Deanship of Graduate Studies
On the 18th of February, King Khalid University Rector, His Excellency Prof. Falleh R. M. Al-Solamy, sponsored a student-led seminar titled 'Graduate Studies in Light of Vision 2030'. The Deanship of Graduate Studies organized the event, which was hosted by Khamis Mushait Community College Dean, Dr. Ahmed bin Ali Al-Mari.
His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy opened the symposium by citing the tremendous talent and potential of the university's graduate students. He further noted that the purpose of the symposium was to look ahead at courses of study and activities that will bolster our students' career opportunities. 'Part of the university's mission is to ensure that the Kingdom optimizes and harnesses these extraordinary people to help achieve national scientific and economic development goals' he stated.
Rector Al-Solamy: 'Part of the university's mission is to ensure that the Kingdom optimizes and harnesses these extraordinary people to help achieve national scientific and economic development goals'.
Faculty of Education doctoral candidate Idris Ali Al-Mutari presented a paper titled 'The Use of Educational Technologies and Applications for Postgraduate Students in Light of Vision 2030'. He related that electronic technologies and computer science is a major component of the Kingdom's national strategy. Mr. Al-Mutari discussed various technologies and methods that will be employed to meet these objectives such as: Cloud computing, enhanced reality, 3D printing, wearable technology, etc. Mr. Al-Mutari stressed the importance of postgraduate student competence using a variety of electronic tools such as Google Apps, Microsoft Apps, etc. in preparation for academic research in their fields.
Dr. Abdullah Yahya Jabra, Faculty of Education doctoral candidate, presented a paper titled 'Soft Skills for Postgraduate Students in the Light of the Vision 2030'. Dr. Jabra focused his presentation on the continuing importance of 'soft skills' in graduate studies. While technology plays an increasingly critical role in education and society, inherently human factors are still important. Communication, critical thinking, collaboration, negotiation, crisis management, and basic research skills are necessary in all facets of advanced education. Dr. Jabra recommended that postgraduate students get recurrent training in these soft skills to maximize their talents.
Doctoral student Hanan Humaid of the Faculty of Education presented a scientific paper titled 'Directing Scientific Research in Graduate Studies in the Light of Vision 2030'. She reviewed the ways in which government and community sectors can benefit from research and development programs. She also reviewed how research studies can support the objectives set forth in Vision 2030.
MA student Hanan Saeed Al-Shahrani from the Faculty of Languages and Translation presented a paper titled 'The Reality of Volunteer Work and Voluntary Initiatives in our Universities'. She outlined various strategies to promote community development and nonprofit organizations. Ms. Al-Shahrani also stressed the importance of encouraging a culture of volunteerism among students. Universities should adopt a variety of programs to raise awareness of the importance of volunteer work and its relevance to national strategic goals.
Faculty of Education MA student Noura Mashbab presented a paper entitled 'The Scientific Thinking of Researchers and Information Technology in Light of Vision 2030'. In her presentation, she discussed the educational aspects of the goals set forth in Vision 2030. One of the primary goals is for the Kingdom to have at least 5 internationally recognized top universities. She noted that enhancing graduate programs is a method for raising a university’s capabilities and academic status.
Mariam Abdullah Khari, doctoral student and GSM Association member, presented a paper entitled 'Innovation in Scientific Research and the 2030 Vision'. She discussed the concept of scientific research and its role in the growth of knowledge and production of scientific advances as set forth in Vision 2030.
Faculty of Science graduate student Afaf Zafer Al-Qahtani presented a scientific paper titled 'Graduate Studies and Knowledge Production in Light of Vision 2030'. She explained how postgraduate programs greatly contribute to scientific advancement and sociocultural development. She noted that graduate programs produce the skills and talent needed for economic development. Today's students are tomorrow's researchers, scientists and thinkers driving society forward.
The university Dean of Graduate Studies, Dr. Ahmed Al-Faea, thanked and praised all of the presenters for their hard work and insight into the impact of graduate studies. He commended all of the students on their professional research methodologies and high publishing standards. Dr. Al-Faea pointed out that the Deanship will sponsor training workshops featuring each scientific paper to benefit more students.