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On Monday, Dutch Professor Cees van der Vleuten met with Dr. Hisham Aljadhey, Supervisor for the King Saud University Medication Safety Research Chair, and formally joined the distinguished ranks of international experts affiliated with the University. As a professor for the Medical Education Research Chair, Dr. van der Vleuten brings the KSU medical community vast expertise in professional assessment and strategies for designing assessment programs.

Dr. Al-Faris, accompanied by Vice Rector for Graduate Studies and Scientific Research Prof. Ali Al-Ghamdi and the College of Medicine's Mohammed Al-Shehri, explained that  the Medical Education Research Chair has three central functions, which are 1) supporting and encouraging scientific research and publishing in the areas of medical and health education (this includes KSU's Colleges of Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Nursing and Applied Medical Sciences), 2) developing the faculty's skills in health education, curriculum design and teaching methods, and 3) communicating with decision makers within the University, as well as governmental and non-governmental health organizations throughout the Kingdom, regarding educational projects and policies.

Professor Cees van der Vleuten acts as the Scientific Director at the University of Maastricht's School of Health Professions Education and has won numerous international awards for his work in education. In 2009, he was named Lecturer of the year by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, while in 2008 he was awarded the Richard Farrow Gold Medal by the Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME) in the UK for outstanding contribution to medical education.