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King Saud UniversityKing Saud University’s Deanship of Graduate Studies recently held its annual open meeting for the 2012-2013 academic year for the more than 7,000 students accepted into the master's program in the parallel education system.

The vice rector for Graduate Studies and Research, Ahmed S. Al-Aameri, oversaw the meeting for students in the parallel program, which is identical to the day program but conducted in the evening.

It is part of the deanships communication strategy with students, giving incoming students the opportunity to air concerns and direct questions they may have to the academic leadership and officials of the parallel program, and hopefully providing them with much needed information about KSU and the parallel program.

The dean of Graduate Studies,  Ibrahim Al-Harkan, began the meeting by welcoming the vice rector and other academic leaders, as well as the students and others in attendance.

The executive director of the Higher Education Parallel Program,  Mageb Al-Adwani, described the various educational programs available in the parallel system, and also discussed preparing students for the parallel system.

Vice Rector Al-Ameri called on the students to do their best, to work hard, be serious and to persevere for success in their studies, not only for their benefit, but also for the good of the community.

He said there was no difference between the day and evening programs, and that a master's student in the parallel program can just as easily go on to study for a doctorate.

The head of the Deanship’s computer and information unit, Hamdy Elbitar, delivered a presentation on how to register through the academic system’s e-portal, and discussed the steps to take for application, postponement, withdrawal, and other related items.

The meeting was then opened to discussion, and students stressed the importance of having the parallel program.  Other discussions included studying for a Ph.D., and the possibility of moving back-and-forth between the day and the evening programs, if needed.  Female students participated by closed circuit television from their campus.

The Deanship of Graduate Studies was established in 1973 to specifically address the needs of current and future graduate student populations.

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