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King Khalid University Rector, Prof. Falleh R. M. Al-Solamy, issued a number of appointments and extensions as follows:

 

  • Appointment: Dr. Ali bin Abdullah Al-Shati, Dean of the College of Science;
  • Appointment: Dr. Ahmed bin Ali Al-Zemali, Vice Dean of Academic Development and Quality, Deanship of Community Service and Continuing Education;
  • Appointment: Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammad Al-Saad, Vice Dean of Academic Affairs, Deanship of Graduate Studies;
  • Extension: Dr. Mohammad bin Zafer Al-Shehri, Dean of the College of Sharia and Fundamentals of Religion;
  • Extension: Dr. Abdulmohsen Algarni, Dean of Admissions and Registration;
  • Extension: Dr. Hamid bin Majdoa Al-Qarni, Dean of Scientific Research;
  • Extension: Dr. Abdullah bin Saeed Al-Nasser, Dean of Library Affairs;
  • Extension: Dr. Yahya bin Mohammad Al-Hanish, Vice Dean of Academic Development and Quality, College of Sharia and Fundamentals of Religion;
  • Extension: Dr. Mohammad bin Abdullah Al-Mazeh, General Supervisor of Teaching Arabic to Non-Arabic Speakers Unit.

 

Congratulations to all of our colleagues who have achieved extensions or new appointments. His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy wished those granted extensions continued success in their endeavors. He also explained that we are looking forward to benefitting from the talents and efforts of the new appointees.

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Community service and outreach is a central function of institutions of higher learning throughout the Kingdom. Under the leadership of King Khalid University Rector, Prof. Falleh R. M. Al-Solamy, the supervision of Academic Development and Quality Vice Rector, Dr. Merzin Al-Shahrani, and the planning and hard work of Community Service and Continuing Education Dean, Dr. Omar Aqeel, King Khalid University is at the forefront for community service activities. The Deanship of Community Service and Continuing Education at King Khalid University concluded the first-semester activity programs for the 1439-40 academic year. 21 training programs with over 760 participants highlighted the activities. Dean Aqeel noted that these programs are designed to help meet the needs of the labor market in accordance with the 4th strategic goal of Vision 2030. He said: 'Increasing the employment rate within the Kingdom is critical. Enhanced labor participation through higher education and training programs is a fundamental goal. Achieving this will improve the economy, lead to greater productivity, and will inure to the benefit of everyone in our society'. He further noted that vocational training would be exceptionally helpful for the younger generation who will be entering the labor market in large numbers in the coming years.

 

Dean Aqeel stressed that volunteer work especially that which gives time, energy, and expertise to others, is a hallmark of the most advanced societies and the pinnacle of human development. 'Our work is founded upon clearly delineated goals and values and is closely supervised. This will ensure that our projects will remain focused, effective, and immune to potential misuse', said Dr. Aqeel. He then explained that our 10-program/100-volunteer Bader Initiative is linked to the 2020 National Transformation Program through the 5th strategic goal. This encourages volunteer work in conjunction with nonprofit organizations. He then highlighted that 20 community partnership programs were formed that benefitted approximately 6,000. These programs require creativity, personal sacrifice, and hard work; all of which must be maintained under the penumbra of our core values that make the Kingdom what it is today.

 

Dean Aqeel added that the Deanship offered a number of critical need advanced diploma programs, noting that 6 programs were rolled-out last semester with approximately 300 participants. These programs were designed in accord with the lauded goals as set forth in the 2020 National Transformation Program and Vision 2030.

 

Through a variety of programs, the Deanship of Community Service and Continuing Education is raising the skills and capabilities of the general public. By encouraging communication and developing partnerships among various entities across the Kingdom, the university is also creating synergies among the various stakeholders leading to exponential improvements within our schools and our communities.

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The Deanship of Admissions and Registration at King Khalid University announced the approval of internal transfer applications for this semester. Dean of Admissions and Registration, Dr. Abdulmohsen Algarni, explained that all transfer applications were made online, noting that there were 1,000 inquiry applications. The process resulted in the transfer of 600 students in accord with available classes and transparent rules and regulations.

 

Dean Algarni stressed that the Deanship of Admissions and Registration applied the average category system. This helped to accurately classify students according to their academic GPA and advise students on their preferences. To view data in connection to the process, please click here.

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The university's academic agency, represented by the Scholarship Student Administration, organized a trip for 46 scholarship students to perform Umrah and visit Al-Masjid An-Nabawī in Al-Madīnah Al-Munawwarah.

 

Accompanying the students on the trip was His Excellency Sheikh Saleh Al-Osaimi, member of the Council of Senior Scholars in Saudi Arabia. The students visited the King Fahd Glorious Quran Printing Complex to have a look at this great Islamic edifice, which is considered one of the great projects launched by Saudi Arabia to serve Islam and Muslims. After, students went on a tour of the Holy City observing the Kingdom's efforts in serving the guests of the Two Holy Mosques.

 

Scholarship Students Administration Supervisor, Dr. Saeed Al-Shahrani, confirmed that this trip is part of a series of activities and programs the administration provides for scholarship students with the support and encouragement of His Excellency King Khalid University Rector, Prof. Falleh R. M. Al-Solamy, and Vice Rector of Academic Affairs, Dr. Saad Muhammad Du'ajim. At King Khalid University, our scholarship program will focus on building strong ties with our scholarship students before they return home. In turn, the former students can continue to serve as ambassadors for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by nurturing continued collaborative programs. This will continue to enhance the Kingdom's reputation on the world stage.

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On the 22nd of Rabī' Al-Ākhir, Vice Rector, Prof. Muhammad Ali Al-Hasoon, on behalf of King Khalid University Rector, Prof. Falleh R.M. Al-Solamy, presided over the King Khalid University Horse Race Cup in the 40th season of the league. Abdullah Al-Saif the owner and coach of Al-Nafoor, the winning horse, received the award from Vice Rector Al-Hasoon in the university's 8th turn race at the Janadriya Equestrian Field in Riyadh.

 

It is worth mentioning that Al-Nafoor capped the campaign in impressive fashion by winning the 1,600-meter open race in a time of 1:36. The award was delivered in the presence of Equestrian Club General Director, Adel Al-Mazroa, and a number of college deans from King Khalid University.

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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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The Deanship of Admissions and Registration is pleased to announce that 3,128 of our illustrious students have completed their baccalaureate programs and are eligible for graduation in the 1439-40 academic year.

 

It is worth noting that the university has implemented a new graduation/degree issuance process to protect the integrity of the university and prevent fraud and forgery. This accredited process applies the highest certification standards to graduation and the associated legal documentation. The public can have complete confidence that those who produce evidence of their education at King Khalid University is both genuine and verifiable.

 

Dean of Admissions and Registration, Dr. Abdulmohsen Algarni, congratulated our newly minted degree holders from every college and discipline, wishing them great success in their professional and personal aspirations. Dean Algarni expressed his hope and confidence that our graduates will play an essential role in helping to achieve the technical, scientific, and economic development goals outlined in our national programs.

 

Of note, the Deanship of Admissions and Registration offers a document validation and degree verification e-service. This is part and parcel of the university's information systems modernization efforts and digital transformation.

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