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The accreditation of King Saud University’s College of Education and the University’s annual Engineering and Architectural Career Day were among the topics addressed at a recent meeting of the University Council, the last of the 2010-2011 academic year.

King Saud UniversityThe meeting, held on the University's main campus, featured Dr. Abdullah Al-Othman, who recently handed University leadership over to new KSU Rector Dr. Badran Al-Omar. Also attending were Dr. Mohammed Abdulaziz Al Saleh, Secretary General of Saudi Arabia’s Higher Educational Council, as well as vice rectors and deans of various colleges, institutes and deanships.

Dr. Al-Othman welcomed three new members to the Council: Dean of Faculty and Personnel Affairs Prof. Saad N. Al-Hussein, Dean of e-Transactions and Communications Dr. Esam A Awagait and Dean of College of Applied Sciences and Community Services Dr. Fahad T. Bin Muhaya.

Dr. Al-Othman spoke about the College of Engineering-sponsored Career Day, noting that the event illustrates KSU's commitment to strengthening bonds between the University and society, empowering alumni to get the best jobs. He emphasized the need for other KSU colleges  to replicate this kind of activity.

“The question to keep in mind is: Where do alumni go after graduation,” he said. “This is what we must work on.”

Regarding the College of Education’s academic accreditation, Dr. Al-Othman pointed out that the success of several colleges and hospitals at KSU in earning international accreditation is “an excellent indicator of distinguished performance, which  gives us more focus and insight needed to continue on our path.”

But, he added: “Where do we go from here? What follows after academic accreditation? Accreditation is not a destination in itself. We must take pride that KSU has managed in a very short time to acquire and implement the culture of academic accreditation.”

In other topics:

  • Dr. Al-Othman praised the efforts of the colleges and the university’s vice rectorship in preparing classrooms and halls for the next aademic semester and voiced admiration for the crews working on the Malaz female campus to prepare study halls and living accommodations. He said their work has greatly impressed the guardians and parents of female students.
  • He also said an agreement has been signed with the University of Miami, which is renowned for its scientific research. He said KSU is not far behind the world’s top universities and stressed that KSU should study what makes those universities so successful so as to emulate their success. He said the vice rectorship has tried to accomplish this and identify KSU’s strong and weak points.

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Dr. Al-Othman emphasized that KSU cannot excel if it does not successfully implement its strategic plan, and he praised those in charge of the plan for adapting it to a quickly changing world. He said leadership relies on three conditions: attracting top faculty and researchers, boosting financial resources and focusing on specific specializations, in addition to assuring the strategic plan’s components complement one another. He said the academic indicator of quality research is the number of patents and startups, pointing out that in the past five years, KSU has succeeded in investing in Saudi innovators who will make a difference in the future, thanks to the Kingdom’s wise leadership; Indeed, he added, KSU must make the most of the invaluable support that it enjoys from the King and leadership.

King Saud UniversityHe underscored the need for all colleges to prepare for the next academic year and warned of repercussions if these preparations are not complete, as admission in KSU may well double.

To close, the Dr. Al-Othman thanked the members of the Council for their support of the academic process at KSU, lauding their role in improving the academic quality of KSU.

KSU’s Vice Rector for Graduate Studies and Scientific Research Dr. Ali Al-Ghamdi, who is also Secretary General of the Council, noted other issues addressed by the Council. Prominent among those were:

  • The establishment of a masters degree program in geographical information systems (GIS) as a curriculum option in the Department of Geography in the College of the Arts.
  • The approval of a recommendation by the Standing Committee on Academic Plans and Bylaws to establish a preparatory year program for deaf or hard-of-hearing male and female students. Dr. Al-Ghamdi said this would be a first-of-its-kind program in the Kingdom and bolsters KSU’s higher objective of providing all students a suitable environment for creativity and learning.
  • The approval of a recommendation by the Standing Committee on Academic Plans and Bylaws to change the name of the bachelor of science degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences to a BS in Pharmacy. He said this was based on the Canadian accreditation team’s opinion that the current name in Canada and the U.S. implies that the holder of the degree is not entitled to practice as a pharmacist, and this would compromise a graduate’s chances of being accepted for study abroad.
  • The Council adopted the Committee’s resolution concerning full-time professor appointments and exceptional leave to a number of faculty, as well as the appointing of new and current faculty.
  • The Council also moved to adopt the Committee’s recommendations about selecting candidates from positions ranked in Grades 11-14.

Dr. Ahmad Aghadir, Assistant Secretary General of the Council, said the Council has agreed to the graduation of 43 male and female graduate students who have completed requirements for a masters degree or Ph.D.

They are listed below:

Nauf bint Dagash Al-Qahtani

Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Dosari

Samir bin Dakheel Al-Dakheel

Farhan bin Khalaf Alanzi

Faisal bin Hamad Al Jibreen

Saad bin Ali Alutaibi

Jeelan bin Ahmad Majmami

Noura bint Mohammad Al-Hamad

Sarah bint Mohammad Al-Nasser

Nawal bin Awad Asiri

Munirah bint Mohammad Al-Mutlaq

Abdullah bin Abdulrahman  Al-Mane

Ayedh bin Saud Alutaibi

Abdullah bin Mohammad Al-Hazzazi

Jamilah bint Abdullah Al-Omari

Arfnan bint Saleh Rashed

Hind bint Taha Al-Hashimi

Ayesha bint Abdulrahman Al-Saheem

Hassan bin Abdullah Al-Moammar

Yasser bin Ghazi Al-Omari

Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Watban

Munirah bint Saleh Al-Halas

Rawda Ahmad Abdo Farhan

Fahad bin Mohammad Al-Hoshani

Labdan bin Najar Al-Qahtani

Ibrahim bin Faheed Al-Fadaani

Faisal bin Bakheet Al-Dosari

Wadaaf Jamal Ahmad Othman

Muneer Saeed Ubaid Abed

Abeer bint Ahmad Al bin Ali

Jawher bint Mohammad Shabeeb

Aria Widiawan

Valenza Dameri

Munira bin Saleh Shabeeb

Khaled bin Aydan Al-Aydan

Badr bin Saqr Alutaibi

Abdelnasser bin Saeed Al-Qafeel

Badr bin Aweed Al-Harbi

Ali bin Mohammad Al-Sumluq

Mason bint Abdulaziz Doueiss

Afnan bint Abdulaziz Al-Sebeiheen

Louloua bint Ahmad Al-Hameed

Ghada Ayub Ahmad Mahmoud Aboushmeiss

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