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On 14-16 November, representatives of King Saud University participated in the 8th QS-APPLE (Asia Pacific Professional Leaders in Education) Conference, which was held on in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia.
The QS-APPLE is the prime conference for international educators in Asia, Europe, America and Australasia. It is designed for senior and middle-ranking academics and administrators from universities and colleges around the world who aspire to advance the international success of their institutions and students.
The conference began on November 14 with welcoming remarks and an Introduction by Prof Nigel Healey Chair of the QS-APPLE International Academic Advisory Committee and Pro‐Vice-Chancellor of Nottingham Trent University in the UK.
A keynote Address followed, delivered by Dr. M. Aman Wirakartakusumah, Chairman of the Agency for National Standard of Education and Former Indonesian Ambassador to the UNESCO. Another keynote address was delivered by Ms. Robin Buckham, Deputy Vice‐Chancellor (International and Development), Deakin University, Australia.
In the following days, parallel sessions, featuring general and specific aspects of international higher education followed and covered various tracks such as internationalizing the student body and the curriculum, building world-class universities in the Asia-Pacific, transnational education and international partnerships.
Dr. Adel Salah Abduljabbar, Assistant Vice Rector for Graduate Studies and Scientific Research and Director of the Attracting Outstanding Faculty and Researchers Program as well as head of the KSU delegation to the conference, lauded the efforts of the Saudi Ministry of Higher Education who officially supported KSU's part in the conference. He said such a step introduces conference visitors, especially representatives of participating universities, to the Saudi scholarship opportunities. He pointed out that the conference was being held in Indonesia, which is the most populated Islamic country, and 86.1% of its citizens are Muslims. He said that this made the Saudi Ministry of Higher Education devote 250 scholarships this year and 250 last year to Indonesian students.
The KSU wing in the exhibition accompanying the conference was flooded by Indonesian students wanting to study in KSU. Hassan Khard, in charge of the KSU wing, was surprised that the Indonesian students were familiar with KSU and its activities. He said that in the first hours of the exhibition, fifty students applied to enroll in KSU.
The KSU wing was visited by the Saudi Cultural attaché Ali bin Mohammad Al-Madi, while Dr. Abdul Qader Bin Abdullah Bin Abdul Rahman Al-Fantoukh, Undersecretary for Planning & Information at the Ministry of Higher Education, also visited the KSU wing.
Participants in the exhibition from the Kingdom included, besides KSU, the Ministry of Higher Education, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), King Abdulaziz University (KAU), the Islamic University in Madinah, Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University, Umm Al-Qura University, and The Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission (SACM) in Malaysia.
The first and the second QS-APPLE conferences were held in Singapore in August 2005 and July 2006 respectively. The third was held in Hong Kong (July 2007), the fourth in Seoul, Korea (July 2008), the fifth in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (November 2009), the sixth in Singapore, again (November 2010). The seventh QS-APPLE was held in Manila, Philippines, from 16 to 18 November 2011.
QS-APPLE is owned and managed by QS Education Trust, the not-for-profit arm of QS (Quacquarelli Symonds), which was founded in 1990 and steadily became the world's leading network for top careers and education. Its mission is to enable motivated people around the world to fulfill their potential by fostering international mobility, educational achievement and career development.
QS's permanent staff, based in Singapore and London, are responsible for the planning and implementation of the QS-APPLE conference and exhibition. For each annual QS-APPLE, a university in the host country is appointed to be QS’s local organizing partner. Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) was the local organizing partner for the 8th QS- APPLE.
QS has been producing authoritative, independent and global rankings since 2004 and continues to lead innovation in the ranking and evaluation of higher education institutions worldwide. QS currently produces the QS World University Rankings, QS Asian University Rankings, QS World University Rankings by Subject and the QS Latin American Rankings. It is known that KSU has been prominent in the QS Ranking.