UK conference highlights Saudi students’ accomplishments

Updated 14 February 2016

UK conference highlights Saudi students’ accomplishments

DAMMAM: The 9th Saudi Student Conference which is being held on Feb. 13-14 is sponsored by Umm Al-Qura University and hosted by the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom. It was organized by the Scientific Society for Saudi Students in the UK (SSSSUK) with the collaboration of the Saudi Arabian Cultural Bureau in London for students funded under the King Abdullah Foreign Scholarship Program.
Faisal Abalkhail, cultural attaché at the Saudi Embassy in London, said that the event aimed to provide scientific and cultural benefits for participants and those attending in addition to highlighting the groundbreaking work and accomplishments of Saudi students at all levels of study in universities throughout the UK.
Abalkhail said: “The flagship two-day forum showcases research achievements in various disciplines and fields and is accompanied by a number of parallel activities and workshops to encourage and stimulate communication, scientific cooperation, and partnership among students, as well as raising awareness of the best practices in various fields and disciplines.”
Regarding the cooperation of British universities with Saudi student activities, Abalkhail said that the conference is being hosted by a different UK university each year. He said, “The cooperation with universities in the United Kingdom is growing and evolving positively as the participations of Saudi students and the research becomes highly credible in those institutions.”
The event, supported by Saudi Ambassador to the UK Prince Muhammad bin Nawwaf and the country’s minister of education, allows students to illustrate their creativity and publish their research, promote scientific research standards and contribute to research and academia both locally and globally.
Embracing international standards of excellence, the scientific committees of the conference received about 600 scientific participations, including 96 papers and 499 posters, which represent some of the most innovative work currently being done in medicine, engineering and computer science, management, humanities and social sciences, the media and arts.
In terms of academic relations, the conference also provides many opportunities for exchanges between Saudi universities and their counterparts in the United Kingdom in order to develop joint research and educational projects.
The SSSSUK was founded under the patronage of the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia Cultural Bureau in London. It was officially inaugurated on 29 March 2014 and its aim is to provide a distinctive scientific and research environment for Saudi students in the UK, besides improving and refining their scientific and research skills and creating opportunities for Saudi students and researchers in the UK to communicate and exchange their experiences in the most efficient manner.

Sweet victory as rising star wins Jeddah baking contest

Updated 9 min 47 sec ago

Sweet victory as rising star wins Jeddah baking contest

  • More than 120 women submitted a range of bakery creations and 10 finalists were selected
  • The winner won various prices and will have the chance to create her own business with the help of sponsors

JEDDAH: A Saudi woman has won a prestigious home-baking competition after being encouraged to enter the contest by her daughter.

Reem Rida Khashoggi beat nine other finalists in the Jeddah-based Golden Whisk competition with one of the simplest desserts of the night — “petit four” biscuits served in a small box that drew unanimous praise from the judges on Sunday.

“I got into this competition through my daughter,” Khashoggi told Arab News after accepting the trophy. “She has pushed me to improve and convinced me to be a part of this.” 

The Golden Whisk competition was organized by Crate, a Jeddah concept store that encourages local entrepreneurs, along with Mariam Haddad, owner of a bakery in Crate and one of the judges. 

More than 120 women submitted a range of bakery creations for judging with 10 finalists chosen for Sunday’s showdown.

Khashoggi said she gained her baking experience by “randomly opening recipe books and studying recipes.”

“I started baking with petit four biscuits and the reaction I received from the people was amazing,” she said.

Her daughter, Heba Bakri, said was “beyond happy” to see her mother win. “I am so proud, she is a great person. Congratulations, mom. You deserve the best,” she added.

The competition finale was hosted by Abdulrahman Baaghil, co-creator of Jeddah Attractions, and judges Basma El-Khereiji, chef behind the Social Kitchen, and Raneen Joudah, a home baker, together with Haddad.

“I believe that it is an act of giving back to society by getting involved with small bakers, especially people who are just starting their careers,” said El-Khereiji. 

Contestants’ offerings were judged on taste, presentation, creativity and originality. 

The winner will have the chance to create her own business with the help of recognition from startup Bakery M, design services from Loud, shelf space at Crate, a range of products from Baker’s Choice and a SR1,500 voucher from Chef & Chef.