King Khalid University

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King Khalid University
جامعة الملك خالد
King Khalid University Logo.gif
Established 1998
Type Public State University
Budget 812,884,554.62$ (2012 academic year)
President Abdulrahman Al Dawood[1]
Academic staff Mer'ai Hussain Alqhtany
Admin. staff Saad Abdullah Aleisa
Undergraduates 72,000
Postgraduates 1500
Location Abha,[2] al-Namas[3], 'Asir Province, Saudi Arabia
18°14′58″N 42°33′35″E / 18.2495°N 42.5597°E / 18.2495; 42.5597Coordinates: 18°14′58″N 42°33′35″E / 18.2495°N 42.5597°E / 18.2495; 42.5597
Former names King Saud University, Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University
Colors Green, White, Grey
Nickname KKU
Website www.kku.edu.sa

King Khalid University (KKU) (Arabic: جامعة الملك خالد‎) is a public university, distributed over several towns in the 'Asir Province in south-west Saudi Arabia, including Abha[2] and al-Namas.[3] On 26 July 1998, King Saud University and Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University merged to became King Khalid University.

King Khalid University is a rapidly growing institution of higher education in Saudi Arabia. With around 70,000 students, it is one of the biggest centers of learning in the Middle East region with a reputation as a major provider of both further and higher education. The eLearning Center (eLC) at KKU was established in 2005 as part of the university’s continuous efforts to provide the latest scientific methodologies to improve the educational process.

Academic administration[edit]

Abdullah al-Rashid was the president of King Khalid University[citation needed] until 1 July 2012, when he was replaced by Abdulrahman al-Dawood[1] following massive student protests in May and calls for his resignation.[4][5]

One of the deans is Shanaifa Al-Qarni, Dean of the Women's College.[4]

Structure[edit]

e-Learning [1][edit]

The university offers eLearning at KKU and inculcate learning to more than 70 thousands of students. Coordinating with international standards and sector leading players practices, eLearning in KKU have been approved at three levels: – web facilitated – blended, and – full.

The web facilitated level has already started the second semester of the academic year 1429 – 1430.

e-Learning Infrastructure at KKU [2]:

The e-Learning Center has a world-class technology infrastructure to support eLearning and eKnowledge processes at KKU. Students, faculty members, and administrators achieve authorized/authenticated access through the center portal to a robust, fully integrated Learning Management System (LMS) and supporting applications and knowledge resources which extracts data from the Student InformationSystems (SIS), and in the future the KKU library, and Blackboard’s e-Portfolio. It also is supported by the Classroom Capture Application, Authoring Tools, e-Assessments, Virtual Classroom Tools, and a highly capable Learning Object Repository (LOR) that can share learning objects drawn from a variety of international open learning resources and content providers.

2012 student protests and change of university presidency[edit]

On 7 March 2012, during the 2011–2012 Saudi Arabian protests, women students of the University protested against "injustice and inequality" and "discrimination and mistreatment" by university security staff. The students were attacked by security forces[2] and on 10 March held a sit-in calling for the rector Abdullah Al Rashid to resign.[7] On 1 July 2012, Rashid was fired by King Abdullah[5] and replaced by Abdulrahman Al Dawood.[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "New varsity presidents appointed". Saudi Gazette. 2 July 2012. Archived from the original on 14 August 2012. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Saudi security forces attack, beat female protesters in Abha". 7 March 2012. Archived from the original on 7 March 2012. Retrieved 8 March 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "College of Health Sciences for Girls Namas". King Khalid University. 2011. Archived from the original on 14 March 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Asir governor says tampering with security will not be tolerated". Arab News. 10 March 2012. Archived from the original on 9 March 2012. Retrieved 10 March 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Ottaway, David B (3 August 2012). "Saudi Arabia's Race Against Time". Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Archived from the original on 4 August 2012. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Community College in Namas". King Khalid University. 2011. Archived from the original on 14 March 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  7. ^ Ghanem, Sharifa (11 March 2012). "Saudi Arabia: violence marks student demonstration". Bikya Masr. Archived from the original on 2 March 2012. Retrieved 2 March 2012.