King Khalid University
· Soon, no rented premises for Girls’ Colleges
· Establishing biggest specialized Media Center: University City, Al-Farah
· King Khalid University embraces 1st Media Forum, Asir Province
King Khalid University, Media Center
His Excellency, the University President, Professor Abdulrahman Bin Hamid Al-Dawood, praised the great role of the Media as a cardinal partner for success in overcoming obstacles that may occur. He added, "We should work hard to fill this gap and be close to each other."
He expressed these thoughts during his speech at the 1st Forum for Media professionals, held in Asir Province, which was organized by King Khalid University yesterday at the Abha Palace Hotel in the presence of the Head of the Media and Communication Department and the supervisor of the Media Center, Dr. Ali Bin Sheweil Al-Qarni, and the university’s official spokesman, Dr. Mohammed Hamid Al-Behari, and a group of those who work in the Media field. The forum aims at building bonds of communication between all media sites in a concerted effort to "fill the gap" between academics and media specialists. The conference lasted for two hours.
At its beginning, Dr. Al-Dawood welcomed all media professionals, saying, "This initiative has been instituted by the university as it is our duty to take wholistic responsibility for the region and its media, especially after establishing the Media and Communication Center. Dr. Al-Dawood blamed journalists of the region, saying "Asir is a promising region and has enormous touristic destinations, which haven’t been elaborated on properly yet."
Agreement - Cooperation - Communication - Union
Regarding his meeting with media professionals and their expected goals, Dr. Al-Dawood confirmed that there should be Agreement, Cooperation, Communication, and Union between academics and media professionals, and said, "This is our duty towards professionals in the media field and other fields." He added, "As everyone knows, the university has three main goals: Education and Teaching, Research, Community Service. The university, indeed, takes steady steps by living with the community and offering services, whether in the governmental sector or the private sector, in addition to individuals. "The last activity at the university regarding this matter was a "Community Partnership" forum. He said, "The University will present a national award for community partnership, God willing.
Transparency and Clarity
Dr. Al-Dawood asked all media professionals for transparency and clarity, and said, "We are here to deliver an important message to our dear country. As it is known, the Kingdom and its youth are facing challenges and stresses from misguided movements and idealists, so we have to gather, in all fields, against what can harm our country or youth."
He said that the university was proud of Aafaq Newspaper, and all it presented since inception, and, according to the university community and the public, Afaq Newspaper surpassed borders, and we are expecting more.
University City, Al-Farah
Regarding the University City project at Al-Farah, the President clarified that the city is considered one of the biggest university cities in the Middle East. It is located over an area of 8 million square meters and can accommodate more than 100 thousand people, contain a large number of Colleges, Deanships, Research Centers, quality housing for teaching staff and for students, as well as a Sport City, which can accommodate more than 20 thousand spectators. There is also a service tunnel 17 kilometers long serving the city in general, as well as the largest theater in the Kingdom, which can accommodate 4600 seats. It will serve the region in its coming touristic and theatre-based activities, God willing.
He thanked those who support the founding of the large university city, led by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, and His Highness, the Crown Prince, His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz, the Second Deputy Premier, His Royal Highness Prince Muqrin bin Abdul Aziz, may Allah protect them all, and the Prince of Asir Region, His Royal Highness, Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Abdul Aziz, who always sponsors university activities.
The largest professional media center
Dr. Al-Dawood also uncovered the establishment of the largest professional media center at University City, Al-Farah. He said, "We feel it is our duty to set up such centers in all specialities and that there should be a partnership between the university and the media in all its specialties: conferences, forums, and seminars that serve all society." He also declared the establishment of a Media College in the next few years.
Soon, no rented premises for Girls’ Colleges
He also announced that there will not be rented premises for Girls Colleges in future, and said, "We received considerable support, which contributes to re-establishing Girls’ Colleges in all provinces of the region. He added, "Soon, there will not be rented premises and we are looking forward to more than one Girls University in the region."
Media Department at the university
Prof. Ali Bin Al-Qarni Shuweil welcomed all media professionals, both female and male, and he pointed to the "positive" role of the media in imparting facts professionally, and its role in solving some of the problems that may occur in any given situation. Dr. Ali then stopped to talk about establishing a "Media Department" at the university, accompanied by serious follow-up in order to choose the most important specialties that keep pace with the local and international labor market, and keep pace with the modern media in various fields. In another matter, Al-Qarni explained that the development of Afaq newspaper, as the first newspaper using the "Web" system, is a positive matter for university journalism in general and for King Khalid University in particular, Afaq distributes more than 45 thousand copies across the Kingdom, and 10 thousand copies within Al-Watan newspaper in the cities of Riyadh and Abha. He also announced that the university will sign a package of contracts that serve the students of the Media Department, most notably the signing of a contract with the Al Jazeera newspaper chair for Saudi Media in Radio and Television, and a co-operation agreement with Al-Arabiya television channel, which aims at training students of the Media Department at the TV channel, and Al-Arabiya News website. He also confirmed that the purpose of establishing a media center is to provide adequate information to all journalists, and be in constant communication with them, and experience the media in different forms; it will include a television studio, and a radio studio to provide such services in addition to the newsroom, which will arrange a newsletter, which will be produced by the students of the Media Department.
At the end of the meeting, he received dozens of questions from media professionals:
Ahmed Me’fa from broadcasting media asked about the university’s role in handling the thoughts of the youth.
Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Dawood answered that there is no doubt that misguided thought concerns the university and that it is handled through research, which is about to be completed and by forming a committee to arrange awareness activities regarding this matter. There are also a lot of programs delivered by the Student Affairs Deanship.
Sultan Al-Ahmary, from Al-Riyadh Newspaper: What is the policy of the university in selecting teaching staff, a media curriculum and the compatibility of its media policy with the Saudi public opinion?
Dr. Ali bin Shuweil answered that the Media Department plan is a modern plan that includes basic materials for the Saudi media and distinguished by English language proficiency, as well as focusing on the Arabic language curriculum. The Media Department will be launched soon, with many plans for the media and merits.
Hassan Al-Saed, from Al-Sharq newspaper: A question directed to university media spokesman, Dr. Mohammed Buhairi, in which he asked that when news is issued by the university and a journalist needs to develop it and requires contact with the official spokesman, how do they proceed when the university permanently who does not react?
Dr. Mohammed Buhairi answered that there is a misunderstanding among the media regarding the spokesman's role, which involves finding the information required in order to present it to media professionals but that this takes time. He apologized to all journalists to whom he couldn't respond and asked them to communicate via email or SMS.
Mohammed Tufail, from the Saudi Press Agency: How many chairs have been approved by scientific research to date and is there any intent to increase the number? Can information on the chair for Tourism be revealed, since the area has popular touristic destinations?
The University President answered, saying that a higher committee was recently established evaluating scientific chairs, which differs from research chairs under the "scientific chairs committee" title. He said, "You know that the Prince Faisal bin Khalid Chair for youth innovation and invention was the last chair the university inaugurated. There are many chairs and we aren’t interested only in in titles of chairs, we want the sort of scientific chair that plays a specific scientific role and achieves the goals and vision set for it.
Prepared by: Mansour Al-Ayaf
Photographer: Khalil Asemi
Under the auspices of his Royal Highness, Prince Faisal Bin Khalid Al Saud, the activities of the 1st International Nursing Conference were launched under the title "Science and Profession: Challenges and Solutions" on Tuesday at the Abha Palace Hotel. The conference was organized by King Khalid University and attended by the University Vice President’s Assistant and the Chairman of the committee organizing the conference, Dr. Khalid Al Gelban, the General Director of Asir Health Affairs, Dr. Ibrahim Ahefzy, and the Health Ministry Undersecretary of Nursing, Dr. Munira Al-Osaimi in addition to a large number of academic speakers from Saudi Universities, specialists from different health sectors in the Kingdom, as well as a number of speakers from the United States, Australia, Bahrain, Jordan and Egypt.
Nursing Challenges and Chances
Professor Anahid Klwaka started the conference with a display in which she spoke about “Nursing Challenges and Chances”. Nursing College Dean at King Saud University, Dr.Haya Al-Fowzan, spoke about “Innovations to Achieve Uniqueness”, which will affect nursing colleges. There was an exhibition accompanying the conference. The exhibition included many attendees from all Asir Nursing Colleges who showcased modern technology in the nursing field.
Opening the Exhibition accompanying the conference
King Khalid University President, Professor Abdulrahman Bin Hamid Al-Dawood, launched the 1st International Nursing Conference under the title "Nursing in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Sciences and Profession: Challenges and Solutions" at the Abha Palace Hotel. He also launched the accompanying exhibition. The University President inspected the exhibition, in which a number of the university’s colleges took part.
Scientific Committee Chairman
Scientific Committee Chairman, Dr. Shonyfa Al-Qarni, gave a speech to clarify the purpose of organizing such a conference. She said it aims at spotlighting new trends in the nursing field, pointing out speakers and participants in the conference from the United States, Australia, and Arab countries in addition to specialists and academics from Saudi Health sectors and universities. Dr. Al-Qarni confirmed that there was a preparation period for the conference that lasted for 3 months, during which the scientific committee received 117 scientific summaries, presentations, and posters. 35 specialization research papers were chosen and displayed in sessions, covering conference pillars in addition to the 30 scientific posters, including 12 scientific research posters from the students of the Nursing College at the university. She added that, in addition to the conference activities, there was an accompanying exhibition in which nursing colleges displayed their works and showcased the great educational effort they make in both the university and society. Dr. Al-Qarni clarified that more than 1500 people attend the conference on its first day. She described the conference as one of the scientific bridges which contributes to increasing the level of the Asir community scientifically and hygienically, and draws an image of a shining future for nursing in the south of the Kingdom.
A Word from His Excellency, the University President
His Excellency, the University President, gave a speech to clarify that the 1st International Nursing Conference was approved by His Royal Highness, Prince Khalid Bin Faisal Bin Abdul Aziz, the Asir Province Governor, with the presence of more than 2000 participants, both male and female. He pointed out the purpose of arranging such conferences, and challenges and difficulties that face the nursing profession in order to find solutions that would be covered during the conference sessions. Dr Al-Dawood stressed the importance of such scientific activities, pointing at the conferences, workshops, and forums the university organized this year as well as the number of conferences still to come. He said, "One of the Education institutes’ missions is to arrange such scientific conferences so that students can expand their education, not only in the classroom, but also through conferences and by getting to meet experts from the university or elsewhere.
Participants in the Display
- King Khalid University Hospital
- King Fahd Medical City
- College of Nursing, Abha
- College of Applied Medical Sciences, Al-Namas
- College of Applied Medical Sciences, Bishah
- College of Applied Medical Sciences, Mahyal Asir
- College of Nursing, Khamis Mushait
It is worth mentioning that the conference aimed at focusing on a number of pillars: Nursing education at the university, recognizing problems and challenges that face nursing as a profession at governmental level and in the private sector, in addition to the latest advances in the field of nursing science. The conference included six scientific sessions distributed over two days. There were international speakers from the United States, Australia, Bahrain, Jordan, and Egypt in addition to a number of specialists and academics from Saudi universities and health sectors.
A number of students also participated in organizing conference sessions in addition to informative sessions on the measurement of blood pressure, sugar levels, and weight for those who attended the conference and desired to do so. There were two corners, one for men and the other for women. Another group of students participated in the conference’s different organizational committees.
Dr. Ibrahim bin Sulaiman Alhfeza: Director General of Health Affairs, Asir
- Dr. Haya Al Fawzan: Dean of the College of Nursing, King Saud University
- Dr. Hasnaa Irfan: Dean of the College of Nursing, King Abdulaziz University
- Dr. Msheeal bin Mishal Olayyani: Dean of the College of Applied Medical Sciences, Khamis Mushayt
- Dr. Sabaah Saad Al-Sherkawi: Dean of the College of Science, Ain Shams University
- Dr. Atricia de Antonio: Dean of the Faculty of Science, Pennsylvania University
- Dr. Paul Norman: Associate Professor of Nursing Science, Diseka University
- Dr. Inas Mohammed: Associate Professor, Teba University
- Dr. Inas Auf Assaf: Associate Professor, King Fahd Military Hospital
- Dr. Anahid Klwaka: Professor of Nursing, Aomas University, Boston
More than 1500 participants comprising students and employees, men and women registered for the first day of the conference