting against terrorism without the people of the nation and the sacrifices of the loyal security men in various security and military sectors of the Kingdom.
Al Hassoun: "the university seeks to find optimal solutions to this frightening phenomenon"
For his part, the Vic - President for Academic and Educational Affairs, who is also the Head of the Organizing Committee of the conference, Dr. Mohammed bin Ali Al Hassoun, hsa stressed that the university was delighted to establish that international conference, which will discuss an important topic, and which is titled: Media and Terrorism: means and strategies,. Dr. Al Hassoun added that the King Khalid University was organizing such conference just to publicize the relationship between the media and terrorism, and how terrorism is transmitted, and manifestations of disagreement between the countries, in terms of concept, and the methods of confrontation, as well as a number of important goals, as the university seeks to find optimal solutions to this frightening phenomenon.
The Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, who is also the Vice - Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Prof. Yahia bin Abdullah Al-Sharif said, “The theme of this conference interested the whole world; terrorism, which snatched the lives of innocent people and terrified safe people. Prof. Al-Sharif continued describing the phenomenon of terrorism saying that terrorism tarnished the image of Islam, its values, and ideals. Terrorism begins with the adoption of an intellectual idea which confiscates others and which quickly ends in violence, which not only has destructive effects on the individual but also on the community, states, and nations.
Prof. Al-Sharif added, “With the multiplicity of media and communication methods, the impact of media role is growing in targeting young people who need to strengthen moderation values, and to have a culture of tolerance that glorify the human being, and highlight the noble meanings for his existence, as well as raise the spirit of creativity, and building minds scientifically and cognitively in order to produce a critic sense able to recognize. So, they would not be a deaf tool driven by hidden forces; entangled in the closed orbit, and do not see except through it, to lead them unconsciously to bad goals.
The Supervisor - General of Media Centre and Afaaq newspaper, who is also the Chairman of the Scientific Committee of the conference, Prof. Ali Shuweil Al Qarni, has said that the members of the Scientific Committee had worked as a group for over over a year in order to follow the scientific details of that international conference, starting with identifying objectives and themes, and ending with putting the agenda of the meetings which they realized on that day with the opening of that conference.Prof. Al Qarni added, “We received - on the whole - more than one thousand two hundred requests for participation, and we had to lessen them gradually and in stages to 80 researches and scientific papers. Today, more than a hundred personalities from inside and from outside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are participating in the conference. We are pleased that the foreign participants reached about thirty nationalities from Europe, America, Canada, Asia, Africa and the Arab world.
Prof. Al-Qarni continued that media and communications department of King Khalid University was newly-established. It was established 4 years ago. However, it was able to organize two international conferences, the first was the international conference for media and rumor, and the second is the current conference. "We couldn’t have achieved this accomplishment without God’s reconciliation, and then the support of the university administration, as well as organizing committees at the university, and the various concerned departments. I would like to thank all of them for the support and encouragement, led by His Excellency, the Rector Of King Khalid university, Prof. Faleh bin Rajaa Allah Al Solamy, who played a significant role in harnessing the University’s financial and spiritual potential for the sake of the conference," concluded Prof. Al Qarni.
For his part, Dr. Ben Essa Aslon, from the Higher Institute of Media and Communication in Rabat, Morocco, gave a word on behalf of the participants. He said, "This is a wonderful initiative, which a number of interested researchers and experts from 30 nationalities responded to.” Dr. Aslon also praised the timing of the conference, which came at a crucial stage, where the propaganda machine of the cunning terroristic organizations has mastered media and its various means to spread their ideologies, to legitimize their crimes, and to justify murder and intimidation. He added: "From this point, we hope that this important conference comes out, through its themes and objectives, with purposeful recommendations, and to take all the associated media aspects in relation to terrorism, since they have not received sufficient space of research and scrutiny, such as how to reduce the exploitation of media and communication opportunities offered by technology to implement the agenda of the terrorists, of attracting and recruiting, as well as how to immunize young people from the poisons of the destructive ideas, in addition to identifying the media's role to curb this phenomenon "
The Rector, His Excellency Al Solamy, further inaugurated two accompanying exhibits, namely: the exhibit of the Kingdom's efforts in confronting terrorism, and the exhibit of fine art and caricature.
Under the patronage of His Excellency the Minister of Education, Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammed Al-Issa, the second international conference of "Media and Terrorism: means and strategies" will be launched on Tuesday, 6 / 12 / 2016 AD. The Conference is organized by King Khalid University (KKU), represented by the Media and Communication Department at the Faculty of Humanities. The conference will take place in Abha Palace Hotel, and it will last for three days.
Al Solamy: "The Conference is an evidence of KKU's interest in our country's major national issues"
For his part as the General Supervisor of the conference, the Rector of King Khalid University (KKU), His Excellency Prof. Faleh bin Rajaa Allah Al Solamy, has clarified that the patronage of the Minister of Education, His Excellency, Dr. Ahmed Al-Issa, was part of the permanent attention of the ministry to support activities and scientific programs at the university. Prof. Al Solamy further explained that the University was one of the major universities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, that shoulders scientific, national, and social responsibilities. He said, "KKU is always willing to participate in current major national issues. The Second International Conference of "Media and Terrorism: means and strategies" is an evidence of KKU's interest in our country's major national issues" He added that "the conference seeks to find ways and strategies to confront terrorism in media. Moreover, the conference aims to highlight the role of media institutions in dealing with terrorism, in revealing its methods, and in working on the formation of public opinion that will contribute to the spread of the culture of tolerance and moderation in the society". Prof. Al Solamy further pointed out that dealing with the phenomenon of terrorism with all its methods and means, had become one of the most complicated and critical issues that haunt professionals and supervisors of media institutions.
On this occasion, the Vice - President for Educational and Academic Affairs, who is also the Head of the Organizing Committee of the conference, Dr. Mohammed bin Ali Al Hassoun, has stressed that King the Khalid University was organizing the conference because the University believes in its educational role at the local, regional, and international levels. Dr. Al Hassoun pointed out that "Media and Terrorism" conference gathered a group of scientists in media and in media related areas, who are going to present clear visions about the importance of media, and how it could be employed to confront terrorism, in line with the foundations of media and its correct methodology.
Furthermore, the Counselor Supervisor of Information and Communication Department, who is the Head of the Scientific Committee of the Conference, Prof. Ali bin Shuweil Al Qarni, used the occasion to explain that the Scientific Committee received more than a thousand requests to participate in the conference. Requests were from within and from outside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Prof. Al qarni added that the Scientific Committee of the conference had completed its tasks in preparing brochures related to the conference, including the conference's agenda. It is noteworthy to know that the conference sessions reached 19 concurrent sessions so as to cover all research and scientific papers at the conference.
Prof. Al Qarni emphasized that thankfully, the university, under the guidance of His Excellency the Rector, Prof. Faleh bin Rajaa Allah Al Solamy, "has harnessed all potential for the sake of this conference because of the importance of its subject and the global interest it enjoyed".
His Excellency, the Minister of Education, Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammed Al-Issa, has confirmed that King Khalid University contributes, with other universities, in supporting programs of education colleges', and the emphasis on the quality of its output, because of the necessity to develop teaching profession and to raise its efficiency. His Excellency the Minister further explained that there were steps taken by the ministry in cooperation with deans of faculties of education in the Kingdom, to improve the educational process, to raise its efficiency, and to reduce the number of students admitted to colleges of education so that colleges could raise their seriousness and efficiency, and could focus on quality programs, in addition to considering the preparation of teachers' criteria and admission in the colleges of education. The Minister noted that the ministry "seeks out of all these steps to get distinct product which will be able to achieve a quantum leap in public education".
The Minister's statement came during His Excellency's sponsorship of the conference titled "the teacher and the era of knowledge: opportunities and challenges, which adopts the slogan "Renewed teacher to a changing world", and which is organized by King Khalid University, represented by the College of Education. In attendance at the inauguration of the conference were the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Center for Assessment in Higher Education, Prince Dr. Faisal bin Abdullah Al Mishari Al Saud, and a number of Virtue and Excellency owners.
Earlier, His Excellency, the Minister of Education, has launched the website of the Saudi Society (Jasm), and the exhibition that is accompanying the conference. He was also briefed on the model of the University City project in Al Farah.
Rector Al Solamy: The Conference seeks to show the teachers' role in confronting current intellectual distractions.
Seizing the opportunity, the Rector of King Khalid University, His Excellency Prof. Faleh bin Rajaa Allah Al-Solamy, welcomed His Excellency, the Minister of Education, saying, "This conference aims to build bridges of cooperation among all those who are specialized in educational studies which seek the development of teachers' roles in the light of the 2030 vision. The conference also contributes to the restructuring of the programs of Education colleges in Saudi universities, and to show the role of teachers in confronting current intellectual distractions." The Rector added, "the conference appreciates the roles that can be performed by teachers in promoting values of citizenship, in addition to finding out teachers' training needs, and to showing the role of modern technology in the educational process."
His Excellency the Rector added that the university was seeking, through the conference to develop teacher's preparation programs in the colleges of education, in line with the requirements of the era of knowledge, and to emphasize the role of teachers in the graduation of conscious and cultured generation who will be able to serve the nation diligently and faithfully. The University, through organizing such conference proves its educational role at the local, regional and international levels to develop the field of education, within a comprehensive academic transformation that enhances the role of the university as a leading institution which performs its mission in education and which enhances its role in scientific research and in community service.
For his part, the Dean of the Faculty of Education, Dr. Abdullah Al Kasey, has confirmed, in his speech, that Saudi Arabia was established on fixed rules derived from origins of religion, experience, knowledge, work, and enormous efforts in construction of the foundation of education. The establishment of the construction was done by kings after kings and their governments, reaching the Government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz, may God protect him, the administration that has been aware of technology and has developed methods and has paid high attention to learning tools.
Dr. Al-Kasey added that in pursuit of King Khalid University, represented by Education College, to excellence, teacher's service, and to upgrading teacher's preparation programs, the University has organized "this conference and has established the Saudi Scientific Society for the teacher (Jasm). The University pursuit is a contribution to the process of civilization and knowledge construction, for the advancement of the the educational and scientific human resources. The Dean noted that the scientific Committee has received more than 500 abstracts and scientific papers, which had been sorted according to scientific standards to select 170 researches, and after arbitration, they have been reduced to 56 researches and scientific paper from ten Arab and Islamic countries worldwide.
Dr. Mahmoud Mustafa Mahmoud Al-Sayed, from the University of Dar Al-Uloom, delivered a speech on behalf of participants. In his speech, Dr. Al Sayed explained that the Conference was not new to the Land of the Two Holy Mosques, and to Muslims destination. Dr. Al Sayed added that " Prophet Muhammad - peace be upon him - was the best teacher, and here, the kingdom of humanity is proceeding on the footprints of science, under the rational and wise leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz, and the Crown Prince, His Royal Highness, Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdul Aziz, and Deputy Crown Prince, His Royal Highness, Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz". He added that the King Khalid University was the first institution to call for the necessity for supporting and developing teachers' abilities during their service. The matter which has a very important impact on the advancement of the educational process, through a sort of teachers who have the capabilities and the skills that qualify them to graduate generations of brilliant young people, who definitely will be able to serve the Arab and Islamic nation.