Saudi delegation participates in symposium on regional security, transnational crimes

The main objective of this symposium was to discuss and exchange ideas and knowledge about modern threats, crimes and security issues.
Updated 09 November 2017
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Saudi delegation participates in symposium on regional security, transnational crimes

RIYADH: A Saudi delegation participated in an international symposium on regional security and transnational crimes in Taiwan that exchanged ideas on modern threats and security issues.

The two-day symposium was organized by the Investigations Bureau of the Taiwan’s Ministry of Justice in Taipei, said Muhammad Khurram Khan, a professor of cybersecurity at King Saud University, who represented KSU in the international symposium attended by experts from 33 countries.

Khan, who just returned from Taiwan, told Arab News on Wednesday that the main objective of this symposium was to discuss and exchange ideas and knowledge about modern threats, crimes and security issues in the region that could undermine the overall security of nations.

Khan said: “This conference was very important to create harmony and dialogue against emerging global security challenges.”

He further stated that networking and information exchanges with other attendees of this conference will enable the Kingdom to enhance skills and approaches to address different facets of terrorism and crimes across borders.

The government of Taiwan invited over 155 foreign scholars, law-enforcement agents, political representatives, think-tanks and senior officials from 33 countries to attend this symposium for exchanging ideas and creating synergy in curbing transnational crimes.

Recommendations from the symposium underlined that the criminal groups and terrorist organizations that use modern science and technology, social media, cyberspace and other resources, have seriously threatened national and regional stability, and should be dealt with seriously.

In addition, global law enforcement agencies must take steps and adopt modern strategies to effectively control emerging cross-border crimes and combat international terrorism, both in the physical space or cyberspace.


Misk Global Forum: UAE Higher Education Minister aces ‘job interview’

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Misk Global Forum: UAE Higher Education Minister aces ‘job interview’

  • ‘You need a core major. Academic background is still important’

RIYADH: The opening session on the second day of the Misk Global Forum began with a brain teaser – how many golf balls can you fit in a school bus? – as part of a job interview, but not just with any applicant.

Dr. Ahmad Belhoul Al-Falasi, the UAE’s Minister of State for Higher Education and Advanced Skills, talked about higher learning and his career in the format of a job interview, conducted by moderator Razan Alayed, an advisor to the Education and Human Resources Council in the UAE.

Al-Falasi said he was surprised that even though he went to very good schools and had a PhD in engineering, he got rejected when applying to many companies because they said he was overqualified. He realized he was underqualified in consulting, so he started to work on that. His learning? “People appreciated the skills I had, not my education.”  

Still, Al-Falasi said it’s important to have a specialization in higher education. “You need a core major. Academic background is still important.”  

To be successful, he said a person needs to be confident and passionate, and that it’s important to have skills of negotiation and articulation.

“I’m not the smartest person,” he said, rather modestly. “If I have to pick one skill, it will be my capacity to adapt.”

Al-Falasi said technology is helping education evolve: “Today with technology, you can have access to the best classes in the world. Data is also important, many say. A lot of technology is built on understanding.”  

At the end of his interview, when Al-Falasi was asked about his salary expectation. Without pause, he said if it’s for a job at Misk, the figure doesn’t matter.

“We all feel very passionate and positive today, especially with what’s happening in Misk,” he said. “All eyes are on Saudi Arabia today.”