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King Khalid University, represented by the Deanship of Student Affairs, is launching the 4th Cultural Olympiad for the students of the university at the beginning of Rabīʿ Al-ʾAwwal.

The Deanship invited students to compete in the announced fields to win prizes at the closing ceremony. Competitors will have 16 individual competitions and a collective competition.

An electronic link has been allocated for registration and participation. It has been published through various social media channels for all students from different colleges. Registration and participation will be closed on Thursday, 27-2-1439, God willing.

Comparatively, the Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. Mari bin Saad Al Habash, explained that the fourth release of the Olympiad would be a new version after outstanding success was witnessed in the previous three versions coupled with a high turnout of students. The students will compete in 17 different fields, including 16 individual fields (Quran, Best Recitation of Verses from the Holy Quran, Sunnah of the Prophet’s, the Prophet's Biography, etc.).

He added that these areas were carefully selected to suit all abilities, skills, and talents of students in order to attract them and appreciate their diverse skill sets in other competitions at the level of Saudi and international universities.

Al Habash stated that the Olympiad would be held in the Central Stands in Al-Graiger from 3 to 11/3 /1439H. He made a call to action imploring everyone to attend the competition of the Olympiad and to support the participants.

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The Rector of King Khalid University (KKU), Dr. Faleh bin Rajaa Allah Al Solamy, opened this morning a symposium on the knowledge economy and its developmental role in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The event was organized by the Faculty of Administrative and Financial Sciences.

The aim of this symposium was to emphasize the importance role of knowledge as a driving force for production and economic growth, as well as in response to the Kingdom's National Strategy, which, by 2030, envisages the Kingdom to become a knowledge society in a prosperous, diversified, and a knowledge-based economy in order to cope with the changes imposed by current economic conditions.

In his speech, the university Rector stressed that science and knowledge are among the most important elements of power that the nations are proud of as a source of building civilizations. He pointed out that the 21st century highlights the importance of the knowledge economy, which is the most important factor of progress and cultural prosperity. We live in a time of technical transformation and information revolution, which requires us to pay more attention to science and knowledge so that the development of information technology and modern systems have a clear impact on economic activities, which contributes to creating a real development in society.

Al-Solamy explained that the Kingdom is seeking to build a clear and stable future plan for the transformation of the Saudi society into a knowledge society and contribute to the transformation of its national economy into the knowledge economy by 2020. He pointed out that the knowledge plan with its two stages "Knowledge 1" and "Knowledge 2", aims to make the Saudi society a knowledge society with a knowledge-based economy characterized by a diversity of resources and capabilities, led by productive human resources and the private sector, which will provide a high standard of living and a prestigious international position with the vision of the Kingdom of 2030. Rector Al-Solamy thanked the speakers and participants for their attendance and participation in the symposium. He also thanked the organizers of the symposium from the Faculty of Administrative and Financial Sciences from the scientific and regulatory committees and all those who contributed to the success of this symposium. He said, "We all look forward to the success of this symposium, and we ask God the Almighty- to reconcile participants to posts out recommendations that would serve the objectives and themes of this symposium."

For his part, the Dean of the Faculty of Administrative and Financial Sciences College, who was also the Chairman of the Scientific Committee, Dr. Fayez Bin Dhafrah, welcomed the University's Rector, guests, and participants, thanking them for honoring this symposium. He pointed out that the symposium seeks to communicate with a group of specialists, researchers, and interested persons, with long and distinguished experience, to achieve a number of goals. Most notably, the discussion of the reality and influences of knowledge economy in Saudi Arabia, knowledge of its fundamental pillars, as well as the identification assigned to the government and the private sector's role in support, and also to identify the developmental role of the knowledge economy in the Kingdom, and to discuss the most important challenges and requirements of transformation to the knowledge economy, and evaluate the vision proposed to support and stimulate the Saudi economy.

The President of the Joatha Advisory Center, Dr. Ihsan Buhliqa, delivered a speech in which he thanked the Rector of King Khalid University and the staff of the University for the good reception. He praised the role of the University in this symposium in the fields of knowledge economy, stressing that the knowledge economy in Saudi Arabia will receive great attention during the coming period due to the national transformation program 2020, in line with the Kingdom's vision 2030, hoping that this symposium has an active role in the knowledge economy techniques and basic pillars.

At the end of the opening ceremony, Rector Al-Solamy honored university researchers, participants, and organizers of the symposium. In addition, the Faculty of Administrative and Financial Sciences presented, on the occasion, a memorial shield to His Excellency the Rector.

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The Research and Consulting Studies Institute at King Khalid University (KKU), has recently released a study considered an addition to the real estate market of Asir region in particular and housing section in general. The study handled the factors that affect property prices in Asir region, and it highlighted the most important challenges and obstacles in this sector. Thus, officials, investors, and decision-makers in the housing sector could take appropriate decisions.

The study turned to the continued speculation in land market and housing, rather than investment, in addition to continued demand due to the increased number of people who are interested in housing, in rising construction costs, and in the lack of systems to contribute and to support developers, and to encourage them; the lack of which are the main reasons that contributed to the rise in real estate prices in the region in the previous period. It is interesting to consider that the logical reasons for the increased prices of real estate are such as property location, its proximity to health facility, municipality, and educational services. The size of the property came in the second place of the reasons for the high prices. The least important reason was the influence of customs and traditions in the purchasing decision.

The study pointed to the challenges facing the real estate sector in Asir region. In the forefront of these challenges was investors' and consumers' difficulty to get loans, both in real estate development and bank loans fund, due to the high cost of the loan rate which is insufficient for the development of the property due to high prices. Another challenge was the topographical nature of the region, social customs, and the composition of the Saudi family.

The study: reducing the costs of construction by the development of housing models, architectural diagrams that are alternative for traditional villas and duplexes

The most important recommendations of the study regarding funding was in modifying Real Estate Development Fund system, in a way to let commercial banks finance the construction of private housing system, and to take into account when repayment of a loan, the beneficiary's income, so that it will be within the range in value repayment of 10% for those with low incomes, rising to 30% for those with high income. The study also recommended an increase in the amount of housing loan, and the allocation of a percentage of the net profits of the national investment funds, to real estate development companies in support of public housing projects in return for the privileges and facilities.

The study also proposed the establishment of a specialized financing subsidiaries of banks or independent financial units to fit in with the new regulations and policies, and the formation of a national body as well, for social responsibility for housing to strengthen the charitable sector and private sector initiatives in support of the housing issue.

According to the work to increase the supply of suitable land for housing, the study recommended an inventory of all the nearby towns, villages, and lands, in order to be slated to be residential schemes. In addition, the procedures should be facilitated in the secretariats and municipalities to adopt their plans and to consider providing monthly support for applicants who have no private dwelling. The study also called for identification of agricultural land in the middle of cities and its outskirts. Such currently used arable agricultural land can be converted to residential land.

With regard to reducing the costs of construction, the study further called for the development of housing models, architectural diagrams that are alternative for traditional villas and duplexes, in addition to pushing the private sector to provide alternative and economical construction materials. The study also called for the setting up of a Saudi Building Code; to include the Green code as an environment friendly direction, and the community role of universities. The study called on engineering and architecture colleges, as well as research centers to carry out scientific role in this area, in terms of preserving geometric designs fit the needs of the community at a lower cost. 

A study recommends adjusting Real Estate Development Fund System.
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His Excellency, the Rector of King Khalid University, Prof. Dr. Faleh bin Rajaa Allah Al Salami, has paid an inspection visit to a number of university facilities. The visited sites included the University Center for the Study of Female Students at Al-Samer, the building of Admission and Registration, and the University Centre for the study of Female Students in Lassan.

After his tour of the University Center for the Study of the Female Students in Al-Samer and Lassan, His Excellency the Rector directed for the immediate establishment of a supporting services management due to the urgent need of such services. Then, the Rector took notes on a number of observations that need to be developed in the coming period in order to provide the appropriate environment for the students and the auditors as well, including buildings.

During his visit, His Excellency the Rector was briefed on the works of the Deanship of Admission and Registration in the University City in Abha. After that, the Rector held a meeting to explain the stages of acceptance and registration, and the electronic services offered to students of the university by the deanship. The Rector also talked about his future vision.

His Excellency Dr. Al-Salami explained that he started his visit with Admission and Registration Deanship because of its major role and services offered to the main target – the students -throughout the academic year. Rector Al Salami said, "I noticed the quality of work and the great organization that reflect the role of the Deanship, in addition to the electronic services provided. He added, "I have been listening to the views of the deanship stakeholders and I promise to address the problems in a timely manner, especially at this period in which the Deanship is receiving the fresh applications from intending students for the new academic year. I wish everyone to be dedicated to serving our students."


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The number of patients, who have visited the fourth health, awareness, and educational program that is being hosted by King Khalid University in Majardh Province has reached more than 1160 persons. During the last two days of the program, the officials have conducted 5629 lab examinations. In addition, the program has seen a significant attendance and interaction of the people of the province.

During the first and second day of the program, the number of beneficiaries of the services provided by the Faculty of Dentistry reached 431 persons, distributed as follows: 51 patients in oral and dental surgery, 120 patients in conservative treatment (fillings), 49 patients in treatment of nerve and Emergency, 98 patients in treatment of periodontal diseases, and 113 patients in pediatrics teeth. Furthermore, more than 90 patients were transferred to the location of the Dentistry School at King Khalid University in Abha because of their need for long-term treatment or advanced techniques to complete their treatment. The number of dental clinics participating in the program is 7 clinics equipped with full equipment. In its first mission, a mobile dental unit, which has recently joined King Khalid University, participated in the program. The unit contains an integrated dental clinic and a panoramic radiation equipped with the latest technologies in the field of medicine and oral teeth surgery. The total number of the dental clinics that are participating in the program has reached 10 clinics, equipped with fixed and mobile medical equipment such as autoclaves, in addition to X-ray equipment, and emergency medical equipment with full technical crews.

 The number of beneficiaries of other comprehensive clinics exceeded 600 beneficiaries, and 130 patients took advantage of the optic clinic which is run by Care Association in cooperation with King Khalid University.

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His Excellency the King Khalid University (KKU) President, Prof. Abdulrahman Bin Hamid Al dawood yesterday received in his office, his Excellency the Chef Editor of Al-Watan Newspaper, Dr. Othman bin Mahmoud Alsini, and his Deputy,  Mr. Majed Albasam. At the beginning of the meeting, President Al dawood welcomed the guests, stressing the important role of media in various fields. He said,"Al-Watan Newspaper is unique in its wide spreading professionalism." Moreover, the University President presented a detailed explanation about the KKU mission and goals, and how the University directs its programs and activities to the community services.

President Al dawood made reference to the Student's Rights Unit, which is considered a mini court. The Unit has been established in the University to look at the students' complaints, and to spread the culture of regaining rights according to lawful bodies that are set to respect all sides that may have a dispute to settle. through the various media tools within the University and outside it. President Al dawood clarified, "the student has the right, through this channel, to complain about any official of the University, including the President"

On the occasion, Dr.Othman Alsini praised the vital role of the KKU in all areas, not only in the region but in the whole Kingdom as well. He also praised the high level of achievements made by the KKU when it occupied advanced places in the worldwide rankings of universities. Dr. Alsini further praised the media role of the KKU, represented in Afaaq Newspaper which is considered the first of its kind at the level of the university newspapers. The meeting also included a discussion on many issues that are of concern to the both sides, such as conducting a cooperation agreement that will definitely benefit the two sides.         


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The King Khalid University (KKU), represented by the Admission and Registration Deanship, has held intensive educational meetings targeted at large number of the secondary stage students, the third grade (literary, scientific, memorization of the Koran). The meetings were held in all the  provincial centers of Asir region, and the affiliate villages. The purpose of such meetings was to familiarize the students with the mechanisms and conditions of e-admission and registration as well as on how to follow-up the admission process. Furthermore, the importance and objectives of the two examinations - general aptitude, and academic achievement - were introduced to the students. These two examinations are arranged by the National Center for Measurement and Evaluation (Measurement). The students were introduced to the impact of these examinations on their grade ratings, and the grade ratings that are available to all disciplines and departments in the university. The move came within the university's policy which has been pursued since its inception; that is, an active community participation, and providing constructive services for all members of the society.

It is noteworthy that the number of beneficiaries of these meetings exceeded 4,500 students, coming from Asir region and affiliated provinces, villages, and centers.



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