Saudi cyber security college signs MoU to promote technology

A member of the military specialised in cyber defense works on servers in Lille on January 23, 2018 during the 10th International Cybersecurity Forum. (AFP)
Updated 24 June 2018
0

Saudi cyber security college signs MoU to promote technology

  • Stanford will contribute to the development of academic content at the college covering cybersecurity
  • Stanford enjoys a globally renowned position in the fields of computer science and engineering

JEDDAH: Prince Mohammed bin Salman College for Cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Technologies has signed a strategic partnership deal with Stanford University in the US.
Dr. Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al-Dahlawi, the dean of Mohammed bin Salman College, said that Stanford enjoys a globally renowned position in the fields of computer science and engineering, and the agreement, signed in San Francisco, California, on June 22, will help the Saudi college develop and grow in line with the standards of international learning institutions.
He added that Stanford will contribute to the development of academic content at the college covering cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, high-performance computing and cloud computing.
Dr. Khaled Al-Suwailem, from the Stanford Global Projects Center, said the agreement reflects the university’s belief in the importance of strategic partnerships and in Prince Mohammed bin Salman College as a specialized institution promoting knowledge and technology in support of Vision 2030.


TheFace: Asma Alsaleh, Saudi specialist in autism

Updated 15 min 6 sec ago
0

TheFace: Asma Alsaleh, Saudi specialist in autism

  • When I reflect on my life, I can attribute all my successes to the unconditional love and support of my family

I was born into a family that valued education more than anything else.

My parents did everything possible to ensure that my four siblings and I could follow our passions and chosen fields.

Being a middle child in a Saudi family, I had to negotiate to get what I wanted, and that not only made me a goal-getting person but also developed my leadership skills.

Early on, from elementary to high school, I was an excellent student and managed to graduate with a high score which gave me many options to consider in regard to college applications.

Out of my sheer love for children and a curiosity about autism, majoring in special education at King Saud University (KSU) was the obvious choice.

January 2011 marked both my graduation from KSU and the beginning of my career as an autism specialist in the Center for Autism Research (CFAR) at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center (KFSH&RC) in Riyadh.

I was fortunate to be one of the first CFAR appointments and I helped build the team and develop its overall vision and mission.

I worked with a multidisciplinary team to conduct assessments, diagnoses, and interventions, and as an aspiring autism specialist, I was focused on expanding my knowledge and cultivating experiences in the field.

This led me to obtain certification in Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2) and Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R), both considered to be the gold standard in diagnostic evaluations for autism.

This made me the first Saudi research-reliable therapist in ADOS-2, in addition to becoming a certified therapist in the Early Start Denver Model (a behavioral therapy for autistic children aged between 12 and 48 months).

In 2016, I was fortunate to embark on yet another wonderful and challenging journey. I decided to pursue a master’s degree at the University of Glasgow, in Scotland. Learning is a continuous process especially in a field where new methods and tools are being discovered and updated all the time.

On a personal note, for someone that appreciates strong family ties, having to live abroad without my family was extremely difficult.

By 2017, after writing a thesis titled “Quality of Life Among Mothers of ASD Children in Saudi Arabia,” I obtained my master’s degree in psychological studies. I was appointed as a senior autism specialist and scientific project supervisor upon my return to KFSH&RC.

Aside from an incredibly busy career, I strive to be fit and ensure I do a workout at least three times a week. I also took up gardening as a hobby, which has helped enhance my well-being.

When I reflect on my life, I can attribute all my successes to the unconditional love and support of my family.