FaceOf: Dr. Abdul Aziz Alsebail, secretary-general of the King Faisal Prize

Dr. Abdul Aziz Alsebail
Updated 04 July 2018
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FaceOf: Dr. Abdul Aziz Alsebail, secretary-general of the King Faisal Prize

  • The prize recognizes the outstanding work of individuals and institutions in five major categories
  • Alsebail reiterated how globally revered the award is because of the high standard it applies for the evaluation of nominees and selection of winners

Dr. Abdul Aziz Alsebail is the secretary-general of the King Faisal Prize. The prize was launched by the King Faisal Foundation, and granted for the first time in 1979.

The prize recognizes the outstanding work of individuals and institutions in five major categories: Service to Islam, Islamic studies, Arabic language and literature, medicine, and science. 

Its aim is to benefit Muslims in the present and future, to inspire them to participate in all aspects of civilization, to enrich human knowledge and develop mankind.

Alsebail reiterated how globally revered the award is because of the high standard it applies for the evaluation of nominees and selection of winners. 

“International prizes are key in promoting and localizing knowledge through immense contributions that strengthen innovation and creativity. This year holds particular significance as the award celebrates its 40th anniversary.”

He received his bachelor’s degree with first-class honors in Arabic language and literature from King Abdul Aziz University (KAU) in 1979.

After working as a radio announcer and programmer for Jeddah Radio, as well as an assistant instructor at KAU, he furthered his education, earning his master’s degree in near-eastern languages and cultures in 1983, as well as his Ph.D. in modern Arabic literature, both from Indiana University Bloomington.

In 1991, Alsebail became an assistant professor at KAU, a post he would hold for eight years. 

He then became deputy editor-in-chief of Saudi Gazette until 2004. In 2005, he became deputy minister of culture until 2010. 


Saudi Arabia's civil service ministry launches national training program for public sector employees

Updated 21 January 2019
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Saudi Arabia's civil service ministry launches national training program for public sector employees

  • The “National Program for Rehabilitation and Training of Human Resources Personnel and Leaders in Government Agencies” which aims to expand the skills of government personnel
  • The training program is in line with the Saudi Vision 2030

JEDDAH: A national program aimed to train public sector employees in the field of human resources management has been inaugurated by the Ministry of Civil Service on Sunday.

The “National Program for Rehabilitation and Training of Human Resources Personnel and Leaders in Government Agencies,” which aims to expand the skills of government personnel, is in line with the country’s Vision 2030, according to the ministry.

“The Ministry of Civil Service will spare no effort in carrying out the roles entrusted to it to advance administrative development, including the modernization of the working environment in the public sector,” said Minister of Civil Service Suleiman bin Abdullah during the inauguration.

The program will explore best practices in human resources management in the public sector, and will discuss the basic principles of the employee life cycle. It will also train employees on methodologies of workforce planning, how to motivate employees to achieve their career objectives, how to foster a culture of group work, as well as highlight the role of digital technology in human resource.

Only Saudi nationals who have a college degree are eligible to join the program.

Government agencies will nominate the eligible employees, who will then be enrolled in a five-day course on human resource, where their abilities to obtain a certificate from UK-based Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development will be assessed. Successful candidates will finish a one-year training module, consisting of classroom and on-site activities.