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King Khalid University Rector, His Excellency Prof. Falleh R. M. Al-Solamy, recently announced the opening of several food service stations and cafeterias on various campuses throughout the university system. The food service enhancement effort is supervised by the university General Investments Administration.

 

The university aids the student body by providing access to high quality, reasonably priced food on the various campuses. In addition, these small food service enterprises support entrepreneurship and enhance local economic development. As supporting education and economic growth are key objectives of Vision 2030, the food service enhancement efforts serve two national strategic objectives with one initiative.

 

Supervisor of the General Investment Administration, Dr. Ibrahim Al-Asmari, explained that the new canteens and cafeterias are both modern and flexible in design. This will provide students with good, wholesome foods and allow for expansion or modification as needs and tastes change. He also noted that the General Investment Administration is planning foodservice additions at the female campus in Al-Samer, the College of Arts and Science in Sarat Obayda, and the male campus in Greger.

 

Dr. Al-Asmari also emphasized that existing food service facilities at various campuses will be maintained and upgraded on an ongoing basis. He also stated that the university plans to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Asir Municipality. The collaborative effort is to ensure the health and safety of food delivery services at the university. Various food vendors and food supply businesses will be actively participating in the health and safety efforts in cooperation with the university and the Asir Municipality.

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King Khalid University Rector, His Excellency Prof. Falleh R. M. Al-Solamy, inaugurated the "Mutma'anun" Guidance and Consultation Center at the main campus. The purpose of the center is to provide our valued students with professional psychological and emotional support during the course of their studies at the university. Rigorous academic programs can be quite stressful. Undue stress can cause a variety of adverse mental and physical issues that can seriously affect people's health. The staff at the new center will help our students cope with stress, and help alleviate potentially serious health issues. The center is managed under the auspices of the Deanship of Student Affairs, and will operate periodically on the main campus.

 

Upon arrival, His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy toured the exhibition tent and commended all of the faculty and staff participating in this initiative. 'Our students face complex problems and difficult circumstances. This center will provide professional assistance while maintaining a strict confidentiality policy. This will encourage our students to utilize the center' he said. The Rector noted that this is a pilot program that will be expanded to include other campuses within the university system.

 

The Director of the Guidance and Consultation Center, Mr. Abdullah Al-Dareem, explained that the "Mutma'anun" campaign is designed to raise awareness of stress-related mental health issues, and provide guidance to reduce the risk of psychological, emotional and physical harm that can result. Dr. Al-Dareem noted that he will conduct a survey to determine the levels of interest in and efficacy of the program. Dr. Mohammad Safran and Dr. Zafer Al-Hamad presented mental health-related lectures at the event.

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On Monday, His Royal Highness Prince Turki bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Governor of the Asir region, inaugurated the workshop titled 'The Role of Renewable Water in Economic Development'. The event was organized by the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture and hosted by King Khalid University.

 

Upon his arrival, His Royal Highness was welcomed by King Khalid University Rector, His Excellency Prof. Faleh R. M. Al-Solamy, and Undersecretary of the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture for Water Affairs, Professor Faisal Al-Subaie. At the beginning of the workshop, His Royal Highness briefed the participants on the importance of renewable water resources. He also explained how sustainable water development is an integral component of the Kingdom's economic development programs as set forth in Vision 2030 and its accompanying approved objectives.

 

In his speech at the opening ceremony, His Royal Highness noted that this was one in a series of workshops on the subject. Recently, Bisha University hosted His Royal Highness for a similar event. His Royal Highness explained that the workshops held at Bisha University and King Khalid University are a pilot program for a collaborative effort among relevant authorities and stakeholders that can raise awareness and affect environmental policy. The Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture is spearheading the effort as the issue is wholly within its jurisdiction. His Royal Highness thanked King Khalid University for its support and he also noted that institutions of higher learning play an essential role in educating the public on this and other important issues. His Royal Highness thanked and congratulated King Khalid University for its significant and unwavering commitment to environmental and other community service efforts.

 

Rector Al-Solamy then took the stage and welcomed His Royal Highness and all of the other participants. He stressed that water resources are precious to the Kingdom and an essential consideration for all future development plans and activities. He explained renewable water projects are a high priority for the Kingdom, and we are fortunate to have the domestic talent and expertise to implement these projects. He cited the efforts of the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture and King Khalid University in preserving and protecting the Kingdom's water supply.

 

Rector Al-Solamy then discussed several of the renewable water projects. The most important of which is the use of renewable water in agriculture and irrigation of public facilities. Rector Al-Solamy then asserted that the university is committed to raising awareness and educating the community on water resource usage. The university will also advance the body of knowledge concerning renewable water through high-level scientific research and development efforts.

 

Rector Al-Solamy: 'We, at King Khalid University, are doing our part to support intelligent and sustainable water usage in the Asir through education and scientific research'.

 

After that, the Undersecretary for Water Affairs at the Ministry, Dr. Faisal Al-Subaie, delivered a presentation on the vital statistics concerning expected water usage and sustainability requirements for the Kingdom under Vision 2030.

 

Central to the workshop was a discussion on existing renewable water efforts currently being conducted in Balqarn, Namas and Tanumah governorates.

 

Another critical point of discussion was the existing water pipeline from stations in Khamis Mushait and Abha running to various locations in the region. The current capacity is 150,000 cubic meters per day. The plan is to significantly increase capacity to supply additional farms, villages, and parks in around Asir. Work is expected to begin this year.

 

Of noteworthy mention is that the Asir region has ambitious short-term water sustainability objectives including:

 

  • Reuse of 150,000 cubic meters of water per day in Khamis Mushayt and Abha;
  • Reuse of 31,000 cubic meters per day in Balqarn, Namas and Tanumah governorates;
  • The development of natural areas in and around the cities to promote natural respiration and beautification;
  • The development of intelligent distribution networks and subsurface irrigation;
  • The expansion of afforestation programs in and around the region.
Renewable Water to Play Substantial Role in Economic Development
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The General Directorate of Information Technology (IT) carried out a number of electronic community initiatives during the first semester of the 1439-40 academic year. As part of its community service program, initiatives included 'Asir Codes', 'Coding Hour', and the iT Internship Program. The Asir Codes Initiative is part of the Saudi Codes National Initiative, which is a cooperative program with the MiSk Foundation for Saudi youth development. The program aims to educate and teach the fundamentals of coding through virtual and practical classes to prepare trainees to become coding ambassadors in the Asir region. The initiative spanned 14 meetings and was divided between practical sessions held in the university and virtual classes online. Of note, the initiative included 317 trainees and 64 instructors while the number of attendees online represented 75% of the participants.

 

Held contemporaneously with the initiatives was the 'Asir Codes Instructor Certificate' program. Participants in this program engaged two or more people on the fundamentals of coding through an interactive website. Even more, they documented the process through an article or a picture, which resulted in the participation of 23 members.

 

CIO Alelyani: 'The iT Administration is working on a number of initiatives that will greatly benefit the community and contribute to the rise of electronic awareness in our society'.

 

Of noteworthy mention, the initiative also completed several requirements as benchmarked in the Saudi Codes Initiative. They include 27% Javascript, 21% generating code, 25% Python, and 27% Saudi Coding Ambassadors. Furthermore, the Coding Hour Initiative was delivered in a number of schools as part of the non-profit initiative offered by Code.org. Code.org aims to teach the fundamentals of coding through a fun and easy to grasp method.

 

During the 'Coding Hour Initiative', the iT team visited a number of elementary and middle schools as follows:

 

  • 276 Students trained @ The 9th Elementary School and the 26th Elementary School in Abha;
  • 252 Students trained @ Abha Fist Middle School, the 25th Middle School, and the 9th High School in Khamis Mushait.

 

Central to raising electronic awareness in the community is the first edition of the iT Internship Program. The program was developed to simulate real-life work environments that require creativity and a strong work ethic. It will allow interns to bring their solutions and ideas to life while working on cutting-edge technology. Through mentorship, guidance, and challenging projects, interns will be able to evaluate and understand their performance capabilities in the field. The one-year program includes a variety of areas, including: Application Development, Cybersecurity, Design, Digital Content, Digital Transformation, E-Commerce, Information Protection, Network Design, Project Management, Programming/Program Development, Quality and Documentation, Systems Analysis, Systems Architecture, Systems Integration, and Technical Support.

 

Personal interviews were conducted to elect the candidates for the internship program.  A total of 17 qualified trainees were invited to join the program. The candidates were from various backgrounds such as computer science, information technology, and computer engineering backgrounds, as well as business and mathematics.

 

King Khalid University CIO, Dr. Salem Alelyani, said that the administration is working in accord with the vision of the university rector on many initiatives. Those initiatives, he noted, have and will continue to educate our communities and contribute to raising the level of electronic awareness in our society.

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Dean of the Faculty of Education at King Khalid University, Director of the Saudi Scientific Teacher Association (GSM), Dr. Abdullah Al-Kasi, attended the 9th meeting for the deans of the faculties of education in Saudi Arabia, which was hosted by the University of Tabuk. The meeting was attended by Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Education for Development and Planning, His Excellency Nayef Al-Jabri, Tabuk University Rector, His Excellency Dr. Abdullah bin Mofareh Al-Deyabie, Acting Director of Tabuk Education, Dr. Sultan Al-Enezi, deans of education colleges in Saudi universities, and representatives of Tabuk University.

 

The meeting included a number of scientific sessions. The first session, titled 'Competency-Based Education,' was presented by Dr. Patrick Griffin. Dr. Sandra Milligan followed after, presenting on 'University of Melbourne Experience in Teacher Education Programs'. The third session was delivered by the Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Education for Development and Planning, Nayef Al-Jabri. The presentation was titled 'Policies Implemented to Renew Teacher Education Programs'.

 

The second day of the meeting also witnessed three sessions. The first session was delivered by Dr. Abdulrahman bin Abdul Malek Al-Kamel. Following after, Dr. Samya bint Naser Al-Mahwos discussed the highlights of the competency-based education program in the Kingdom. The meeting was concluded by a session for the Dean Al-Kasi. Dean Al-Kasi introduced the GSM teacher association, explaining the association's establishment and goals. At the end of the session, Dean Al-Kasi handed the honorary memberships to the deans of the faculties of education.

 

It is worth mentioning that the meeting was held as an opportunity for the exchange of expertise and open discussions in the field of education.

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On Monday King Khalid University will host a workshop on the 'The Role of Renewable Water in Economic Development' at the main campus. The Ministry of Environment, Water & Agriculture organized the event under the aegis of the Governor of the Asir region, His Royal Highness Prince Turki bin Talal bin Abdulaziz.

 

The purpose of the workshop is to raise community awareness about water renewal technologies and its relationship to economic development in the Kingdom. The workshop hosts will review a variety of current and planned renewable water projects. The initiatives are concurrent with renewable energy development plans to support the overall objective of sustainable growth and development.

 

The event will also include an exhibition to introduce members of the public to the fundamental principles of renewed water solutions and its impact on the economy. The latest projects in the Asir region will be the focal point of the plenary sessions, which will include an examination of wastewater treatment policies and procedures.

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During the 7th annual health awareness and education program in Bariq, the Deanship of Community service hosted a number of lectures and training programs. Nearly 200 participants attended the various workshops and events.

 

Dr. Amira Al-Satrofie conducted a seminar on cyber-security. Her presentation was on the importance of maintaining the security and integrity of digital systems. She reviewed the leading threats to digital security, as well as the challenges and opportunities in developing security systems and protocols. She also explained the fundamental differences between information security and cyber-security.

 

Dr. Mohammed Abkar conducted a follow up to an earlier presentation by Dr. Al-Satrofie detailing methodologies for the safe use of the internet. Dr. Akbar focused on cyber-crime perpetrated against a variety of groups. He reviewed the various motives and strategies cyber-criminals use. Dr. Akbar presented protection methods that effectively stop all from becoming victims of Internet-based criminal activity.

 

The health event also included a seminar by Dr. Ibrahim Muntha titled 'Home Healthcare for the Elderly'. The presentation focused on the everyday needs and care requirements for seniors. Dr. Muntha reviewed the symptoms and treatments for ailments including: Respiratory, digestive, skeletal, musculoskeletal, urinary tract, dermatological and sensory issues that are prevalent among senior citizens.

 

Trainer Samar Mansour conducted a program titled 'Rationalization of Consumption, A Religious and National Demand'. This presentation was specifically for teachers. The purpose was to enlighten participants about the concepts and benefits of spreading Islamic teachings and culture. Mr. Mansour explained the role that modern media has on Islamic consumption.

 

King Khalid University is so pleased to present such a diverse menu of useful activities and seminars for the health awareness and education initiative. We hope that this annual event will continue to reach more people and provide valuable services to the community.

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The Faculty of Sharia and Fundamentals of Religion represented by the Department of Holy Qur'an Sciences is pleased to announce the inaugural Holy Qur'an Week. The program, titled 'By the Holy Qur'an We Live', runs all week and espouses the virtues of the Holy Qur'an.

 

Dean of the Faculty of Sharia and Fundamentals of Religion, Prof. Mohammad Dhafer Al-Shehri, explained that the program will start on the 21st and continue to the 25th of Jumādā Al-Awwal. There will be a variety of workshops, seminars, readings, and cultural discussions. The program also features an audio/visual exhibition accompanying the various live participation events.

 

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the world-leader in preserving the Islamic faith. As such, it is our duty and honor to host such programs. King Khalid University is committed to supporting and encouraging all efforts to increase knowledge and awareness of the Holy Qur'an.

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King Khalid University sponsored a three-day course on cybersecurity. The 3-day course was conducted by the Department of Cybersecurity and titled 'Protecting Individuals and Institutions Against Cyberbullying'. The course was geared to government agencies in the Asir region.

 

This course is part and parcel of a public cybersecurity initiative. It also falls under the purview of the recently established Cybersecurity Administration. The purpose of the program is to raise awareness of cybersecurity risks and discuss various strategies and methods for mitigating said risks.

 

Department of Security Governance and Awareness Director, Prof. Firas Shahbi, explained that human beings are almost always the weakest point in any electronic security system. Employee ignorance or lack of diligence with respect to securing information systems is the number one factor in the vulnerability of secured electronic systems. Raising awareness of the risks and educating employees is a critical need and should be a primary objective of any integrated cybersecurity program.

 

In his presentation, Shahbi reviewed fundamental concepts and basic terminology of cybersecurity. He then presented some important statistics and global cybersecurity trends. He gave examples of the reasons for and basic tenets of cyber-attacks on government agencies. He then explained various security stratagems focusing on internal policies, procedures, and risk management programs. Again, he emphasized the human element as the greatest risk factor in electronic security. Finally, he outlined some of the essential technical solutions that also help mitigate the risk of cyber attacks.

 

Of noteworthy mention, the Cybersecurity Administration seeks to enhance cybersecurity by raising awareness of relevant issues and conducting workshops for government agencies on the importance of data security.

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Recently, the university held an Intellectual Security Forum (Digital Citizenship). The Intellectual Awareness Unit conducted the forum on behalf of King Khalid University Rector, Prof. Falleh R. M. Al-Solamy. At the conclusion of the forum, there were two plenary sessions regarding the practical application of intellectual security theories.

 

The first session, moderated by Dr. Dwla Asiri from King Khalid University, focused on education and intellectual security. King Khalid University faculty member, Dr. Lubnaa Al-Ajmi explored this topic in-depth by presenting a research paper on the role of educational institutions in promoting digital citizenship. As social media and mass communication via the internet are relatively new phenomena, maintaining intellectual security and societal cohesiveness are new areas of study in education. As such, this nascent field requires intensive research by institutions of higher learning such as King Khalid University. This research will help clarify the security issues and reveal potential solutions to any societal challenges resulting from advancing technologies.

 

Supervisor of the Guidance Center at King Khalid University, Dr. Khudran Al-Shane, presented a paper on the danger of electronic games and its relationship with digital citizenship. In sum, he concluded inter alia that mitigating risk in this area requires a comprehensive and cooperative effort. He highlighted the many treatment programs adopted by many institutions such as the Ministry of Health and numerous social centers.

 

The second session, moderated by student Khalood Al-Amer from King Khalid University, focused on the inherent risks of social media usage and the various strategies to mitigate danger to young people through education. King Faisal University student Abdulrahman Al-Rashidi discussed the social implications of the illegitimate use of social media and other electronic technologies. He also summarized the various stratagems for preventing such harmful effects. Then, Abdulrahman Al-Hadi from Tabuk University defined and discussed the parameters for intellectual security and the framework for proper countermeasures. He also stressed the importance of maintaining social order in the face of threats to intellectual security.

 

Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz University student, Abdulaziz Al-Eid, presented a paper on the impact of social networking on the youth population. He recounted the numerous intellectual fallacies permeating the internet ecosystems. Hail University student, Atef Al-Rashidi, and Islamic University student, Abu Fajlah bin Abas, presented their paper on the same topic in which they reached similar conclusions as to the dangers of social media.

 

There was also a training course titled 'The Role of Educational Institutions in Promoting National Unity' presented by Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Haleel. The training focused on empowering student leaders, such as club presidents and other student body organizations, to educate others on preventing the harmful effects of social media. Dr. Al-Haleel conducted in-depth discussions on the following important issues:

 

  • Intellectual security and its relationship with national unity;
  • The role of social institutions in intellectual security;
  • The risk of extremism and violence promoted on the internet;
  • Substantive indicia of breach of intellectual security.

 

At the conclusion of the meeting, the forum participants agreed upon a number of recommendations to address the issue of intellectual security as follows:

 

  • Parents play a key role in monitoring their children's social media usage to prevent them from engaging in improper or otherwise harmful communications and content;
  • Educators and educational institutions must raise awareness of the issues and educate young people on the proper use of their social media and other applications;
  • To empower both young men and women to mentor and support one another in issues of intellectual security comporting with Vision 2030;
  • Forming stratagems to hold social media and other communication providers accountable for content permitted on their platforms;
  • The responsibility of educational institutions to develop curricula that raises awareness and enhances intellectual security in electronic technology environments;
  • Develop cadres of young men and women for leadership positions in intellectual awareness and education;
  • Form a committee regarding the risks involved in youth video games;
  • Prepare education and training kits comprised of materials intended to raise awareness and promote intellectual security;
  • Propose that the intellectual security forum be a standing annual event at the university in order to keep the issue at the forefront of public awareness.

 

The participants thanked the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Crown Prince, Vice President of the Council of Ministers and Minister of Defense, for their stalwart support and sponsorship of these vital national programs, which will help ensure the continued strength and unity of the Kingdom. The participants also thanked the Minister of Education and the Deputy Minister of Education for their approval of and participation in the forum. They also thanked His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy for his tutelage and guidance leading to the success of this forum.

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