YU Students Win HIC 8 Semi-Finals & Qualify to Global Level

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Student Ohoud Alarifi and her team member (via phone from Riyadh) Maha Abalkhail emerged as the Winners of the Henkel Innovation Challenge 8 semi-finals held in Dubai (19 February) and qualified to compete at the international level in Vienna in April.

Nine teams from six universities in the GCC region presented their innovative ideas of futuristic Henkel detergents, adhesives and beauty care products in 15 minutes-presentations (followed by Q & A session by the juries) that aimed to study the market needs in 2050 and provide a carefully designed business and marketing plan. The winners of the semi-finals get to represent their country and region at the international HIC 8 finals, which will take place in Vienna, April 7-10. The winner of the international competition receive a lucrative prize: a € 10,000 check and a special reception by Henkel CEO. And a decent job offer by the company, too.

Ohoud impressed the juries not only with the idea she presented (a futuristic detergent to wash clothes using grey water: Ohoud anticipates that in 2050 grey water is going to be a must for household purposes such as cleaning) but with how she turned a threat into opportunity.

The night before the presentations, Maha wrote to Henkel that due to urgent personal reasons, she would not be able to travel to Dubai to give the presentation with Ohoud. Left in this awkward situation, Ohoud came up with a very creative idea to save her day: she ordered, almost in no time, a life-size cardboard image of her teammate, Maha, and brought it with her to the presentation. After a few unsuccessful attempts to call Maha via Skype, Ohoud settled with an ordinary phone call and put Maha on the speaker and through a microphone so that both could give their presentation together as planned.

The juries were amazed at how creative, innovative and determined Ohoud proved herself to be.

The HIC 8 semi-finals are not only about winning and moving forward to compete at the global level. All participants were interviewed for employment/internship at Henkel.

Coordinated by the Student Activity Administration at the Deanship of Registration, Admission and Student Affairs and Henkel, this is the third time YU students took part in this competition. The first was in 2013 at the HIC 6 semi-finals and was a learning experience. At the HIC 7 semi-finals in 2014, a team of two male students made it to the Third Place. This time at HIC 8 semi-finals, YU students headed straight to the top and booked their ticket to Vienna.

 

“My Health in My Will” held in collaboration with “Purity”

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The Student Activities Administration in the Deanship of Admissions, Registration and Student Affairs invites you to participate in the activity week “My Health in My Will” held in collaboration with the Anti-Smoking Charity (Purity) from December 14 to 18 on both campuses (men & women)

Al Yamamah University welcoming new students

Al Yamamah University has hosted annual event for welcoming the new student on Thursday 28/8/2014.

 

New issue of Al Yamamah University Magazine “ Pillars” published

In connection with the Higher Education Conference, YU’s Department of Media, Marketing and Public Relations released its most recent issue of Pillars Magazine, featuring news reports, announcements of university events, and updates on a number of activities within the realm of higher education. It related the achievements of YU students both locally and regionally and published a number of cultural and thought-provoking articles contributed by both faculty and students.

H.E. the Honorable Minister for Higher Education Dr. Khalid Bin Mohammad Al Anqari highly commended the publication of the magazine while browsing through its pages during his visit to the university’s booth. He expressed his happiness at its regular publication and praised the efforts made by the teachers and students in writing, editing and publishing the journal.

Prof. Hussein Alfreihi, YU’s president, noted that university journals are among the most effective means of communication between educational institutions and their various stakeholders who are interested in keeping informed about university news and activities.

 He stated the Pillars Magazine represents a good start by the media department, belonging to the College of Humanities, which has been approved by the Ministry of Higher Education and is now in development. He pointed to it as a great opportunity for YU students to practice journalistic writing and develop other media skills.

Eng. Khaled Allaaboun, director of public relations and marketing, who serves as the magazine’s chief editor, stated that this most recent issue provides a panoramic view of the university and its educational activities. The format incorporates thematic content such as university news reports, accounts of students’ extra-curricular activities and a variety of articles touching upon aspects of university life.

He explained that one of the most interesting aspects of the issue is an open dialogue with HRH Prince Abulrahman Bin Musaid, president of the Al Hilal Club, in which he shared thoughts about his experiences, including some problems and obstacles encountered in the management of this year’s Al Hilal team. He also highlighted joint-venture initiatives between the club and YU. The conversation with HRH was notable for its candor and forthright expression, and included some exclusive revelations that were the occasion for thrills and suspense.

 The most important aspect in this issue is detailed Reports of Memorandum of Cooperation signed between Al Yamamah University and other foreign affiliated universities of the world. Also, the Journal contains a comprehensive coverage about Graduation Ceremony and Job Fair through writing different informative articles.

The editor-in-chief stated that the issue benefits from the literary efforts of Prof. Dr. Mojeb Al Zahrani, head of the humanities department, who contributed a short-story under the title, “Most beautiful broom in the world,” as well as from other contributed articles by faculty and students.

Journal editor, Mustafa Al Saleh, stated that the editorial board was determined to make this issue distinctive by virtue of the variety of its articles and by careful attention to the highest standards of professional journalism. The production team proved up to the challenge and put out a magazine notable for its excellence in both content and presentation.

 Al Yamamah University’s exhibit at the fair was notable for its attractive presentation that effectively introduced YU—including its faculty, departments, academic programs and curricula—to the public. It was visited by a number of officials from the field of higher education, including the Honorable Minister for Higher Education H.E. Dr. Khalid Bin Mohammad Al Anqari, the General Chief of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vices, H.E. Dr. Abdul Latif Bin Abdul Aziz Al Shaikh, H.E. Dr. Mohammad Bin Abdullah Al Isa and Cultural Attaché of US Embassy, H.E. Dr. Nasir Bin Mohammad Al Fawzan, Secretary to Higher Education Affairs and Scholarship, Chief Editor Al-Jazeera Newspaper H.E. Khalid Al Malik and a good number of government officials concerned with Higher Education.

YU established the Ghazi Al-Gosaibi chair

As a way of enhancing the cultural studies with their various branches, Al-Yamamah University established on Saturday, 4th May 2013 the Ghazi Al-Gosaibi chair for Cultural Studies as an effective way of promoting public awareness and as a way of providing cognitive counseling for various governmental and non-governmental agencies to support sustainable development in the country.

The administrative officer of the university, Professor Hussein Bin Muhamed Alfraihi said that “The concept of the chair is stemmed from the fact that the Cultural Studies are considered to be a cognitive field in which various humanities interact, the chair of Ghazi Al-Gosaibi will focus on meaningful Cultural Studies that will contribute to the society and its culture”.

He added that the objectives of the chair lie in adding meaningful cognitive structure to the existing systems in the university and developing them regularly, supporting thoughtful research and creative thought inside and outside the university, and participating also in the enrichment of the National and Gulf cultural event through specialized cognitive work.

Professor Muajeb Bin Saeed Alzahrani, the head of Humanities Department and the general supervisor of Dr. Ghazi Al-Gosaibi chair, indicated that of the chair’s programs that are desired to be implemented are thoughtful and meaningful researches in literary and intellectual material and as a way organizing academic and cultural events that attract the most prominent National and Arabic competencies.

He added: “The activities will also include researches about specialized development, social, administrative, and economic researches about the most important issues that touch upon the needs of the citizens and fulfill the society’s interest, as well as forging cognitive and cultural partnerships with similar entities in the country and the Gulf region to exchange expertise and competencies”.

Al-Yamamah hopes that this outstanding chair will be a promising start for more research chairs to come which became a prominent tradition in all the universities of the world, ancient or modern.

H.R.H. Princes Maude Bint Abdullah Bin Muhammad Al Saud patronizes Graduation Ceremony of female students, year 2013

On Saturday evening, 17 Jumada-II 1434H corresponding to 27 April, 2013, Al Yamamah University celebrated the graduation ceremony of 2nd cohort of executive masters level students and 3rd cohort of bachelor degree level students in honor of Her Royal Highness Maude Bint Abdullah Bin Muhammad Al Saud. At the graduation ceremony, fourteen master’s degrees and one hundred-eighteen bachelor’s degrees were conferred.

On this occasion, Mr. Khalid Bin Mohammad Al Khudair, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, expressed his gratitude saying, “ The gracious presence of H.R.H Maude Bint Abdullah Bin Muhammad Al Saud is a generous initiative and a sweet memory that shall remain always alive in the memory of the graduates forever”.

Since its inception, Al Yamamah University has attached its highest priority to creating an educational environment that effectively balances theory and practice through the application of modern and sophisticated teaching methods . It aims to offer world-class education for both male and female students, designed to meet the needs of today’s job market, taught by highly-capable faculty with extensive experience in their academic disciplines.

Al Khudair expressed his deep gratitude to the female students for their efforts and dedication in pursuit of their academic certificates and recognitions. He also expressed thanks and gratitude to their parents and guardians and the heads of their families for being concerned about the education of their wards. He noted with appreciation their many valuable suggestions offered during the course of their daughters’ long academic journey.

Professor Hussein Bin Mohammad Alfreihi, Chancellor of Al Yamamah University, expressed his deep thanks and gratitude to H.R.H. Princes Maude Bint Abdullah Bin Muhammad Al Saud for her august presence in the graduation ceremony.

He stated that Al Yamamah University has always emphasized the use of innovative teaching methods and modern educational technologies as a means of developing student academic performance to its utmost and building their self-confidence. He related YU’s efforts to provide students with high-level training and experience across a range of in-demand disciplines in business and technology.

Professor Alfreihi added that YU is continually looking for opportunities to develop the academic potential of the nation’s talented young people through new colleges and specialized programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He stated that the university’s current offerings, including the MBA and bachelor’s degrees in both business administration and computing and information systems, are made available to male and female students alike and are designed to meet the needs of the local labor markets.

The university president expressed his happiness at the graduation of the latest student cohort and wished them all the best in their future undertakings and career development. Also, Dr. Salwa Bint Sulaiman, Dean of the Women’s College, expressed her deep happiness and gratitude to H.R.H. Maude Bint Abdullah Bin Muhammad Al Saud for her gracious presence at the graduation ceremony which she believes will encourage the students towards further academic activities and achievements.

She stated that the University is striving hard to offer world-class education in line with international universities in the fields of business administration and information technology, taking into consideration the needs of Saudi job markets, including the required knowledge, experience and professionalism. “We have selected the best universities of America and Canada as our partners in the curriculum and program design. We benefit greatly from their shared knowledge and experience in designing specialized academic programs,” she stated.

She also stressed the university’s efforts to provide an ideal learning environment on campus, by providing easy access to academic and scientific materials and equipment for scholarly research. She stated, “We are committed to creating an environment that is conducive to learning, where all students can get what they need for their studies in order to achieve the skills and professionalism that will set them apart from others in the future.”

The female students expressed thanks and gratitude to the university leaders for continued support throughout their studies and for opening up to them new horizons of opportunity.

Minister for Social Affairs Presides Over Graduation

Al Yamamah University, in coordination with Social Welfare Fund under the patronage of H.E. Dr. Yusuf Bin Ahmad Al Othaimiin, Minister for Social Affairs and President of Social Welfare Fund, organized a Graduation Ceremony for 58 male and 366 female students completing their studies at the deanship of Continuing Education & Community Services Diploma Programs in various disciplines (Insurance, HRM, Banking Management) on Wednesday, 21 Jumada-II, 1434H corresponding to 1st May, 2013.

On this auspicious occasion, H.E. Professor Adel Bin Nasim, DG (Social Welfare Fund) commented that “ The Social Welfare Fund believes that progress depends upon human capital. Our modern approach to Human Resources Development encompasses a wide range of programs.

We encourage people to pursue training that leads to good opportunities in a variety of professional fields and seek to highlight the role of the individual in the process of national economic development. Our programs focus on the root-causes of social problems and are designed to create a suitable environment within which to craft workable solutions, even as we explore job opportunities for young graduates commensurate with their capability and strength”.

He stated that we are celebrating today’s graduation ceremony of the 3rd student cohort who completed their studies under sponsorship by the Social Welfare Fund in coordination with Al Yamamah University which is directly blessed and supported by the directives of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and HRH the Crown Prince.

This cooperative arrangement provides a shining example of the range of initiatives administered under the auspices of the Social Security Fund and Welfare Organizations to provide all needed support for our young people, including those from families with special needs, orphans, the divorced and widows, as well as those from prisoners’ families and individuals participating in corrective programs as a result of prior drug abuse. He stated that the Social Welfare Fund’s programs depend upon the Almighty’s unlimited bounty as well as the unequivocal support of partners like Al Yamamah University who provide the students with professional training.

H.E. Dr. Hussein Bin Mohammad Alfreihi, President of Al Yamamah University, said that the University gives a high priority to staying informed about the Kingdom’s needs for both academic and professional training programs. “The university places a high priority upon staying informed about Saudi society’s needs for both academic and professional training programs. With this in mind, we exert our best efforts by conducting local market surveys and by constantly engaging with leaders from the academic and technical communities. We also call upon the expertise of our international partner institutions from Europe, America and elsewhere across the globe with the goal of providing more specialized high-level scientific and technical training programs for our young male and female Saudi learners.”

He pointed out that such programs provide young men and women with excellent opportunities to participate in national development. The president highlighted Al Yamamah University’s untiring efforts to produce graduates whose education and training equipped them with the skills required to enter the modern workforce as well as positive moral character traits.

Finally, he related the efforts undertaken by the university in its quest to achieve the highest standards of scientific education by recruiting well-qualified and highly-skilled staff.