US envoy and UBT rector discuss future collaboration

US Ambassador Joseph A. Westphal and University of Business and Technology (UBT) Rector Hussein Al-Alawi at the event in Jeddah.
Updated 26 October 2016

US envoy and UBT rector discuss future collaboration

JEDDAH: US Ambassador Joseph A. Westphal met with University of Business and Technology (UBT) Rector Hussein Al-Alawi and Vice Rector Lulwa Al-Mutlaq at the UBT Continuing Education Center at King’s Road Tower last week.
Ambassador Westphal, Consul General Matthias Mitman, Rector Hussein Al-Alawi and deans from UBT discussed future collaboration.
A group of students was heavily engaged in one such collaboration — a leadership workshop led by Kay Westerfield, a global communications expert and US Consulate guest .
UBT students graduate with degrees ranging from business to advertising — all fields that cultivate leadership skills.
Westerfield stressed important tenets of leadership with the group of students, such as resilience, and challenged them to envision themselves as leaders.
Following the meeting with the rector, Ambassador Westphal spoke to the students participating in the leadership workshop and shared his vision of what makes a great leader.
The students enjoyed the level of interaction and learned from each other. They left the workshop feeling inspired about their bright futures.


185 disabled Saudi children ready for new academic year

Updated 22 August 2019

185 disabled Saudi children ready for new academic year

RIYADH:  Saudi Arabia’s Disabled Children’s Association (DCA) finished its preparations for the new academic year with the completion of its educational programs aimed at developing children’s mental, cognitive and motor skills.

The DCA’s centers are getting ready to welcome around 185 new students, who will be enrolled in the preparatory and elementary stages. The association is also housing early intervention children in 11 centers throughout the Kingdom.

“The DCA’s centers finished their preparations early in line with the directives of Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, chairman of the association’s board of directors,” said Awadh Al-Ghamdi, the DCA’s secretary-general.

He added: “The association is keeping pace with new technologies by developing the educational care system every year. It continuously adopts new methods for children with special needs by providing the centers with what is necessary for the development of linguistic, social and psychological skills.

“The DCA held consultative meetings to approve an implementation mechanism by consulting experts from the educational committee at King Saud University about the importance of establishing an innovative resources room in all of the DCA centers.

Al-Ghamdi said: “The project will be implemented in cooperation with the Ministry of Education after it is judged by specialists from Saudi universities and adopted as part of the association’s initiatives. This comes as a continuation of the DCA’s role in caring for children with special needs for more than 35 years.”

The director of the DCA’s center in Al-Rass governorate presented the project’s original idea, which included reviewing the centers’ educational care programs according to modern educational trends.

A working group, which included a number of specialists, was assigned to the investigation. It presented a final vision to the DCA’s secretariat with a guide to the project’s implementation.