Saudi universities join global institutions in Times Higher Education Impact Rankings

Saudi universities join global institutions in Times Higher Education Impact Rankings
Jeddah’s University of Business and Technology also scored a new international achievement by ranking on the list of the top 400 universities worldwide. (Supplied)
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Updated 29 April 2022

Saudi universities join global institutions in Times Higher Education Impact Rankings

Saudi universities join global institutions in Times Higher Education Impact Rankings
  • The Times list, which placed the Saudi Electronic University 401 out of 600 globally recognized institutions, measured the university’s performance according to the 17 UN SDGs

JEDDAH: The Saudi Electronic University has joined the list of global universities in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings for the first time.

The Times list, which placed the Saudi Electronic University 401 out of 600 globally recognized institutions, measured the university’s performance according to the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals, including “ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong opportunities for all.”

In entering the rankings for the first time, the SEU placed among the top 300 universities in the world in the 17th SDG, which seeks to strengthen and revitalize global partnerships for sustainable development.

It also ranked 101 out of 200 in the fourth goal regarding “quality education,” 201 out of 300 in the 10th goal of “reducing inequalities,” and in the third SDG, “good health and well-being,”  placed 301 out of 400.

The fifth SDG focusing on gender equality and the empowerment of women saw SEU place 301 out of 400.

In July 2020, Hamad Al-Sheikh, the Saudi minister of education, appointed Lilac Al-Safadi as president of the Saudi Electronic University. The appointment made Al-Safadi the first women president of a Saudi coed university.

Al-Safadi said that the university had achieved several important objectives as part of its strategy plan, including “building a leading regional role in e-learning” and the “inclusion of the university in the indicators of world university rankings.”

Jeddah’s University of Business and Technology also scored a new international achievement by ranking on the list of the top 400 universities worldwide.

The achievement was due to the university’s contribution to the UN goals of reducing inequalities, procuring adequate work and achieving economic growth.

The university’s policies resulted in empowering both genders, especially women, who make up 40 percent of the university’s senior leaders and 54 percent of the university’s labor committee (7 out of 13 members are women). The committee was one of the first established in a private university in the Kingdom.

In addition, the university supports initiatives that contribute to creating a unique work environment to attract talent, including providing an appropriate environment for people with special needs.

Abdullah Dahlan, chairman of the board of trustees of UBT, and Osama bin Ahmed Janadi, president of the university, expressed their pride in the continuous efforts made by university employees to strengthen integration and positively impact society. They said the combined effort strengthened the status of the university at the local and international levels.


Saudi women participating in Makkah’s General Cars Syndicate for the first time

Women are now part of the General Syndicate of Cars for the first time, and the are proud and honored to work during Hajj.
Women are now part of the General Syndicate of Cars for the first time, and the are proud and honored to work during Hajj.
Updated 03 July 2022

Saudi women participating in Makkah’s General Cars Syndicate for the first time

Women are now part of the General Syndicate of Cars for the first time, and the are proud and honored to work during Hajj.
  • ‘Our leadership has made it possible for women to work, especially in all government sectors’

MAKKAH: Women will be part of the General Cars Syndicate in Makkah for the first time since it was set up nine decades ago.

The syndicate is an executive body that arranges and organizes pilgrim transportation through affiliated companies.

I am grateful that women now have more professional opportunities to participate and serve during Hajj.

Binan Basnan, Customer service specialist - General Syndicate of Cars

Khadijah Fida, a journalist and content creator at the syndicate, said: “A lot of women have been assisting with work for Hajj in the Kingdom for decades. I saw my father’s work in this sector, along with my brother and husband, and today I have also participated in it. Our leadership has made it possible for women to work, especially in all government sectors, and play an active role in line with Saudi Vision 2030.

(From L to R) Binan Basnan, Mervat Habhab & Khadijah Fida. (Supplied)

“Today, I represent the General Cars Syndicate in the media, public relations, creating quality material, and monitoring the successes of the transport information center during Hajj. I am proud and honored to be a woman from Makkah who works in the syndicate that greatly and actively contributes to the success of Hajj and the safe transport of pilgrims.

The syndicate is always working on creating and establishing an institutional framework for this association that has made a dramatic difference in transport in Makkah.

Khadija Fida, Journalist and content creator - General Syndicate of Cars

“We experience Makkah’s Hajj and Umrah seasons, and the syndicate is always working on creating and establishing an institutional framework for this association that has made a dramatic difference in transport in Makkah to bring comfort to pilgrims who (earlier) struggled on dirt roads to reach Makkah.”

Mervat Habhab, a customer service specialist at the syndicate’s information center, said that women’s roles had become more noticeable and significant.

“It is my mission to interact and address the situation of every beneficiary, based on their needs, and transport them to the relevant departments for a quick response and intervention. It is an honorable and wonderful mission to contribute to the service of pilgrims when those services were limited to men. In this prosperous era and these blessed days, I have the opportunity to play an important and active part as a woman from Makkah who loves God and her homeland.”

Habhab added that government support motivated them to improve their work performance every year.

Binan Basnan, another customer service specialist at the syndicate, said: “I am proud and honored to work in a great institution such as the General Cars Syndicate that serves pilgrims on their Hajj journey through receiving their inquiries and complaints. I am grateful that women now have more professional opportunities to participate and serve during Hajj. I hope to be rewarded (by God) and thank our government, which gave us these great opportunities.”


New lake park in Historic Jeddah highlights cultural destination

The project is part of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 goals of cultivating environmental projects. (Supplied)
The project is part of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 goals of cultivating environmental projects. (Supplied)
Updated 03 July 2022

New lake park in Historic Jeddah highlights cultural destination

The project is part of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 goals of cultivating environmental projects. (Supplied)
  • Jeddah’s historical district was placed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2014, presenting a vivid recreation of life in the past

JEDDAH: The Jeddah historic district program has launched a new lake park — “Lake Al-Arbaeen” — launched in the historical district of Jeddah as an exclusive cultural destination.

The project is part of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 goals of cultivating environmental projects and improving the quality of life within the city’s historical area.

Several artistic sculptures from throughout the world are placed within the park. Visitors can stroll through historical architecture, natural scenes, cultural events, sports tracks, local restaurants and souqs that highlight the city’s heritage.

Jeddah’s historical district was placed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2014, presenting a vivid recreation of life in the past.

Founded in the 7th century C.E., Al-Balad once served as a center of trade and commerce for Jeddah. But most of the ancient walls that surrounded the town, and the souq within it, became weathered and were eventually torn down as centuries passed.

As wealth from oil began to flow into the Saudi economy and the country began a march toward modernity, many people moved out of the cramped spaces of Al-Balad, leaving its more palatial homes and buildings to slow dilapidation.

There are more than 450 buildings within the historical walls of the city, 56 of which are in urgent need of repair.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has pledged SR50 million ($13.33 million) to support the restoration of these buildings as they represent a major part of the Kingdom’s ancient heritage and are a significant tourist site.


Guests of God Service Program seeks to enhance pilgrims’ Hajj experience

Saudi Arabia has launched an app called Smart Pilgrim for convenient ways of making Umrah ritual bookings. (SPA)
Saudi Arabia has launched an app called Smart Pilgrim for convenient ways of making Umrah ritual bookings. (SPA)
Updated 03 July 2022

Guests of God Service Program seeks to enhance pilgrims’ Hajj experience

Saudi Arabia has launched an app called Smart Pilgrim for convenient ways of making Umrah ritual bookings. (SPA)
  • The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has integrated smart systems to promote the safe travel of pilgrims during their stay in the holy cities to ensure they perform their religious rituals easily and safely

RIYADH: The Guests of God Service Program, which was inaugurated by King Salman in 2019, is one of Saudi Arabia’s key reform plans as part of its Vision 2030.

It seeks to host large numbers of pilgrims, facilitate their access to the Two Holy Mosques, ensure they have access to high-quality services through the most advanced technology, and enhance their cultural and spiritual experience.

It also seeks to ensure that pilgrims safely return to their countries of origin after completing all their rituals.

The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has integrated smart systems to promote the safe travel of pilgrims during their stay in the holy cities to ensure they perform their religious rituals easily and safely.

The first phase of smart systems went live in 2019 to assist pilgrims in their movement and safety.

Since then, the ministry has collaborated on digital transformation with technology firms and strategic partners to promote the application of smart solutions and facilitate the smooth implementation of all services.

It has also adopted an e-bracelet program for the safety of all pilgrims, which stores vital data and gives them support.

Ministry under-secretary Mohammed Al-Bijawi said: “We have performance indicators that show our complete readiness to provide an outstanding experience for pilgrims.”

The Kingdom has also launched an app called Smart Pilgrim for convenient ways of making Umrah ritual bookings, even by overseas pilgrims.

“We were keen to use technology in the Hajj and to use the smart card to contribute to the movement of pilgrims and the speed of access to their sites, and it will be applied in this year's Hajj,” said Minister of Hajj and Umrah Tawfiq Al-Rabiah.

 


Saudi minister meets Suriname foreign minister

Al-Jubeir meets Suriname foreign minister Albert R. Ramdin. (Supplied)
Al-Jubeir meets Suriname foreign minister Albert R. Ramdin. (Supplied)
Updated 03 July 2022

Saudi minister meets Suriname foreign minister

Al-Jubeir meets Suriname foreign minister Albert R. Ramdin. (Supplied)
  • The Saudi minister’s visit to the South American country came at the invitation of Ramdin to attend the CARICOM meeting

PARAMARIBO: Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir met Suriname Foreign Minister Albert R. Ramdin in the capital Paramaribo on Sunday.

Al-Jubeir, who is also the Kingdom’s climate envoy, met Ramdin on the sidelines of the Caribbean Community leaders’ meeting. Known as CARICOM, the intergovernmental organization is made up of 15 member states throughout the Caribbean.

During the meeting, both parties discussed regional and international issues of common interest and ways to strengthen bilateral relations.

The Saudi minister’s visit to the South American country came at the invitation of Ramdin to attend the CARICOM meeting.

Upon his arrival, Al-Jubeir was received by Suriname Defense Minister Krishna Mathoera and Minister of Economic Affairs, Entrepreneurship and Technological Innovation Kildesangha Reshma.


King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman congratulate President Biden on July 4th celebrations

King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman congratulate President Biden on July 4th celebrations
Updated 03 July 2022

King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman congratulate President Biden on July 4th celebrations

King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman congratulate President Biden on July 4th celebrations
  • President Biden is expected to make a trip to Saudi Arabia later this month

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have congratulated US President Joseph Biden on the upcoming July 4th Independence Day, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

The King and crown prince expressed their heartfelt wishes for the President's health and happiness, as well as continued prosperity for the US.

The King also praised the countries' bilateral relations and the progress they are making in all fields.

President Biden is expected to make a trip to the Kingdom later this month.