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As part of the activities accompanying the 15th Annual Book Fair, and in collaboration with the Abha Literary Club, a lecture was held on Wednesday the 8th of Safar delivered by Prof. Hassan bin Fahad Al-Huwaimel, Qassim University, and moderated by Dr. Yahya bin Abdullah Al-Sharif, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at King Khalid University.

In the lecture, Al-Huwaimel explained that paperback books will always be popular even with the presence of electronic books. He maintained that the feel and utility of paperback books are far greater than that of electronic books.

He added that electronic books provide advantages such as accessibility, capacity, and size inasmuch that they do not diminish the value of a paperback or hardback book. He concluded by observing that the nostalgic relationship we have with paperback books will never be truly replaced by electronic books.

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His Excellency King Khalid University Rector, Prof. Falleh R. M. Al-Solamy, Vice Rector of Academic Affairs, Dr. Saad Muhammad Du'ajim, concluded the activities of the 15th Annual Book Fair, which was organized by King Khalid University and represented by the Deanship of Library Affairs at the Prince Sultan Cultural Center in Khamis Mushait in the presence of a number of government officials and publishing houses.

At the beginning of the ceremony, Vice Rector Du'ajim thanked His Royal Highness Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Abdulaziz, Governor of the Asir Region, for his patronage and His Royal Highness Prince Turki bin Talal bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Governor, who honored the university by launching the book fair. He also thanked His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy for his keenness and support, the Deanship of Library Affairs, and all the participants, agencies and publishing houses.

On the success of the exhibition, the patron of the ceremony praised the distinguished cultural mobility presented and the programs, activities, and guests that accompanied the book fair and exhibition. He stressed that the presence of King Abdulaziz University as a guest of honor, and the participation of different bodies and agencies had a great impact on the book fair and on the number of visitors and attendees. He added, "the large number of visitors witnessed in this book fair is an indicator of the success of the event, which we hope would meet more success in the future." After that, the attendees watched a video entitled 'Views' which displayed the views and opinions of book fair visitors.

Dean of Library Affairs, Dr. Abdullah Al-Nasser, said: "The success of the book fair this year was a result of a combination of efforts from all entities that took part in the event." He then thanked all those who participated in the success of the book fair and the accompanying events.

At the end of the ceremony, Vice Rector Du'ajim honored all participating bodies in the book fair.

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On the 9th of Safar 1440 AH, His Excellency King Khalid University Rector, Prof. Falleh R. M. Al-Solamy, witnessed the signing of a cooperation agreement between King Khalid University and the Al-Kawther Health Association. This agreement will provide a slew of health and training services to university employees and students.

Vice Rector of Academic Affairs, Dr. Saad Muhammad Du'ajim, represented the university in the signing, while Dr. Jubran Al-Qahtani represented the Al-Kawther Health Association. In more details, the agreement provides partnership and support between the two parties to achieve distinguished services in areas of volunteer work and training, in addition to research, health programs, marketing, and public relations.

Dean of the Institute of Research and Studies Studies, Dr. Abdul Latif Ibrahim Al-Hadithi, confirmed that this agreement would open a host of new and in-demand free health services for our community. He emphasized that the Al-Kawthar Health Association is one of the leading national non-profit institutions with a remarkable track record that includes a number of awards in the Kingdom. Dean Al-Hadithi stressed that the university under the guidance of His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy is pleased to provide unwavering support to achieve noble goals.

Dean Al-Hadithi pointed out that the health services needed by the community are provided through government agencies and private entities. "The charity sector represents a third party no less critical than those bodies," he said. He also highlighted the vital role that universities play in health awareness educational training and in encouraging community service which are all part of the Saudi 2030 vision.

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As part of the 15th Annual Book Fair activities, a poetry evening was hosted by Vice Rector, Dr. Mohammed Ali Al-Hasoun, Dr. Abdullah Mohammed Al-Humaid, university advisor, and Prof. Awad Bin Abdullah Al-Qarni on Tuesday the 7th of Safar. University Media General Supervisor, Dr. Mufleh Al-Qahtani, moderated the evening.

The moderator of the evening welcomed the participants and briefed the audience on the background and work of the poets. The evening began with Vice Rector Al-Hasoun's piece titled 'Sanaa a Sister to Riyadh' and a poem titled 'Abha'. Dr. Al-Humaid delivered a poem about his late father, several national poems, and a piece on King Khalid University. Dr. Al-Qarni delivered a poem dedicated to soldiers stationed on the southern border, a poem about the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), and a piece titled 'Al-Huriya' recounting the value of the Arabic language.

At the end of the evening, Dean of Library Affairs, Dr. Abdullah Al-Nasser, honored the poets for their participation and thanked the audience.

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The Department of Arabic Language and Literature at the Faculty of Humanities organized an open scientific meeting on 8th of Safar with Prof. Dr. Hassan bin Fahad Al-Huwaimel, professor of graduate studies at Qassim University, in the presence of a number of guests, faculty members, and students at the university's main campus.

At the beginning of the meeting, Dr. Ahmed bin Ali Al-Murei, assistant professor at the Department of Arabic language and Literature, briefed the guests and attendees on the speaker's background and specialty and welcomed him to the university. 

Al-Huwaimel spoke about the relationship among educators, the curriculum, and the interactive lecture model that integrates all three through increased interactivity. He referred to scientific research in the field of graduate studies, stressing that researchers should focus on the culture of the curriculum and not the restrictions around it noting that the exchange of views between students and educators adds positively to the process of learning and encourages a more active method of education. 

Al-Huwaimel spoke on his personal experience. He remarked, 'Hassan Huwaimel was made by others', stressing that the people who have impacted his life the most are those who have exposed him to different views and concepts, emphasizing that he has learned more from them than any class or lecture. 

At the end of the meeting, Head of the  Arabic Language and Literature Department, Dr. Ahmed Al-Tihani, thanked Professor Al-Huwaimel for his visit and informative talk that will contribute to the support and development of researchers and students in the university. 

Professor Al-Huwaimel will be a guest of honor on Wednesday evening at the 15th Annual Book Fair where he will deliver a lecture titled 'Paper and Electronic Book Identities'.

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International Children's Day was held contemporaneously with King Khalid University's 15th Book Fair and Exhibition on Monday the 6th of Safar. The activities included a lecture initiated by the Department of Kindergarten at King Khalid University's College of Education delivered by Dr. Haifa Al-Mabrouk, which displayed a video of negative parental behaviors with children. This was followed by a discussion on the concept of positive education, which aims to introduce the stages of development within children behavior and ways of dealing with each stage without being subjected to psychological damage.

Al-Mabrouk also stressed the importance of being a positive educator in raising children to be more confident, socially active, and flexible when facing difficult situations. She also discussed the factors that cause negative or undesirable behaviors, mentioning some essential psychological and social factors related to growth. In her lecture, she described a set of strategies that help educators to reinforce the concept of positive education, including problem-solving strategies which focus on helping a child solve a problem, rather than reprimanding the child for their behavior. This too was coupled with a talk on effective listening strategies and emotional control strategies that affect communication skills and the positive build-up of character and personality.

The closing lecture on the importance of self-empowerment was delivered by Dr. Samira Al-Manaie Al-Akalbi from the Department of Kindergarten Faculty of Education. In her talk, Al-Akalbi discussed the importance of fostering a sense of self-empowerment in children by family members and relatives. She explained that it would stimulate independent reasoning and self-awareness while encouraging self-accountability.

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Along with His Royal Highness Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Asir Region, His Excellency King Khalid University Rector, Prof. Falleh R. M. Al-Solamy, signed an Experience in Environmental Studies Cooperation Agreement with the President of the General Authority for Meteorology and Environmental Protection, Dr. Musleh bin Khalil Al-Thaqafi. The signing ceremony was also attended by the Emirate of Asir Undersecretary, Eng. Khaled bin Abdullah Al-Rabiah.

On this auspicious occasion, His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy expressed his pleasure in having His Royal Highness oversee the signing of the agreement between the university and the Authority, which will have a positive impact on the study of environmental science in the Asir Region.

Vice rector of Graduate Studies and Scientific Research, Dr. Saad Al-Amry, expressed his appreciation to His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy and the President of the General Authority for Meteorology and Environment Protection for signing this agreement as well as the entrustment to King Khalid University to be the home for environmental studies. Vice Rector Al-Amry added that the university with the support of the rector, has assumed a leading role in scientific research at the domestic and international levels. It is also worth noting that King Khalid University has achieved top 5 status among Saudi universities and is within the top 500 for all universities worldwide as per QS World University Rankings.

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Community service and outreach is a central function of institutions of higher learning throughout the Kingdom. Under the leadership of His Excellency King Khalid University Rector, Prof. Falleh R. M. Al-Solamy, the supervision of Academic Development and Quality Vice Rector, Dr. Merzin Al-Shahrani, and the planning and hard work of Community Service and Continuing Education Dean, Dr. Omar Aqeel, King Khalid University is at the forefront for community service and activities.

Through a variety of programs, the Deanship of Community Service and Continuing Education is raising the skills and capabilities of the general public. By encouraging communication and developing partnerships among various entities across the Kingdom, the university is also creating synergies among the various stakeholders leading to exponential improvements within our schools and our communities.

Dean Aqeel stressed that volunteer work especially that which gives time, energy, and expertise to others, is a hallmark of the most advanced societies and the pinnacle of human development. “Our work is founded upon clearly delineated goals and values and is closely supervised. This will ensure that our projects will remain focused, effective, and immune to potential misuse,” said Aqeel. He then explained that the Bader Initiative is linked to the 2020 National Transformation Program through the 5th strategic goal. This encourages volunteer work in conjunction with nonprofit organizations. These programs require creativity, personal sacrifice, and hard work; all of which must be maintained under the penumbra of our core values that make the Kingdom what it is today.

Dean Aqeel further noted that these programs are designed to help meet the needs of the labor market in accordance with the 4th strategic goal of Vision 2030. He said: “Increasing the employment rate within the Kingdom is critical. Enhanced labor participation through higher education and training programs is a fundamental goal. Achieving this will improve the economy, lead to greater productivity, and will inure to the benefit of everyone in our society.” He further noted that vocational training would be exceptionally helpful for the younger generation who will be entering the labor market in large numbers in the coming years.

In order to achieve these objectives, the Deanship offers a number of critical need diplomas and training courses. Among the most prominent activities undertaken by the university during the year (1438-1439 AH) was the implementation of an integrated training program system in which educational institutions, graduates, educators, and the general public all came together to achieve their aspirations. This in-turn will fulfill the lauded goals as set forth in the 2020 National Transformation Program and Vision 2030.

Dean Aqeel also reviewed some of the accomplishments of the past year. These include restructuring of the deanship and the associated administrative units to be more efficient and effective. Also, the deanship has established cooperative relationships with other government agencies and private industry. This is helping to develop the critical infrastructure and professional relationships necessary to implement the various programs and ensure their continued success. By way of example, the Abha Chamber of Commerce is now a permanent partner in program development. Also, the deanship’s electronic media infrastructure and personal development resources are now fully available for program activities. As a result, many of the programs are now fully accredited by the Ministry of Civil Service.

In terms of figures, the Deanship has completed a number of programs and courses in various fields during the academic year 1438/1439 AH which included hundreds of participants from the university and the society. The number of programs during the first semester reached 84 programs and 3,904 participants. In the second semester and summer program, it included 47 programs and 1,654 participants. The deanship also contributed in the implementation of a variety of training courses in cooperation with a number of departments and colleges in the university, and was granted Rector Al-Solamy’s approval to hold English language courses in various fields such as military, health, tourism, and marketing).

In the management field, the deanship also organized training workshops and offered diplomas while preparing models and questionnaires to measure the impact of training on society and the university’s influence. The deanship also created diploma model descriptions described in human resources management, accounting, e-Security inspection, safety, health, and the basics of reading, in order to be adopted and classified by the Ministry of Civil Service in cooperation with the relevant colleges and departments, in addition to developing the deanship's approved courses such as the office management diploma and computer diploma in addition to nine different diplomas.

In the context of community service, community partnerships and volunteer work, the deanship implemented a number of agreements, partnerships, and initiatives that consisted of preparing an educational grant agreement between the Social Welfare Fund and King Khalid University, represented by the Deanship of Community Service and Continuing Education. In a meeting between the two entities, the topic of participation in the 1439 AH summer tourist resort was discussed, and the framework of the partnership was set. This was complemented by the development of a preliminary vision for community partnerships with public schools and a landmark community initiative in regards to His Royal Highness Prince Turki bin Talal bin Abdulaziz's 'Green Initiative'. All of these activities were underscored by a local committee in the deanship to document and follow all community service programs and initiatives.

Within the attempt to build social relations, the deanship carried out several important visits to a number of bodies in the region. It participated in a workshop with His Royal Highness the Deputy Governor of the Asir Region to form the organizational structure of the 'Sandak Volunteer Team'. It also participated in the preparation of the volunteer team, which was a collaboration with the Awareness and Cultural Unit in the Department of Social Welfare. The unit also arranged the Ramadan Breakfast Campaign for 350 people, summer tent activities, a visit to the Police Directorate of the Asir Region, and a number of official bodies and local organizations.

Among the deanship's approved programs, the deanship was granted an approval for the 'Ryada Project', which monitors the performance indicators and documents various community service programs and the number of implementing agencies. In addition, the deanship was also granted the approval of the 'Bader Website Project' for employee and staff volunteer work and initiatives.

On the level of community partnership, the Deanship has implemented five training programs aimed at social collaboration with different parties which have successfully served 1,347 students, teachers, administrators and leaders from the university, and has also organized a series of training courses that help prepare females for the job market requirements in accord with the Ministry of Labor and Social Development Standards and Regulations. In relation to the Student Activities Unit, the female unit held a number of workshops and activities that have served 1,145 members, which included a range of activities in all segments of society. The deanship visited the Hope Institution for Hearing Impairment in Abha. It also visited patients in Abha General Hospital, while the female department visited the Abha Hospital for Obstetrics and Gynecology.

The deanship was the leading sponsor in many events and social activities such as the International Day of Civil Defense, Abha Festival, Abha Capital of Arab Tourism 2017, the International Day for Children, Abha Tenth Summer Tent, and the Executive Plan to Combat the Drug Abuse.

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Her Royal Highness Princess Moudhi bint Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, President of the Southern Female Charity Association, sponsored the Introductory Meeting at the Southern Charity Association for Female Faculty and Staff. On her arrival, Vice Rector Dr. Kholud Abu Melha and a group of deans and vice deans met and welcomed Her Royal Highness.

On this occasion, HRH Princess Moudhi bint Khalid said: "I am happy to be with my daughters today and to talk to them about the benefit of nonprofit work and the value of charity and the impact it has on the development of our society. I have worked with charities in the Kingdom for more than 40 years. I started working with associations when I was 18, and I was fortunate that I had relatives working in this field that sparked my interest in it. My work in this field expanded my perception as a young woman, and I learned the true meaning of systematic giving, which added a lot to my understanding of human needs and communities." Her Royal Highness then explained that charitable organizations provide promising and decent work opportunities for Saudi youth. The average wage of the non-profit sector professions starts at 5,300 SAR, which is better than the private sector which offers of 4,400 SAR, according to the 2018 KFH Non-Profit Sector Reports of this year.

Her Royal Highness, then explained that the non-profit sector is considered to be the most balanced sector in the employment of both sexes, and the participation of women in this sector is 43%, which exceeds the total participation rate of women in the labor market at only 14%. Her Royal Highness then encouraged the contribution of females in this field of work describing them as the future and hope our country invests in, noting that donations, volunteer work, and initiatives have a great impact on the communities we live in and on the social role we play in the development of our society.

Vice Rector of Student Affairs, Dr. Kholoud Abu Melha, delivered a speech in which she said: "On this happy day, King Khalid University and its employees are honored to receive the premier charitable work leader in the Kingdom, Her Royal Highness Princess Moudhi Bint Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. We are proud that our university bears the name of one of the founders of our beloved country, King Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, who gave everyone the right of education, and the opportunity to be part of human development and the creation of a leading society."

Abu Melha stressed that our beloved country continues on the hands of the sons of our country’s leaders, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, HRM King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince, HRH Prince Mohammed bin Salman. They provide undivided attention to charitable and nonprofit work inside the Kingdom. Additionally, the King Salman Humanitarian Aid Relief Center is a leading international charity worldwide receiving notable recognition.

At the end of the meeting, Her Royal Highness Princess Moudhi presented a commemorative memorial shield to King Khalid University and received one as well from the university by the vice rector for student affairs.

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