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The university's Special Needs Center organized the International Disability Recognition Day on the 25th of Rabīʿ Al-Awwal. Vice Rector of Academic Affairs, Dr. Saad Du'ajim, presided over the event on behalf of His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy. The program was appropriately titled 'Empowering Those With Special Needs'. The purpose of this program is to raise awareness and showcase the capabilities of special needs individuals within the Kingdom.

At the commencement of the program, Vice Rector Du'ajim, accompanied a group of senior university leaders, toured the program exhibition booths. Exhibitors included:

  • Ibn Rushd Optical Center;
  • The Department of Special Education;
  • The Faculty of Applied Medical Sciences in Abha;
  • The Asiri Adult Disability Association (Azim);
  • The Saudi Special Education Association (Jaster);
  • The City Center for Hearing Impairment Organizations;
  • The Ambassadors Club;
  • The Special Needs Center.

Vice Rector of Academic Development and Quality, Dr. Merzin Al-Shahrani, reiterated that the university is fully committed to serving and developing students and community members with special needs. As part of this effort, the university will constantly improve its physical resources for accessibility and find new and innovative ways of helping special needs students achieve all of their potentials.

Vice Rector Du'ajim: 'It is both a duty and honor to provide those with special needs the best educational environment possible'.

The program included a film that discussed the role and services provided by the Special Needs Center. The film also reviewed the various means of communication the university utilizes to effectively communicate with its special needs community. In his address to the audience, the Vice Rector of Student Affairs confirmed that this will be an annual event. The underlying purposes will be to continually raise awareness of and empower those citizens in the special needs community. He noted that societal inclusiveness is a fundamental objective of Vision 2030 and development of people of all capabilities is a moral imperative of our advanced society.

Vice Rector Du'ajim recognized and thanked all of the college deans and vice deans supporting the effort. He called upon everyone to take an active role in empowering those with special needs. After, the guest of honor, Saudi Shoura Council Representative, Dr. Nasser bin Ali Al-Mousa, thanked the university for its efforts and attention. He added that our nation rightfully devotes great efforts towards serving those with special needs. This is evidenced by the recent creation of the King Salman Disability Research Center that collaborates with the Ministry of Labor and Social Development to confer an award recognizing development efforts towards those with special needs. Al-Mousa emphasized the evolving nature of human development concepts and the critical role of special needs citizens in the economy.

Special Needs Center Supervisor, Dr. Ameri Ali Jafar, thanked Vice Rector Du'ajim for sponsoring the ceremony. 'Our goal this year is to implement policies and procedures that will enhance inclusion and equality of people with disabilities', said Jafar. Immediately after, there was a symposium in which three main topics were discussed: The role of community institutions in serving special needs, the empowerment of persons with disabilities, and legislation/regulation for people with disabilities.

At the end of the event, the organizing committee and the special guests who participated in the program were honored. It is also worth mentioning that a similar event was held contemporaneously on the female campus so that everyone regardless of gender or disability could participate.

University Recognizes International Disability Day
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The iT Department is pleased to announce the First Annual Electronic Game Competition. The purpose of the competition is to utilize the incredibly popular hobby of electronic gaming to encourage learning and support innovation in the field of electronic game development. The competition will be divided into three main disciplines:

  • Cartoon animation and caricature art;
  • Video and graphics production;
  • Storyline development and game enhancement.

The competition is open to the general public. Registration will commence on the 19th of Jumādā al-Awwal. The event will take place in approximately two months. The Electronic Games Club will use this event as a basis for scouting and recruiting nascent talent in the field electronic gaming. Given the popularity and increasing importance of electronic gaming in society, it is critical that we discover and leverage the dormant capabilities of today's youth. It is also worth noting that such efforts are not limited to games and hobbies. The skills and abilities utilized in game development will cross over to broader technology fields such as information management and hard sciences.

The cartoon animation and caricature art segment of the competition aims to attract the most creative visual artists from the region. Character animation is an important medium for discussing issues and is an entertaining way of encouraging social cohesiveness.

The video and motion picture graphics segment will also be extremely valuable. Modern society is highly visual in communication and learning. As such, video and motion picture skills are becoming increasingly important. Videos are an important tool for informing and engaging the public in fun positive ways. The competitors have the difficult task of making videos that are relevant to the community development criteria set forth in the competition rules. All the while the videos must be entertaining, but must still stay within the 5-minute time limit.

Storyline development is one of the most challenging segments of game design. The producer must design a complex interaction among several different characters while maintaining a coherent and plausible story for the audience. Moreover, the story must maintain its inherent educational and/or civic responsibility themes while constantly entertaining the viewers.

Game development, whether creating an original or modifying an existing game, requires cognitive skill and technical ability. The developer must have a broad and vivid imagination to engage a wide variety of potential users. Also, the developer must temper his or her imagination so that the game does not substantially deviate from its intended themes and purposes. With the increases in computing power over the last few years, 3D games are now more common and realistic. A good designer must be able to take advantage of this technology without letting the near virtual reality visuals overtake the substance and message of the game.

To participate in the competition, please visit https://s.kku.edu.sa/EGC.

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Today, the 26th of Rabīʿ Al-Awwal, the university will host the 6th Annual World Engineer's Day at the College of Engineering. The program is designed to encourage and support current engineering students and would-be engineering students to pursue technical design and development careers. The activities include, as explained by Engineering College Dean, Dr. Ibrahim Idris Al-Falqi, project exhibitions in Building A. In addition, there will be career-oriented programs such as interviewing skills, resume writing, and student development initiatives.

Dean Al-Falqi recognized special guest Eng. Sayyaf bin Saeed Al-Shahrani who is the facilities management director of the southern sector of Saudi Electric Company (SEC). Director Al-Shahrani will lead a panel discussion on the benefits and challenges of professional engineering. Thereafter, they will be a Q&A session where attendees can ask all of the presenters a variety of questions related to engineering careers.

Engineering is an integral part of the objectives set forth in Vision 2030. It is important for the university to help motivate and support students in all engineering disciplines. King Khalid University is committed to providing both government and private industry with world-class engineering talents on an on-going basis.

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In late February 2019, the College of Business will host a conference concerning the Vision 2030 strategy and the 2020 National Transformation Project. The event titled 'The Conference of Balanced Development: Studies in HRM King Salman's Economic Vision'. His Excellency King Khalid University Rector, Prof. Falleh R. M. Al-Solamy, explained that the purposes of the event are to review the objectives set forth in the two national programs and to discuss the university's role in helping to achieve those objectives.

 

Vice Rector of Graduate Studies and Research, Dr. Saad Al-Amry, noted that the conference will focus upon economic and developmental issues in light of national philosophical and cultural values. Specifically, the program will discuss the numerous roles public universities play in implementing the various strategies. Some of the key themes of the programs and the conference are economic diversity in the Kingdom, technological development on a global basis, scientific research, and civic engagement. These are all part and parcel of HRM King Salman's economic and developmental visions, more particularly set forth in vision 2030. Vice Rector Al-Amry reiterated the key themes of economic and technological development and the roles public universities have in executing these strategies. He further noted the need for balancing economic and technological development with maintaining core Islamic values and social stability within the Kingdom.

 

Business College Dean, Dr. Fayez Al-Dafra, affirmed that the underlying purpose of the conference is to reach full consensus on the meaning of a 'balanced economy', especially with respect to the need for continued petroleum resources development versus the non-petroleum sectors. The conference will also address the consequential social implications and financial risks associated with the various economic strategies. Dean Al-Dafra explained that the conference will also discuss how the national strategy will greatly affect the Public Investment Fund's opportunities and risks in the near and mid-term timelines. All of this will require clear and thoughtful planning as well as detailed analysis of each project on an ongoing basis he related.

 

Conference Scientific Committee Director, Dr. Hussain Al-Obaid, addressed ongoing efforts. He reported that 69 papers have been submitted to the committee and 37 are currently under consideration. Twenty-two papers will be presented during the conference during five scientific sessions by researchers from 9 nationalities, including five researchers from outside the Kingdom. The conference will also include several workshops and panel discussions such as the Royal Economic Forum held on the first day of the event. Director Al-Obaid said that these research papers and scientific events are important for our overall objectives.

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The Special Needs Center at the Deanship of Student Affairs will hold a symposium under the title 'Empowering Special Needs' as part of the International Day of Disabilities activities tomorrow the 25th of Rabīʿ Al-Awwal.

 

Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. Abdullah bin Mansour Al-Atheed, explained that the symposium will include four main topics delivered by specialists and will discuss the role of social institutions in serving individuals with special needs, empowering individuals with special needs, ensuring equality, and legislation for persons with disabilities. A symposium will accompany the exhibition that includes the latest technologies in the field.

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King Khalid University's Urban Marathon Team won first place in the 'Urban Marathon Race'. The Saudi Universities Sports Federation conferred the award in collaboration with the University of Hail. His Excellency Hail University Rector, Dr. Khalil Ibrahim, and Director of the Saudi Universities Sports Federation, Dr. Abdullah Al-Bogmi, presided over the event.

His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy congratulated the members of the team on their outstanding achievement, stressing that the win was the result of the hard work and valiant efforts exerted by the students. Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. Abdullah bin Mansour Al-Atheed, congratulated His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy, pointing out that this success adds to the university's achievement and accomplishments.

Student Sports Activities Vice Dean, Dr. Khalid Ibrahim Asiri, explained that this victory is the result of relentless training and consistent routines. 'Our champions and their coach gave all that they had," he concluded.

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The Media and Communication Department at King Khalid University held an awareness campaign on metabolic disorders in newborns. 'Early Diagnosis to Protect Newborns' was the slogan designed in collaboration with the private sector.

 

The campaign's purpose focused on metabolic disorders in newborns and the critical importance of early detection to prevent disabilities. It was noted that the rare genetic disorder appears in the early stages of infancy leading to permanent disabilities.

 

The campaign is the graduation project for Strategic Communication Media Department students Shog Mohammad Al-Qarni and Hanan Mushabab. They worked under the supervision of Department of Media and Communication Head, Nora Al-Amer. The campaign team included Dr. Mohammad Hajie, who explained that the probability of this disorder is usually found with couples who share the same genetic history.

 

Dr. Hajie added the Ministry of Health has established a routine procedure in public and private hospitals to examine newborns and diagnose the disorder in early stages, which must take place in the first 72 hours of birth. He discussed the significance of the 'Genome Project' and the work that they do. The not-for-profit project finds cures for genetic disorders and diseases to prevent and protect the spread of genetic disabilities.

 

The campaign introduced the causes and symptoms of this disorder, including the lack of important enzymes in the body, which are responsible for converting nutrients from protein, carbohydrates, and fats to small molecules. In turn, this leads to the accumulation of nutrients in the body causing excessive concentration in the blood. With early diagnosis, it was related, the threat of toxins and cell inactivity are drastically reduced.

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On the 20th of Rabīʿ Al-Awwal, the School of Medicine hosted the 'First Annual Anatomy Exhibition' under the supervision of the School of Medicine Dean, Dr. Suleiman bin Mohammad Hamid. The purpose of the exhibition was to show how modern technology is used to educate future medical professionals about human anatomy and physiology. The exhibition included visual displays, an explanatory booth, and PowerPoint presentations showing the structures and functions of the human body.

Dean Hamid congratulated the students on their hard work and success in delivering a well-organized and useful exhibition. 'The School of Medicine is committed to providing a supportive learning environment that maximizes student potential', he said.

Anatomy Department Head, Dr. Mansour Al-Ghamdi, noted that this exhibition is the first of its kind and that a parallel exhibition was held concurrently at the Al-Samer Campus under the supervision of School of Medicine Assistant Dean, Dr. Sarah Ali Al-Shehri.

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The Department of Media and Communication held a workshop titled 'Become your Child's Language Specialist'. The purpose was to raise awareness of speech and language problems in children and review potential solutions. Media and Communication Students Abeer Hakami and Latif Al-Bishri worked in collaboration with the private sector on this as a capstone project under the supervision of Department of Media and Communication Head, Nora Al-Amer.

The professional campaign team included Dr. Rana Al-Masry, speech therapist, Dr. Ahmed Hakami, family doctor, and Dr. Fardos Al-Baha, psychologist. They reviewed the causes of language learning deficiencies and the strategies to mitigate these difficulties. They then had a Q&A session for the audience consisting of more than 300 visitors. At the end of the program, guests were provided booklets, flyers, and brochures to spread awareness of the campaign.

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