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The University Study Center for Girls completed the Breast Cancer Week Campaign that was held under the patronage of the Dean of the Center and the College of Nursing, Dr. Ola Al-Haqan, in cooperation with the Zahra Society and in conjunction with the Global Breast Cancer Awareness Initiative.

Al-Haqan: The campaign aimed to raise awareness, support, and provide information about cancer disease

The campaign aimed to raise awareness, support, and provide information about this disease, and contribute to the development of national educational centers to maintain the health of women, and education of female university students and teachers in the area of breast cancer. The campaign also aims to introduce how to examine for breast cancer and spread a culture of awareness to the seriousness of this disease, and to conduct a clinical examination of those wishing to attend the campaign and their families.

The program included scientific lectures on breast cancer in the form of a play for female students, in addition to self-examination training and awareness pavilions attended by all health colleges in each specialty. The program also included a visual presentation about the importance of early detection through a short film and the definition of breast cancer through interviews with specialized doctors.

On the first and second days, the campaign was launched in the university center. It was launched in the third and fourth days in the secondary schools of Aseer, in addition to the Social Development Center in the evening of the third day. The campaign concluded in the Academic Complex for Girls on the fifth day. 

The campaign benefited more than 1700 women and girls, including university students, schoolgirls, and their attendants, who were present in the awareness of the Social Development Center. More than 75 cases were revealed, and about 20 cases were suspected and have been transferred to the German Hospital for mammograms.

Correspondingly, the Dean of the University Center for Female Students, Dr. Ola Al-Haqan, said that this campaign comes to raise awareness and education of this disease, which is one of the most common cancer diseases among women in the Arabian Gulf and all over the world. Al Haqan pointed to the increase in awareness and an increase in the demand of women to detect cases of breast cancer after attending awareness campaigns. Equally important is the discovery of other causes of the disease such as pollution of the environment, lifestyle, and obesity that require both men and women to maintain a balanced diet to ensure optimal body mass index.

The Conclusion of “Minutes Deserve Years” Campaign to Fight Against Cancer
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Specialists from King Khalid University have confirmed that the NEOM project that has been launched by the Crown Prince, His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, will be a tremendous and exciting project, not a traditional one. They added that the new project will be a source of pride and will lead to a worldwide economic, technological, and knowledge-based revolution. It will lead the Kingdom to artificial intelligence and provide enormous economic benefits.

The Dean of the Financial and Administrative College of the University, Dr. Dhafer bin Zafrah maintained that the “NEOM project means the beginning of our new future. We are building our future and NEOM is a leading project headed by an ambitious man who wants to progress the country and to make it a model of ambitious countries.”

Dr. Bin Dhafrah added, “His Royal Highness, Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz always surprises us with a new project that aims at building the future of the coming generations and pushes creative ideas forward to reality.” He confirmed that NEOM is a unique creative project and its announced pillars will ensure phenomenal success. Moreover, the project allows the creative person to share whomever he is and whatever his nationality is.

He concluded his speech saying, “Personally, I think the project is a realizable dream. Its results and benefits will reflect not only on the northern region but also on the whole country.”

In like manner, the Supervisor of the Corporate Governance Center at the University, Professor Abdulaziz Obeidi said, "The announcement of the ambitious project of the Kingdom "NEOM " was not just a declaration of standard technical or economic projects around the world, rather, it is a project of dreams and ambitions. As stated by His Highness the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman that the project will be built with a new infrastructure and will be safest, most efficient, most future-oriented, and the best place to live and work. It is expected to link Asia and Africa adding to its dynamic economic significance. Its strategic location on the Red Sea is an essential factor in world trade, with the Red Sea accounting for 10% of world trade, which is expected to increase with the start of the project."

Al-Obaidi: The NEOM Project is an economic knowledge revolution that could lead the Kingdom to the artificial intelligence  

Al-Obaidi stressed that the giant project would achieve substantial economic gains, earning a profit of more than a quarter trillion Saudi riyals while drastically reducing the deficit of funds in the foreign investment citizen's fund because the laws of the project guarantee success and attract investors. Also, the Kingdom's announcement of pumping $ 500 billion from the Public Investment Fund will lead to an increase in the value of the GDP and increase an individual’s income average to be one of the highest global quotas in the coming years.

He added, "We also note that the new project “NEOM” seriously considers the human development factor. Earlier, it was announced that the project would provide an advanced standard of living, and increased opportunities for ambitious Saudi youth to raise their abilities and have access to the best educational opportunities and advanced technology and innovation. Furthermore, the project will provide health services, a lifestyle that is based on the best international standards in the fields of technology, arts, education and others. Under those circumstances, migration of funds outside of the kingdom will reduce, and it will be directed to NEOM thereby increasing the efficiency of the economy and resource development of the Kingdom.”

He pointed out that the success of this project depends mostly, as His Highness the Crown Prince said, on ambitious Saudi youth who will and are able to manage and present NEOM to the world in accordance with the best image that is appropriate to the status and economy of the Kingdom among the countries of the world, God willing.

NEOM to be One of the World’s Future Economic and Scientific Capitals
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King Khalid University, in cooperation with the King Abdulaziz Center for National Dialogue, held a number of scientific workshops and training courses to confront extremism through social media, as part of the activities of the Tebyan project, which is organized by the University.

The workshops discussed the concept of extremism; its origin and the way it is confronted. It explained to the youth the characteristics of the extremist, the most prominent of which is the transformation of radical ideas into ostensible behavior, which usually resorts to the use of violence as a means of achieving the principles the extremist believes in. Be that as it may, the extremist may resort to psychological, financial or intellectual terrorism towards everything that hinders achieving the principles and ideas he preaches.

Dr. Issa Al-Duraibi, the Trainer of the King Abdulaziz Center for National Dialogue, said that the reasons for the emergence of this thought are varied. He pointed out that the reference to this view may be intellectual, psychological, political or social reasons, or it is motivated by economic and educational reasons. He asserted that we could not think of only one reason for this phenomenon as it is a synaptic issue.

Al-Duraibi pointed out that modern social networking sites are one of the most important reasons for the spread of extremism. These sites have given its organizations an unlimited flow of information and data that can be used to recruit terrorists and carry out terrorist operations. In addition, social networking sites make it easy to communicate with others, especially youth all over the world. The thing which makes it easy to broadcast ideas in calculated and accurate ways.

Consequently, Dr. Al-Duraibi pointed out that there are numerous innovative ways to confront the problem of extremism and reduce its rapid spread. There are security methods, religious techniques, in addition to the legislative processes. Correspondingly, the media should play a role in confronting all means of extremism and reducing its footprint.

It is worth mentioning that the initiatives and workshops of the Tebyan project and its courses in the previous version benefited more than 4,000 people. The holders look forward to helping more than 7000 persons in the current rollout.

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A survey study conducted by Dr. Abdulrahman bin Hassan Al-Mahsani from the Department of Arabic Language and Literature at the Faculty of Humanities - King Khalid University - has invited a group of medical students to review the decision to teach medicine and science in English. The study also showed the ability of the Arabic language to maintain relevance despite stiff competition from other languages.

This study attempts to shed light on the extent to which native Arabic speakers are connected to their mother tongue through research that begins in the educational institution and starts with the various surrounding influences, starting from a sample of medical students who directly interact with English.

The study began with a theoretical framework to give an idea of the movement of the Arabic language in the face of challenges through the ages. Then, the investigation centered on two axes on which the questionnaire on the subject was built.

The first axis tackled "The status of the Arabic Language in the Hearts of its Native Speakers." It focused on a sample of students who have learned another language through their study in the Medical College and the English language department and who are above the third level. The purpose of forming this sample was to measure their connection to their mother tongue under the influence another language. Several indicators measured results.

The second axis dealt with the role of the other language as a contributing factor towards the decline of the role of the Arabic language. The study tried to measure this through several indicators, starting with the challenges of academic institutions, and the impact of the social and cultural environment of the study sample. The study adopted a descriptive-analytical approach and concluded with several significant results. It proved that native Arabic language speakers are still very proud of their mother tongue and they believe that their language is able to cope with technical challenges despite the dominance of other languages. Furthermore, the study manifested the size of the problems surrounding the Arabic language and offered solutions to promote attachment to said language.

The importance of the study lies on its limitless potential to help Arabic language specialists to measure the extent to which native Arabic speakers belong to their mother tongue in light of contemporary variables. The study also makes specialists, through statistic measure, able to figure out the real status of the Arabic Language and the problems and challenges that impede the promotion of this status thereby hindering the opening of the Arabic Language department in different scientific and medical specialties.

The study showed a number of results, the most important of which was the high percentage of student pride in their mother tongue and their ability to cope with the contemporary language while emphasizing the students' desire to learn science and medicine in their mother tongue. The study uncovered the weakness of the role of Arab institutions and disciplines and their methods in supporting the students' belonging to the classical language. It also revealed the positive impact of Quranic memorization workshops and children's programs in the first stages of education. Equally important, the study revealed the positive impact that news channels that speak classical Arabic have on students.

The study also called for reconsidering the decision to teach medicine and science in English. The results of the statistical study showed a great desire among the students to be taught in Arabic. Similarly, some medical professionals seconded that desire. The study advised increased supervision of the childhood stages of learning and the use of children’s TV programs. Furthermore, the study stressed the need to review the supervisors of the Holy Quran memorization workshops because of their substantial impact on the language of students through the questionnaire.

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His Excellency Prof. Dr. Faleh Bin Rajaa Allah Al-Solamy, the Rector of King Khalid University, said that the university is pleased to host the Tebyan project, which comes in cooperation with the King Abdulaziz Center for National Dialogue for the Prevention of Extremism to protect young people from dark thought. Rector Al-Solamy praised the project and the event holders. He hoped the work would continue to serve the nation and raise awareness within the community to the damage and destructive consequences of extremism. He hoped the project could provide courses and workshops that would reduce and fight against extremism and its features.

This came during His Excellency's sponsorship on Tuesday morning to the third release of the Tebyan project for the prevention of extremism, which is organized by the Deanship of Student Affairs, in cooperation with the King Abdul Aziz Center for National Dialogue. The project will be held over two days, in the Central Stands of the University City in Abha.

Al-Solamy: We should strive to educate youth, get them ready, and warn them against radical and destructive thought

The University Rector added that youth is the real wealth of any country, and extremism aims at stealing that wealth. Thus we should strive to educate youth, get them ready, and warn them against radical and destructive thought. The Rector said, "I advise deans and college vice-deans to encourage students to attend the workshops and courses of this project in order to benefit from the proposed ideas to confront extremism."

For his part, the Representative of the National Dialogue Center, Mr. Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Otaibi said that the Center is pleased to participate in the third release of the Tebyan project at King Khalid University, which aims to fortify youth against destructive ideas, in cooperation with the Saudi universities. He added that the project is one of the programs that represent the reality of integration roles and efforts between the center and influential community institutions.

Many entities are expected to participate in the exhibition that is going to accompany the project including the King Abdul Aziz Center for National Dialogue, the Civil Defense Directorate of Aseer, the Aseer Regional Police, the General Administration of Drug Control, the Information Technology Department of the University, and the Guidance Center at the Deanship of Student Affairs.

Also, the Deanship of Student Affairs hosted Mr. Sultan Al-Harthy, a famous media celebrity, will provide an open dialogue with students. He spoke about the impact of the social media sites and their seriousness in spreading intellectual extremism. He also presented ways to prevent youth from these sites. Moreover, a number of scientific workshops and training courses are going to be held throughout the duration of the project, submitted by a number of trainers from the King Abdul Aziz Center for National Dialogue on the protection of youth from extremist electronic dialogues over the internet.

It is noteworthy that the sessions and courses of the second day of the project will discuss the concept of extremism, the reasons for the emergence of this phenomenon, and innovative ways to confront it. On the second day, there will be a presentation related to the experiences of young people who retreated from radical thought, the relationship of electronic games and terrorism, in addition to a display of student participation in the fight against extremism through the areas of drawings, video, and motion graphics.

The Rector Sponsors Tebyan Project to Confront Extremism
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The Intellectual Awareness Unit of King Khalid University participated in the activities of the Scientific Forum of the Holy Quran and Sunnah Project for the Protection of Homeland Security in Madinah.

The General Supervisor of Intellectual Awareness Unit, Dr. Yahya Al-Bakri, said that the University's participation comes from its belief in the purpose of the forum. He said that the forum seeks to demonstrate the legitimate rooting of national security and its various issues from the book of Allah and the Sunnah of His Messenger. The forum also is an attempt to highlight the role of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its distinguished institutions. Furthermore, the forum serves to clarify the foundations, characteristics and means of security in its various aspects (intellectual, social and media) in the light of the guidance of the Holy Quran and the Sunnah. It also presents the applications and the implications of achieving security in its various interlocutors (intellectual, social, and media related) in the light of the guidance of the Holy Quran and the Sunnah of the Prophet.

It is noteworthy that the university was honored within the participating entities by His Excellency the General President for the Holy Mosque and the Prophet's Mosque, Sheikh Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Sudais.

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A team at King Khalid University completed a study entitled "The Social, Psychological and Educational Impacts of Computer Games on Children" (A Field Study on Parents in the Aseer Region). The study reviewed the pros and cons of these games on the psychological, social and educational development of children. It also ended up with the results of the field study done by the team plus the proposed recommendations.

The Dean of the Research and Advisory Studies Institute at King Khalid University, Dr. Abdul Latif Al-Hadithi, said that this study is gaining importance in relation to raising children, rationalizing their behavior and maintaining their psychological balance. It is an obsession for most families. Although it is natural in any human culture to practice educational/entertainment games, which rely on societal principles to highlight the individual abilities of children, today's games, due to the information revolution, occupies the lives of children and adolescents. We get used to the scene of the child who plays computer games alone for long hours. Therefore, this phenomenon and its dimensions require conscious supervision and deep understanding.

Al-Hadithi added that psychologists, educators, and social workers from our faculty participated in the study. The study targeted 657 parents of primary and middle school students in the Aseer region. The percentage of male children in the sample was 53%, while females were 47%, 50% were at least 12 years old, and the other half were less than 12 years of age.

The study showed that 55% of the study sample of children in the Aseer region spend two hours or more per day playing computer games. As for the kinds of computer games played by the child, 33% of the games were represented by the mobile phone, 28% by PlayStation and Xbox, and 23% by the iPad. For children's attitudes towards electronic games, 51% of the target sample practice playing computer games with complete focus, attention and emotional and intellectual immersion, which may affect their levels of study and occupy a large part of the child's memory. Sadly, game developers are trying to demolish and overcome the factors of time and space, which is an unnecessary encroachment on early childhood development. This is contrary to education process which focuses on building the child's personality within the known limits.

Al-Hadithi: this study is gaining importance from raising children, rationalizing their behavior and maintaining their psychological balance

The study also highlighted the positive social effects of the child's use of electronic games. The most important of which is that approximately 40% of children acquire the skills of organizing roles when they share with others. Therefore, the child's interaction with these games will satisfy positive social tendencies. The study also handled the negative results, which reflect negatively on the child in terms of selfishness, preference for isolation, indifference to society, and communication with unknown people through the conversations offered by some games.

The study concluded with a number of recommendations, including guiding parents to regulate the number of hours of children's use of electronic games, linking them to the level of educational improvement, holding instructional/educational programs for parents and children about the harmful effects of electronic games and directing families to ban downloading bad programs. The study also recommended teaching the child to play roles in working groups to develop social intelligence, and directed children to educational games which inspire thinking and analysis, in addition to a proposal to create a classification system for electronic games according to (age, cultural, qualitative ...) like the "Entertainment Software Classification Board" and the idea of the Ministry of Education to adopt influential electronic games and incorporating them into the curriculum. Finally, the study advised holding many field studies on the relationship of violence, anger, aggression, and creativity to electronic games and child interaction.

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