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On behalf of the King Khalid University Rector, the University Vice President for Academic Development and Quality, Dr. Merzin Al-Shahrani, sponsored the talent leading initiative, which was organized by the Talent, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship Center at the University, with the participation of the Labor Office and the Social Development Bank in the Asir Region.

Upon his arrival, Dr. Al-Shahrani was briefed on the exhibition accompanying the event. It included a number of remarkable projects submitted by talented students under the auspices of the Center for Talent, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship.

At the beginning of the ceremony, the Director of the Center, Dr. Mohammed Al-Maghrabi, delivered a speech in which he welcomed the Vice President, the attendees, representatives of the Labor Office, and the Social Development Bank, praising their participation and their efforts in supporting the university and its students.

Al-Maghraby emphasized that the center always seeks to highlight the extraordinary talents of students by turning them from just an idea into a reality. He further asserted that the center is always keen to exploit opportunities at the university and beyond by supporting exceptionally talented students,  encouraging them, and providing facilities that optimize their creativity.

After that, a presentation was made to the audience about the Center for Talent, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship. The presentation showed the mission, vision, and tasks of the center, in addition to its objectives and achievements.

Al Shahrani: The University strives to highlight and enhance talent in precise alignment with Vision 2030.

In his speech, Dr. Merzin Al-Shahrani expressed his happiness with the achievements of the Center of talent, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship, thanking the sponsors for their efforts and their support. He also thanked the Association of Culture and Arts in Abha for actively participating in training and harnessing the talents of the university in precise alignment with Vision 2030. Dr. Al-Shahrani further pointed out that talented students in the university have recently won international awards, and this indicates the impressive progress the university has made in this regard. In a closing note, Dr. Al-Shahrani thanked the Rector of the University for his continuous support to serve talented students at the university, and all those who are in charge of the center.

This event is the first edition and will continue periodically in the future. The event also included a two-part exhibition for male and female students, which included a number of talents such as photography, drawing, editing, makeup and gift-wrapping.

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Under the patronage of His Excellency the Rector of King Khalid University, Dr. Faleh bin Raja Allah Al-Solamy, the Deanship of Community Service and Continuing Education organized a ceremony honoring the participants in the 9th Abha Tourism Tour. The ceremony was conducted in the presence of KKU's senior leadership, the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Abha Cooperative Center for Call and Communities, Dr. Abdullah Abu Eshy, and the members of the Board of Directors of the 9th Abha Tourism Da'wa Tent.

At the beginning of his speech, Al-Solamy welcomed the staff of the Da’wa Office and the Board of Directors and thanked all of the participants. He urged them to expand participation in the tent for this year. He further called on the Deanship of Community Service and Continuing Education to strengthen cooperation with the Da’wa Office.

In his presentation, Dr. Ali bin Mohammed Al-Yasser, the Vice President of the Community Service Deanship and Deputy Director of the event, highlighted the university's efforts in the area of community service, responsibility, and the areas of university participation.

Al-Yasser thanked the Rector for his support during the preparation and dissemination of the invitation in the region and for fighting against deviant ideas and beliefs. He also thanked the Rector for his tireless efforts to make King Khalid University a beacon of knowledge for the community in the region. He further expressed his gratitude by expressing his appreciation to His Excellency for diligent oversight on all related affairs, guidance and care for the employees of the university, and his keenness to honor the employees of the university who participated in the events.

Later that day, the Chairman of the Cooperative Office for Da’wa and Guidance, Dr. Abdullah Abu Eshy, delivered a speech in which he explained the areas of cooperation between King Khalid University and the Community Da’wa Office in the region. He also valued the university's initiatives to serve the community.

At the end of the event, Rector Al-Solamy received the final report of the 9th Abha Tourism Tent from the Board of Directors, which was presented by the Chairman of the Abha Cooperative Center for Call and Communities, Dr. Abdullah Abu Eshy.

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King Khalid University signed a cooperation agreement with the Association of Human Rights in the Asir Region. The Vice Dean for Educational and Academic Affairs, Dr. Saad Dajjam, represented the University while Dr. Ali Bin Issa Al Shaabi represented the Association.

This agreement cemented the joint responsibilities of both King Khalid University and Association of Human Rights in the Asir Region towards the communities of the Asir Region and the need to seek integration between the two sides, in order to raise the level of programs and activities that foster human development and preserve its rights in the region.

Areas of cooperation include holding human rights lessons, lectures, and other areas of mutual interest. Cooperation will also seek to hold joint training courses in human rights, family security, safety and other relevant areas. The agreement also aims at taking advantage of the possibilities possessed by the two parties in the exchange of experts and specialists and the dissemination of human rights culture, through the activities and events implemented by the university for students and employees.

In his speech, Dean of the Institute of Research and Consultations, Dr. Abdul Latif Al-Hadithi, said the agreement aims to raise the level of coordination and cooperation between the two parties. The university will offer its scientific potential in supporting studies and issues monitored by the association in the human rights, social, humanitarian, and family fields. 

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His Excellency the Rector, Dr. Faleh Bin Rajaa Allah Al-Solamy, convened a meeting with all senior leadership and university stakeholders earlier this week. 

At the beginning of the meeting, Al-Solamy welcomed the employees and then spoke about the importance of frequent collaborative meetings and goals reached by consensus. After that, he launched the newly created self-service system for employees of the university, which provides advanced services and features that serve everyone in both Arabic and English.

During the meeting, the attendees discussed some points that may concern many employees, including training, material, and moral incentives. Following after, they opened the door for all staff in attendance to express their opinions and observations. During his engagement, Rector Al-Solamy answered all of the questions posed by participants in the meeting with transparency. He also discussed the subject of delayed promotions and procedural solutions to alleviate this issue. Even more, he talked about training courses at the Institute Public Administration (IPA). To conclude, His Excellency the Rector asked Dean of Faculty and Staff Affairs, to seek expedited solutions to documented issues and to launch IPA courses at the university.

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By Royal Decree No. 49584 dated 29/10/1438 AH, and in precise alignment with Vision 2030, His Excellency the Rector of King Khalid University, Prof. Dr. Faleh Bin Rajaa Allah Al-Solamy, issued a resolution to establish the Digital Transformation and Institutional Structure Unit. The overarching theme of the unit is to accelerate the digital transformation process in the Kingdom. The unit aims to accomplish a series of subgoals, namely to supervise and follow-up on the tasks and requirements of the university's digital transformation aligned with the national policies, plans, and projects. The unit will also design plans, programs, and studies that will completely support and facilitate related workflows. Additionally, it will enhance the efficiency of the project management and reporting system through timely submissions of detailed reports to the Higher Committee for Electronic Transactions and Information Technology. Equally important, the unit will continually review electronic governmental programs and services, propose projects related to digital transformation, and initiate upgrades based on recently established change control processes.

In this regard, CIO, Dr. Salem Fayez Alelyani, said the Rector’s decision to establish this unit comes within the framework of his continuous support for the digital transformation process in the university. Dr. Alelyani pointed out that one of the most important objectives of the unit is to prepare strategic projects, develop policies for digital transformation, and a provide a comprehensive implementation mechanism for all university bodies and companies. He further related that the unit seeks to identify the challenges facing the transformation of the university into a digital society, suggesting proposals to deal with them, and taking advantage of the best global practices in information technology.

The Supervisor of the Unit, Mr. Ahmed Abdulrahman Al-Beheishi, said that the new unit supports the university's digital transformation through the preparation and management of the university's institutional structure to support and enhance the application of standards for information, operational and technical systems exchange, enhancing information security, quality assurance, and risk management. Mr. Al-Beheishi added that a clear roadmap was developed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of services and electronic systems at the university.

In order to achieve its objectives, the unit seeks to develop proposals for the development of the legislative structure of digital transformation, to optimize the digital assets of the system and to avoid duplication of projects through the optimal utilization of shared platforms and services – thereby enhancing the financial metrics of the university's budget. Lastly, the unit seeks to develop advantageous technical and contractual standards for the university in the contract administration and payment system, accelerating the development of digital services, and initiating proposals in a shorter time frame.

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His Excellency the Rector of King Khalid University, Dr. Faleh bin Rajaa Allah Al-Solamy, recently received the Vice President for Academic Development and Quality, Dr. Merzin Al-Shahrani, and the Supervisor of Strategic Planning Administration, Dr. Fakih Al-Rabai. In the meeting, the Rector received a copy of the developed strategic plan for the university.

The university, along with the active participation of numerous university employees, has reworked and developed its strategy to adapt it to the country's ambitious developmental plans, Vision 2030, and the Ministry of Education's National Transformation Program.

Al-Solamy explained that the university had decided to develop its strategic plan, based on its keenness to carry out relevant tasks that will achieve the university's aspirations and bolster the strategic themes of Vision 2030. He further emphasized that since the end of the previous strategic plan by the University in 2015, the Kingdom has undergone several changes. Most notably, the announcement by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud on the comprehensive vision of the Kingdom and its executive programs that accurately reflect the strategic direction of the country. He further asserted that all state institutions should strengthen their role in drawing inspiration from this vision and actively re-formulate their strategies in accordance with this vision.

The University Rector said that since the first day of the HRM King Salman's announcement, the university decided to develop its strategic plan. Owing to that fact, it has taken a number of practical steps to achieve this, namely, the formation of a supreme committee for the strategic plan, in addition to establishing a working team from various colleges to enhance the project's development.

Al-Solamy added that the developed strategic plan for 2018-2020 is based on a strong foundation of Vision 2030. For this reason, the University has put forth the following strategic visions:

  • To obtain top 200 international ranking in universities by 2030
  • To provide an attractive academic environment for teaching and captivating learning experiences for students.
  • To promote scientific research and to enhance the role of the university in serving the society.

These goals are driven by the pioneering developmental role of the university, the strategic goals of the university, the development of the university's postgraduate programs, institutional performance, and financial resources.

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Under the guidance of His Excellency the Rector of the University, Prof. Dr. Faleh bin Rajaa Allah Al-Solamy, the Vice Presidency for Graduate Studies and Scientific Research organized, in cooperation with the Faculty of Languages and Translation, an Intensive English Language Program -- for teaching assistants and lecturers -- during the current semester for a duration of three months. Over 50 applicants will join the program. It is expected that this program will contribute to the preparation of lecturers in order to meet scholarship requirements.

On this occasion, all participating lecturers and teaching assistants would like to thank the Rector of the University for his support and interest in all that would contribute to the development of the skills of the university's staff, in addition to His Excellency’s role in facilitating the procedures of their scholarship.

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King Khalid University signed two agreements with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Abha. His Excellency the Rector, Prof. Faleh bin Rajaa Allah Al-Solamy, represented King Khalid University in the first agreement, and Mr. Hassan M’jeb represented the Chamber of Commerce. The second agreement was with the Administrative and Financial Sciences College, which was represented by Dr. Fayez Awad Al-Dhafra while Mr. Abdullah Al Zahrani represented the Chamber of Commerce.

The items of cooperation are:

  • Provide for cooperation between the two parties in carrying out studies and research.
  • Provide academic, administrative, industrial and technical consultations.
  • Cooperation in training students in private sector establishments and the provision of suitable training packages for the private sector and cooperation in recruiting graduates in the labor market.
  • Provide the required support for Scientific Research Chairs and Care Programs at the university.
  • Study and develop ideas for investment projects established under the umbrella of the Chamber of Commerce.
  • Support research projects at specialized research centers in the university.
  • Hold various joint events including workshops, conferences, seminars, and exhibitions.
  • Cooperation on the establishment, management, and operation of small business incubators.
  • Cooperation in the procedural development of an educational program to grant bona fide stakeholders of the Chamber of Commerce an MBA in the fields of entrepreneurship, human resources, and strategic planning.

In his speech, the Dean of the Institute of Research and Consultations at the King Khalid University, Dr. Abdul Latif Al-Hadithi, related that the positive changes and ambitious initiatives our blessed country is witnessing prove that the two parties need to strengthen their cooperation. He explained that this relationship has multiple benefits for both sides as university education is the primary source of knowledge and science, and the private sector is concerned with the commercial and industrial application of the outputs of the university.

Al-Hadithi added that this agreement would maximize cooperation when conducting further studies and research, providing consultation and collaboration in training students, and preparing them for the labor market in addition to facilitating the recruitment of graduates in private sector institutions.

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Under the patronage of His Excellency, the Rector of King Khalid University, Dr. Faleh Bin Rajaa Allah Al- Solamy, the Faculty of Dentistry in cooperation with the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) held the 11th Scientific Meeting of Intern Dentists. The forum took place at Abha Palace Hotel in a vivid session that saw over 45 submitted pieces of research.

On the occasion, Rector Al-Solamy expressed his happiness with the communities of practice attending the meeting. He also said that it is necessary to maintain adequate supervision of the students and their scientific research to serve the university and region better. Rector Al-Solamy further emphasized that the initiative of the Dentistry College to host and invite the leading distinguished bodies in scientific research in the field of dentistry is a step that deserves praise and appreciation. He said, “students who perform research are the pillars of academic excellence." Rector Al-Solamy added that cooperation among scientific researchers is an essential priority for the university, and in fact, the establishment of this meeting is central to the university's objectives in supporting scientific research. At the end of his speech, Rector Al-Solamy thanked the students, researchers, and all those responsible for their participation. He hopes that the findings will be published in leading scientific journals.

In his speech, the Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry, Dr. Ibrahim Al Shahrani, thanked the Rector of the University for his unwavering support to the college in all of its activities. The purpose is to give the participants a chance to explore their research competencies through competition. Also, the scientific meetings encourage specialists to work outside the academic requirements. Dr. Ibrahim Al Shahrani pointed out that the Dentistry Faculty is cooperating with the World Association for Dental Research this year, represented by the IADR Saudi Division. This division seeks to improve the quantity and quality of research in order to take part in skill development and raise the scientific-practical capabilities of interns.

At the end of the meeting, the Rector honored the best three research submissions of male intern doctors as well as the best three research submissions for female intern doctors. He also honored the best researcher of the two categories.


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