iT Internship Program
On the 10th of Rabīʿ Al-Awwal, His Excellency King Khalid University Rector, Prof. Falleh R. M. Al-Solamy, launched 3 new and unique initiatives in the information technology field. These initiatives focus on coding and professional development in the information technology field. This program is spearheaded by CIO, Dr. Salem Alelyani, and Vice Rector of Academic Development and Quality, Dr. Merzin Al-Shahrani.
The first initiative titled 'Coding Hour' is designed to increase student participation in computer science activities. Sponsored in cooperation with Code.org, the initiative reflects King Khalid University's active involvement in this internationally renowned campaign that has engaged at least 10% of students worldwide. This international effort focuses on making the computer science community more inclusive.
The second initiative, 'Asir Codes', is similar to the 'Coding Hour' noted above. It is designed to increase participation in computer science and related activities. However, this initiative is specific to and focuses services/training sessions on people and organizations within the Asir region. 'Asir Codes' is operated in collaboration with the Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Foundation (MiSK), a well-known and established non-profit dedicated to cultivating learning and leadership in youth for the Saudi Arabia of tomorrow.
The third initiative is an internship program in the information technology field. The program is under the tutelage of the General Directorate of Information Technology, and it provides opportunities for interns to help deliver best-in-class technical solutions. The program is guided by the university's determination to develop the Saudi information and communications technologies (ICT) talent pool.
His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy began the launch meeting by introducing the initiatives and explaining each project in detail. As to each initiative, he reviewed the purpose, importance, and role within the program. His Excellency praised the iT Department for its support and efforts in making these projects a success. He also noted that the opportunities resulting from these initiatives will lead to the discovery and or development of world-class coding talents now lying dormant within the Asir region. This will ensure that the Asir region will take a well-deserved role in being at the forefront of computer science and technical programming trends.
CIO Alelyani: 'All three initiatives are part and parcel of the broader goals to provide valuable services to the community'.
Moreover, CIO Alelyani explained that the initiatives and community service plans are an integral component of the national objectives set forth in Vision 2030 and the National Strategic Digital Transformation Plan.
Later, even more detailed information concerning each initiative was shared. In 'Coding Hour', the program leaders will foster a creative environment for learning, motivate students to participate in computer science, and teach the fundamentals of coding. The Saudi effort is in conjunction with programs in 180 other countries over a 3-week period in December.
Locally, the 'Asir Codes' initiative will teach the fundamentals of computer coding in a program spanning 100-days here in Asir starting in December. This initiative is the 2nd edition of a coding program conducted in cooperation with the Misk Charitable Organization. It expounds upon the effort conducted under 'Coding Hour' in that 'Asir Codes' is regionally focused. That is, 'Asir Codes' will focus on the cultural aspects of programming in the Kingdom and can be specifically tailored to showcase Saudi talents in information technology. As part of 'Asir Codes', the leadership is actively recruiting local subject matters coding experts to serve as ambassadors. These ambassadors will utilize the newly created web platform to train and develop coders throughout the region.
The pinnacle of training in these coordinated initiatives is the iT Internship Program. Its fundamental purpose is to take the talents and abilities of the participants and optimize them into practical experience. While other programs focus on theoretical knowledge, the interns will prepare for the rough and tumble real-world of information technology. Having been prepared by experts in their field, the interns will be ready for life 'in the trenches' in a high-quality environment under the supervision of the iT Department. This effort will support the strategic goals of the 2020 National Transformation Program and Vision 2030 in accordance with the program objectives.