King Khalid University
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.
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.