The Inauguration of 5 Quality Initiatives
Minister of Education, His Excellency Dr. Hamad Al-Shaikh, praised the great attention and care devoted to education by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, in a speech he delivered during his visit to King Khalid University on Saturday evening.
His Excellency also commended the development and progress witnessed at King Khalid University, highlighting the university's remarkable effort in reviewing its strategic, structural, and academic system plan. He noted that this is evident in the university's rise in the level of quality programs and outcomes recently delivered. "I look forward to King Khalid University becoming one of the top 200 international universities. King Khalid University has the potential to represent our country as a leading educational institution," he said.
Minister Hamad Al-Sheikh: I look forward to King Khalid University becoming one of the top 200 international universities. King Khalid University has the potential to represent our country as a leading educational institution.
At the beginning of the meeting, His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy welcomed Minister of Education Assistant, His Excellency Dr. Saeed Al-Faheed, and his accompanying delegation. He then followed by thanking His Excellency the Minister of Education on behalf of King Khalid University for his visit and for the support and care the university receives from the Ministry of Education. After, a short film was displayed that included the university's academic achievements as well as its most significant accomplishments in the field of community service, innovation and research. The film also introduced the university's initiatives, projects and future direction, which aligns with the Kingdom's 2030 vision.
Being thoroughly impressed with his visit, His Excellency the Minister of Education inaugurated five quality initiatives, which were represented in the university's summer programs, the KKUx Entrepreneurship Platform, a Chinese Language Introduction Course, the Electronic and Coding Game Club Camp, and the Design Thinking Workshop.
On the topic of quality initiatives, His Excellency the Minister of Education received a brief overview of what they will include. The second edition of the summer training program is a university initiative that supports higher education through offering an extensive eight-week training program that includes 320 training hours and an average of a 40 hour per week training program for each student. The summer training program provides an entrepreneurship course, a creative thinking course, a solving various complex problems course, a modern technologies course, an intensive English language training program, field visits to companies, factories, laboratories, hospitals, media centers, and leading institutions. Of noteworthy mention, the program also includes international objectives with 165 students from 10 colleges who will receive training in 9 international training centers in Britain, Ireland, Wales, and the United States.
The KKUx platform offers skill-based online courses that prepare and train candidates to obtain in-demand expertise. The platform currently offers 20 different skill-based courses that are of use to more than 40,000 candidates in more than 27 countries. In a new development, skill-based courses have been introduced to the public as follows:
- Entrepreneurship Course
- Introduction to the Chinese Language;
Of noteworthy mention, the Coding Camp was first launched last summer and included the participation of 25 candidates who received extensive training under the supervision of university professors and technical specialists. The Coding Camp boasted excellent outcomes that included 5 startup companies, 3 tech companies, and the Electronic Game Club initiative. The Electronic Game Club Initiative is lead by students, who over the last year, hosted 32 gaming activities and workshops for approximately 1,600 students.
The Design Thinking Workshop utilizes empathetic, creative, and analytical skills to solve problems. It serves to design meaningful solutions to urban challenges in Abha by working with residents and expats. The main objectives of this workshop are underscored by the collaboration between King Khalid University, represented by Design Valley, and the German Academy of Sciences.
At the end of the meeting, Dr. Abdullah Al-Kasi, Director of the Saudi Scientific Society for Teachers (JASM), presented His Excellency the Minister of Education with an honorary society membership.