Under the patronage of His Excellency, the Rector of King Khalid University, Prof. Dr. Faleh Bin Rajaa Allah Al-Solamy, the Vice-Presidency for Academic Development and Quality organized the 5th Annual Excellence Awards ceremony. The purpose was to honor distinguished male and female students of the University in the previous academic year (1437/1438).
Al-Solamy expressed his exhilaration with the exemplary performance of the distinguished students in different fields. His Excellency emphasized the importance of the award inasmuch that it spreads the spirit of healthy competition among the students of the University in academic and administrative aspects.: “I congratulate the winners of the Excellency Award in its fifth session, and I challenge all students to strive earnestly in their pursuit to win the award next year.”
Rector Al-Solamy further confirmed that the award would undergo extensive change and rapid development, pointing out that a number of essential categories will be added to the award classification index. He emphasized that all new classifications will be devoted to scientific research at the level of colleges and departments. He said, “I congratulate the winners of the Excellency Award in its fifth session, and I challenge all students to strive earnestly in their pursuit to win the award next year.”
Al-Solamy thanked the Central Committee of Excellence Awards from the Office of the University Vice-Presidency for Academic Development and Quality. He also thanked all those who contributed to arranging the ceremony from the faculties and departments, appreciating their arbitration efforts.
Correspondingly, the Vice-President for Academic Development and Quality, Dr. Merzin Al-Shahrani, stressed that there are a number of objectives that the University seeks to achieve from the launch of the excellence awards initiative. The most important of these are urging the employees of the University to compete positively and creatively achieve excellence in their performance to enhance academic, educational and administrative work processes and outcomes. In addition, the University seeks to appreciate its outstanding employees and highlight their achievements, as well as encourage students to aim high in their studies.
Commenting on the award nomination procedures, Al-Shahrani related that nominations are initiated after the approval and guidance of the Rector, in accordance with the terms and conditions related to the award. For example, the candidate is nominated by the Excellence Awards Committee and subsequently approved based on merit. Afterwards, it is escalated to the College Award Committee for approval from the College Council, which in turn, sends the nominations to the Excellence Awards Unit of the Academic Development and Quality Deanship where it ultimately is submitted to the Main Committee of Excellence Awards at the University in accordance with the acknowledged standards and controls.
Undoubtedly, all winners of the Excellence Awards were screened through a rigorous process. Associate Professor of Mathematics at the Faculty of Science and Arts in Mohaiyl, Dr. Mohammed Al-Mazah, received first place for University Teaching. For the Women's Category, Associate Professor of Organic Chemistry, Dr. Mastora Edris, Faculty of Science (Abha), received first place. In like manner, Assistant Professor in the Department of Measurement and Evaluation at the Faculty of Science and Arts in Sarat Obaida, Dr. Mimi Al-Sayed, received second place.
In the Outstanding Student Category, Faculty of Medicine student, Mohammed Al-Qahtani, came in first place, while second place was awarded to Faculty of Dentistry student, Ahmed Al-Qaisi. Coming in third place was Faculty of Sharia and the Fundamentals of Religion student, Ali Al-Shehri. In the female section, Faculty of Medicine student, Ashwaq Asiri, came in first place, while second place was awarded to Faculty of Dentistry student, Asmaa Al-Shehri. Faculty of Science and Arts at Khamis Mushait student, Suzanne Al-Qahtani, came in third place.
In the Distinguished Employee Category, the Head of the Training Department in the Deanship of Faculty and Staff Affairs, Mr. Mohammed Al-Soraye, came in first place. In second place came the Administrative Affairs Assistant for the Editor in Chief of Afaq Newspaper, Mr. Hassan Awaji. Third place was awarded to the Director of the Academic Development and Quality Deanship, Mr. Ismail Al-Qahtani. In the Women's Category, first place was achieved by Ms. Aisha Asmari from the Faculty of Science and Arts in Khamis Mushait while Ms. Fawzia Al-Shehri achieved second place, the Technician in the Faculty of Science (Abha). Third place was awarded to the Director of the University Vice-President's Office for Girls Colleges, Professor Qamar Asiri.
In the Community Service Category, the Vice Dean of the Khamis Mushait Community College, Assistant Professor of Archeology, Dr. Ali Al-Marzouq, received the sole award for this category. In the female section, an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Home Economics achieved second place.
In the Excellence in Institutional Community Service Category, the Faculty of Dentistry obtained first place in both the male and female categories.
In conclusion, the Vice Dean of the Khamis Mushait Community College, Dr. Ali Marzouk, gave his thanks and appreciation to the University's administration for their efforts in spreading the culture of excellence and enhancing effective trends in university education in the light of quality, as well as its interest in development and efficiency.