New Saudi cyber security college to bear name of crown prince

Updated 16 April 2018

New Saudi cyber security college to bear name of crown prince

  • New college will be called Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz College of Cyber Security
  • Saudi crown prince approved a proposal to name the college after him

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s newest cyber security college will be called the Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz College of Cyber Security, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Monday.

Currently referred to as College of Cyber Security, Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Technologies, the academy will bear the name of Prince Mohammed once it has been established.

The crown prince approved a proposal by the Chairman of the Saudi Federation for Cyber Security, Programming (SAFCSP) Saud bin Abdullah Al-Qahtani for the institution to be named after the heir to the throne. 

Both Al-Qahtani and acting Dean of the College Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Dahlawi extended their thanks to the crown prince for the approval. 

The college has been signing a number of deals with internationally  renowned educational institutions ahead of opening. 

The college which is under the purview of SAFCSP has struck deals with Carnegie Mellon University, Draper University, Booz Allen Hamilton and SANS Institute. 

On Friday, the academy inked a deal with US firm Coursera, the world’s largest provider of interactive distance training and academic programs. 

On Sunday, the federation signed an agreement with STC to provide smart and innovative services and solutions, and technical support to the federation.

The federation seeks to enhance national awareness of cyber security and programming through education.


Madinah museum showcases over 2,000 rare artifacts

Updated 23 August 2019

Madinah museum showcases over 2,000 rare artifacts

  • The museum has issued more than 44 books and publications on Madinah’s architecture

MADINAH: Dar Al-Madinah Museum offers visitors the opportunity to view historical pieces associated with the Prophet’s life. It features artifacts that capture the history, heritage, social life and culture of Madinah.

The museum’s executive director, Hassan Taher, said that it aims to promote the noble values of the Prophet Muhammad, encourage a sense of belonging and capture the history, culture and heritage of Madinah. The exhibits start with the Prophet’s life and end with the Saudi era.

Taher said: “The museum carries out specialized research in Madinah’s architectural heritage. It contains a library of relevant books, research and magazines, all of which are accessible to researchers.”

He said that the museum has issued more than 44 books and publications on Madinah’s architecture.

Taher explained that when preparing the museum’s narrative, it was necessary to reconcile temporal and spatial contexts so they created an added moral and intellectual value for the visitor.

He added: “There are around 2,000 artifacts in the museum’s exhibition halls. These include antiquities, extremely accurate models, handicrafts, manuscripts, documents, correspondence, old publications, postage stamps, photographs and artworks.”

One of the museum’s most valuable exhibits is a large collection of rare pieces associated with important moments in the Prophet’s life and the history of Madinah. 

These include various parts of the Kaaba, rare coins used in Madinah during different eras, ancient pottery, Islamic manuscripts, jewelry and collectibles from the pre-Islamic era.

Taher said that the museum has a professional team of guides who speak several languages, including English, Turkish, Urdu and Malay.