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The 13th Meeting with the Deans of Saudi Postgraduate Studies Programs was held on the sidelines of the "Postgraduate Studies in Saudi Universities Conference: Reality and Prospects for Development."

His Excellency the Rector, Dr. Faleh Bin Rajaa Allah Al-Solamy, opened the meeting by welcoming the attendees and expressing his hope that the meeting would produce positive recommendations and tangible developmental benchmarks for postgraduate programs in Saudi universities that will enhance the higher education sector in accord with Vision 2030.

Following after, Dean of Graduate Studies at King Khalid University, Dr. Ahmed bin Yahya Al-Faya, delivered a speech where he emphasized the importance of this conference in congruence with the new era being ushered in.

The Secretary-General of the Interim Committee responsible for the Education Council, Dr. Mohammed Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saleh, spoke about the paper presented in the meeting by His Excellency Dr. Adnan bin Salem Al-Humaidan, Jeddah University Rector, entitled "Graduate Studies in Light of the New Universities System and the Kingdom’s 2030 Vision." Al-Saleh related described the presentation as the shining future for postgraduate studies in the Kingdom.

Dr. Ibrahim bin Mohammed Al-Harakan, General Supervisor of the Institute of Entrepreneurship at King Saud University, delivered a presentation entitled "Knowledge Economy and the Future of Graduate Studies." He outlined a number of strategies and concepts of a knowledge-based economy and how we can lay the foundations for success.

At the end of the meeting, the deans of postgraduate studies in Saudi universities reached a number of recommendations. The meeting called for the importance of integration and cooperation between Saudi universities in the fields of graduate studies and organizing partnerships between universities at different levels in building academic programs, shared laboratories, and research centers. The meeting also encouraged universities to focus on specific strategic areas in the field of postgraduate studies that will create competitiveness in pursuit of academic excellence.

Participants in the meeting also called for developing strategies for international cooperation and global partnerships in the fields of graduate studies, so that Saudi universities can benefit from global partnerships and international cooperation while preserving their own identity.

The recommendations also included stimulating the role of postgraduate programs and research to provide creative solutions to problems in various social, productive and economic fields, and preparing universities to organize investment projects with the private sector in the fields of postgraduate studies.

The recommendations noted that Saudi universities must focus on disciplines related to the industrial, business and technical sectors in line with Vision 2030. It was also recommended that universities provide a suitable environment that encourages creativity and innovation in the fields of postgraduate studies and governance with a steady aim to increase the growth and establishment of entrepreneurship and small businesses.

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The first day of the Postgraduate Studies in Saudi Universities Conference organized by King Khalid University in Abha Palace Hotel hosted three sessions and 23 participants.

Dr. Sulaiman Al-Rumman chaired the first session that began with a presentation from Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Matrafi, Associate Professor in the Department of Literature and Linguistics at Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University. He presented a paper that aimed to clarify the organization of theses in the fields of literature, literary criticism, eloquence: investigation and subject matter, ancient and contemporary literature, endoscopy and application, Arabic and other languages. The recommendations of the study linked current research presented by the department to the latest developments, theories, and methods suited to the university mission and its objectives.

Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Ammar, Professor in the Department of Rhetoric and Literary criticism at Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University, highlighted the importance of being aware of research ethics and regulations and the impact they have on the preparation of a scientific thesis. He also addressed the obstacles and dangers of postgraduate students being ignorant of these regulations.

Researcher Amal Ahmed Al-Harbi, a specialist in the field of contemporary and ancient history from Umm Al-Qura University, presented a paper on the implementation of postgraduate studies and the sweeping impact it has on the university community and societal development. Her paper aimed to explain the most important active community engagement methods that should be applied and how Saudi universities can utilize them. She also covered the effectiveness of turning the proposed methods into reality through the use of modern techniques that keep pace with the rapid development of higher education systems.

King Saudi University's Rawi Al-Qahtani, Ph.D. in Social Work, and Saud Al-Dhahian, Professor of Social Work, presented a study entitled “Methodological Stereotyping in Scientific Theses: An Analytical Study on a Sample of Ph.D. Theses at King Saud University and Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University." This study aimed to identify the extent to which postgraduate students' studies of the model methodology are utilized in their academic thesis through an examination of the shortcomings of these scientific theses and by answering questions pertaining to the validity of the methods used in the samples collected.

Taibah University's Dr. Taher Boutera, Associate Professor in the Department of Biology, unraveled the topic of plagiarism and the subsequent responsibility, reasons, and solutions. This paper aimed to present the standards of research writing and address the common pitfalls and mistakes made by researchers and graduate students.

Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Hajri chaired the second session and it began with a presentation by Dr. Saleh Al-Ghamdi, Deputy Executive Director of Institutional Accreditation at the National Center for Academic Accreditation and Assessment, who actively engaged with the audience on quality assurance and academic accreditation standards for graduate programs.

King Khalid University Vice Rector, Dr. Mohammed Al-Hassoun, chaired the third session, where Dr. Mahmood Fattouh, Professor in Psychology at Enaizah University, and Dr. Amina Badawi, Associate Professor in Nursing at Al-Jouf University, discussed the mechanisms for creating an encouraging academic environment for postgraduate students in Saudi universities. The paper proposed a number of results that included: (i) the need to organize academic tracks involved in postgraduate programs in Saudi universities, (ii) the modernization of university courses, and (iii) the need to publish innovative papers utilizing the latest research in the field.

King Saudi University's Dr. Bader Al-Otaibi, Professor of Philosophical and Social Assets, and Noura Al-Uweid, Lecturer at Prince Sattam University, discussed the policies of developing professional development programs for faculty members participating in graduate programs in Saudi universities in accord with Vision 2030. The objective of the research was to introduce professional development policies for faculty members who teach in postgraduate programs in Saudi universities by revealing the reality, requirements, and constraints of their professional development.

Dr. Shams Al-Khuwaiter reviewed the most important competencies required for professors of postgraduate studies in the field of humanities. She related that this can be completed through proper analysis of educational literature and identification of expertise in professional development within the proposed framework.

Dr. Nawal Al-Rashoud, Assistant Professor in Faculty of Education at Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz University, presented her research piece entitled "The Reality of the Academic Environment at the Postgraduate Level and How to Develop It in the Light of the 2030 Vision." The main objective of the research, as she related, was to monitor the reality of the academic environment at the postgraduate level in Saudi universities and to identify accelerated development projects.

Following after, Dr. Abdul Latif Al-Hadithi, Associate Professor at King Khalid University and Dean of the Institute of Research and Studies, delivered an insightful presentation with a central theme on students' satisfaction with the quality of postgraduate programs in Saudi public and private universities. His recommendations were anchored to a marketing perspective that aims to identify the most important factors affecting the level of student satisfaction with the quality of services provided by universities and educational institutions in the field of postgraduate studies in the Asir Region.

Dr. Asmaa Salah, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Al-Jouf University, and Dr. Samiha Fathi, Lecturer in the Early Childhood Education at Al-Jouf University, discussed study plans and the need for regular revision.The research aimed to develop a vision and a proposed plan for postgraduate programs in the Early Childhood Education Department in accord with Vision 2030. The samples of the research were drawn from plans currently in place for postgraduate studies in the following universities: Ain Shams University, the University of Al-Isra in Jordan, and Al-Jouf University. The results of the survey succinctly proposed a plan for postgraduate programs in both the Early Childhood Education and Special Education Department.

University of Hail's Assistant Professor and Supervisor of Graduate Studies at the Department of the Arabic Language, Dr. Jazaa Al-Shammari, completed a paper on graduate studies and research projects. The objective of the research was to explain the reality of postgraduate studies in Saudi universities and Hail University as a model to reach the mechanisms of development and scientific research prospects through research plans and projects prepared by graduate students.

Ali Zalaa, a participant in the conference, delivered a presentation entitled "Prospects for Graduate Studies and the Non-Profit Sector in the 2030 Vision as a Model Project." He reviewed the role of the non-profit sector and the integrated relationship it has with educational establishments. He referred to the long-term outcomes that were uncovered at the First Scientific Researchers Meeting in Saudi Arabia that included hundreds of students from universities across the Kingdom. He indicated that the meeting developed a platform that led to the realization of a number of programs, services and projects. Overall, it aimed to actively engage in enhancing the level of graduate program outcomes through scientific research while finding a flexible and effective scientific system that contributes towards national development.

Dr. Ali Awad Al-Ghamdi, Ph.D. holder in Islamic Education, Ministry of Education in Taif, delivered a presentation entitled "The Role of Scientific Research in Postgraduate Studies in Saudi Universities in Achieving the 2030 Saudi Vision from the Views of Department Managers in the University." In his concluding remarks, he asserted the vital role that scientific research of postgraduate studies program will play in the in the Kingdom being an international hub of erudition.

King Khalid University's Assistant Professor of Education, Dr. Mohammed Ahmed Houaihi, presented a study entitled "A Proposed Concept for the Development of Postgraduate Educational Programs in King Khalid University using the Multi-Decision Model (CIP)". The study aimed at developing educational graduate programs at King Khalid University using the CIP model in accord with international academic accreditation criteria.

Dr. Ibrahim Al-Humaidhi, Professor in the Department of Sciences of Quran at Qassim University, presented a research paper entitled "The Effect of the Acceptance Criteria in the Quality of Postgraduate Studies." The purpose of this paper was to explain the impact of the admission criteria on the quality of postgraduate outcomes. They discussed a number of postgraduate requirements, the overall grade level for undergraduate students, the skills test for university graduates, the written acceptance test, the personal interview, and other pertinent criteria. The paper's results focused on the importance of the admission criteria that enhance the quality and outcomes of postgraduate studies.

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Under the aegis of His Excellency the Minister of Education, Dr. Ahmed Al-Issa, King Khalid University will organize the Postgraduate Studies in Saudi Universities Conference: The Reality and the Prospects of Development next Wednesday at Abha Palace.

The University Rector and General Supervisor of the Conference, Prof. Dr. Faleh bin Raja Allah Al-Solamy, stated: "The conference comes from the desire to explore the future of postgraduate studies in the Kingdom in light of changes created by the Kingdom's 2030 vision, which marks an important step in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia."

Rector Al-Solamy added that this conference is an opportunity to meet postgraduate program leadership figures throughout the Kingdom to discuss the views and experiences in the field, hoping that the outcomes and recommendations of the conference will enrich Saudi universities. He also thanked His Excellency the Minister of Education for his sponsorship and continuous support and announced the call for conference papers.

Dr. Saad Al-Omari, Vice-President of Graduate Studies and Chairman of the Conference Organizing Committee, explained that the Minister of Education's sponsorship comes within the Ministry's interest, indicating that the conference aims to encourage scientific research related to postgraduate education and to observe the reality of graduate programs in Saudi government and private universities as well as finding solutions to the problems faced in the field and opening the prospect for future collaborations and work among Saudi universities.

Al-Omari welcomed the postgraduate deans and leadership at Saudi universities in the thirteenth meeting, hoping that the meeting will achieve the goals and objectives that serve academic excellence in postgraduate studies in Saudi universities. In his segment, the Dean of Graduate Studies at the University and the Chairman of the Scientific Committee of the Conference, Dr. Ahmed Al-Faea, explained that the research and scientific papers to be presented at the conference are richly diverse and up to date with the latest global trends. He indicated that the meeting will include the participation of a number of experts and researchers from Saudi universities.

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