More than 4,000 students join Mawhiba program

Updated 29 July 2015
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More than 4,000 students join Mawhiba program

RIYADH: A total of 4,326 male and female students started their local and regional summer program for 2015 under the sponsorship of the King Abdul Aziz and his Companions Foundation for the Gifted and Creativity (Mawhiba) throughout the Kingdom on Sunday.
The annual event which attracted an increased number of students this year would be held for a period of three weeks in and out of the Kingdom.
According to an official from Mawhiba, 4,000 students have been enrolled in the local programs and 326 have been enrolled in foreign programs which included 157 students going outside the Kingdom, while the rest would follow international programs inside the Kingdom.
He said that the program has targeted outstanding students to help them acquire and develop scientific skills that would be useful in their future career. The students are taking part in 79 scientific programs throughout the Kingdom.
“The whole idea of the program is to make the Kingdom a knowledge-based society and provide these talented students with the leadership ability, team work and training for them to be useful citizens in the society and help them enable themselves adapt to their local environment,” he said, pointing out that the program is being held under the National Plan for Science and Technology.
The training programs are based on subjects such as biology and medical science, environment, energy, mathematics and information technology, physics, engineering and chemistry.
The scientific materials program also include introduction to medical biology, cryptography, medical terminology, the principles of engineering design, an introduction to medical biology, and English for scientific purposes for students.
The program is being coordinated with Saudi universities, leading schools and research centers in addition to the most prestigious universities in the United States, Britain, Ireland, and Canada. Among the most prominent universities included in the program are Columbia and Cornell.
The number of the international enrichment programs has increased by 25 percent, with the addition of eight new programs, among them management enrichment programs to increase opportunities for students to expand their fields at the Stanford University and the University of Texas, Colorado, California and Pennsylvania and a medical program at the University of Toronto.


Houthis accused of looting humanitarian aid

A worker unloads aid packages from a Saudi air force cargo plane, at an airfield in the northern province of Marib, Yemen, in this January 22, 2018 photo. (REUTERS)
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Houthis accused of looting humanitarian aid

JEDDAH: The Yemen Scholars Association on Saturday blamed the Iranian-backed Houthi militias for the deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Yemen.
The associated accused the Houthis of looting humanitarian aid.
According to the Yemeni scholars, Houthi actions have resulted in the suspension of salaries of hundreds of thousands of employees for nearly two years.
The Association praised the efforts and humanitarian support of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), which provides, directly and indirectly, most of the humanitarian relief support for the Yemeni people.
The Yemen Scholars Association condemned the Houthi militia for looting relief aid in areas under its control.
According to a human rights report, At least 113 people have been tortured to death in detention centers in Yemen run by the Houthis since the coup began
Yemeni Human Rights Minister Mohammed Askar told Arab News that the figures in the report were only estimates and that the real figures were much higher.