Thomson Reuters ranks Alfaisal University first in Kingdom

Updated 31 August 2014
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Thomson Reuters ranks Alfaisal University first in Kingdom

The high quality of the research output by Alfaisal faculty members and students was confirmed by a recent Research Performance Indicators Report 2013 (the 3rd report) commissioned by KACST from Thomson Reuters.
Alfaisal University ranked 1st in the Kingdom with the highest average citation impact of 1.46 for clinical medical and health sciences papers.
The report analysed research output such as publications, patents and research funding of 30 research institutions in Saudi Arabia during a five-year period from 2008 to 2012.
Overall, the University ranked 3rd highest out of 30 in average citation impact in all categories. In addition, Alfaisal University also scored 1st in external research funding for private universities with SR16.7 million for the period 2010-2013.
Dr. Faisal Al-Mubarak, Alfaisal University Provost, Vice President & chief academic officer, said: “We are extremely proud of the high quality and productivity of our faculty members as well as our students. The 1st ranking nationwide in citation impact of the medical papers produced by our faculty as well as the highest level of external funding for a private university are excellent examples that the university is well on its way to achieve its vision to be a world-class research university.”
Alfaisal University is one of King Faisal Foundation projects and is located in Riyadh. Second Semester admission is open for all four colleges — medicine, engineering, science and business.


Bahri promotes gender balance in workplace

Updated 21 May 2019
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Bahri promotes gender balance in workplace

Saudi logistics and transportation company Bahri recently participated in the 13th Annual Maritime HR Conference in London. The company’s chief support officer Hisham Alkhaldi was invited as a guest speaker at the largest worldwide gathering of maritime HR professionals. 

Held at Leonardo Royal Hotel in London from May 9 to 10, the annual event discussed key issues facing HR teams in the maritime industry. The conference brought together regulators, industry-renowned speakers, business leaders, and nearly 200 delegates representing shipowners, ship managers, oil companies, and other maritime employers such as classification societies and P&I clubs. 

Speaking on the “Diversity and Inclusion in the Maritime Industry” panel at the conference, Alkhaldi put a spotlight on the under-representation of women in the workplace across industries, particularly in the maritime sector. Highlighting that only 2 percent of seafarers worldwide are women and less than 1 percent occupy leadership roles in the industry, he said that it has become imperative for various stakeholders in the maritime industry to step up both concerted and individual efforts to address these challenges effectively and swiftly. 

“As a result of constant and deliberate efforts to raise awareness about the importance and benefits of gender balance in the workplace, policymakers and businesses in the maritime industry increasingly identify equal opportunities as a top priority today. Promoting women’s participation at work is critical not only for accelerating economic growth and sustainable development but also for driving stronger bottom-line results for businesses,” Alkhaldi said.

“Similarly, a diverse workforce will lead to higher productivity and customer loyalty, and catalyze innovation, leveraging the perspectives and experiences of employees of different nationalities, and ethnicities. As an employee-centric organization, Bahri has incorporated diversity and inclusion in its human resources policies and processes.” 

Alkhaldi also shed light on Bahri’s initiatives aimed at embracing diversity and inclusion across all aspects of its business. The company has been striving to boost the participation of women in its operations, which reached 18 percent this year. Bahri has also teamed up with universities to develop programs that will help introduce students to the maritime sector and its services. 

At the heart of Bahri’s diverse and inclusive workforce is its “Talent Management Framework,” which provides a clear direction for strategically attracting, sourcing, managing, developing and retaining talents in the company. The framework was recently named the “Best Recruitment & Talent Management Strategy” at the inaugural CIPD Middle East People Conference & Awards. The company had also won in the “Best Talent Development Strategy” category at the Future Workplace Awards 2018.