Ahmed Al-Issa new education minister

Updated 12 December 2015
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Ahmed Al-Issa new education minister

JEDDAH: In a shakeup announced on Friday, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman relieved Education Minister Azzam Al-Dakhil of his position and appointed him as an adviser at the Royal Court.
Ahmed bin Mohammed Al-Issa was appointed as the new education minister.
The royal decree relieved Saleh bin Abdul Rahman Al-Shuhaib of his position as the deputy minister of civil service and Abdullah bin Saad Al-Malfi was appointed to that post.
Tawfiq Abdul Aziz Al-Sudairi was appointed as the deputy minister of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance for Mosques and Endowments Affairs.
Ali bin Nasser Al-Ghufais was relieved of his position as the governor of Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) and Ahmed bin Fahd Al-Fuhaid was appointed to that post.
The royal order also appointed Abdul Aziz Al-Rowais as governor of the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC).
Mohammed Al-Suwaiket was relieved of his position as chairman of the Saudi Railways Organization (SRO) and Rumaih bin Mohammed Al-Rumaih was appointed to that post.
The royal order made Ali bin Nasser Al-Ghufais, Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al-Darrab and Saleh bin Abdul Rahman Al-Shuhaib new members of the Shoura Council.
Fahd bin Mohammed Al-Hathyan was appointed as a consultant at the Interior Ministry, and Jamaan bin Raqoosh as president of Naif Arab University for Security Sciences (NAUSS).
Saad bin Abdullah Al-Qahtani was appointed as a consultant at the Royal Court.


Crown prince award ‘will build Saudi-Sino cultural bridges’

Updated 22 February 2019
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Crown prince award ‘will build Saudi-Sino cultural bridges’

ARAB NEWS BEIJING: Leading academics and literary talents from Saudi Arabia and China will be honored under an award scheme sponsored by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan announced the Prince Mohammed bin Salman Award for Cultural Cooperation between the Kingdom and China during a visit to King Abdul Aziz Public Library at Peking University in Beijing on Thursday.
The announcement was made on the eve of the Saudi crown prince’s visit to China, the latest stop on an Asian tour.
The cultural cooperation award will honor leading academics, translators and high-achievers from the Kingdom and China in the categories: Best scientific research in Arabic, best artistic work, best Chinese-Arabic book translation and vice versa, person of the year, and most influential person of the year in the cultural milieu.
Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan said: “This partnership is in the name of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and represents the common commitment to build cultural bridges between the two countries, developing cultural exchange, and promoting artistic and academic opportunities for our citizens.”
He said the yearly award will promote language, literature, and Arabic and creative arts in China, and encourage cultural exchange.
The Kingdom and China have a long history of cultural cooperation, including the annual Arabic Arts Festival.
The King Abdul Aziz Public Library at Peking University was inaugurated in 2017 during King Salman’s official visit to China, where he received an honorary doctorate degree.