Saudi universities offer multiple, flexible options for master’s programs

Many universities in Saudi Arabia are offering various postgraduate programs. (SPA)
Many universities in Saudi Arabia are offering various postgraduate programs. (SPA)
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Updated 24 July 2022

Saudi universities offer multiple, flexible options for master’s programs

Many universities in Saudi Arabia are offering various postgraduate programs. (SPA)
  • Reforms to the Kingdom’s universities sector are benefiting students

RIYADH: Saudi universities are now offering scores of flexible options for students interested in pursuing a master’s degree.

In 2019, the Saudi Council of Ministers approved a law to give independence to universities to develop their own academic  and administrative regulations in accordance with state-approved policies.

The new regulation also allowed universities to formulate a financial structure to generate revenues through carrying out scientific research and consultation services.




Dr. Abdulaziz S. Al-Ghamdi, vice rector for graduate studies and scientific research at the University of Hail. (Supplied)

The Saudi Electronic University plans to launch eight master’s programs focusing on business administration, digitization, and health, with each program costing SR81,000 ($21,500)

To apply, candidates should have bachelor’s degree from a recognized university with a decent GPA and pass the university’s approved language assessment and other proficiency tests.

President of the Saudi Electronic University Prof. Lilac A. Al-Safadi told Arab News that the university “focuses on offering top-quality and specialized programs in cooperation with international universities, keeping pace with the job market, and the latest methods of e-learning.”

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Reforms to the Kingdom’s education sector are benefiting students.

Al-Safadi said that the university also offers introductory programs that prepare students from non-specialty professions to enroll in certain master’s degrees, such as the preparatory program for business administration, the introductory program for cybersecurity, and the introductory program for data science. The students must pass the introductory programs before being enrolled for the degree.




President of the Saudi Electronic University Prof. Lilac A. Al-Safadi (Supplied)   

Since a majority of the students pursuing master’s degrees are working, Al-Safadi said that “the university model is suitable for employees interested in continuing post graduate studies due to the implementation of blended learning, which allows students to attend electronically, in-person, and beyond official working hours.”

Dr. Abdullah bin Nidal Addas, vice rector for graduate studies and scientific research at Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz University, said that his institution has opened admissions to 31 master’s degree programs, many of which are in medicine, management and technology.

The master’s programs at the university are all priced differently, but the entry standards are similar to the Saudi Electronic University.




Dr. Abdullah bin Nidal Addas, vice rector for graduate studies and scientific research, Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz University. (Supplied)   

Addas said that the university continues its pursuit in providing high-quality graduate programs to fulfill the demands of society.

“Our graduates have the potential and competence to join the labor market as the output of the programs are linked to the needs of the labor market.”

Undergraduate students in a non-specialized field can also enroll in a variety of programs that do not require an extension of specialization at the faculties of engineering and computer science, engineering, science, business administration and education.

Dr. Abdulaziz S. Al-Ghamdi, vice dean for graduate studies and scientific research at the University of Hail, said that the university offers many programs and seeks to make graduates well qualified to enter the labor market by providing them with a set of knowledge, skills and the ability to perform in their fields of specialization.

The cost of a master’s degree in the Kingdom ranges from SR20,000 to SR100,000.

Undergraduate students in a non-specialized field can also enroll in some programs.

 


Saudi minister lauds workplace safety, health advances as major industry conference opens

Saudi minister lauds workplace safety, health advances as major industry conference opens
Updated 03 October 2022

Saudi minister lauds workplace safety, health advances as major industry conference opens

Saudi minister lauds workplace safety, health advances as major industry conference opens
  • The three-day conference is the Saudi sector’s most important annual event providing delegates with the chance to share information and experiences about the latest industry practices and technology trends on local, regional, and international levels

RIYADH: Saudi occupational safety and health legislation had helped slash the cost to businesses of work-related injuries, the Kingdom’s human resources minister said.

And as a major industry conference opened in the Kingdom, Ahmed Al-Rajhi highlighted efficiency improvements brought about through the implementation of new workplace rules, regulations, procedures, and initiatives.

The minister of human resources and social development’s comments came as the fifth international Conference on Occupational Safety and Health got underway on Monday at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center. The gathering is running in tandem with the fourth Arab Conference on Occupational Safety and Health under the theme, Upgrade and Safety. 

Ahmed Al-Rajhi, Minister of Human Resources (center), Abdullah Abu Thunain, Vice Minister of Human Resources (left) and Fayez Ali Al-Mutairi, Director-General of the Arab Labor Organization, during the opening of the Fifth International Conference on Occupational Safety and Health, which began in Riyadh on Monday. (Supplied)

Al-Rajhi said: “I commend the private sector’s compliance with occupational safety and health legislation, as well as initiatives that reflect the genuine concern for providing safe, healthy, and sustainable working environments that upgrade the Saudi labor market.”

He praised Saudi government legislation, procedures, and initiatives aimed at improving working conditions and promoting occupational safety and health in the business sector.

“These steps have had a positive impact on reducing the costs of work injuries and enhancing the efficiency of facilities,” the minister added.

The three-day conference is the Saudi sector’s most important annual event providing delegates with the chance to share information and experiences about the latest industry practices and technology trends on local, regional, and international levels. 

Abdullah Abu Thunain, Vice Minister of Human Resources, speaking in the first session of the Fifth International Conference on Occupational Safety and Health, which began in Riyadh on Monday. (Supplied)

Specialist working papers, certified training sessions, and interactive simulators form part of the conference events, and it was announced that a number of occupational safety and health training programs would be launched in collaboration with Makkah’s Umm Al-Qura University.

A conference statement also revealed that a training and rehabilitation program for certified occupational safety and health supervisors in the construction and building sector would be organized in collaboration with the Diriyah Gate Development Authority, in addition to training programs for workers’ accident and injury investigators.

The project will aim to organize the recording and investigation of workplace accidents and injuries, while putting initiatives in place for high-risk occupations.

Sattam Alharbi, deputy minister of human resources and social development for the control and development of the work environment, said the exhibition sought to meet the ministry’s goals of analyzing and exchanging Arab and global occupational safety and health experiences and best practices.

He added that while looking to promote a workplace culture of occupational safety and health by highlighting the latest technical advancements, the Kingdom was also engaged in encouraging research into prevention and helping to strengthen sector cooperation in developing the Saudi labor market.


Saudi healthcare facility honored at Patient Safety Conference

Saudi healthcare facility honored at Patient Safety Conference
Updated 03 October 2022

Saudi healthcare facility honored at Patient Safety Conference

Saudi healthcare facility honored at Patient Safety Conference
  • Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Humanitarian City takes platinum award at event in Dubai
  • Prize is ‘a culmination of tireless work,’ Prince Faisal bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz says

JEDDAH: A specialist healthcare services facility in the Saudi capital was honored at the Patient Safety Conference 2022, which ended in Dubai over the weekend.

Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Humanitarian City was presented with a platinum award in the Global Quality and Safety Initiative category after competing with 71 other medical projects in 16 countries across the Middle East.

It was recognized for its high-quality standards that guarantee the safety of surgical and medical procedures provided to patients.

Prince Faisal bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, secretary-general of the Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Foundation, said: “This award is a culmination of tireless work … to implement the highest quality standards and the best international applicable methods.

“The city’s vision aims to create an exceptional healing and working environment, whether for patients or for the workforce. By this, it contributes to the development of everything that would positively reflect on the growth of programs and the development of medical care, which in turn helps in providing advanced services to the community.”

The prince also praised the Ministry of Health for working with the nonprofit sector and enabling it to better serve the community, and said he hoped the award would motivate other institutions in different sectors to innovate and develop positive working environments.

According to its website, the three-day conference and exhibition aims to highlight key issues in the healthcare field and support the training and education of workers to enhance medical care around the region and globally.

Tom Coleman, event director, said: “Never before has access to healthcare affected so many people, and these kinds of events, bringing together key actors in the sector from decision-makers to caregivers, is critical for us to continue working to bring better healthcare to all.”

He added: “Whether we are speaking to hospital workers or aid workers out in the midst of humanitarian crises, the issues we are addressing, such as patient safety and infection control, remain pivotal, whatever and wherever.”


AlUla art exhibition to showcase local, international works celebrating historic city

AlUla art exhibition to showcase local, international works celebrating historic city
Updated 03 October 2022

AlUla art exhibition to showcase local, international works celebrating historic city

AlUla art exhibition to showcase local, international works celebrating historic city
  • Exhibition being staged at AlUla International Airport

RIYADH: The Royal Commission for AlUla has launched a new art exhibition showcasing local and international works celebrating the historic city’s legacy and culture.

Being staged at AlUla International Airport, the display will feature sculptures, photographs, textiles, and drawings.

The commission’s arts and creative planning director, Nora Aldabal, said: “We are pleased to unveil the Safar Art Exhibition, which is an extension of our ongoing cultural efforts we seek to achieve in partnership with contemporary artists inside and outside the Kingdom.

“The Safar collection represents the depth and strength of AlUla’s relationship with the arts, as it is an important new addition to the series of world-class events that were held recently in the Kingdom, including Desert X AlUla 2022, Cortona on the Move, What Lies Within, and many more,” she added.

The exhibition will include 64 works of art created by 25 Saudi and international artists.

Aldabal said: “Being inside the airport, the exhibition reconnects local, regional, and international visitors to AlUla in its new chapter as a center for exploration and artistic production.

“The arts are an integral part of the region’s personality and identity, and art contributes to developing the quality of life for the local community and drives the wheel of the future. This is an open invitation to all to be part of the AlUla journey,” she added.

Zahra Al-Ghamdi, one of the exhibiting artists, said: “I am pleased to continue my artistic journey with AlUla within the exhibition. This exceptional destination, with its cultural imprint and amazing geographic nature, has had the greatest impact on my artistic aspirations and career.

“I am proud to be part of the creative community of AlUla and grateful for the role I play in its future legacy. After being displayed at both Desert X AlUla 2020 and What Lies Within, I consider this new collaboration another exceptional opportunity to participate in the leading arts performances in AlUla.

“I grew up in the southwestern region of the Kingdom and then moved to study and work both in Saudi Arabia and abroad and consider that we currently live in the brightest eras of Saudi art, as AlUla is at the forefront of the art scene,” Al-Ghamdi added.

The focus on art and culture is at the forefront of the commission’s mission, championed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, to protect the natural heritage of AlUla and share its culture and history with the world.


Crown prince announces launch of Saudi Downtown Company for development

Crown prince announces launch of Saudi Downtown Company for development
Updated 03 October 2022

Crown prince announces launch of Saudi Downtown Company for development

Crown prince announces launch of Saudi Downtown Company for development
  • The company will aim to improve infrastructure and build strategic partnerships with the private sector and investors by creating new opportunities

RIYADH: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced on Monday the launch of the Saudi Downtown Company which aims to build and develop downtown areas and mixed-use destinations in 12 Saudi cities.

The company will aim to improve infrastructure and build strategic partnerships with the private sector and investors by creating new business and investment opportunities in key economic sectors including retail, tourism, entertainment, and housing.

The 12 cities include Madinah, Al-Khobar, Al-Ahsa, Buraidah, Najran, Jazan, Hail, Al-Baha, Arar, Taif, Dumat Al-Jandal, and Tabuk. The company will develop over 10 million square meters of land across all projects, creating modern destinations drawn from Saudi Arabia’s diverse local culture and traditional architectural motifs, while using cutting-edge technology in every project.

By launching the SDC, Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund aims to increase trade and investment opportunities in various Saudi cities to increase their attractiveness and create a positive impact on their local economies.

The projects will also contribute to creating new opportunities for the private sector and more jobs for locals. They will localize knowledge and expertise to help entrepreneurs and companies start up and develop their businesses.

The company’s strategy aligns with PIF’s efforts to unlock the capabilities of local promising sectors that can help drive the diversification of the economy and contribute to non-oil GDP growth, in line with the objectives of Vision 2030.

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Commerce minister heads Saudi delegation to Morocco

Commerce minister heads Saudi delegation to Morocco
Updated 03 October 2022

Commerce minister heads Saudi delegation to Morocco

Commerce minister heads Saudi delegation to Morocco
  • Delegation includes officials and representatives from 14 government agencies and 62 companies.

RIYADH: The Minister of Commerce Majid bin Abdullah Al-Qasabi is leading a Saudi delegation to Morocco for a four-day official visit, Saudi Press Agency reported. 

The delegation includes officials from 14 government agencies as well as private-sector representatives from 62 companies in Saudi Arabia. 

Al-Qasabi will meet the Moroccan Minister of Industry and Trade Riad Mazur on Monday to discuss ways to improve trade and investment relations and enable the two countries’ private sectors to increase trade volume.

During his visit, Al-Qasabi will attend the Saudi-Moroccan Economy Forum on Tuesday, along with business leaders from both countries.

The two countries will also sign two memorandum of cooperation in the field of mutual recognition of halal certificates for local products, as well as a draft program for technical cooperation between the Saudi Standards, Metrology, and Quality Organization and the Moroccan Institute for Standardization.

Al-Qasabi will also open the commercial attache’s new headquarters in Casablanca, with the goal of facilitating Saudi exports into markets and attracting quality investments that contribute to the strengthening of trade relations between the two countries.