2019 was a very busy and productive year at King Khalid University. Of course, the faculty was focused on academics and educational attainment. Also, the university has been continuously improving its administrative systems to improve efficiency and better serve all of the stakeholders. In addition, the university community made great strides in cultivating social responsibility and women's empowerment. Further, the faculty and staff have been working diligently to support the university's goals in supporting the Vision 2030 development initiatives.
In academics, 9 additional programs were accredited by ABET and by the National Center for Academic Accreditation and Assessment. Many other academic programs have accreditation efforts pending. The university now has 87 graduate programs and 3 new doctoral programs, a BA degree within the university project "Wakeb", 4 higher diploma programs, 11 accredited and classified diplomas, and 321 authorized scientific research projects.
Furthermore, in global education and scientific research, the university featured the following in 2019:
- 1,158 scholarship students from 65 countries;
- 8 international cooperation contracts with international universities;
- 39 scientific conferences and symposia;
- 2,707 scientific research papers (up 70% year on year);
- 7,588 scientific references (up 50% year on year);
- 20 new video courses on YouTube with more than 200,000 subscribers from all over the world.
The university conducted 351 community outreach programs benefiting more than 48,000. There were also 67 research and consulting projects and 63 public/private collaborations. More than 200 participants from the university participated in blood drives in support of Operation Decisive Storm at the southern border.
The university has also accelerated development efforts at the University City project. The administration also established a special housing office and appointed a supervisor to facilitate the transition to the new campus. At other locations, the university completed the Science and Arts College buildings in Mohayil, Majardah, and Tehama.
In human resources, KKU held 248 training courses benefiting 5,520 faculty and administrators in various skills and strategic planning. The university appointed 177 new Saudi academic staff and welcomed 13 family members of fallen soldiers. Of note, KKU appointed and trained 163 students at universities around the world in many disciplines over the summer.
Rector: To meet Vision 2030, we are expanding capabilities, empowering women and creating opportunities.
In health and well-being, the university held sporting events and health programs for those at KKU and members of the public. Medical students served more than 22,000 individuals.
To promote opportunity and professional development, the university recognized 4 new student clubs and hosted 92 activities. 25 students participated in international conferences and competitions, gathering 25 awards.
The university spent considerable time and effort on digital transformation with programs including: "KKUNow" platform, "KKUX" seminars, "MOOC" programs on artificial intelligence, Entrepreneurship, Design, Programming, Chinese Language, and Cyber Security. There was a total of 26,000 participants worldwide. The university also hosted 50 electronic services programs in electronic games, programming, and a "Twaik" camp to teach children programming. More than 1,600 people benefited from game development programs and courses.
The university involved more women in leadership roles through departmental chair appointments, administrative and scientific committees. Women are running 8 programs with 55 females in leadership positions.