King Khalid University
On the 2nd of Rabī’ al-Thānī, King Khalid University signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Training Education Evaluation Commission (EEC). This preliminary agreement spans three years and includes a number of different fields and programs.
Under this MOU, in accord with the Saudi Qualifications Framework (SAQF), EEC will undertake several duties in corroboration with the university. EEC will provide advice and training as to the registration process within the accredited and approved national frameworks. EEC will also offer various training courses for university employees. EEC will also conduct periodic performance evaluations in furtherance of and validation for program accreditations. Finally, EEC will provide advisory services for academic program development within the university.
His Excellency King Khalid University Rector, Prof. R.M. Al-Solamy, was received by President of the Education Evaluation Commission, HRH Prince Dr. Faisal ibn Abdullah Al-Mashary Al- Saud, at the meeting. The two senior management representatives discussed the terms of the MOU. SAQF Executive Director, Dr. Kholud Al-Ashqar, participated and provided detailed information about services to be delivered. Also in attendance was Vice Rector for Academic Affairs, Dr. Saad Du'ajim, Vice Rector for Academic Development and Quality, Dr. Merzin Al-Shahrani, and senior leadership from both parties who supported the signing ceremony between the two organizations.
Rector Al-Solamy:'This preliminary agreement benefits both the university and the agency. Both parties will be better able to fulfill their respective missions under this relationship'.
Rector Al-Solamy stressed that most importantly this agreement will serve the needs of our current and future students in pursuing their academic and professional interests. He also noted that both parties would be better able to fulfill their respective missions under this relationship. Positive working relationships between and among government agencies (and private industry) is an integral part of development aspirations and prudent strategy for Saudi Arabia and its citizens he related.
Vice Rector for Academic Development and Quality, Dr. Merzin Al-Shahrani, said that nurturing this type of partnership benefits all parties and the society-at-large. These types of programs are an essential part of achieving national strategic objectives. Higher levels of coordination, communication, and integration are necessary elements of increasing productivity while reducing costs. EEC can fulfill its obligations for educational enhancement while the university can improve its programs and achieve greater efficiencies.
It is worth noting the EEC is responsible for many aspects of educational accomplishment including:
- Curriculum standards;
- Qualification registration;
- Certification and licensing;
- Quality standards.
SAQF has been designed in accordance with international best practices and is consistent with frameworks in the world's most reputable educational institutions. It is a framework to be used towards achieving the goals in national development programs. Its overall objectives are to:
- Improve educational outcomes;
- Align learning outcomes with labor market needs;
- Prepare young people to enter the workforce;
- Encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship.
SAQF's core competencies for operational improvement include:
- Unified design and development of qualifications;
- Defining learning outcomes;
- Standardizing criteria for registration and qualifications;
- Progress measurement;
- Education to employment transitional strategies;
- Standardization of education and training qualifications.
The senior representatives of both parties signed the MOU. It is expected that the formal agreement will be executed in due course.
His Excellency King Khalid University Rector, Prof. Falleh R.M. Al-Solamy, emphasized that the Saudi people are blessed to have the wise leadership and gentle tutelage of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and HRH Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud – may God protect them. Rector Al-Solamy congratulated the King and the Crown Prince for their vision and guidance in leading the national renaissance. The Kingdom's objectives as set forth in Vision 2030 will result in world-class organizational structure and governance, total quality management, perpetually increasing productivity, and individual skill and achievement he explained.
'We are committed to following and implementing the economic and other strategies outlined in the list of national objectives. We have already seen some of these large and complex projects bear fruit. Scientific and industrial developments are already improving the technical base and economy of the Kingdom. Though there is much work to be done, the Kingdom's future is both bright and assured, God willing', said Rector Al-Solamy. He added that it is a blessed and very precious occasion for us to have the opportunity to sincerely congratulate the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, the Crown Prince, duly appointed designees, and Saudi citizens who will benefit from these achievements in the Kingdom.
Rector Al-Solamy: 'The Kingdom's leadership provides every Saudi citizen with wise guidance and kindness. In return, every citizen should be committed to hard work, civic contribution, and unquestioned loyalty to the national causes'.
Rector Al-Solamy noted that the Kingdom is heavily investing in all sectors of the economy and government services. This comprehensive national strategy is designed to make the Kingdom a world-class leader in all aspects of development on the global stage. In particular, education has rightfully been and continues to be a high priority as a basis for achievement and national development. Training, research, and attention to human capital will help make all of these goals a reality.
'We at King Khalid University are honored to recognize the fourth pledge and guarantee our commitment to support the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and HRH Crown Prince Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud, may God protect them, for their tireless and determined efforts in leading us to and through a national renaissance. This fourth pledge shall be a cherished reminder of the citizens' bonding in their hearts and minds to their blessed leadership and the national causes', said Rector Al-Solamy.
The rector called upon God Almighty to protect the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and rightful heir the Crown Prince so that they may continue to lead us with great glory, security, and safety of the people and the Holy Lands. He also prayed that the integrity and economic renaissance the Kingdom is experiencing continues.
While many faculty members have joyously expressed their celebration of the fourth anniversary of allegiance to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, we cannot recount each and every remark. However, senior members of the university offered their messages of gratitude and optimism on this occasion:
Vice Rector of Graduate Studies and Scientific Research, Dr. Saad Al-Amry, said: 'We are proud of our leadership and our precious country. In our hearts, we have unwavering loyalty to our leaders and our blessed nation. We are dedicated to work for the advancement of the country and prosperity for our people. The fourth pledge confirms to the entire world that our commitment to security, peace, and progress will remain undeterred. The Kingdom has and will continue to have a vital role in guiding the region to stability, progress, and prosperity. We are living in historically important times in which the conditions are ripe for previously unimaginable achievement, success, and excellence'.
Vice Rector Al-Amry offered his congratulations to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and HRH Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud, may God protect them, on the fourth anniversary of the pledge. Vice Rector Al-Amry added that this occasion recognizes the legacy of this nation, its government, and citizens. It also is indicative of our collective commitment to strengthening the national economy and developing our technological and scientific sectors as set forth in Vision 2030. He noted that we continue to be mindful that our efforts and developmental projects will affect future generations who will greatly benefit from our sacrifices.
Vice Rector of Academic Development and Quality, Dr. Merzin Al-Shahrani, observed that we are witnessing a historic pledge anniversary, setting the tone for continued efforts to achieve national goals under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, HRH Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud - may God protect them. Even while pursuing these ambitious development programs, our leaders still successfully safeguard our nation and defend the sanctity of Islam he observed.
Vice President of Projects, Mohammed Al-Daham, observed that since the ascension of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to the throne, the government has shown unwavering firmness and righteous determination in pursuing national interests. He noted that under His Royal Majesty's guidance, we enjoy safety, security, and assured national progress. Under the light of Islam, our culture, religious values, and blessed homeland of the Two Holy Mosques remain strong. This fourth anniversary of allegiance represents the pinnacle of a bond between the loyal subjects and their leadership.
'The anniversary of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is a continuation of the legacy of wise leadership', said Dr. Khuloud Abu Melha. She then reiterated that we are witnessing continuing development in all sectors of government and private industry throughout our dear homeland. She also emphasized that the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques has made education a high priority and an integral part of achieving national goals for the benefit of all of our sons and daughters in the homeland.
University Branch General Supervisor, Dr. Ahmed Atef Al-Shehri, congratulated the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques on the occasion of on the fourth anniversary of the pledge. He pointed out that under His Royal Majesty's time holding the reins of government of our blessed country, we are achieving numerous economic, scientific, and military advancements. All the while our leaders and brave soldiers continue to ensure our safety and security he concluded.
Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Suleiman Al-Hamid, gave thanks to God that the Saudi people are in the hands of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques. During this fourth anniversary of the pledge, we recognize his accomplishments and express our gratitude for the safety, security, and continued development he is resolved to achieve despite numerous risks and challenges. Dean Al-Hamid concluded that we are all committed to working diligently towards the objectives set out in Vision 2030 and other national priorities.
Dean of the Faculty of Human Sciences, Prof. Yahya Al-Sharif, said that Saudi citizens have pride in our past and faith in our future. The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has set forth ambitious development plans pursuant to the 2020 National Transformation Program and Vision 2030. These plans are the cornerstone of national development for the foreseeable future. He also noted that this strategy is already succeeding. Over the past four years, we have witnessed quantum leaps in performance levels in many sectors of government, private industry, and the economy. Dean Al-Sharif also stated that our national strategy requires sustainable development, continuous productivity improvements, and economic diversification.
Dean of Graduate Studies and Supervisor of the King Khalid Chair for Scientific Research, Dr. Ahmed bin Yahya Al-Faifi, recognized the fourth anniversary of allegiance to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. Dean Al-Faifi characterized His Royal Majesty's ascension to the throne as the pinnacle of His Royal Majesty's great service to the nation and the blessed event which will enshrine His Royal Majesty's place in the annals of Saudi history. Moreover, he observed, that people from all across the world will benefit from his wise leadership. That benefit is a direct result of strong leadership coupled with prudent policies.
Dean of Admissions and Registration, Dr. Abdulmohsen Al-Qarni said: 'On this commemoration of the fourth pledge to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, may God protect him, we stand in humble gratitude for the safety, stability and development that His Royal Majesty is guiding us to and through. We look forward to assuming a role of global leadership in economics and science under His Royal Majesty's tutelage'.
Dean of Scientific Research, Dr. Hamed bin Majdooq Al-Qarni, said that on this fourth anniversary of allegiance to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud that we are grateful for the prosperity and stability His Royal Majesty has provided and continues to provide. We all are working towards and looking forward to an even brighter future. He said: 'All praise to God and sincere thanks to the wise leadership, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and His Crown Prince'.
Dean of the Faculty of Education, Dr. Abdullah Al-Qasi, said: 'We are celebrating the fourth anniversary of allegiance to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques. Our nation has become a beacon for our brothers and sisters in need, the foundation for the safety and security of our neighboring countries, and a powerful military deterrent to our enemies'.
Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry, Dr. Ibrahim Al-Shahrani, said: 'We are renewing our allegiance to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques on the fourth anniversary of the pledge. As we continue to march forward to even greater glory, we recognize and take inspiration from that which has already been achieved. Our citizens enjoy great advancements in a variety of sectors. We look forward to even greater success, scientific developments, and prosperity in accordance with Vision 2030'.
Community Service and Continuing Education Dean, Dr. Omar Alwan Aqeel, observed that the Kingdom is celebrating the anniversary of the fourth allegiance to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud. He related that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is embarked on an ambitious journey to world-class scientific and economic development across many sectors of government and private industry. He also noted that under the guidance of our wise leaders, we press forward with great confidence and enthusiasm. We look forward to achieving all of the national objectives on the vast horizon set forth in the national programs concluded Dean Ageel.
Dean of Library Affairs, Dr. Abdullah Al Nasser said: 'The fourth anniversary of the pledge of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, is an auspicious occasion. I often reflect upon the social cohesiveness that belies the close and loving relationship between and among our leaders and the people. Through loyalty and hard work, we will all benefit from the achievement of national goals, God willing. Since his ascension to the throne, the Kingdom has made great progress in economic diversity, sustainability, and economic development. We are most fortunate to bear witness to a national renaissance while also benefiting from the continuing defeat of those who would abuse or corrupt our society. By advancing and adhering to the principles of Sharia law and demanding accountability in all actions, we will achieve yet unimagined social harmony, justice, and prosperity leading to a bright future'.
Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. Abdullah Al-Aideed, congratulated the government and the people recognizing the fourth anniversary of allegiance to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. He said that the pledge carries with it the joy and pride of serving His Royal Majesty who provides us prosperity, security, and continuing development.
Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy, Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Saeiri, celebrated the fourth anniversary of allegiance to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. He said that the citizenry has full confidence in our leadership, noting that His Royal Majesty's wise guidance assures our security, safety, strength, and stability. There will be many difficulties and challenges on the road ahead. But His Royal Majesty's leadership, dedication, and tenacity will ensure the success of our nation he noted. Dean Al-Aideed maintained that we look forward to the social, economic, educational, and technological advancements that we will attain in accordance with national programs.
Dean of the Faculty of Business, Dr. Fayez Al-Dhafra, congratulated the government and the people recognizing the fourth anniversary of allegiance to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. Dean Al-Dhafra said that we are entering a new era of unprecedented advancement and development. He noted that during the past four years HRM King Salman laid a strong foundation upon which the national strategy can be implemented, and we have seen many of these efforts bear fruit in the form of higher productivity and scientific advancement.
Dean of Academic Development and Quality, Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Hajri, celebrated the fourth anniversary of allegiance to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, may God protect him. 'We take this opportunity to reflect on the bonds between our government leaders and our people. We also recognize the significant progress and achievements across many sectors of government and private industry. The nation is looking forward to achieving the development objectives set forth in the national policy and assume global leadership roles in science, technology, and social development', said Dean Al-Hajri. He concluded by observing that the love between HRM King Salman and his people is both natural and palpable, maintaining that His Royal Majesty is one of the most influential and effective world leaders.
On behalf of King Khalid University, we are privileged and honored to celebrate the fourth anniversary of allegiance to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. We are most grateful for our wise and generous leaders and their renaissance strategies in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.