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On the 7th of Rabīʿ Al-Awwal, the Deanship of Scientific Research held a workshop at the Lasaan Campus titled 'Basics of Creating Scientific Posters' delivered by Dr. Ahaad Jaruf from Umm Al- Qura University.

Vice Dean of Scientific Research, Dr. Zehba Al-Ryzah, explained that the workshop is one of a series of weekly workshops offered by the deanship as part of the 'Developing Scientific Research Skills Program'. She emphasized that the program is under the aegis of the university rector and senior leadership's objective to provide a foundation for research in the university. The program aims to raise the level of scientific research performed at the university.

Al-Razya added that this workshop aims to identify and introduce the methods of creating scientific posters on a proper basis while improving the skills of faculty members and graduate students. It also encourages an increase of creative scientific posters that can be displayed at both domestic and international symposia.

Dr. Ahaad Jaruf discussed the characteristics of an academic model poster, introducing the style of writing, colors, images, and graphics to presenting a topic, noting that an academic poster delivers a summary of what a research paper holds. She also explained the uses of scientific posters in seminars, conferences, and talks.

Jaruf discussed the importance of scientific posters in summarizing papers and allowing viewers the opportunity to discuss new topics and exchange prospectives. Then, she displayed poster designs and sizes and spoke about the common questions that may revolve around posters in conferences, seminars, and symposia.

At the end of the workshop, Jaruf stressed the importance of poster design in attracting viewers and the common mistakes that occur in posters.

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On the 6th of Rabīʿ Al-Awwal, the Faculty of Sharia and Fundamentals of Religion hosted council members of the college program advisories at the Al-Lasaan Campus.

The meeting discussed programs and the methods to deliver outcomes that develop student talents in accord with job market needs. At the beginning of the meeting, Dean of the Faculty of Sharia and Fundamentals of Religion, Dr. Mohammad bin Zafer Al-Shehri, thanked His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy for his support and interest in the development of college programs. He also thanked Vice Rector of Academic Affairs, Dr. Saad Muhammad Du'ajim, and Vice Rector of Academic Development and Quality, Dr. Merzin Al-Shahrani, for their continuing support and guidance to accredit all university programs as part of the Waakb Transition Program.

Vice Dean of Academic Development and Quality, Dr. Yahya bin Mohammad Al-Hanish, explained that the meeting produced a large number of recommendations which serve as feedback for building the foundation of college programs. More importantly, he noted, the recommendations made by the students will be implemented such as providing them with more practical experience. He also expressed his gratitude to the entire Academic Development and Quality Team for their direct support and guidance.

A team of expert consultants participated in the decision process and will continue to serve in an advisory role. The Advisory Council includes:

  • Director of the General Branch of the Ministry of Islamic Affairs in Asir Region;
  • Director of the General Branch of the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice;
  • Abha Court President;
  • President of the Abha Administrative Court;
  • President of the Abha Capital Punishment Court;
  • President of the Khamis Mushait General Court;
  • Chief justice of Abha;
  • Head of the Second Justice in Abha;
  • Head of the Asir General Directorate of Education Islamic Education Department;
  • A number of legal lawyers.
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Under the patronage of His Excellency King Khalid University Rector, Prof. Falleh R. M. Al-Solamy, the Deanship of Academic Development and Quality held a workshop titled 'The Standards to Develop the Excellency Award' on the 6th of Rabīʿ Al-Awwal at Abha Palace Hotel in the presence of the university vice rectors, deans, vice deans, employees, and associates.

At the beginning of the workshop, Vice Rector of Academic Development and Quality, Dr. Merzin Al-Shahrani, welcomed the attendees and participants and thanked His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy for his support and encouragement in the launch of new award categories and the development of the Excellence Award.

The workshop discussed suggestions and amendments for category standards to accompany the Excellence Award. The awards include but are not limited to:

  • The Student Excellence Award;
  • The Research Award;
  • The Community Service Award;
  • The e-Learning Award;
  • The Faculty Member Excellence Award;
  • The Employee Award;
  • The Entrepreneurship and Invention Award.

At the end of the 100-person workshop, Dean of Academic Development and Quality, Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Hajri, thanked the university rector for actively supporting and developing the Excellence Award. He also thanked the university vice rector of academic development and quality for his effort and guidance.

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We are pleased to announce that the Deanship of e-Learning has received an invitation to participate in a conference organized by Quality Matters (QM), an international quality organization located in the United States.

QM is a non-profit organization dedicated to well-conceived, well-designed, well-presented courses and programs. QM analyzes and facilitates reviews of its members' e-learning courses. QM also proffers recommendations for improvements and provides certification for courses that have passed a rigorous review process.

The invitation and subsequent reception was conducted in the United States at a QM venue. QM’s International Executive Director received the delegation from King Khalid University. The university reviewed its cutting-edge learning technologies with the representatives of QM. Dean of e-Learning, Dr. Fahad Al-Ahmari, explained that our university’s extensive experience in developing and managing e-courses was shared with QM to the mutual benefit of both organizations. The invitation was also attended by Vice Dean of e-Learning, Dr. Adel Khamesh, QM Department Director, Abdullah Zubain, and Dr. Amir Kessentini, Faculty of Engineering QM expert.

King Khalid University is the first educational institution in the Middle East to partner with QM. Commencing in 2010, King Khalid University has developed more than 130 e-courses. All of these courses were developed in accordance with the latest quality standards in higher education. In addition, close to 50 courses have received QM model course recognition by the same number of duly certified internal reviewers. Of note, more than six hundred educators have been trained in the discipline of developing e-courses and ensuring compliance with the QM Rubric.

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The Intellectual Awareness Unit organized the 'WAIE' Awareness Program on the 5th of Rabi Al-Awwal at the Al-Mahala Campus. The program was led by Shura Council Member and Director of King Faisal Airfare College, Abdullah Abdul Kareem Al-Sadoon. The main aim of the discussion was to develop and encourage students to embrace the important role they hold in achieving the 2030 Saudi vision. The audience was primarily composed of the heads of student clubs and highly motivated university students.

Al-Sadoon discussed the importance of Vision 2030, encouraging students to get involved and aspire towards the future we plan for our county by developing talents and increasing efforts.

It is worth mentioning that the Intellectual Awareness Unit is keen to hold activities, events, and programs in different branches and departments in the university to guarantee that all students have the opportunity to benefit from the programs held.

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His Excellency King Khalid University Rector, Prof. Falleh R. M. Al-Solamy, opened the Cultural Entrepreneurship Exhibition on the 5th of Rabi Al-Awwal. The exhibition organized and supervised by the Talent and Creativity Entrepreneurship Center will operate for three days at the main campus in collaboration with the Social Development Bank, the International Entrepreneurship Center, the Bader Program, the iT Administration, and the e-Learning Deanship.

The exhibition includes a number of booths for entities from inside and outside the university. The stalls will display and introduce the services provided by the participating entities as well as the requirements and conditions to join or establish any new projects.

Director of the Talent, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship Center, Dr. Mohammad Al-Maghrabi, thanked Rector Al-Solamy for his continued support and encouragement. He stressed that spreading the culture of entrepreneurship is one of the main priorities of the center, noting that the spread of the culture of entrepreneurship and self-employment inspires ambitious young people to pursue their dreams and teaches the stages of building businesses as well as encouraging creativity. Al-Maghrabi explained that the event was launched during International Entrepreneurship Week in accord with global observation and to contribute to Vision 2030.

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The Saudi scientific teacher committee (JSM) held its fifth meeting on Monday the 4th of Rabi Al-Awwal at the main campus. The program was titled 'The Future of Leadership in Schools'. This is one in a multi-part series of educational sessions created in collaboration with the Training and Scholarship Administration of the Asir region. The purpose of this session was to review recent developments in education as related to the objectives set forth in Vision 2030.

The program was presented by esteemed educator Dr. Ali bin Nasser Shatwi. The session attracted 124 public educators from the Asir region. In this session, he focused on leadership development theory and the characteristics/requirements of effective leadership in education and academia.

It is noteworthy that for the first time the JSM is conducting certain activities under the supervision of King Khalid University. Faculty of Education of Dean, Dr. Abdullah Al-Kasi, has assumed the leadership of this project and has established several worthy objectives and an aggressive yet achievable plan to accomplish same.

The program aims to foster and strengthen the professional relationships between and among its members and stakeholders. Professional development by way of research studies, scientific/technical meetings and general educational seminars will be done in a collaborative environment.

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King Khalid University participated in the Sharjah International Book Fair held last month in the UAE. The university was represented by Khalid Al-Mushin from the Deanship of Library Affairs. This was done in collaboration with Abdul Hadi bin Muhammad Al-Shafi, the Saudi Consul-General in Dubai and Northern Regions, and Special Attaché, Dr. Rashid Al-Ghaydah.

The fair included several other universities in the Kingdom. Each university displayed and promoted scientific and research publications. King Khalid University’s contribution included 40 publications as well as various additional booklets and souvenirs promoting the fair and the university.

Of note, the university conducted a roundtable discussion involving several intellectuals and authors who espoused the virtues of scientific development and the advancement of knowledge through reading and publication. Saudi Consul-General Al-Shafi received a special honor for his participation and support.

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Recently the university conducted a study on the impact of women driving in the Asir region. The study focused on the impact of licensing women to drive on the region. In addition, the study explored the current state of roads and related infrastructures like parking lots, interchanges, and roundabouts.

The study team involved a variety of governmental stakeholders including:

  • The Asir Region Council;
  • The General Directorate of Traffic in Asir;
  • The Ministry of Transportation;
  • The Asir Regional Secretariat;
  • The University Agency for Projects;
  • The Institute for Research and Advisory Studies;
  • The Faculty of Engineering.

One inherent assumption of licensing women to drive is that there will be a significant increase in the amount of vehicular traffic throughout the region. The study was designed to provide an estimate of increased traffic flows and the resulting effects on related infrastructure. Of course, this information will be used for planning purposes for new and improved projects.

The primary methodology for the study was via empirical data collection through electronic resources. The pilot study was conducted in Abha, the capital of the region. The research was conducted under the supervision of Research and Advisory Studies Center Dean, Dr. Abdul Latef Ibrahim Al-Hudaithy. "We studied the potential impact of increased vehicle usage using the Sidra Intersection software package. The digital simulation models gleaned from the study indicate a net demand increase in roadway and related infrastructure usage of approximately 40%," said Dean Al-Hudaithy.

Based on the results of the study, the researchers and stakeholders compiled numerous recommendations designed to alleviate potential difficulties based on increased traffic to wit:

A. Asir Region Secretariat

  • Establishing a transportation engineering administration responsible for strategic planning and evaluation;
  • Establishing a female traffic safety committee;
  • Improving the efficiency of traffic courts;
  • Investing in the expansion of parking lots.

B. Asir Transport Unit

The Asir Transport Unit recommended the creation of a new risk and emergency management division with the following responsibilities:

  • Preparing general evacuation plans for the road network;
  • Establishing a department to measure behavioral trends that lead to accidents;
  • Expanding the installation of surveillance cameras to assure compliance and measure road usage in Asir.

C. Administrative Recommendations

  • Re-evaluating standards and testing procedures for driver certification;
  • Training female leadership in police departments to take on traffic and safety responsibilities;
  • Establishing a transportation engineering department in the Faculty of Engineering to improve transport planning throughout the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

D. Ministry of Transportation

  • Preparing environmental impact statements on infrastructure plans;
  • Establishing a public website to collect feedback from residents;
  • Building a regional urban transportation information system;
  • Collaborating with the relevant governmental authorities on surface transportation planning and improvement.

The Governor of Asir, HRH Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Abdulaziz, thanked the university and its faculty researchers for their hard work and dedication in conducting this study and proffering thoughtful recommendations for improving transportation in the region.

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At the closing of King Khalid University's cinematic activities, the Media and Communication Department displayed the first place film 'Accordion'. 'Accordion' was a course project by students Nouf Al Shehri, Rahaf Mubarak, and Nora Al-Ahmari under the supervision of Dr. Maryam Al-Ajmie. The film reviewed the changes in Abha from years 1996 to 2017.

The film 'Betra' took second place under the directorship of student Ghayda Al-Hazmi. It was a graduation project that discussed the generational fabric pattern art that characterizes women's clothes in the Asir region.

The film 'Victims of Thought' took third place under the directorship of student Razan Al-Hamad. It discussed the sad reality of youth unknowingly following false or misleading thoughts and ideologies.

At the end of the event, the Media Club honored the film director Areej Al-Hamd for her work on the film 'Momentum of Senses'. Her initiative within the Department of Media and Communication were noted and appreciated.


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