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Under the aegis of Vice Rector, Dr. Mohamed Ali Al-Hassoun, the University Agency sponsored a training workshop titled 'International Safety and Health Management Standards System Course- ISO 45001: 2018'. Engineer and advisor to the Strategic Planning Department Mohammed Saad Al-Banna, presented the program. The purpose of the workshop was to familiarize the attendees with the framework, structure and particular requirements of the aforesaid international health and safety standards pursuant to International Safety and Health Management Standard System (HSH) 45001: 2018.

 

Event co-sponsor and advisor to the Strategic Planning Unit, Dr. Khalid Abu-Hakma, noted that the workshop was directed towards university employees working in engineering, safety and security units within the KKU system. He stated that it is important for the university to meet or exceed international standards and industry best practices for health and safety among all functional departments.

 

88 staff members attended the event, and the Vice-Rectors recognized Mr. Al-Banna for his hard work in organizing and leading the program activities.

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The participants at the 'Crisis and the Media' conference (previously reported) announced their findings and recommendations. First, the team recommended the establishment of a national media crisis center. Its purpose would be to monitor critical events, prepare for a variety of possible crisis development scenarios and respond to actual crises through a centralized, media-savvy group of professionals. The center could also educate and train public and private individuals and institutions on the fundamentals of crisis management and media relations.

 

The conference committee also recommended the publication of a crisis management field guide. This publication would document principles of emergency management and provide guidance on response procedures and practices. The field guide would also include data analysis, case studies and expert recommendations on decision analysis focusing on statistics.

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Five researchers presented research papers at the 'Crisis and the Media' conference. The purpose of the conference was to discuss the role of the media in creating, mitigating or exacerbating international crises.

 

Deputy editor of the Al Ashram newspaper, Dr. Samya Abu Al-Naser, presented a paper titled 'Media and Crisis'. Dr. Naser stressed the importance of awareness of emergency situations. In theor,y the media should present facts. However, many international media outlets seem to have a penchant for mismanagement, misunderstanding, misjudgment, bias and conflicts of interest in much of their reporting. Many outlets have lost credibility with the public. These international organizations should be striving to improve credibility, but many are doing a poor job.

 

Dr. Naser also pointed out that the public plays a role in media disinformation. Many people comment on social media, blogs and the like. A fair number of these individuals are 'trolls'. That is they comment using false or anonymous names. They deliberately try to support or undermine the author for their own selfish purposes. Many try to change or shape the narrative for their own reasons notwithstanding facts. These trolls are responsible for creating and spreading a large volume of fake news.

 

Dr. Salami Asaadani of the university Department of Media and Communication presented a joint paper with Dr. Laila Nasir Fakiri from the Department of Information titled 'Communication Strategies in Managing Economic Crises'. In their research, they addressed the main causes of socioeconomic crises, namely cultural misunderstanding and abuse of authority. The authors briefed the audience on strategies to prevent and mitigate crisis situations.

 

The researchers pointed out the inadequacy of the most prevalent crisis management strategies. Many leaders simply and falsely deny that there is a problem. This is usually a losing proposition as the truth ultimately gets revealed, thus undermining the speaker’s credibility. Another losing strategy is to falsely minimize the severity of the situation. Again, this destroys credibility as the truth comes out. The researchers concluded that careful analysis and truthful communications is almost always the best way forward. Lying or 'spinning' the facts just makes a bad situation worse

 

Dr. Asaadani presented a companion research paper titled 'The Science of Crisis Management'. His research explores the various approaches in crisis management including comparative, historical and analytical strategies. He compared and contrasted the roles of each approach in modern media.

 

Dr. Kashif Jamal from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India presented a paper on the underlying reasons for international security crises. He discussed the political, economic, societal, ideological and environmental causes for crisis level situations at the international level. Dr. Jamal also reviewed descriptive, analytical and historical methods of analyzing crises. He also discussed the critical role that media and security services play in crisis situations. Popular media has a great influence on public opinion, which in turn can greatly impact government action. Rumors, innuendo, misleading or incomplete information can lead to clouded judgment and poor decision making.

 

Dr. Anas Al-Qarawi from the university Department of Media and Communication presented the final paper titled 'Crisis Management Strategies: Towards Further Development of Preventive and Predictive Techniques'. He discussed the various major causes of international crises such as mismanagement, miscommunication, rumors, and mistrust. He also reviewed the stages of a crisis, and the importance of building a solid crisis management team that is trained and prepared to respond to an emergency quickly and effectively. This is an important element of responding to crises both large and small.

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In the third session of the Media Crisis Conference, the speakers opined that Twitter and other social media can be more specific and timely than official data from aid agencies or relief organizations. However, they noted, not all of this massive information is useful, and the sheer volume can be overwhelming.

 

Dr. Ali from the Science Academy in Sudan used Twitter as a model. He pointed out that social media and technology today has increased the opportunities for news coverage, noting that sheer volume can be overwhelming. Furthermore, Dr. Ali researched the impact of social media in comparison to traditional news resources during crises. He pointed out that the secret to the popularity of these social networks is the absence of authentic sources. He also discussed the opportunities available in social media to amplifying news through presenting models and samples from previous situations.

 

On his part, Dr. Dyar Syak from Al-Furkan Islamic University in Côte d'Ivoire explained that social media networks are quicksand for the spread of rumors and fake news. Dr. Dyar added that his research aims to provide legal solutions to manage rumors and false news. Dr. Dyar called on the necessity of establishing an international association to follow rumors and fake news, in addition to setting media strategies to maintaining social media content in crises.

 

Media and Communication Associate Professor from King Abdulaziz University, Dr. Khuloud Abdullah Melliani, maintained that social media is among the most popular sources on which Saudi youth rely on for news during crises.

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His Royal Highness, Prince Turki bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Governor of the Asir Region, sponsored the 3rd annual 'Crisis and the Media' conference at the Abha Palace hotel during the 13-14 of Rajab 1440. King Khalid University Rector, His Excellency Prof. Falleh Al-Solamy, conducted the ceremony on behalf of King Khalid University. The purpose of this international conference was to discuss the various roles of the media with respect to large-scale political, geopolitical, economic and social crises. The University Media and Communication department organized the event. In the two preceding years, the media department sponsored similar international conferences on 'Media & Rumors' and 'Media & Terrorism'.

 

During the conference, His Royal Highness identified the numerous roles of media regarding how to effectively handle social crises. He thanked King Khalid University for organizing the conference, which will serve the community. He maintained that King Khalid University is home to extraordinary faculty and staff, noting that the outcomes of this conference will certainly help the Kingdom.

 

King Khalid University Rector, His Excellency Prof. Falleh Al-Solamy, welcomed His Royal Highness and guests. In his opening remarks, the Rector thanked His Royal Highness for his patronage and support of the conference. He also thanked all of the organizers and participants. The Rector opined that 'The international media has tremendous power and can greatly influence, or even create, significant world events. We must be prepared to engage with and respond to the international media under many different circumstances'.

 

His Royal Highness Prince Turki bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud: 'What the university offers is a representation of what it holds and stands for'.

 

Scientific Committee advisor and head of the Media and Communication department, Dr. Ali bin Shuwail Al-Qarni, thanked His Royal Highness for his generous sponsorship, explaining that this conference was chosen because of the critical importance of strategies for engaging with the media in crisis management. Dr. Al-Qarni noted that journalistic malfeasance significantly affects political, economic and social events throughout the world. Therefore, it is critical to engage with the international media to prevent or mitigate adverse consequences of misconduct. He also pointed out that the number of abstracts submitted to the conference reached 400, but after the committee decision, 50 papers were selected representing 15 different nationalities.

 

Regarding the history of the Department of Media and Communication at the Faculty of Humanities at King Khalid University, Al-Qarni explained that the department was established 6 years ago, and in a short period has managed to organize three international conferences.

 

More than 60 people representing 15 nationalities participated in the conference. In attendance were a variety of academics, Asir region government representatives and members of the domestic media. There were 10 scientific sessions and 2 panel discussions.

The Inauguration of the Media and Crisis Conference
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His Royal Highness, Prince Turki bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Governor of the Asir Region, sponsored the 3rd annual 'Crisis and the Media' conference at the Abha Palace hotel during the 13-14 of Rajab 1440. King Khalid University Rector, His Excellency Prof. Falleh Al-Solamy, conducted the ceremony on behalf of King Khalid University. The purpose of this international conference was to discuss the various roles of the media with respect to large-scale political, geopolitical, economic and social crises. The University Media and Communication department organized the event. In the two preceding years, the media department sponsored similar international conferences on 'Media & Rumors' and 'Media & Terrorism'.

 

In his opening remarks, the Rector thanked His Royal Highness for his patronage and support of the conference. He also thanked all of the organizers and participants. The Rector opined that 'The international media has tremendous power and can greatly influence, or even create, significant world events. We must be prepared to engage with and respond to the international media under many different circumstances'.

 

The conference included a multitude of topics such as:

 

  • The international media's power to create or exacerbate crises;
  • The international media's power to avoid or mitigate crises;
  • The international media's penchant for misinformation/disinformation in crises;
  • Strategies for engaging with the media in crisis management.

 

Scientific Committee advisor and head of the Media and Communication department, Dr. Ali bin Shuwail Al-Qarni, explained that the foregoing topics are of critical importance to most every national government and major organization today. The international media landscape is broad and vast. Information proffered in many outlets is often incomplete, misleading or even false. In many parts of the world, journalism is a failing profession. Many so-called 'journalists' are really agenda driven activists, and others are simply incompetent. Dr. Al-Qarni noted that journalistic malfeasance significantly affects political, economic and social events throughout the world. Therefore, it is critical to engage with the international media to prevent or mitigate adverse consequences of misconduct.

 

More than 60 people representing 15 nationalities participated in the conference. In attendance were a variety of academics, Asir region government representatives and members of the domestic media. There were 10 scientific sessions and 2 panel discussions.

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King Khalid University Rector, His Excellency Prof. Falleh Al-Solamy, is pleased to announce a new program called the 'Be Part of It' initiative. This new student organization is a collaboration of the Anaya student club from the College of Nursing in Khamis Mushait and the Nazaha club from the Deanship of Student Affairs at Greger. The purpose is to encourage integrity and honesty in each individual's academic, professional and personal affairs.

 

The inauguration ceremony opened with a reading from the Holy Qur'an, followed by an explanation from the club leader Raed Al Qahtani on the goals, and strategies to achieve higher levels of honesty and integrity in society.

 

In the Rector's opening remarks, he commended the organizing members of the initiative as well as those who chose to join the effort. He urged all students to follow a virtuous path of unwavering integrity in every aspect of life. The Rector commented on the importance of the new initiative in helping people avoid succumbing to the unholy temptations of deception and deceit.

 

Later the organizers presented a short video introducing the new initiative and further explaining the club's history, objectives and strategic plan. The initiative is active online with links to the university's main website. Students are being encouraged to participate via text messages. At the end of the ceremony, the organizers thanked the Rector for his patronage and presented him with a commemorative plaque.

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His Royal Highness, Prince Turki bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Governor of the Asir Region, presided over the university graduation ceremony on Monday. This is the 21st graduating class of King Khalid University in which 13,450 students received their respective degrees. The ceremony was at the Prince Sultan Sports City facility in Mahala.

 

The ceremony began with King Khalid University Rector, Prof. Falleh Al-Solamy, welcoming His Royal Highness and his entourage to the event. After further welcoming remarks to the graduates, their families, friends and the faculty, there was a reading from the Holy Quran followed by the customary march of the graduates.

 

In his speech to the graduating class, Rector Al-Solamy said that he was overjoyed to witness yet another group of bright, young students achieve their academic dreams. 'On behalf of the entire university community, we congratulate each and every one of you for a job well done. We also express our gratitude to your family and friends in supporting you throughout your college career. University life is not easy, and our new graduates certainly needed the comfort and encouragement of their loved ones to complete this long journey' he said. The Rector then admonished the 21st graduating class that the benefits of their respective degrees come with great responsibility. 'Your communities and our nation look forward to you assuming leadership roles in government and private industry. We are counting on you to help in the cause of national development, while preserving our national heritage and precious cultural values' said Rector Al Solamy.

 

Rector Al-Solamy to the Graduates: 'Your communities and our nation look forward to you assuming leadership roles in government and private industry. We are counting on you to help in the cause of national development, while preserving our national heritage and precious cultural values'.

 

Dean of Admissions, Dr. Abdulmohsen Algarni, congratulated the graduating class. He noted that rigorous academic programs are very challenging. Dr. Alani thanked the faculty members who work closely with the students, helping them overcome obstacles and deal with setbacks. He then recited the vital statistics on the class of 2019. The new graduates represent 29 colleges and more than 80 different academic programs. There were 11,358 bachelors degrees awarded, while 1,588 graduates received associates diplomas. He noted that despite the great number of programs, the KKU maintains the highest academic standards throughout the university system. The Dean said that he was looking forward to engaging with another new group of young students this next academic year.

 

Later in the ceremony, the students performed an operetta titled 'Ambition'. The audience was both surprised and delighted by this program.

 

His Royal Highness then congratulated the 21st university class of 2019 including those receiving master and doctorate level degrees. His Royal Highness Prince Turki also recognized those international scholarship students receiving their degrees from King Khalid University. The Prince took photographs with the faculty and graduates. Afterward, the Rector presented His Royal Highness with a plaque commemorating the ceremony and thanking him for his continued patronage.

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King Khalid University Rector, His Excellency Prof. Falleh Al-Solamy, is pleased to announce the launch of the pharmacy preparatory course for the SPLE exam. The course is conducted on the KKUx electronic learning platform. KKUx is a collaboration between the Deanship of e-Learning and the College of Pharmacy. Dean of e-Learning, Dr. Fahad Al Ahmari, and the Dean of the College of Pharmacy, Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Saieri, joined the Rector in announcing the new course. A team of 28 faculty members from the College of Pharmacy created the preparatory course. The series includes more than 500 videos which contains more than 4,500 minutes of exam preparation lessons.

 

His Excellency the Rector commended the initiative and all of those individuals who worked so hard to make the new course possible. He pointed out that preparing for standardized professional tests is critical for students and recent graduates. The test result can mean the difference between a successful career and years of struggle or disappointment. 'The university is committed to making sure our students and graduates can fully exhibit their knowledge and skills on professional exams', said the Rector.

 

Vice Rector of Academic Affairs, Dr. Saad Du'ajim welcomed the initiative and congratulated the creators. He said that preparing students and graduates for the job market is a fundamental mission of higher education and a top priority in serving the university’s alumnae. He further explained that supplying the labor market with talented professionals is a critical aspect for socioeconomic development and an element of the national growth strategy.

 

Vice Rector Du'ajim stated that the Health Specialties Authority decided to begin testing pharmacy candidates for professional licensure starting in 2019. In developing the pharmacy test preparation course in advance, King Khalid University was and is ready to present our graduates for evaluation. Dr. Du'ajim noted that the KKU course is the first of its kind among Saudi universities and will likely serve as a model for other institutions.

 

The preparatory course encompasses a review of basic medical sciences, plus intensive reviews of pharmacy methods, procedures, and pharmacological knowledge. The course allows for multiple practice tests and provides the user with detailed reports showing areas in which the test taker is strong, and areas where s/he needs improvement. To date, more than 1,500 people have taken the review course for the pharmacy test.

 

For more details on the program visit the website https://kkux.org/.

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The Deanship of Scientific Research is hosting a conference 'The Impact of Research and Development Initiatives on Research in Saudi Universities and Economic Development' conference from 20 to 21 Rajab 1440H (27 to 28 March 2019). The conference was organized under the tutelage of His Royal Highness, Prince Turki bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Governor of the Asir Region. The purpose of the conference is to discuss strategies for using enhanced scientific research methods and advanced technology for national development initiatives under Vision 2030 and its appendant documents.

 

The Rector first thanked His Royal Highness for his patronage of the conference and continued support for King Khalid University. He then thanked all of the organizers and participants who made the conference possible. The Rector stated that 'a primary goal of the conference is to establish partnerships and exchange programs with other experts in a variety of scientific disciplines. These mutually beneficial exchanges will help increase our core research competencies and enhance the academic qualifications of our degree programs'.

 

Vice Rector for Graduate Studies and Scientific Research and Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the Conference, Dr. Saad Al-Amri, said that the Ministry of Education launched a series of research and development initiatives to promote scientific research in Saudi universities. This conference comports with the objectives of the Ministry’s objectives. The Ministry has the full backing of national leadership as evidenced by the 6 billion Riyal budget for program activities. About a year ago the Ministry of Education launched an 'International Cooperation Initiative' in Riyadh. This program was designed to promote and provide funding for partnerships between Saudi universities and international research centers in various scientific fields. These efforts strengthen international cooperation and supports scientific research strategies that are critical to Vision 2030 milestones and ultimate objectives.

 

The Dean of Scientific Research and the Chairman of the Scientific Committee, Dr. Hamid bin Majdoua Al-Qarni, explained that the conference aims to highlight research and development capabilities in Saudi universities and develop research, developmental priorities, and implementation strategies. In addition, the conference evaluates best practices in research and implements same to existing and future projects in order to make domestic scientific research more efficient and effective. The Dean also stressed the importance of the strategic partnerships as encouraged under the Ministry of Education’s programs to raise the level of scientific research and development in the Kingdom. He further explained that these efforts will ultimately reap socioeconomic benefits for the entire nation. Having cutting edge research projects will grow domestic industry and allow government operations to become more efficient.

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