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King Khalid University, represented by the Unit of Awareness and Cultural Activities at the Faculty of Shariah and Fundamentals of Religion has organized the first "Tawasol" forum for the scholarship students in the United Kingdom particularly in Cardiff and Edinburgh, during the current month of September. This program came within the aspirations of the leadership of this blessed country and in response to achieving the ambitious vision of 2030.  

The supervisor of the forum, Dr. Mohammed Al Rajhi, has clarified that the program was initiated to empower the next generation of leaders. It is based on the belief that the youth of the country in general and the scholarship students, in particular, will play an essential role in society. Noting that, this forum is an educational program for Saudi scholarship students outside the country. It contributes to educating them with what they might need in the countries where they study. It is based on three main areas - intellectual, jurisprudential and educational. 

Al Rajhi added that the forum aims to immunize scholarship students with the right religious knowledge, firm beliefs,  and activate the academic communication between students and university faculty members. Additionally, it serves to help participants solve any intellectual or social complexities that may occur. In addition to that, the program will include panel discussions, research papers, and research experiments presented by faculty members, as well as students.

The first edition of the 'Tawasol' program will be held in the UK cities of Edinburgh and Cardiff, for a week between 11-16/9/2017, each morning, in one of the appropriate student clubs in coordination with the Saudi Cultural Bureau in Britain.

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Under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Abdul Aziz, Governor of the Asir region, and in the presence of the President of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, His Royal Highness, Prince Sultan bin Salman, King Khalid University represented by the Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Center for Research in Environmental Studies and Tourism is preparing to participate in organizing the forum of Urban Tourism in the Mountainous Areas of Asir. The forum will be held at the theater of Asir Region Municipality, in Abha, in the period between 28–29/12/1438 AH.

The bodies that are taking parts in organizing the forum beside the University are the Asir Region Municipality and the Asir Branch of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage. Interestingly, the forum will host a number of academics, researchers, and the relevant stakeholders in the fields of tourism and urban development; including both governmental and private sectors.

The Head of the Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Center for Research in Environmental Studies and Tourism, Prof. Dr. Hussein Al Wadai, stressed the importance of the highly anticipated forum. He said, "From an economic perspective, tourism is currently one of the most growing industries in the world. It plays a significant role in increasing the national income and is a primary source for foreign exchanges."

Al Wadai explained that the tourism field provides tremendous opportunities for laborers who are the primary beneficiaries of the developmental programs. He added, "From a cultural perspective, it preserves the historical and cultural heritage of the countries. It is the wealth of the present and the future and is considered an important financial source for countries. It also tells and documents the unique cultural heritage of people lived in the land."     

In addition to that, Al Wadai pointed to the University's participation in the forum is centered on several axes. The primary axis is focused on mountain tourism as one of the burgeoning sources of attraction. Another angle rotates around the discussion of challenges facing mountain tourism. The forum topics will also cover mountain tourism opportunities and their impacts on the community development, and aspirations for mountain tourism in the Asir region, as well as some tourism components in the Asir region. 

It is worth mentioning, the Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Center for Research in Environmental Studies and Tourism have ten units concerned about tourism and environmental studies, harmful pests to human health and economy, and remote sensing and geographic information systems (GIS). Moreover, the center also includes a community service unit that is responsible for holding and organizing seminars, workshops, and conferences, and providing scientific and technical consultation on environmental and tourism problems and projects.

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Based on the decision of the Interim Committee entrusted with the mandate of the Higher Education Council, His Excellency King Khalid University President, Prof. Dr. Faleh Bin Raja Allah Al Solamy, issued a decree of appointing Dr. Merzin Awdha Merzin Al Shahrani to act as the University's Vice-President for Academic Development and Quality. The order also includes appointing Abdullah Ahmad Al Hamadi as the University Spokesperson in addition to his current work.  

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25 Engineering students from King Khalid University have completed the requirements for their summer training in the United States of America. The training has helped them to acquire critical skills and uncover untapped potentials during specialized workshops and lectures on advanced engineering topics presented by experts and practitioners. Additionally, they were trained on skills such as creative thinking and analysis of engineering systems, professional practices, problem-solving, communicative skills and scientific contacts as well as entrepreneurship.       

The training program included conducting experiments in specialized research laboratories, which are considered among the best international research centers. The students also visited some factories and large engineering companies. This training program was organized in cooperation with Purdue University, which is regarded as one of the world's leading universities in engineering disciplines.

From his part, the Dean of the Engineering College, Dr. Ibrahim bin Idris Faki, has pointed to the significant impact this experience has left on trainees. It helped them to broaden their perceptions, enrich specialized knowledge and refine the required professional skills in the labor market.    

Dr. Falki has clarified that "The university sought to design a training program that balances between technical and professional skills." Moreover, he related that the reports presented by the students at the end of the program had motivated the university to continue the external training program. And he added, "Such feedback from the trainees would help the University to continue improving the program in the future."

The Supervisor of Trainees, Vice Dean of Academic Affairs at the College of Engineering, Dr. Mohammed Al Musfir said," The approach of sending accomplished students of the Engineering College to train in the USA comes within the framework of strategy embodied in the College's vision and mission through the use of modern educational and research styles. These methods are grounded in the pursuit of the acquisition and improvement of the scientific and research skills for students which in return, result in quality and excellent outputs."

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His Excellency, the Rector of King Khalid University, Prof. Dr. Faleh bin Raja Allah Al Solamy, sponsored on Sunday, 19/12/1438 AH, the Annual Greeting Ceremony which was organized by the General Administration of University Relations. The event was attended by the University's Vice-Presidents, Deans, and supporting Deanships, in addition to a number of teaching staff and University employees.

On the occasion, Rector Al-Solamy congratulated all employees, faculty members, and all of the students of the University. He further wished them the best and asked God the Almighty- to perpetuate blessings and safety upon the Kingdom.  He also presented sincere congratulations to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud and to the Crown Prince, His Royal Highness, Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz for the occasion of Eid Al Adha as well as the success of this year's Hajj Season. 

At the same time, Al Solamy urged the staff and faculty in colleges and departments to work on enhancing the learning environment for students of the University, particularly in this period, the beginning of the new academic year. He said, "I hope from all members of the departments and deanships to provide all services and solve all problems of our sons and daughters and work on everything that would facilitate their studies."    

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King Khalid University continues to attain remarkable achievements in a number of fields. It has recently earned global accreditation from the ABET Organization for six of its programs which are as follows: Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and Network and Communications Engineering in the College of Computer Science in addition to Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Civil Engineering in the College of Engineering.

On this occasion, KKU President, Prof. Dr. Falah bin Raja Allah Al Solamy thanked God and congratulated the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz and His Royal Highness, Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman for this achievement. He also thanked them for their support and guidance in improving higher education and their vision in enhancing the status of Saudi universities among their Arab and international counterparts.   

Al Solamy extended his gratitude and congratulations to His Royal Highness, Governor of the Asir Region, Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Abdulaziz, and His Deputy, Prince Mansour bin Muqrin bin Abdulaziz, for their keen interest and support of the university research, scientific, research and social activities. At the same time, he also thanked the minister of education and his deputy for their support of the university programs and fields of advancement in it.

Al Solamy confirms the university's great emphasis on the engineering and computer disciplines, which contribute to the achievement of Vision 2030.

"This achievement demonstrates the keenness of the Computer Science College as well as Engineering College to provide high-quality education according to the global standards," he said. Adding, "This includes the quality of curriculum, faculty, scientific research and specialized laboratories and classrooms." He also expressed his pride and thanks to the members of deans, faculty, staff, and students, and urges them to continue in the pursuit of excellence.

ABETincorporated as the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, is a non-profit scientific organization owned and operated by more than 25 scientific, computing and engineering societies in the United States of America, with more than 1,500 academic and industrial experts. For the past 75 years, the organization has been working towards its aim which is to set and develop high-quality standards for engineering education.

It is worth mentioning, in last few months, the University accomplished a number achievements. One of them is improving the university rank in QS World Rankings by 43 spots from 520th in 2016 to the 477th in 2017.  Another one is achieving 10th place at the level of Arab universities and narrowed national rankings by moving up one spot to the 4th among universities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It has also been granted the full academic institutional accreditation for seven years by the National Center for Assessment and Academic Accreditation in 2017. 

For Six of Its Programs in the Engineering and Computer Science Colleges

Start of Enrollment into Applied Diploma Programs

King Khalid University (KKU), represented by the Community Service and Continuing Education Deanship has recently announced the start of admission to applied diploma programs for the first term of the current year academic year 1438-1439 AH. Admission is available only for male and female students, and the applicants are going to obtain, after study, certificates that are accredited and classified by the Civil Service Ministry.

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On his behalf and of King Khalid University faculty and staff, His Excellency, KKU President, Prof. Falah bin Raja Allah Al Solamy expressed his sincere congratulations to His Royal Majesty, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz on the occasion of the great success achieved this year during the Al Hajj Season. Such success has been accomplished with the help of Allah and then the wise guidance of King Salman on everything that would ensure the safety of pilgrims. 

Moreover, Al Solamy congratulated the Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, who made outstanding efforts through the intricate follow up on all stages of Al Hajj with utmost precision and dedication. He also congratulated the Minister of the Interior and Chairman of the Hajj Higher Committee, Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Nayef, as well as the Advisor to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Prince of the Makkah Region and Chairman of the Hajj Central Committee, Prince Khalid Al Faisal, who both worked  tirelessly day and night to serve the House of God.

In the same context, Al Solamy appreciated the significant efforts made by the security men in all sectors to ensure the safety of the pilgrims. He also praised the successful services of all other areas, headed by the Ministry of Health. All of these efforts and services resulted in a successful Hajj season on all accounts.

Furthermore, Al Solamy clarified that the government and people of Saudi Arabia always provide total dedication in serving and welcoming the House of God’s guests. Helping and providing all services to pilgrims is a fundamental duty and one of the Kingdom's fixed principles, which will not change, ‘God willing.'

"Despite the large numbers received by the Kingdom in this year's pilgrimage which exceeded more than two million pilgrims, the Kingdom has once again demonstrated its excellent management of crowds with ease and comfort," he said.

He also added, "We in this holy country are delighted as we welcome God’s guests. We feel and understand the importance of dedicating tremendous effort in providing all of the necessary means so that pilgrims can perform their rituals as required."

In a vote of thanks, Al Solamy concluded his statement thanking His Royal Majesty, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, and His Royal Highness the Crown Prince, asking God to protect our nation, preserve its security and save it from all evil plots. 


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