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On the 20th of Rabīʿ Al-Awwal, His Excellency King Khalid University Rector, Prof. Falleh R. M. Al-Solamy, hosted the inaugural Abha Cultural Award Workshop in the main conference room of the e-Learning Deanship. This new cultural award is designed to honor and recognize humanitarian work within the region. This award will be presented to one or more distinguished citizens who not only work selflessly for the benefit of society, but who serve as a role model to younger people. Recognizing those who significantly contribute to the greater good are part and parcel of the overall strategy set forth in Saudi vision 2030.

Rector Al-Solamy first asserted that King Khalid University is both honored and pleased to participate in developing the award in accordance with the direction and tutelage of Governor of Asir, HRH Prince Faisal bin Khalid. Rector Al-Solamy presented His Royal Highness a proposal including the names and qualifications of potential participants in the awards committee. After due consideration, His Royal Highness issued his preliminary approval to Rector Al-Solamy's great satisfaction.

Rector Al-Solamy: 'The university seeks to develop the award utilizing advanced methods'.

Rector Al-Solamy explained that the university will develop the award criteria and procedures utilizing cutting-edge methods of: design thinking, creativity, brainstorming, and critical analysis to reach results that are fair, just, and equitable while befitting the recognition of an award sanctioned by His Royal Highness. Afterward, the panel watched an introductory video on the award exhibiting its history, purpose, basic procedures, and the developments for collaboration underway with other GCC countries.

It is worth noting that a number of sub-committee meetings took place during the main event. This is due to the inherent complexity in creating and implementing the award program. Some of these sub-committees are being led or supervised by faculty members at the university.

At the conclusion of the event, Rector Al-Solamy honored the participants and thanked them for their efforts and enthusiasm in supporting this award endeavor.

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On the 13th of Rabīʿ Al-Awwal, the Faculty of Science and Arts for Girls in Ahad Rufaida held a forum titled 'Excellence: Influence and Development'. Utilizing quality indicators in student activities and events was the theme of the event led by Dean, Dr. Salma Al-Gharabi, from the Faculty of Science and Arts for Girls in Ahad Rufaida.

The forum began with a background presentation on the reasons for holding the forum. During the introductory talk, total quality management of student activities was highlighted in collaboration with the Deanship of Student Affairs and student activity coordinators from numerous departments and colleges. The topics included but were not limited to:

  • How to prepare reports and plan activities;
  • The role of volunteer clubs in encouraging active community participation;
  • The role of student activities in the development of social responsibility among female students;
  • Analyzing student reluctance to participate in university activities and how to use the media to expand activities;
  • How to motivate female students to participate in activities;
  • The role of student activities in the development of skills.

"Student activities is a creative space that allows students the opportunity to spend free time doing something they love. It is also a positive method to spread awareness and to hold programs that benefit students and the society we live in," said Dean Al-Gharabi.

Dean Al-Gharabi explained the Faculty of Arts and Science in Ahad Rifadah aspires to achieve extra-curricular excellence through its Student Activities Unit. She added that the unit serves to achieve desired outcomes in providing a positive, creative atmosphere in collaboration with all students clubs to enhance campus life.

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Under the supervision of the Deanship of Academic Development and Quality, the Faculty of Humanities held a workshop titled 'The Basics of Strategic Planning' in the presence of senior leadership and a large number of faculty and staff.

At the end of the interactive workshop, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Dr. Yahya bin Abdullah Al-Sharif, presented Strategic Planning Consultant and Consultant, Eng. Mohammed Al-Banna, with a certificate of appreciation and an honorary plaque. Attendees greatly benefitted from the program, receiving certificates of attendance at the conclusion of the event.

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From the 7th to 11th of Safar, the Deanship of Academic Development and Quality held a training program titled 'Preparing Reviewers'. The primary purpose of the hands-on program approved by the Advisory Quality Development Committee was to prepare qualified internal reviewers in the field of academic development and quality.

The program offered 8 workshops in a 45-hour program that introduced the current needs and conditions in quality accreditation as well as the targeted learning objectives in courses and programs. Additionally, designing the description of academic programs, fieldwork reports, performance indicators, and evaluation studies were covered.

At the end of the program, Dean of the Academic and Quality, Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Hajri, thanked His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy and the senior leadership of academic development and quality for their continued support and encouragement in that they sponsor high-quality programs contributing to the development of faculty members.

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On the 13th of Rabīʿ Al-Awwal, the Special Needs Center in the Deanship of Student Affairs celebrated 'International Day of Persons with Disabilities' at the Female Science College Theater. The event aimed to spread the awareness of persons with disabilities and their rights in society.

The event began with a speech by Vice Rector of Students Affairs, Dr. Khalood Abu Melha, where she said: 'We seek to raise the awareness of special needs issues and rights through this event. Those having a reality to be accommodated number around one billion around the world and 1 million in Saudi Arabia. The rate of disability in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is about 3% as compared to the 10% international level of disability. We call for an increase in the awareness of the challenges and life of those with special needs.'

Vice Rector Abu Melha explained that the university spares no expense in the development of tailored programs for those with disabilities. By providing in-demand services and encouraging them to take part in all events and activities, the concept of special needs in our academic environment is firmly established at King Khalid University, she related. It was also mentioned that the university will undertake modifications to buildings, labs, and facilities to make them more accessible. In doing so, an environment that is optimal for learning will be provided.

Vice Rector Abu Melha thanked His Excellency King Khalid University Rector, Prof. Falleh R. M. Al-Solamy, for his continuous support and attention. After, she extended her appreciation to the Dean of Student Affairs and to Dr. Kamlah Ali Mansoor, Special Needs Center director, for their role in developing the center's vision, mission, and goals.

The event was concluded by a film that discussed the everyday life of people with special needs and an open discussion on suggestions and plans for persons with disabilities.

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On November 19, 2018, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz, May Allah protect him, delivered his annual policy speech at the opening of the third year of the Shoura Council's seventh session. Part and parcel of His Royal Majesty's address to the council was a review of internal and external policies, which serve as guidelines for the Shoura Council's deliberations. Also, HRM King Salman detailed the rapid progress the Kingdom has made based on programs undertaken in accordance with Vision 2030.

His Excellency King Khalid University Rector, Prof. Falleh R. M. Al-Solamy, subsequently issued a statement in concurrence with HRM King Salman's remarks to the council. Rector Al-Solamy noted that education plays an integral part in the fundamental transformations and socioeconomic development of the Kingdom pursuant to Vision 2030. This strategic vision, he explained, will set the stage for a brighter future for all citizens in the Kingdom. Rector Al-Solamy wholeheartedly agreed with HRM King Salman's proclamation that the Kingdom's youth – both male and female – plays a vital role in this grand and transformative development process. The rector further noted that this lengthy process would entail a great deal of hard work and ingenuity by the Kingdom's youth. The rector is confident that the young citizens are up to the challenge to achieve long-term sustainable growth. Young Saudis will be both the drivers and the beneficiaries of forward-thinking policies and technical developments.

His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy reiterated that HRM King Salman's recognition that a substantial number of the objectives have already been achieved, and many others are well on their way to completion. The rector further concurred that this long-term blueprint for a brighter and sustainable future is founded upon:

  • A balanced budget;
  • Higher efficiency through systemic transparency;
  • Sustainable economic growth;
  • A commitment to advance shared economic interests.

These fundamental policies in conjunction with advanced education and economic opportunities will help propel the Kingdom to a bright and well-deserved future.

Rector Al-Solamy further explained that the university would continue to support His Royal Majesty's top priority of bolstering and empowering the private sector by working closely and diligently with all of the appropriate stakeholders. 'We will continue to support plans and programs to reduce unemployment to acceptable levels. We have directed the Council for Economic Affairs and Development to focus on developing human capabilities and preparing the new generation for future jobs,” said HRM King Salman as reported by the Saudi Press Agency. At the end of Rector Al-Solamy's address, he noted that the university has supported and will continue to support His Royal Majesty's wise foreign policy objective of building bridges through diplomacy.

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On behalf of the university rector, Vice Rector, Prof. Muhammad Ali Al-Hasoon, sponsored a workshop titled 'Our Flag an Honor of Our Country'. The workshop was organized by the Public Relations Administration and moderated by the Dahran Al-Janoub College of Arts and Science Dean, Dr. Misfer bin Ahmed Al-Awadi, on Thursday the 14th of Rabīʿ Al-Awwal in the presence senior leadership and a large number of faculty members.

Leading the event, Head of Jurisprudence Principles, Dr. Mohammad bin Motab Al-Kardum, presented a paper titled 'The Status of Flags in Islam, Origins, and Concepts'. Following after, History Department Head, Dr. Saeed bin Mushabab Al-Qahtani, presented a paper titled 'The History of the Saudi Flag'. During his moderation, Dean Al-Awadi briefed the audience on the title of the workshop, pointing to the importance of this event and thanking the Public Relations Administration for organizing and holding this workshop.

On his part, Al-Kardum maintained that education is a banner that represents its people, noting that in the times of the Prophet (PBUH) banners were used. He explained that the Islamic flag bore the phrase 'No God but God' on a white cloth representing what Muslims stand for. He concluded by observing that throughout the ages people have used banners as symbols to deliver messages.

Towards the end of the workshop, Dr. Saeed Mushabab Al Qahtani explained that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been using its flag since the 15th of March 1973, stressing that it is never lowered to half-mast in times of crisis or mourning due to the significance of the phrase it bears.

As an event backdrop, the Public Relations Administration displayed a large informational graphic containing general information on the Saudi flag, the description of its development, and guidelines for flag etiquette that included proper placement, handling, and use.

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His Excellency King Khalid University Rector, Prof. Falleh R. M. Al-Solamy, approved the University Council's resolution to promote numerous teaching assistants to the position of lecturer. Congratulations to all of those who met the requirements and achieved their increase in rank.

Vice Rector of Graduate Studies and Scientific Research, Dr. Saad Al-Amry, also congratulated our newly minted lecturers. He noted that this is the third round of promotions for this academic year.

Vice Rector Al-Amry expressed his gratitude and appreciation for His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy's efforts in creating and maintaining an agile system of employee development. This system requires a productive work environment in which our faculty members can improve their skills and flourish as educators. As our faculty members' talents grow, those teachers are promoted and the university benefits greatly. He then called upon all teaching assistants who hold a master's degree to complete the requirements for promotion to lecturer as expeditiously as possible.

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In July of 2018, the university was awarded the QS Stars Certificate. The Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) organization is widely regarded by the international community for evaluating academic program quality. QS has very high standards for certification and strict evaluation criteria. These awards were conferred after a lengthy review and evaluation process by the QS delegation. His Excellency, Prof. Falleh R. M. Al-Solamy, accepted the certificates on behalf of King Khalid University. Also representing the university were Vice Rector for Academic Development and Quality, Dr. Merzin Al-Shahrani, and the General Director of the International Classifications Unit, Dr. Sami Al-Shehri.

The QS Delegation graciously traveled to Abha in order to formally present the certifications in person. The QS delegation was led by Regional Director for the Middle East, North Africa & South Asia, Ashwin Fernandes. Also attending was QS Consultant, Dr. Shadi Hijazi, who congratulated His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy and the university, highlighting our faculty's development of: Input process controls, throughput quality assurance, and output evaluation/maximization programs in accord with QS quality standards.

Vice Rector Al-Shahrani: 'The university has increased its overall worldwide quality ranking by 200 over the past 5 years'.

The delegates also recounted King Khalid University's noteworthy improvements in quality. The university has increased its overall worldwide quality ranking by 200 over the past 5 years. Also, the university is now included in one of the top 500 schools in the world, achieving #448 up from the previous #650. Further, King Khalid University is now the 24th ranked higher education institution in the Arab world. Vice Rector of Academic Development and Quality, Dr. Merzin Al-Shahrani, noted that King Khalid University was one of five Saudi universities to break into the exalted level of quality this year. Vice Rector Al-Shahrani maintains that the rankings are not the goal itself, but a measurement of the development goals for improvement based on best practices and global quality standards. These objectives are directed towards the fulfillment of achieving top 200 ranking by 2030.

Dr. Shadi Hijazi, QS consultant and senior analyst, spoke just prior to the conclusion of the occasion. Dr. Hijazi is a quality assurance auditor and consulting expert on many aspects of academic performance improvement strategies and university quality benchmarking. He remarked on the classifications and methodologies used in educational quality evaluation and the rigorous standards of global quality assurance. He congratulated King Khalid University for its excellent quality improvement efforts and considerable success.

King Khalid University Rises in International Rankings
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The Media and Communication Center held a seminar titled 'Public Relations Between Theory and Practice' as part of the 'Public Relations Builds Institutions Campaign'. The campaign aims to detail the concept, image, and essential role public relations (PR) holds in government and private industry. The campaign is a graduation project for the first academic semester 1439-40 AH for students Amani Al-Qahtani and Khariya Ah Jahli.

The symposium was opened by College of Humanities Assistant Dean, Dr. Suher Isaaa Al-Qahtani, in the presence of Media and Communication Department Supervisor, Dr. Nora Amer, a number of students, faculty members, and university employees.

The campaign began with a speech by Dr. Amer where she explained that the campaign is a graduation project for the first semester 1439-40 AH and part of the 'Public Relations Builds Institutions Campaign', which is a cultural awareness campaign that aims to highlight the importance of PR in government and private industry.

In the first session of the symposium, Spokesperson of the General Authority for Statistics and the Director General of the Department of Media and Statistical Awareness, Mr. Tayseer Al-Mufraj, addressed the issue of PR between theory and practice, the different definitions of PR, the challenges facing PR, common questions, the tools of PR, and the importance of charisma when engaging with the audience.

Later, Al-Mufreh also spoke about the study of PR in the university and the implementation of it, stressing that the reality of PR is very different from theory. Al-Mufreh maintains that due to the ever-changing PR landscape, success in the field rests on the shoulders of the PR representative.

In the second session of the symposium, Public Relations Specialist, Nora Al-Ruman, spoke about her personal experience in PR and the role of PR in institutions. Community Service College Public Relations Specialist, Asma Al-Shehri, discussed the importance of PR and the role it plays in the development of institutions. After, Saudi Media Network Public Relations Director, Rana Al Shehri, explained the role of communication in the life of a PR student.

The symposium was concluded by a workshop titled 'The Foundation to Organising Events' presented by the Leo Foundation for Exhibitions and Conferences Executive Director, Nouf Al-Shehri. She reviewed the importance of having inspired ideas when organizing exhibitions and conferences.

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