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 the 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.
As part of the initiatives of the Deanship of e-learning at King Khalid University, which places a central focus on open learning coupled with a relentless pursuit of cementing the aspirations of Vision 2030 to contribute to the provision of opportunities for science and learning for all while providing participants the necessary skills to achieve their goals, the Deanship has recently launched KKUx platform. Its mission is to effectively contribute to providing the most critical skills for future jobs with global-quality electronic content that substantially benefit hopeful job seekers or anyone who wants to develop their skills. This initiative is the first of its kind at the level of the Kingdom's universities in terms of its focus on "skills of the future" based on Vision 2030. One of its axes focuses on "learn to work" in order to propel the economy forward by focusing on the development of necessary skills and personal talents.
The University seeks to help all relevant stakeholders in acquiring quality skills and personal talents that form the baseline skills needed to build a prosperous and happy future.
The skills of creativity, innovation and leadership are the soft skills needed for the future generation. In this platform, the University seeks to diversify the experiences of our sons and daughters and provide them with the critical skills required by future careers. King Khalid University is no longer limited to publishing its online content on a limited scale; rather, it has grown to the international level. Owing to our popular success, the University seeks to help all relevant stakeholders in acquiring quality skills and personal talents that form the baseline skills needed to build a prosperous and happy future.
After the successful launch ten months ago by the University Rector, His Excellency Dr. Faleh Bin Rajaa Allah Al-Solamy, the platform successfully made qualitative partnerships with four partners:
General Authority for Small and Medium Enterprises
- British Council
- Chamber of Commerce in Abha
- Rizq Entrepreneurship in partnership with Ghlo
A number of technical courses were offered during this period:
- IELTS Preparation (2 sessions)
- Basics of establishing start-ups (3 Courses)
- Design Thinking (2 sessions)
More than 5,000 trainees from inside and outside the Kingdom benefited from these courses, and in the survey of beneficiaries, the satisfaction rate exceeded 97%.
Continuing to introduce new and diverse skills, KKUx is announcing the launch of three quality skills courses during the first quarter of 2018 with the following titles:
- User Experience (10-1-2018 to 9-2-2018)
- Exploring the World of Entrepreneurship (1-2-2018 to 28-2-2018) a new and qualitative entrepreneurship course in collaboration with the General Authority for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and a trainer from the World Bank Group.
- Arabic Calligraphy (1-3-2018 to 31-3-2018)
Those wishing to join these specific skills can register through the central platform website (click here).
The convoy of science and knowledge begins a new journey in our precious country amidst an atmosphere of safety and security. The golden opportunities provided by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in order to help students excel in various sciences in a world-class educational environment shows no signs of slowing down. The excellent vision of our nation continues to encourage citizens of this blessed country actively.
While the wise leadership acts with the hand of support and love in the grasp of wisdom and firmness outward through the positions of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, that is known to all, it always stands on the side of brothers and the vulnerable everywhere, with support, advocacy, and relief.
Since the happy is the one who learns from other's mistakes, we need to contemplate on the devastating changes that other countries are going through from the societal destruction of wars and the ravages of sedition and compare them with the grace and prosperity that we are enjoying. These blessings compel us to thank God and require us to fulfill the aspirations of our visionary leadership. The nation is a great blessing. As a result, we should be aware of the attempts of our enemies who are continuously trying to drag this blessed country towards the evil plots of their sick hearts.
Al Solamy: I whisper to my students that there are some of their peers in other nations who genuinely wish to complete their studies and achieve their dreams but the sound of bullets, the rowdiness of sedition and the loss of security kill all their ambitions
My message today to my sons and daughters is to remind them of the grace of safety and security that we enjoy in the shadow of this country. On the threshold of the new year, I whisper to my students that there are some of their peers in other nations who genuinely wish to complete their studies and achieve their dreams but the sound of bullets, the rowdiness of sedition and the loss of security kill all their ambitions. Your country has provided you with all things that would help you to achieve your hopes and dreams. So, exceed the expectations of your country, and do not listen to the foul calls and plots that seek to destroy the safe scientific atmosphere that you are enjoying. These wicked plans also want to devastate the vast economic opportunities that are destined for you. For that, I urge you to stand with your country, and look forward with joy and hope in the coming days, and be confident that the future of your country is your future. You need to remember as you are in the classroom obtaining knowledge, that there are those who are looking to you and waiting for your scientific achievements. So, be the great gifts that you give to your mothers, fathers, brothers and loved ones because your successes and accomplishments are the most beautiful gifts that you can give to them. It is also the reward that my colleagues, faculty members, staff members and I expect from you. We are working for you, as part of a sustained effort to ensure your success continues, and that your bright futures never dim.
At the beginning and at the end, my appreciation and respect go to all of my colleagues working in the university. They instill pride and satisfaction when I see or hear about their the efforts and achievements, whether they know or do not know about it. On this occasion, I would like to remind them of that they are on a noble mission, and what they are doing today will result in blessings in their lives, deeds, and future generations. On the journey of knowledge, we are on the road towards Jannah by God's Will as Prophet Mohammed Peace Be Upon Him said, "Allah makes the way to Jannah easy for him who treads the path in search of knowledge." In this prophetic vision, we see words come to life because knowledge has helped the oppressed and healed patients in record time for the sake of all humanity. For that, I congratulate you (the seekers) of knowledge 'May God help you in your journeys.' Finally, I pray to God to protect our country from all evils and ask Him to help the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and His Crown Prince to preserve the blessings of security and prosperity for this blessed country.
As part of the initiatives of the Deanship of e-learning at King Khalid University, which are concerned with open learning and with keeping up with the aspirations of Vision 2030 to contribute to the provision of opportunities for science and education for everyone and to give the beneficiary the necessary skills to achieve his/her goals, the Deanship launched the KKUx platform. The mission of this platform is to contribute effectively in providing the most relevant skills for future jobs in an electronic form. The content will be provided in high and universal quality that definitely benefits future job seekers or anyone who wants to develop their skills.
This initiative is the first of its kind at the level of the Saudi universities concerning its focus on "skills of the future." All courses will be based on Vision 2030, which places great emphasis on the theme "learn to work." The purpose is to move the economic wheel forward by focusing on the development of core competencies and personal talents.
Al-Solamy: We seek to diversify the experiences of our sons and daughters and provide them with a set of core competencies required for the future.
The initiative was inaugurated and launched by His Excellency the Rector of King Khalid University, Prof. Dr. Faleh Bin Rajaa Allah Al-Solamy. In a key statement by the Rector, he said, "The skills of creativity, innovation, and leadership are the core skills of the future generation. We aim to diversify the experiences of our sons and daughters and provide them with a broad range of in-demand skills that are required for future jobs."
For his part, the Dean of e-Learning at King Khalid University, Dr. Fahd bin Abdullah Al-Ahmari, said, "King Khalid University is no longer limited to merely spreading the contents of its courses on the internet, but has expanded its reach to help those who wish to learn an opportunity to acquire quality skills and personal talents in order to achieve and build a prosperous and happy future."
The KKUx platform announces the launch of 3 quality skills courses this summer with the following titles:
- Basics of Establishing Start-up Companies ( From 24-7-2017 to 24-8-2017)
- The Road Towards IELTS ( From 24-7-2017 to 24-8-2017)
- Design Thinking (from 1-10-2017 to 1-11-2017)
Those wishing to join these courses can register through the main platform website at:
The National Center for Assessment and Academic Accreditation granted King Khalid University the accreditation certificate which is awarded to institutions that achieve an advanced level of preferred practices within the quality standards and academic accreditation of the Center.
His Excellency, Dr. Khalid bin Abdullah Al Sabti, the Chairman of the Education Assessment Board, said that the leadership of the country has given high priority to the assessment, measurement, and accreditation in education and training in recognition of the importance of quality education and its keenness on the existence of a review, governance, and assessment of its educational institutions. His Excellency stressed that the efficiency of both education and training is one of the great points of Vision 2030. His Excellency asserted that the Commission will be one of the main bodies to ensure the achievement of world-class quality education and training due to the link between its core functions (assessment/measurement/accreditation) and academic development and quality throughout all stages of work (planning, implementation, and assessment).
Al Sabti: The efficiency of both education and training is one of the great points of Vision 2030.
He also explained the importance of the National Center for Academic Assessment and Accreditation which is affiliated with the Education Assessment Commission. He related that in this crucial historical stage we have witnessed a significant number of variables, foremost of which is the massive expansion in governmental university education. He explained the Commission's keenness to enable the Center to create a comprehensive review to quality and accreditation standards. Moreover, the Commission aims at developing a working model with the features of continuity and reasonable costs. The working model is expected to achieve the objectives of the Center and enhance its impact in our university institution. As a result, the quality of outputs in connection with the requirements of development in the Kingdom and the labor market, will benefit from a system of key performance indicators and data-driven measures that will be fully integrated with relevant governmental and organizational departments.
For his part, the Executive Director of the National Center for Assessment and Academic Accreditation, Dr. Ahmed bin Yahya Al-Jubaili, said that the accreditation process depends on verifying that the institutions/programs meet the requirements of the Center for academic accreditation in conjunction with the self-study report. Resultantly, the Center will be able to form teams of experts for the field review of these institutions/programs. National and foreign experts will review the self-study and relevant documents of the institution or program in question, in addition to paying field visits to all the institution's facilities and programs, interviewing all that may concern. The process ends with the preparation of a report supported by evidence about what was concluded during the assessments.
Later, the institution is going to initiate a work plan in which the institution will show to what extent it followed the reviewers' recommendations. Based on the reviewers' report and the submitted work plan and the report of the accreditation review committee, the institution or the program will have a decision on the obtainment of the academic accreditation certificate that determines the level and duration of the accreditation.
Dr. Al-Jubaili explained that the steps of assessment and academic accreditation are as follows:
- Check the eligibility of the institution/program to apply for accreditation.
- Check the self-study preparation.
- Field visit for external assessment.
- Study the work plan of the institution/program for the recommendations of the external visit team.
- Presentation of reports to the Advisory Accreditation Committee.
- Declaration of accreditation.
- Periodic follow-up of the accredited body.
- Conducting assessment after seven years.
In conclusion, His Excellency Dr. Al-Sabti and Dr. Al-Jubaili congratulated the Rector of King Khalid University, Prof. Dr. Faleh bin Rajaa Allah Al-Solamy and all employees of KKU on achieving accreditation. They hoped that the rest of the universities and scientific programs would follow the footprints of King Khalid University to achieve academic accreditation. This will affect the quality of educational outputs, in addition to providing the labor market with highly-skilled graduates with a world-class education in line with Vision 2030.