King Khalid University
On the 19th of Rabīʿ al-Awwal, as part of the statistics awareness week, King Khalid University hosted an open meeting with His Excellency President of the General Authority for Statistics (GaStat), Dr. Fahad bin Sulaiman Al-Tekhaifi. The meeting, titled 'Statistical Data Methods', was designed to raise awareness about the relevance and importance of statistical analysis in the Kingdom. His Excellency King Khalid University Rector, Prof. Falleh R. M. Al-Solamy, personally hosted this meeting at the Gregor Campus.
After welcoming the President of GaStat and his delegation, His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy noted that accurate statistics is a necessary element to the understanding and advancement of applied knowledge. 'King Khalid University is committed to supporting statistical services and is proud to be a collaborating partner in these efforts', said Al-Solamy. Note that King Khalid University is home to the Saudi Science Statistics Committee.
Rector Al-Solamy: 'King Khalid University is committed to supporting statistical services and is proud to be a collaborating partner in these efforts'.
Also in attendance was Dr. Ibrahim Al-Munjie, director of the Saudi Science Statistics Committee. In his address to the meeting attendees, he pointed out that inadequate statistical analysis limits progress and undermines potential efficiency improvements on many types of projects. Raising awareness of the critical need for numerical analyses at Saudi universities is an initial step towards widespread acceptance and advancement of statistical research he related.
Prior to the conclusion of the meeting, President Al-Tekhaifi stressed the importance of statistics in academia. He pointed out that the academic world serves as a bridge to and conduit for improved research in the commercial world. He also announced that GaStat is in the process of building a special website for both students and researchers focusing on access to statistical analysis tools and ways to support studies. Also, GaStat Deputy Director of Strategic Communication and Customer Support, Tayseer Al-Mufrij, delivered a lecture titled 'The Role of University Students in National Development'.
At the conclusion of the meeting, Rector Al-Solamy presented President Al-Takehfi with a plaque and certificate honoring his exemplary leadership and excellence in the field. The participants and attendees were honored as well.
HRH Prince Turki bin Talal bin Abdulaziz, Asir Deputy Governor, met with His Excellency King Khalid University Rector, Prof. Falleh R. M. Al-Solamy, the Director of Public Education in Asir, Mr. Jlwi Kurkuman, the Dean of the College of Computer Science, Dr. Ali Al-Karawi, and Takaful Association Founder, Mr. Abdullah Al-Yousi, in his office regarding the summer coding program and other related initiatives. Also in attendance was a group of students from the summer coding school which was supervised and executed by the College of Computer Science and sponsored by the Takaful Association.
At the beginning of the meeting, HRH Prince Talal welcomed the guests. After that, His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy spoke about the summer coding school and the university’s interest and support of these initiatives. He also noted the benefits the community derives from such service-oriented programs.
The rector noted that bringing people into Asir be it by educational programs, general tourism, and ecotourism is a high priority. This past summer's coding program not only brought people to Abha but also confers lasting benefits to the region based on students who are either local or plan to stay in the area.
Dean Al-Karawi followed by presenting a detailed explanation of the goals and procedures of the summer coding program. He noted that the university has provided and continues to provide unwavering support and encouragement for the program to the mutual benefit of all participants. He expressed his gratitude to the participants for their enthusiasm and coding talent. He is committed to developing these nascent talented individuals in furtherance of national goals as set forth in Vision 2030.
Rector Al-Solamy: 'The summer coding program is a great benefit to the community. The summer coding schools aim to serve the community and spreads the awareness of the culture of coding'.
Dean Al-Qarawi noted that the summer coding program successfully achieved its goals in scouting young talents in the field of technology. It also held a number of meetings and workshops including:
- Computer Science and its developments;
- Artificial intelligence;
- 3D printing;
- Smart cities;
- Information security;
- Social media and its impact on society;
- Cloud computing.
Towards the conclusion of the program, HRH hosted a Q&A session and solicited opinions from participants in the summer coding school. He answered all of the questions and took note of the student's suggestions for improving the program. Finally, he thanked all of the participants for attending and making the program successful.