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1,658 Saudi Faculty Members and Counting

King Khalid University responded to incendiary rhetoric by confirming that there are 1,658 Saudi faculty members with a substantial rise forecasted to increase the Saudi faculty member population due to the return of Ph.D. scholarship students.

University Spokesperson, Dr. Abdullah Hammid, responded to the Okaz press release dated 20/12/1439 AH titled "Complaints and Accusations to the National Control and Investigation Board: Impossible Conditions and Extreme Standards for Saudi Academic Employment in King Khalid University."

"I would like to clarify some points to those interested in this story, which may help view the situation from all perspectives. I begin with a request for the name of the "Saudi Ph.D. Unemployed Campaign" spokesperson who reportedly requested evidence of the job announcement post. My concern is not with the accusatory tone directed toward King Khalid University; rather I would like to emphatically state that we have legitimately announced vacancies in Okaz Newspaper three times. This too coincided with an announcement in the Al-Watan Newspaper twice," Hammid began.

"The selection of Saudi candidates is based on the conditions stipulated by all applicable standards and employment regulations. An exceptional number of Saudi nationals with doctorates have been appointed, and opportunities are available to those who meet the requirement and needs of King Khalid University."

Hammid pressed on in a reasonable, matter-of-fact tone by explaining that King Khalid University requires highly qualified talents with the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities in postgraduate studies beyond the education field. "With the utmost respect to the individuals mentioned in the investigation, we unequivocally assert that we are keen to attract Saudi academics with graduate and postgraduate level qualifications. We are studying a large number of applicants who meet our requirements and will continue our systematic recruitment process," he concluded.

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Saudization is a Priority

King Khalid University's spokesperson, Dr. Abdullah Hammid, responded to the Editor-in-Chief of Okaz Newspaper in a statement released to the public.

"Referring to the story – 129 Visa’s for King Khalid University: Saudi Universities Recruit More Third World Country Teachers – published under your supervision on Saturday the 21st of Dhu'l-Hijjah, we would like to clarify to you and your readers, that it is a King Khalid University priority to hire qualified Saudi candidates who meet the required standards and regulations. We announced employment vacancies five times before seeking to address vacant positions. All applicable standards and employment regulations were adhered to when recently appointing 82 new faculty members from both genders in different colleges. 230 employee contracts of foreign employees were not renewed last year, and we will continue the process of hiring Saudi nationals," Hammid began.

"Due to the urgent need to fill vacancies coupled with rapid student population growth, which has reached more than 60,000 students in 29 colleges distributed across numerous cities and towns of the Asir Region, the University needed to recruit faculty members from different countries. This was especially the case in the women's colleges in order to increase face-to-face teaching capabilities instead of having male faculty members lecture in educational studios. All standards were followed in alignment with employment regulations and a committee that ensured the qualification of candidates. It is not a matter of nationality; it is a matter of qualifications even if recruited from 1st world countries."

Hammid went on to thoroughly explain that the employment process was not limited to a specific nationality or country. He refuted the "baseless accusations" intimated about the quality of education. "The University is eager to ensure a world-class education is provided to our students in both the bachelor and postgraduate programs. I look forward to your eagerness in ensuring legitimate information is published. May Allah guide and protect you," the statement concluded.

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