King Khalid University
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.
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.