Saudi court victory gives better job prospects to 600 Taif University students

Updated 29 March 2018

Saudi court victory gives better job prospects to 600 Taif University students

JEDDAH: Six hundred graduates from Taif University moved a step closer to gaining higher-level jobs after a five-year wait and a two-and-a-half-year legal battle waged by 14 fellow students who took up the case.
The Ministry of Civil Service had previously declined to classify biological technique department students at Taif University, but the administrative courts in Jeddah and Makkah declared the decision wrong.
Abdul Rahman Zadkhan, one of the students, said the verdict gave hope to 600 who can now look for jobs appropriate to their four years of specialist study and one-year master’s.
The biological technique involves studying the medicine and drug as well as the oil and food industries, environment and agriculture.
Abulaziz Al-Satami, another student, said their ordeal had lasted for more than five years, even though the department opened by Taif University was approved by the Ministry of Higher Education and accredited by the Council of Higher Education. Different ministries disputed over taking up the responsibility for the department and blamed each other, he added.
The students’ jobs were reduced to lab analysts, and they were denied the opportunity to apply for other state jobs. Mazen Kurdy, the students’ lawyer, said that the department of biological technique was legally opened by the faculty and approved and accredited by the Council of Higher Education but the Ministry of Civil Service refused to classify some jobs for this major, only allowing alumni to take up lab technician posts. By doing this, the ministry wasted the money spent by the state to establish and run this department, he said.

Ronaldinho plans Saudi Arabia football academy in Jeddah

Updated 18 min 50 sec ago

Ronaldinho plans Saudi Arabia football academy in Jeddah

  • Backstage at Misk Global Forum, Brazilian football legend reveals intention to open school some time next year
  • Player offered advice for audience, speaking about the value of teamwork, learning from failure and the rewards of giving back

RIYADH: Ronaldinho plans to open a football academy in Jeddah some time next year, the Brazilian football legend revealed to Arab News backstage in an exclusive interview after his appearance at the Misk Global Forum on Wednesday.

“First of all, I want to say thank you for a warm reception and kindness which I have received from the Saudi people,” he told Arab News. “As for the kids, those who want to be a player some day, dedicate as much as you can and follow your dreams.”

Earlier, Ronaldinho appeared on stage to a chorus of cheers at the end of the day’s sessions, where he gave a talk titled the Discipline – and Fun – of Teamwork. 

”I was lucky enough to be on a team with stars,” he said of his career with European clubs Paris St-Germain, Barcelona and AC Milan, and a World Cup win in 2002 with the Brazilian national team. “We all respected each other.

“For me it was wonderful, because my history with this team and players was a beautiful one: To idolize them and later play with them and later win titles again…”

Ronaldinho said he feels grateful for his God-given talent. “Throughout my career we had a plan, and I always worked hard. God gave me the privilege to play football. It was fun, not a sacrifice.”

“I’ve always liked to have a ball around me, to have contact with the ball.”

His advice for the audience? “Prepare yourself and help your colleague or team member,” he said. “Humility is important. Try to stay humble.”

He also said to train hard, read as much as you can and don’t fear failure. “I failed a lot of times,” he said. “Football is like that. You can’t always win. You have to seek lessons from the defeats and not lose hope.” 

Now that he’s retired, Ronaldinho is more concerned with giving back. “After I stopped playing, I have soccer academies. That’s what I’m proud of, and it has given me pleasure. To give something back (as a)  thanks to football and everything it have given me.”