FaceOf: Prince Faisal Al-Mashari, chairman of the Saudi Education Evaluation Commission

Prince Faisal Al-Mashari
Updated 17 May 2018

FaceOf: Prince Faisal Al-Mashari, chairman of the Saudi Education Evaluation Commission

  • The prince received his bachelor’s degree in engineering from King Saud University (KSU) in 1983
  • Prince Al-Mashari has been the executive director of the National Center for Assessment (Qiyas) since its inception on Aug. 19, 2000

Prince Faisal bin Abdullah Al-Mashari has been appointed chairman of the Education Evaluation Commission by its board of directors.

Al-Mashari expressed his gratitude to the chairman and board of directors for being chosen and for the trust that they had placed in him.

The prince received his bachelor’s degree in engineering from King Saud University (KSU) in 1983, a master’s in engineering from KSU in 1986, and a Ph.D. in engineering from Purdue University in the US in 1990.

Al-Mashari has been the executive director of the National Center for Assessment (Qiyas) since its inception on Aug. 19, 2000. 

Before that, he was appointed as an instructor on the faculty of engineering at King Saud University in 1983 and was promoted to lecturer after three years. He was an assistant professor before he became the dean of the engineering college.

Al-Mashari also served as adviser to the minister of higher education, as well as director of the Center for Research and Strategic Studies at the Ministry of Higher Education.

In 2012, the late King Abdullah chose Al-Mashari as vice president of Mawhibah — the King Abdul Aziz and His Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity. 

He is also a member of the board of the Education and Evaluation Board, as well as the Center for Research and Studies in Higher Education, and the Supreme Committee of Strategic Planning for Higher Education (Aafaq).

Al-Mashari has participated in many conferences, seminars and forums related to education, assessment and studies that help upgrade and develop secondary education. He has presented a number of seminars in which he represented the National Center for Assessment and its activities.


All-female Saudi tourist group explores wonders of Tabuk

Updated 21 October 2019

All-female Saudi tourist group explores wonders of Tabuk

  • About 20 women from different parts of the Kingdom took part in the sightseeing trip to the province bordering the Red Sea

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s first all-female tourist group has explored the environmental and archaeological wonders of Tabuk in the northwest of the Kingdom.

About 20 women from different parts of the Kingdom took part in the sightseeing trip to the province bordering the Red Sea.

“They were astonished to see such sights in their country, especially the area of Ras Al-Sheikh Humaid,” said Heba Al-Aidai, a tour guide in Tabuk who organized the trip.

“They did not expect to see such a place in Saudi Arabia. They looked speechless while standing close to the turquoise water of the sea. It is a truly breathtaking view.”

Al-Aidai and her colleague Nafla Al-Anazi promoted the trip on social media and attracted a group of homemakers, teachers and staff workers from all over the Kingdom, aged from 22 to over 50.

The tour was educational, too, and the women were told about the history of the places they visited. “They were taken to the Caves of Shuaib (Magha’er Shuaib), the place where Prophet Moses fled after leaving Egypt, and where he got married to one of the daughters of Prophet Shuaib, according to some historians. It was really a positive experience,” Al-Aidai said.

The visitors also explored Tayeb Ism, a small town in northwestern Tabuk, where there is a well-known gap in the towering mountains through which water runs throughout the year.

Al-Aidai said such trips aim to encourage tourism in Tabuk, and introduce Saudi tourists and other visitors to the landmarks of the region.