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.
The 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.
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.
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
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