King Khalid University
King Khalid University signed a cooperation agreement with the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSRelief). KSRelief is dedicated to coordinating and providing international relief to crisis-afflicted communities. The cooperation agreement will strengthen the partnership between both parties in accord with the commitment to develop a more impactful non-profit sector as set forth in Vision 2030.
His Excellency King Khalid University Rector, Prof. Falleh R. M. Al-Solamy, represented King Khalid University. His Excellency Dr. Abdullah al-Rabeeah, Adviser at the Royal Court and General Supervisor of KSRelief, represented his organization. The signing took place at KSRelief's headquarters in Riyadh.
Rector Al-Solamy explained that the purpose of this cooperation agreement is to ensure that the public's best interest is served in a systematic and consistent manner. The agreement encompasses a wide variety of areas. Cooperation will entail seminars, lecture, studies in the humanitarian field, training programs, and advisory programs. This will add to the symbol of humanitarian action the Kingdom holds.
On the 27th of Rabīʿ Al-Awwal, HRH Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Abdulaziz, Asir Governor, met with His Excellency King Khalid University Rector, Prof. Falleh R. M. Al-Solamy, and the first Badir Volunteer Group, in his office regarding the 'We Are All Volunteers Campaign' and other related initiatives. Also in attendance were the Regional Council and numerous government entity directors.
At the beginning of the meeting, HRH Prince Faisal bin Khalid welcomed the guests. After that, Community Service and Continuing Education Dean, Dr. Omar Alwan Ageel, commended the decisive role HRH Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and HRH Prince Turkey bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Asir Deputy Governor, hold in supporting the region's and university's sustainable development and growth. Dean Ageel explained that this meeting coincides with International Volunteer Day, which has been globally recognized beginning in the year 1985. He then noted that volunteering to help other individuals, our communities and people in other countries plays a substantial role in leading an exemplary life. Non-profit work, he related, is the best example of civic responsibility.
Dean Ageel: 'Non-Profit work is the best example of civic responsibility'.
The dean noted that the university's volunteer work encompasses a wide variety of fields that are cultural, environmental, and social in nature. With community service being one of the university's main priorities, the Deanship of Community Service and Continuing Education has implemented comprehensive requirements, clear objectives, and established the new Volunteer and Community Service Center to guide all activities.
At the conclusion of the meeting, Dean Ageel noted that King Khalid University successfully achieved its goals in delivering more than 500 activities to approximately 36,000 citizens all across the region. It is important, he explained, that we recognize the valuable contributions provided by numerous entities and specialists. While it is impossible to individually list all of the activities, most of them focused on:
- Cultural awareness;
- Social responsibility ;
- Lectures in schools and government sectors.
On Wednesday the 27th of Rabīʿ Al-Awwal, His Excellency King Khalid University Rector, Prof. Falleh R. M. Al-Solamy, was pleased to announce the university's inaugural 'We Are All Volunteers Campaign' along with the rollout of enhanced 'Badir Volunteer Work Platform' features. This new program is being spearheaded by the Deanship of Community Service and Continuing Education. The launch of this continuing volunteer effort coincided with International Volunteer Day, which has been globally recognized beginning in the year 1985.
The purpose of the university's 'We Are All Volunteers Campaign' is to raise awareness about volunteer projects and initiatives. Volunteering to help other individuals, our communities and people in other countries plays a substantial role in leading an exemplary life. Every able citizen should strive to contribute to society. Collectively, these efforts improve our world. In addition, volunteering time and resources leads to greater personal fulfillment and gratitude for the blessings bestowed upon those who volunteer.
The university's volunteer campaign is in collaboration with the Saudi Red Crescent Society in Asir and the Public Civil Defense Agency. The organizations will develop plans to have volunteers assist the community in a variety of ways. Also, an important objective is to help develop a culture of volunteerism and raise the number of civic volunteers to 1,000,000 individuals in support of the goals set forth in Vision 2030.
Vice Rector of Academic Development and Quality, Dr. Merzin Al-Shahrani, thanked the Rector for his continued support and enthusiasm for this and many other community service initiatives, such as the 'Tourism Awareness Tent' and the 'Summer Welcoming Initiative'. He also thanked the great multitudes of people who have, and continue to volunteer their time to good and worthy causes. Vice Rector Al-Shahrani reiterated the importance of volunteerism in our local and global communities. He also explained that developing charitable and civic volunteer programs would remain a high priority for the university.
Vice Rector Al-Shahrani: 'In collaboration with our civic and governmental partners, we will help foster a culture of beneficial volunteerism'.
Vice Rector Al-Shahrani added that the university has already instituted a cutting-edge volunteer coordination and tracking program known as 'Badir Volunteer Work Platform' that will work in accordance with the 'We Are All Volunteers Campaign'. This unprecedented platform allows and encourages potential volunteers to register and be matched with the appropriate civic and charitable efforts an interests. The program also tracks volunteer efforts and performance milestones on an on-going basis. This allows for easy analysis of program effectiveness and continuous improvement. This initiative both supports and develops the criteria for the larger objectives as set forth in Vision 2030. So far, hundreds of willing volunteers comprised of students, faculty, and staff have offered their considerable talents and enthusiasm towards worthy volunteer efforts. Community Service and Continuing Education Volunteer Work Supervisor, Dr. Ali Al-Shahrani, explained that the purposes of the 'Badir Volunteer Work Platform' is not just administrative. Instead, he related, it serves a greater purpose in that it aligns itself with Vision 2030.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, the Rector honored all of the organizers and participants in the 'We Are All Volunteers Campaign'. He also recognized those individuals participating in the 'Badir Volunteer Work Platform' and the 'Abha Tourist Initiative'.
On the 27th of Rabīʿ Al-Awwal, King Khalid University welcomed a delegation from the French diplomatic mission in the Kingdom. Among the honored guests were Health Consultant, Guiam Hoarau, Cultural, Scientific, and University Cooperation Consul, Karim Maatouq, and French Attaché, Adrien Rosie.
The event was officiated by Vice Rector for Graduate Studies and Research, Dr. Saad Al-Amry, Dean of Scientific Research, Dr. Hamid Al-Qarni, General Director of Scholarships, Dr. Ahmed Al-Amry, and a number of leading university scientific researchers.
Meeting topics included but were not limited to vital functions such as:
- Cooperative postgraduate scholarships in medicine;
- Collaboration with French universities;
- Summer postgraduate programs;
- Arabic as a second language programs.
There was widespread interest among our faculty and students in this program. A large number of teaching assistants attended. Also, based on demand, the entire program was presented via video link to other university campuses.
After introductory remarks by Dr. Ahmed Al-Amry, French Health Consultant Guiam Hoarau delivered a lecture on medical fellowship programs that are available to teaching assistants and lecturers in the medical field. After which, Attaché Rosie spoke about postgraduate programs available in France and then hosted a Q&A session with the attendees.