Husam Zaman, president of the Saudi Education Evaluation Commission

Husam Zaman
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Updated 02 July 2020

Husam Zaman, president of the Saudi Education Evaluation Commission

Husam Zaman has been the president of the Saudi Education Evaluation Commission since June 2019.
He has also been the president of Taif University since June 2016, and the director general of the Regional Center for Quality and Excellence in Education since October 2014.
Zaman gained a Ph.D. in administration and policy studies from the University of Pittsburgh in 2006 and holds a certificate of completion in the AMA’s (American Management Association) comprehensive project management workshop.
Prior to taking on his current role, he worked at Taibah University as dean of quality from March 2008 to April 2013, and deputy vice president for development and quality from September 2012 to June 2013.
He then became the campus president of the Riyadh-based Saudi Electronic University from July 2013 to September 2014.
On Sunday, Zaman launched the Qubul acceptance index for high school performance in admission tests for higher education institutions.
According to the commission, the index includes a test of general abilities in both quantitative aptitude and verbal aspects, an achievement test for scientific disciplines in mathematics, physics, biology, and chemistry courses, and another for theoretical disciplines in Islamic education, Arabic language, and social sciences.
During a virtual international symposium on Monday, Zaman gave a presentation on the Kingdom’s experience in conducting university acceptance tests and its use of technology and digital transformation apps to implement the tests electronically for home-study students (around 75 percent of students) and in computerized testing centers (25 percent of applicants.)
The conference had been organized by UNICEF, UNESCO, and the World Bank to discuss the framework for the reopening of schools and share the methodologies adopted by different countries.


KSRelief dispatches help for Lebanese medical teams treating explosion victims 

Updated 9 min 16 sec ago

KSRelief dispatches help for Lebanese medical teams treating explosion victims 

RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) has assisted Lebanese medical teams treating victims of the Beirut explosion on Tuesday.

Emergency teams from the Souboul Al Salam Relief Team, which is funded by KSRelief, went from north of Lebanon to Beirut to support medical teams on the ground. 

Another team from Al-Amal Medical Center, also funded by KSRelief, provided emergency health care services and started a blood donation campaign to meet the demand of Beirut hospitals.

The prime minister of Lebanon, which is already struggling with an economic crisis and battling COVID-19, has made a desperate plea for help following Tuesday’s deadly explosions.
Kuwait said it has delivered medical aid and other essentials by a military plane on Wednesday morning.
The World Health Organization and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies were sending 40 tonnes of medical supplies, including personal protective equipment to Beirut on a flight paid for by Dubai-based International Humanitarian City, a hub for humanitarian emergency preparedness and response, a WHO representative said.
"We are offering medical trauma kits and surgical kits containing things such as syringes, bandages and surgical gowns," said Nevien Attalla, operations manager for the WHO's Dubai hub.

*With agencies