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One critical element of Vision 2030 is the domestic economy in the Kingdom. Economics Professor at King Khalid University, Dr. Hussain Al-Obaid, noted that 'Small businesses and individual investment is an integral function of Vision 2030'. The national development plan entails a large increase in job opportunities for Saudi citizens. It is important that the Kingdom increase the domestic labor participation rate. This is especially critical as current estimates indicate that in excess of two million expatriate workers will be leaving the Kingdom in the short term. He further explained that the upcoming working-age youth and the exit of expatriates are a driver of Saudization. As our emphasis on education has yielded a highly skilled and intelligent workforce, the Kingdom has more than sufficient talents to develop its economy using increased citizen participation. For example, 12 professions previously operated primarily by expatriates are now completely nationalized. Overall, the Saudization rate Kingdom-wide is expected to reach 35% across all industries with many already exceeding this level. Prof. Al-Obaid noted that Saudization coupled with employment growth are two of the most critical factors in ensuring economic development. In support of these objectives, training programs and seminars on entrepreneurship are utilized to encourage employment innovation and growth. Moreover, there is significant public and private financial investment in new business and existing corporate expansion to provide the financial capital required. These programs are being offered in every region to provide opportunities to all. Also, the government is making great efforts to attract international investment through the Public Investment Fund (PIF).


Prof. Al-Obaid: 'The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is committed to making sure that employment opportunities are matched with domestic talent to fulfill economic development goals'.


While larger corporations and business entities garner much attention, small family businesses are and will continue to be an important driver of economic growth in the Kingdom he noted. As such, there is particular emphasis on helping small businesses develop and serve in various markets by way of modern marketing strategies. For example, many small businesses are adopting and/or increasingly utilizing social media platforms for business purposes. This allows investors and potential employees to connect with small businesses which in turn results in increased economic activity and additional employment opportunity.


The Kingdom is encouraging individuals and organizations to invest in small business. Note, however, that investors should do their due diligence prior to making any financial commitment in a growing enterprise. Prof. Al-Obaid explained that one must thoroughly examine the market, the business plans, the company finances, and the management team before investing.


As for individuals who are considering either starting or joining a small family business, Prof. Al-Obaid recommends that they invest only in those markets and enterprises with which they have intimate knowledge. He further related that potential investors/owners have clear goals, solid financial resources, and specific marketing plans.


King Khalid University is dedicated to supporting small businesses and economic development. We have and will continue to be a facilitator of business development through workshops, seminars, exhibitions and the like. Also, we have partnered with the Badir Technology Incubators and Accelerators Program to identify and encourage entrepreneurship within the student body. Most importantly, the university is graduating the bright young talent that will power the Kingdom's economic engine into the future.

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With Aim to Be on Top 200 List by 2030

His Excellency the Rector, Dr. Faleh bin Raja Allah Al-Solamy, sponsored the inauguration of the 2018-2020 Strategic Plan on Sunday the 22nd of Rajab in the presence of senior university leadership and the organization tasked with the execution of the plan.

In his speech, Rector Al-Solamy stressed the importance of strategic planning in any institution, noting that it is a necessity for King Khalid University. He also added that the development and changes witnessed in the Kingdom to achieve the National 2020 Transformation Program, Vision 2030, and the new strategic plan developed by the Ministry of Education requires the University’s strategic plan to be agile.

He also pointed to the fact that the General Strategic Plan Administration and the Deanship of Development and Quality worked with a variety of government agencies and private organizations by arranging a workshop to develop this strategic plan. "The plan became a reality by the approval of the University Council." He related that the primary criterion of this plan would be the proper execution of newly developed standard operating procedures in a timely manner.

His Excellency expressed his optimism by saying, "I am sure that with the help and effort of everyone, we will achieve even more than what we planned. I would like to point out that we will support all activities to achieve our strategic plan. I thank all members of the administration and the University Development and Quality Agency on the effort and accomplishments achieved thus far."

In his segment, Strategic Planning Administration Supervisor, Dr. Faqeeh Al-Rabaie, thanked Rector Al-Solamy for honoring the inauguration of the strategic plan. He also thanked the attendees and everyone that contributed to the strategic plan and in achieving the University’s goals and desires in supporting the community. He emphasized that the path towards development is the starting point on the road to Vision 2030.

Al-Rabaie assured that a team of specialists was formed from different departments that included training sessions and workshops to review the fundamental elements of the strategic plan. The team also worked on general surveys to collect the opinions and views of faculty members and employees on the basis of the strategic plan. The results were overwhelmingly positive with over a 90% approval rating of building and executing a new plan. He added the plan was developed and designed through a consultative process which included the communication support plan, the support and development of the executive office, performance benchmarks, and the development of the key performance indicators board. He noted that the plan was approved by the University Council and Ministry of Education.

Vice Rector of Academic Development and Quality, Dr. Merzin Al-Shahrani, explained that the recent developments implemented are a vital quality transition in the University’s legacy. He pointed out -- during the update of the plan -- that labor market and global developments were all taken into account inline with Vision 2030. Moreover, the Afaq Development Plan and the National Education Evaluation Commission standards were interfaced into the strategic plan vision. Al-Shahrani asserted that the plan aims to achieve the University's goal in becoming one of the top 200 international universities, through developing quality education, providing an attractive academic environment, building international partnerships, developing high-quality postgraduate programs, and developing institutional performance and human resources in accord with the University mission.

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The 13th Meeting with the Deans of Saudi Postgraduate Studies Programs was held on the sidelines of the "Postgraduate Studies in Saudi Universities Conference: Reality and Prospects for Development."

His Excellency the Rector, Dr. Faleh Bin Rajaa Allah Al-Solamy, opened the meeting by welcoming the attendees and expressing his hope that the meeting would produce positive recommendations and tangible developmental benchmarks for postgraduate programs in Saudi universities that will enhance the higher education sector in accord with Vision 2030.

Following after, Dean of Graduate Studies at King Khalid University, Dr. Ahmed bin Yahya Al-Faya, delivered a speech where he emphasized the importance of this conference in congruence with the new era being ushered in.

The Secretary-General of the Interim Committee responsible for the Education Council, Dr. Mohammed Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saleh, spoke about the paper presented in the meeting by His Excellency Dr. Adnan bin Salem Al-Humaidan, Jeddah University Rector, entitled "Graduate Studies in Light of the New Universities System and the Kingdom’s 2030 Vision." Al-Saleh related described the presentation as the shining future for postgraduate studies in the Kingdom.

Dr. Ibrahim bin Mohammed Al-Harakan, General Supervisor of the Institute of Entrepreneurship at King Saud University, delivered a presentation entitled "Knowledge Economy and the Future of Graduate Studies." He outlined a number of strategies and concepts of a knowledge-based economy and how we can lay the foundations for success.

At the end of the meeting, the deans of postgraduate studies in Saudi universities reached a number of recommendations. The meeting called for the importance of integration and cooperation between Saudi universities in the fields of graduate studies and organizing partnerships between universities at different levels in building academic programs, shared laboratories, and research centers. The meeting also encouraged universities to focus on specific strategic areas in the field of postgraduate studies that will create competitiveness in pursuit of academic excellence.

Participants in the meeting also called for developing strategies for international cooperation and global partnerships in the fields of graduate studies, so that Saudi universities can benefit from global partnerships and international cooperation while preserving their own identity.

The recommendations also included stimulating the role of postgraduate programs and research to provide creative solutions to problems in various social, productive and economic fields, and preparing universities to organize investment projects with the private sector in the fields of postgraduate studies.

The recommendations noted that Saudi universities must focus on disciplines related to the industrial, business and technical sectors in line with Vision 2030. It was also recommended that universities provide a suitable environment that encourages creativity and innovation in the fields of postgraduate studies and governance with a steady aim to increase the growth and establishment of entrepreneurship and small businesses.

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The first day of the Postgraduate Studies in Saudi Universities Conference organized by King Khalid University in Abha Palace Hotel hosted three sessions and 23 participants.

Dr. Sulaiman Al-Rumman chaired the first session that began with a presentation from Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Matrafi, Associate Professor in the Department of Literature and Linguistics at Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University. He presented a paper that aimed to clarify the organization of theses in the fields of literature, literary criticism, eloquence: investigation and subject matter, ancient and contemporary literature, endoscopy and application, Arabic and other languages. The recommendations of the study linked current research presented by the department to the latest developments, theories, and methods suited to the university mission and its objectives.

Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Ammar, Professor in the Department of Rhetoric and Literary criticism at Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University, highlighted the importance of being aware of research ethics and regulations and the impact they have on the preparation of a scientific thesis. He also addressed the obstacles and dangers of postgraduate students being ignorant of these regulations.

Researcher Amal Ahmed Al-Harbi, a specialist in the field of contemporary and ancient history from Umm Al-Qura University, presented a paper on the implementation of postgraduate studies and the sweeping impact it has on the university community and societal development. Her paper aimed to explain the most important active community engagement methods that should be applied and how Saudi universities can utilize them. She also covered the effectiveness of turning the proposed methods into reality through the use of modern techniques that keep pace with the rapid development of higher education systems.

King Saudi University's Rawi Al-Qahtani, Ph.D. in Social Work, and Saud Al-Dhahian, Professor of Social Work, presented a study entitled “Methodological Stereotyping in Scientific Theses: An Analytical Study on a Sample of Ph.D. Theses at King Saud University and Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University." This study aimed to identify the extent to which postgraduate students' studies of the model methodology are utilized in their academic thesis through an examination of the shortcomings of these scientific theses and by answering questions pertaining to the validity of the methods used in the samples collected.

Taibah University's Dr. Taher Boutera, Associate Professor in the Department of Biology, unraveled the topic of plagiarism and the subsequent responsibility, reasons, and solutions. This paper aimed to present the standards of research writing and address the common pitfalls and mistakes made by researchers and graduate students.

Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Hajri chaired the second session and it began with a presentation by Dr. Saleh Al-Ghamdi, Deputy Executive Director of Institutional Accreditation at the National Center for Academic Accreditation and Assessment, who actively engaged with the audience on quality assurance and academic accreditation standards for graduate programs.

King Khalid University Vice Rector, Dr. Mohammed Al-Hassoun, chaired the third session, where Dr. Mahmood Fattouh, Professor in Psychology at Enaizah University, and Dr. Amina Badawi, Associate Professor in Nursing at Al-Jouf University, discussed the mechanisms for creating an encouraging academic environment for postgraduate students in Saudi universities. The paper proposed a number of results that included: (i) the need to organize academic tracks involved in postgraduate programs in Saudi universities, (ii) the modernization of university courses, and (iii) the need to publish innovative papers utilizing the latest research in the field.

King Saudi University's Dr. Bader Al-Otaibi, Professor of Philosophical and Social Assets, and Noura Al-Uweid, Lecturer at Prince Sattam University, discussed the policies of developing professional development programs for faculty members participating in graduate programs in Saudi universities in accord with Vision 2030. The objective of the research was to introduce professional development policies for faculty members who teach in postgraduate programs in Saudi universities by revealing the reality, requirements, and constraints of their professional development.

Dr. Shams Al-Khuwaiter reviewed the most important competencies required for professors of postgraduate studies in the field of humanities. She related that this can be completed through proper analysis of educational literature and identification of expertise in professional development within the proposed framework.

Dr. Nawal Al-Rashoud, Assistant Professor in Faculty of Education at Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz University, presented her research piece entitled "The Reality of the Academic Environment at the Postgraduate Level and How to Develop It in the Light of the 2030 Vision." The main objective of the research, as she related, was to monitor the reality of the academic environment at the postgraduate level in Saudi universities and to identify accelerated development projects.

Following after, Dr. Abdul Latif Al-Hadithi, Associate Professor at King Khalid University and Dean of the Institute of Research and Studies, delivered an insightful presentation with a central theme on students' satisfaction with the quality of postgraduate programs in Saudi public and private universities. His recommendations were anchored to a marketing perspective that aims to identify the most important factors affecting the level of student satisfaction with the quality of services provided by universities and educational institutions in the field of postgraduate studies in the Asir Region.

Dr. Asmaa Salah, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Al-Jouf University, and Dr. Samiha Fathi, Lecturer in the Early Childhood Education at Al-Jouf University, discussed study plans and the need for regular revision.The research aimed to develop a vision and a proposed plan for postgraduate programs in the Early Childhood Education Department in accord with Vision 2030. The samples of the research were drawn from plans currently in place for postgraduate studies in the following universities: Ain Shams University, the University of Al-Isra in Jordan, and Al-Jouf University. The results of the survey succinctly proposed a plan for postgraduate programs in both the Early Childhood Education and Special Education Department.

University of Hail's Assistant Professor and Supervisor of Graduate Studies at the Department of the Arabic Language, Dr. Jazaa Al-Shammari, completed a paper on graduate studies and research projects. The objective of the research was to explain the reality of postgraduate studies in Saudi universities and Hail University as a model to reach the mechanisms of development and scientific research prospects through research plans and projects prepared by graduate students.

Ali Zalaa, a participant in the conference, delivered a presentation entitled "Prospects for Graduate Studies and the Non-Profit Sector in the 2030 Vision as a Model Project." He reviewed the role of the non-profit sector and the integrated relationship it has with educational establishments. He referred to the long-term outcomes that were uncovered at the First Scientific Researchers Meeting in Saudi Arabia that included hundreds of students from universities across the Kingdom. He indicated that the meeting developed a platform that led to the realization of a number of programs, services and projects. Overall, it aimed to actively engage in enhancing the level of graduate program outcomes through scientific research while finding a flexible and effective scientific system that contributes towards national development.

Dr. Ali Awad Al-Ghamdi, Ph.D. holder in Islamic Education, Ministry of Education in Taif, delivered a presentation entitled "The Role of Scientific Research in Postgraduate Studies in Saudi Universities in Achieving the 2030 Saudi Vision from the Views of Department Managers in the University." In his concluding remarks, he asserted the vital role that scientific research of postgraduate studies program will play in the in the Kingdom being an international hub of erudition.

King Khalid University's Assistant Professor of Education, Dr. Mohammed Ahmed Houaihi, presented a study entitled "A Proposed Concept for the Development of Postgraduate Educational Programs in King Khalid University using the Multi-Decision Model (CIP)". The study aimed at developing educational graduate programs at King Khalid University using the CIP model in accord with international academic accreditation criteria.

Dr. Ibrahim Al-Humaidhi, Professor in the Department of Sciences of Quran at Qassim University, presented a research paper entitled "The Effect of the Acceptance Criteria in the Quality of Postgraduate Studies." The purpose of this paper was to explain the impact of the admission criteria on the quality of postgraduate outcomes. They discussed a number of postgraduate requirements, the overall grade level for undergraduate students, the skills test for university graduates, the written acceptance test, the personal interview, and other pertinent criteria. The paper's results focused on the importance of the admission criteria that enhance the quality and outcomes of postgraduate studies.

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In line with Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Program 2020, King Khalid University established an Artificial Intelligence Unit that is concerned with research, studies, and applications in various fields. The unit falls under the supervision of the Postgraduate Studies and Research Agency Administration and aims to enhance artificial intelligence applications research in multiple fields including medicine, education, military sciences, security and civil fields, and science research. The unit will also focus on developing software, applications, algorithms, and intelligent systems. It also aims to raise the level of creativity and innovation among students and members of the University as well as focusing on attracting investments and mutually beneficial agreements.

Al-Solamy: This unit will contribute to the development of important fields in our country.

In his statement, His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy, said: "This unit comes in line with our strategic plan which is adapted to Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Program 2020. The establishment of this unit that will appoint KKU as a home of expertise in this vital field. We will undertake the development of artificial intelligence technology in various fields and explore the future of cutting-edge technology in our country." Following after, His Excellency Dr. Saad bin Abdulrahman Al-Omari, Vice President of Graduate Studies and Scientific Research, said: "The university seeks to enhance the role of applied scientific research, which aims to develop modern technologies in line with the rapid pace of development of a knowledge-based economy in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the University also intends to partner with national and international research centers in the field of artificial intelligence as well as expanding the development and capacity of Saudi youth in this field."

In his opening remarks, University CIO, Dr. Salem Aleyani, said: "The science of artificial intelligence is a modern science that is still in its early stages. It is our duty to take a leading role in encouraging research and the production of smart and intelligent products as well as supporting research centers (R&D) in companies and government sectors with the work of experts and consultants to contribute towards the production of local products. The field of artificial intelligence includes the study of computer science, robotics, business intelligence systems, and decision support."

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King Khalid University Rector, His Excellency Prof. Falleh Al-Solamy, sponsored the Badir Introduction Forum. The forum was organized by the Deanship of Scientific Research in cooperation with the Badir Technology Incubators and Accelerators Program.


At the beginning of his speech, Rector Al-Solamy commended the efforts exerted by the Deanship of Scientific Research. His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy further thanked the joint cooperation teams at King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology and the Badir Technology Incubators and Accelerators Program for providing expertise and administrative oversight. He stressed the need to be aware of all programs that are in the interest of scientific research, especially research that leads us in the direction of a knowledge-based economy, which characterizes the ambitious yet achievable blueprint of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia through Vision 2030. He added that these programs are supported by state institutions, and we need to seize the golden opportunities available to us. He implored faculty members, researchers, or students who have ideas, talents, and creativity to turn their dreams into realities


Dean of Scientific Research, Dr. Hamed Al-Qarni, explained that the forum aims to introduce the Badir Technology Incubators and Accelerators Program in the region, relating that intellectual property and patents would be launched. "The integration between the university and the community with business incubators will create a stimulating environment for translating the results of scientific research and creative ideas of young people into reality," he said.

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