Dr. Marei bin Hussein Al-Qahtani, president of Jazan University

Dr. Marei bin Hussein Al-Qahtani
Updated 03 October 2019

Dr. Marei bin Hussein Al-Qahtani, president of Jazan University

Dr. Marei bin Hussein Al-Qahtani has been president of Jazan University since June 2016. He holds a bachelor’s degree in geography from King Saud University (KSU) in Riyadh.

Al-Qahtani began his career in academia in 1981 as a lecturer in KSU’s geography department.

In 1994, he moved to the UK to pursue his doctorate, which he completed in 1998. He received his Ph.D. in physical geography and environmental sciences from the University of Hull.

After that, Al-Qahtani returned to KSU as an assistant professor in the geography department. He was also an assistant professor in the social sciences department of King Khalid University in Abha between 1999 and 2003. He was an associate professor in the same department from 2003 to 2009.

Al-Qahtani served in several other positions at King Khalid University, including dean of admissions and registration. He was vice president then acting president of the university from 2011 to 2016.

On Wednesday, Jazan’s acting Gov. Prince Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz met Al-Qahtani at his office.

Prince Mohammed was briefed on Jazan University’s services and achievements, as well as its upcoming plans and programs.

He praised the university’s efforts to serve and develop the capabilities of students from Jazan and other Saudi regions in accordance with the Vision 2030 reform plan.


Plan approved to establish Institute of Traditional Arts in Saudi Arabia

The minister of culture announced last August that academies will be evaluated according to the market’s needs. (SPA)
Updated 23 October 2019

Plan approved to establish Institute of Traditional Arts in Saudi Arabia

  • The Institute of Traditional Arts aims to preserve the local identity through teaching arts, contributing to the preservation and development of the Saudi heritage, graduating qualified practitioners, and using arts to raise awareness

RIYADH: The minister of culture, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, on Tuesday, adopted a plan to establish the Institute of Traditional Arts at the Royal Academy of Arts.
The institute will begin receiving applications for the fall of 2020, targeting 1,000 students and trainees in long- and short-term programs.
The Institute of Traditional Arts aims to preserve the local identity through teaching arts, contributing to the preservation and development of the Saudi heritage, graduating qualified practitioners, and using arts to raise awareness.
The institute also aims to encourage artists through programs or partnership with relevant sectors.
The institute is part of the Academies of Arts’ initiative, which was announced in the Ministry of Culture’s first package last March, and the among the quality of life program’s initiatives. The minister of culture announced last August that academies will be evaluated according to the market’s needs, with the first being specialized in heritage and traditional arts and crafts.