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On behalf of His Excellency, the Rector of King Khalid University, Prof. Dr. Faleh bin Rajaa Allah Al-Solamy, His Excellency, the Vice-President for Graduate Studies and Scientific Research, Prof. Dr. Saad Al-Amri, sponsored the closing ceremony of the First Theater Festival for Saudi universities. The ceremony took place in the Lasan Theatre and was attended by those who participated in the activities of the festival.

At the beginning of the ceremony, the Vice-President thanked the His Excellency, the Rector of the University, for hosting the festival. He also thanked those who were in charge of the event and the delegations of the participating universities, expressing his vision of future festivals being arranged on a permanent basis.

The ceremony also included a video presentation entitled "Hopes and Expectations" in addition to a presentation on the collection of all performances completed by the participants.

Following after, the sponsor of the event honored the judges of the ceremony, the guests and the heads of delegations, as well as the participants in the symposia that accompanied the festival. The Arbitration Committee also presented the Esteemed Testimony in Acting Award to student Omar Qadi for his role in the play "Coffin" presented by Taif University. The King Saud University Theater Team also obtained a Certificate of Excellence for Decoration Design in the play of “Almkason.” In script writing, Playwright, Khaled Al-Shariati, obtained a Certificate of Excellence for his role as an arbitrator.

Actor Sultan Al-Ghamdi from Jeddah University won the Best Scenography Award for "Don Quixote on Snape Shot," while the Third Best Actor Award went to Abdulwahab Al-Ahmari for his role in the play "Beyond the Darkness" of King Khalid University. Artist, Fahed Al-Tala, received the Best Supporting Actor Award for his role in King Khalid University's performance. Actor, Bader Al-Ghamdi, won first place, for his role in the play "Coffin" from the University of Taif.

The Best Theatrical Script Award went to Mr. Fahad Al-Harthy, for his script "The Station does not Leave" by Jazan University. Mr. Mesad Al-Zahrani won the Best Theater Director Award for directing the play, “Coffin,” by Taif University. In the Best Collective Show Category, King Faisal University achieved the Arbitrators Prize in this field.

As for the festival's main prizes, the play "Beyond the Dark" by King Khalid University won the Bronze Kasbah for the Best Stage Performance. Jeddah University achieved the Silver Kasbah for the play “Don Quixote on Snape Shot." The Golden Kasbah went to the Taif University for the play "Coffin."

The Chairman of the Judges Committee, Mr. Mohamed Mafraq, announced at the end of the festival a number of recommendations, the most important of which is the extension of the duration of the festival in its second edition so that only two shows will be held per day. The committee also recommended the establishment of a secretariat for the festival under the umbrella of King Khalid University. They further asserted that the theatrical renaissance must continue to take place within the universities, through the creation of theater competitions between colleges within each university.

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The First Theater Festival for Saudi universities hosted by King Khalid University for five days came to a close that can only be characterized as a resounding success. The stage was set for the theater teams of King Saud University and Taif University to perform the final acts.

On the Mahala Campus stage, the theater team at King Saud University presented the play "Makassun" written by Khaled Al-Shuraimi and directed by Saud Al-Turki. The environment was set in the desert, which prominently featured Arab social life in the pre-Islamic era.

After the performance, the daily symposium was presented. Theatrical artist Rashid Al-Warthan spoke about the text of the play saying it is like "popular gossip” in an attempt to mirror the reality of this day and age. He indicated that "Makassun" means taxes taken by tribes from traders crossing their territory. As for the technical aspects, he said, "The decoration was not expressed in the desired format. The director did not create the display area as required, and the sound effects need to be further developed." Al-Warthan praised the performance of the students for their brilliant performance alongside excellent fashion choices made by the wardrobe designer.

To conclude, Dr. Mansour Al-Harthy provided constructive criticism, stressing that King Saud University is a pioneer at the level of the Saudi theater. He further related that although the performance was hampered by "numerous cognitive errors in the text of the play," it was still one to remember.


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Under the patronage of His Excellency, the Rector of King Khalid University, Prof. Dr. Faleh Bin Rajaa Allah Al-Solamy, the Annual Admissions Exhibition for prospective students was held under the supervision of the Deanship of Admissions and Registration and participation from all colleges. The purpose of the event was to introduce secondary school students to registration procedures and university specializations. Dignified personalities attended the event including the Assistant Director-General of Education in the Aseer Region, Mr. Saad Al-Juni.

At the beginning of the ceremony, the Rector inaugurated the exhibition and the new electronic services provided by the Deanship of Admissions and Registration. Al-Solamy explained that the University strives to ensure all information presented to prospective students is accurate and valuable helping them to make informed decisions. He emphasized the fundamental importance of working together with administrative employees and teachers of secondary education institutions in an effort to streamline a precise and efficient platform to convey vital information to prospective students.

The University Rector commented on the visual presentations required by each college. He related that admissions booths should provide prospective students with the necessary conditions and skills needed by each specialization in a practical, compelling, and simple way, whether through training or electronic solutions. In return, the admissions process would be streamlined because students would be presented with all of the procedural knowledge and information on the prospective specialization.

On the occasion, the Dean of Admissions and Registration, Dr. Abdulmohsen Al-Qarni, explained that the Annual Admissions Exhibition stems from the vision of the University on its role in introducing secondary students to the procedures and conditions of admissions and registration in King Khalid University. He stressed the University's keenness to establish this exhibition for secondary students to let them know about the available specializations in the University and the requirements of each specialization. The event also aimed to allow students identify the future work fields for each specialty, with some essential alerts that will guide them in their university life and registration.

For his part, Assistant Director-General of Education in the Aseer region, Mr. Saad Al-Jouni, said that the active partnership between the Administration of Education in the Aseer region and the University was formed to explore opportunities and further deepen cooperation in the design and implementation of education, in order to prepare our children and significantly enhance their development in pursuit of academic excellence.

It is noteworthy that the Annual Admissions Exhibition aims to build bridges of communication with prospective students before joining the University. The specializations of colleges that qualify high school students to work after graduation were presented in a way that is commensurate with student preferences and desires, in addition to the ability to innovate and excel in them.

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A rich variety of performances by students of Saudi universities capped off the pre-final day of the First Theater Festival of Saudi Universities. It is noteworthy that King Khalid University is hosting the first edition of the Festival. Noticeably, numerous theater teams exhibited an extraordinary level of experience during their performances. In this context, the unique play performed by the theater team at Jazan University, entitled "The Station Does Not Leave" raised many in-depth discussions among the audience about the vision of the script written by Fahd Al-Harthy.

The Undersecretary of Student Affairs at the University of Taif, Dr. Mansour Al-Harthy, said "There is no doubt that theatrical techniques were present in the performance, and it is apparent that Director Bahamish is an innovator, but the identity of the original text written by Fahd Al-Harthy seems to have undergone a clearly visible change." Actor and Theatrical Director Sami Al-Zahrani agreed with the impression and praised Bahamish's new vision of the text.

For his part, Playwright Ali Ghuweinem admired the theatrical techniques, especially in the field of lighting, and visual vision in general. He talked about the script, "The scripts of Fahd Al-Harthy need to be treated cautiously by directors because they contain many spaces. Also, there was an exaggeration in the movement on the stage from some actors which negatively affected concentration on the main themes.”

At the Mahala Campus Theater, Imam Abdulrahman Al-Faisal University presented its play entitled "The Critical" written by Bassam Madani and directed by Omar Al-Haidan. The work dealt with the qualifications of some colleges in the universities, and their scientific and literary specialties. At the end of the presentation, an applied symposium was presented, in which Director Zakaria Al-Momani spoke and emphasized the importance of experimenting in numerous participations to gain experience. He further commented that the theater team of Imam Abdulrahman Al-Faisal University needs to learn more and participate in more festivals whether with other universities or with associations of culture and arts, citing some of the stages he experienced in the field of theater.

Equally important, the attendees agreed on the importance of university participation, to benefit from the experiences of other teams. "This work underscores the importance of having workshops in theater festivals that give young beginners the basics of the right stage," said director Rashid Al-Warthan. Dr. Mansour Al-Harthy added, "The University should pay attention to you and provide you with qualified and professional cadres, through building bridges with the actors involved in the theater." This was supported by Playwright Dr. Nayef Khalaf who called on the university to organize courses for students in theater techniques. Director Sami Al-Zahrani praised the students' keenness to participate, despite the fact that their university is a relative newcomer to theatrical art.

In response to the questions of some interlocutors about the participation of the "critical" show, Festival Director Mohamed Al-Mubarak confirmed that the directives of the director of King Khalid University were clear by giving all universities the opportunity to participate since the purpose of holding the festival is transferring experience between and among Saudi universities.

It is noteworthy that before the show, another stellar performance by King Abdulaziz University occurred entitled "Museum" written by Shadi Ashour, and directed by Ahmed Al-Saman. The show focused on the work of a psychological philosophy, addressing the hero with the details of an antique painting in a war museum.

To conclude, Playwright and Actor, Faisal Al-Shuaib said, "This wonderful work moves us in different worlds of human conflicts within life. Here are the tragedies of war. There is the power of the media, and on the other side of the psychological illness, to discover in the end that we live in dreams, and perhaps illusions. Finally, the inevitable fate of every creature is death, and the scene of death was one of the most powerful scenes affecting the viewer."


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His Excellency, Prof. Dr. Faleh bin Rajaa Allah Al-Solamy, the Rector of King Khalid University, recently sponsored the First Scientific Forum of Departments Heads, under the title "The Role of the Scientific Departments and the Necessity for Effective Leadership in the University." The Deanship of Personnel Affairs, in the presence of a number of the University's Deans, Heads of Scientific Departments, and relevant stakeholders, organized the event.

At the beginning of his speech, Rector Al-Solamy said, "This forum is just the beginning of frequent plenary meetings with employees of the University, both at the level of faculty members or employees." He stressed the importance of starting the meeting with the heads of scientific departments because of its high importance as it opens the path towards openness and flexibility in dialogue. He insisted that we are all partners in the strategic development of any academic affair.

Al-Solamy added, "The University has taken an essential step in the unification of the scientific departmental units between the two sections of male and female students. It is a natural progression as they study the same curriculum and should have the conditions, rules, and regulations."

Rector Al-Solamy noted that University Vice-Presidency for Graduate Studies and Scientific Research and the Vice-Presidency for Academic and Educational Affairs are collaboratively working on the sustainable development of study plans in the scientific departments. He further pointed out that the source of these studies originates from the scientific departments themselves. He added, "We heavily rely on these areas because the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is on the verge of a historic shift in technologically advanced university systems.”

Rector Al-Solamy added, "King Khalid University is one of the major universities in the Kingdom, and we hope that it will be among the leading universities. We aim to be respected on the international level for pioneering research."

For his part, the Vice-President for Graduate Studies and Scientific Research, Dr. Saad Al-Omari, said that the University had been classified in the field of scientific research and the Vice-Presidency has started to build its strategies. Dr. Al-Omari indicated that the University contains all of the necessary infrastructures of facilities and laboratories, in addition to the investment in first-class scientific cadres through scholarship programs.

Al-Omari added that the University is developing its programs, updating its data and developing its outputs, as well as introducing new programs, both academic and fee-driven programs. He said that in the near future there would be exciting and unique development programs.

The University Vice-President for Educational and Academic affairs said that the University launched the first operational plan for the development and establishment of world-class academic programs. 
To conclude, he reiterated that developmental programs are promising and many departments have gone to great lengths in pursuit of excellence.

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The third show of the First Theater Festival of Saudi universities, which is being hosted by King Khalid University in Abha, discussed the issue of brainwashing by "Dark Bats" who try to run society according to their desires and destructive plans but fail in the existence of social cohesion.

The third show was presented yesterday evening by the Theater Team of the University of Taiba, entitled "Holes," written and directed by Fahad Al Asmar and performed by a number of university students. In the symposium that followed the show and moderated by the Director of the Festival, Muhammed Al-Mubarak, the Actor and the Stage Director, Sami Al-Zahrani, talked about the most prominent features of the show. Al-Zahrani pointed out that the author of "Holes" depended on the opening text without a time or a place. He also added that the author narrowly focused on the theme of the authoritarian ghosts trying to introduce strange ideas into the minds of the characters.

As for directing Al-Zahrani said, "The truth is that there has been a sharp increase in the visible development in directing tools compared to the other shows I have watched with a change in the heroes of the work." He further related that the director was able to create homogeneity between the new elements.

Al-Zahrani advised the director to maximize decoration, especially wood blocks. He also encouraged him to monitor of lighting conditions and offer additional hands-on training to the students. Regardless, he praised the students who insisted on participating in the festival, despite the absence of a director because he was busy with other cultural activities. On behalf of the Director, a student from the team gave a speech and praised King Khalid University for hosting this important event, stressing that the festival is one of the most important activities that every innovator aspires to participate in.

For his part, the Deputy of the Deanship of Student Affairs at Taif University, Dr. Mansour Al-Harthy, spoke of what he described as "Text Crisis" apparent in most of the shows presented at the festival, indicating that the end of the work is plagued by "directness" which affects the level of the performance.

A faculty member at King Saud University, Dr. Nayef Khalaf, asked about the time spent by the staff in training, stressing that you can never have enough.

For his part, participating student Abdullah Hosawi praised the talents that emerged from the play. He emphasized the importance of video documentation in order to go through a complete review process and subsequent correction stage.


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