Students Celebrated International Mother Earth Day


Al Yamamah Uuniversity students celebrated International Mother Earth Day with the presence of Prof. Hussam Ramadan, Vice President of Al Yamamah University and the faculty members. The celebration is for remembering International Mother Earth Day as a way to change our views and lifestyle in order to have a healthy friendship with our dear planet.

A number of organizers confirmed that International Mother Earth Day is a day to appreciate our planet and remind ourselves of good, useful habits, such as lower energy use, lower waste production and contributing to the recovery of extinct species of both plants and animals. The celebration focused on spreading awareness of the seriousness of environmental issues such as climate change, fossil fuel consumption, industrial pollution and endangered animals to stress on how those issues will affect future generations. This kind of awareness is what the community currently needs, especially the students. The future generation must be well aware of the harmful environmental problems so that they can take steps to solve them.

College of Law Students Visited the Human Rights Commission


A delegation from College of Law students at Al Yamamah University visited the Human Rights Commission. The visit was for educational purposes on legal and judicial bodies in the Kingdom. Dr. Khalid Al – Habshan, Assistant Professor in College of Business was the head of the delegation. Dr. Bandar bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, President of the Human Rights Commission and Dr. Nasser Bin Rajeh Al-Shahrani, Vice President of the Human Rights Commission attended the meeting.

In line with the policy of Al Yamamah University, which is keen to introduce its students to the leading institutions in the Kingdom and to learn more about its competencies and programs, this visit came to motivate the students to do their best in order to be the leaders of the future. The delegation visited the Commission of Human Rights and leaned the nature of its role in the promotion and protection of human rights. The visit also introduced the students to regional and international agreements that Saudi Arabia is part of.

At the end of the meeting, the delegation thanked the President and the Vice President of the commission for the good reception and the valuable information presented.

YU Students Participated in Kaizen Arabia


Students of College of Computer and Information Systems at Al Yamamah University participated in the Kaizen Arabia competition. It is the first competition of the Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity and Programming in Riyadh. The objectives of the federation are to build and qualify national and professional capabilities in the field of cybersecurity and software development based on best practices and international standards. Saudi Arabia aspires to reach the ranks of developed countries in the industry of modern technical knowledge.


The Big 5 Exhibition


College of Engineering and Architecture held the Big 5 Exhibition in the main hall of  Al Yamamah University as one of this semester’s initiatives. Prof. Hussein AlFreihi, President of the university opened the exhibition. Prof. Hussam Ramadam, Vice President of the university attended the opening with the deans of the colleges and a number of university students. The exhibition included a number of designs established by the students, using ordinary raw materials as the initial material.

Women’s Entrepreneurship Day


Al Yamamah University held a special event to celebrate Women’s Entrepreneurship Day. A number of well-known business leaders attended the event. HRH Princess Khuloud bint Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, who is active in the field of solar energy. Ms. Suha Mousa, Ambassador of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day in Saudi Arabia, Sarah Alayed, Ambassador Women’s Entrepreneurship Day in the Middle East and North Africa and Ali Al Othaim, Chairman of the National Young Businessmen Committee.

Prof. Hussam Ramadan, Vice President of the university stated, “Since its inception in 2004, Al Yamamah University has been keen to be the starting point for all that serves the community by empowering the young men and women of the Kingdom to serve the country and achieve its establishments.” Then, Ms. Suha Mousa spoke about the achievement of the initiative I Have an Idea, Am I an Entrepreneur? An initiative, which aims to empower and encourage Saudi women across the country to pursue entrepreneurship. Ms. Suha then stated, “Over the years, the role of women has been limited around the world to certain fields. Women must be supported by both men and women to give women a chance to enter the business field.” Then. Mr. Ali AlOthaim spoke about the program’s partners, stressing the support of the Committee for legislation and laws that facilitate the work of business leaders.

The two families, Alhenaidi and Alsafi participated in the event in a panel discussion on family entrepreneurship. The talk among them revolved around their personal experiences in terms of the beginnings of their projects where they mentioned the importance of psychological support from parents who encourage achieving success. The second panel discussion was entitled Women’s Economic Empowerment, hosted by Sara Alayed with the guests being HRH Kholoud bint Khalid and Dr. Reem Alfaryan.

“I have had difficulties creating my own business, and with determination, I have been able to enter the business world by investing in solar energy.” HRH Princess Kholoud said. After the second panel discussion, the attendees went to benefit from the quick orientation corner, which provided an opportunity for those interested in business to ask a group of experienced business leaders about business related matters. Then, four panel discussions started. The panel discussions are entitled I Have an Idea, Am I an Entrepreneur?, I Have an Idea, How Do I Start?, I Have an Idea, How to Fund It?,  and finally I Have an Idea, How Do I develop it?

Women’s Entrepreneurship Day included workshops about the seven characteristics of business leaders. Motivation workshop by Sondos Addeebaja Company about self-motivation and developing the desire to achieve the goal, Innovation workshop by FullStop Company to guide mental abilities to find an idea to apply or develop through existing methods, Taking risks workshop by Shrimp Anatomy on the ability to overcome challenges to achieve goals. Leadership workshop by HR Leaders on the passion for work from motivation and desire for success and achievement of goals. Vision workshop by Olow Company on the ability to see the project clearly, Flexibility workshop by I Content Company on flexibility in finding effective and innovative solutions and finally a decision making workshop by Al Yamamah University on the ability to make decisions fast with flexibility and confidence.

Al Yamamah University and Takamul Holding Company Sign a Cooperation Agreement


Al Yamamah University has signed a five-year cooperation and exchange agreement with Takamul Holding. Takamul holding is the executive connection that links the private sector with the government sector, to directly improve, advance and promote the labor market and social development. The agreement identifies with the great role represented by the university in education and academic training, which provides scholarships to the employees of the company who are part of the Master’s degree program. Prof. Dr. Hussein Alfreihi, the President of Al Yamamah University, and Dr. Ahmed Al-Yamani, Chief Executive Officer of the Holding Company have both signed the agreement. Prof. Dr. Hussam Ramadan, the Vice President of Al Yamamah University and Mr. Mohammed Khalid Alkhudair, the General Manager of Business Development and Strategy have attended the signing ceremony.

Al Yamamah University Organized the Japanese Ambassador’s Cup of Judo 2018


The closed gymnasium of Al Yamamah University Stadium organized the closing of the Kingdom’s first-ever Judo Championship on April 21, 2018. Turki Al-Shaikh, head of Saud Arabia’s General Sports Authority sponsored the championship. Brig. Khalid Al-Oraini, President of Saudi Judo Federation, Tsukasa Uemura, Ambassador of Japan in Saudi Arabia, representatives of the French Embassy in the Kingdom, members of the Judo Federation and the sponsors of the cup attended the matches.

The President of the Judo Federation honored the participants in the closing ceremony of the sports season along with the Sports Authority and the embassies of Japan and France.

Ghazi Al-Gosaibi Chair Organized the Festival of Culture and Arts


Ghazi Al-Gosaibi Chair organized the Culture and Arts Festival in cooperation with the Deanship of Student Affairs at Al Yamamah University on Thursday, 12 April 2018, for three days. The aim of the festival was to exploit the positive potential of the students, especially at this crucial moment in the Kingdom when there are many temptations and negative views in our society, which do not fit with our values ​​and principles. The organizers were keen to hold the festival on the International Theater and Poetry Day.

The festival included an official opening, a number of theatrical works and traditional heritage paintings. The university invited a wide number of people interested in literary works in general, and the playwrights in particular to create an interactive atmosphere. Art of photography, paintings of Arabic calligraphy, in addition to the pavilion of heritage and folk heritage in the Kingdom were included in the exhibition.

“Since its inception, Ghazi Al-Gosaibi Chair for Development and Cultural Studies, aims at enriching the cultural, literary and artistic movement in and outside the university community by organizing a variety of new initiatives and activities,” said Dr. Hussein Bin Mohammed AlFreihi, President of Al Yamamah University. “This reflects positively on the way students think, which is important to build an ideal society.” AlFreihi stressed that art is a language of communication between cultures and people, a fertile environment for the cross-fertilization of ideas among the members of a single society, and a means of self-refinement and improvement of human taste.

Among the activities of the festival was Al Asfooriya Online, a social play inspired by the novels of Dr. Ghazi Al-Gosaibi. A group of actors from several theater groups from King Saud University performed the play. The festival also included two films: Thobe Bride and The Other two Saudi films which won the admiration of the audience. Eng. Abdulaziz bin Abdullah Al Zamil, Chairman of the Advisory Board of Ghazi Al-Gosaibi Chair, signed the book titled Building Petrochemical Industries in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – A Vision Becomes a Reality.

At the end of the festival, Eng. Abdulaziz Al-Zamil and Mr. Khalid Bin Mohammed Al-Khudair, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University honored the pioneers of the theater and fine arts. They honored a number of well-known names in the industry like Abdullah Al Sadhan, Ali Al Huwairini, Ali Ibrahim, Dr. Naif Khalaf, and the theater directors Samaan Alani and Raja Al Otaibi. The festival celebrated poetry and it honored the poet Sahayeb Najd for her participation during the festival, in addition to honoring the members of the theater groups who worked over the festival days and made sure to delight the audience by presenting their distinguished plays.

Dr. Fayq Al Akayleh Promoted to Associate Professor


COBA faculty member, Dr. Fayeq Al Akayleh recently celebrated his promotion in academic rank from assistant to associate professorship. Based on numerous research projects and papers that have been published in internationally peer-reviewed and reputed specialized journals, Al Akayleh deservingly earned his promotion. The research works focused on the areas of international economics, econometrics, growth and economic development, international trade, and labor migration.

In the Advances in Economics and Business Journal (November 2016), Al Akayleh published a paper entitled, “Do Foreign Workers’ Positive Contributions to GDP Outweigh the Negative Effect of their Outward Remittances on GDP? A Case Study of Saudi Arabia.” The paper examined the effects of foreign workers’ outward remittances on the economic activity of a country that hosts foreign labor by developing a new econometric technique to measure the effect of workers’ outward remittances on gross domestic product of the world’s largest oil producer, namely Saudi Arabia. Results indicated that outward remittances had negative and significant effects on all types of aggregate demand. The total effect of outward remittances on GDP was, then, negative. The study findings proved that the net effect of non-Saudi workers on GDP was positive for the Saudi GDP.

In December 2017, Al Akayleh published a second paper entitled “Accession to World Trade Organization and Its Implications for Trade Diversification and Economic Activity: Evidence from Saudi Arabia” in the International Journal of Economics and Financial Research. This research work proved that trade patterns in Saudi Arabia have changed in some areas and remained unchanged in others because of accession to the WTO. The study proved that Saudi Arabia’s accession to the WTO resulted in a remarkable increase in trade share and that accession to the WTO had a positive and significant effect on economic activity.

Dr. Fayeq continues to serve as a full-time faculty member as YU teaching undergraduate students at COBA and postgraduate students in the MBA and EMBA programs.

Harvard-Sponsored Research Project Makes Progress


The Harvard Kennedy School coordinated research project entitled, “A Pilot Study on Occupational Choices by Saudi Youth”, which is undertaken by Al Yamamah University in cooperation with King Saud University, is making progress towards its end goals and objectives.

The project, which was launched in July 2017 for one year, focuses on the evaluation of Saudi individual choice patterns for alternative labor and employment scenarios (policies) that could make a direct and practical contribution towards the Nitaqat program, which has proven inefficient in the sense that the gap between labor demand and supply still persists irrespectively.

The proposed program of research would complement the system of quotas and occupational bans in place through the introduction of monetary and non-monetary incentives. From a more theoretical perspective, the proposed research program could complement Saudi Arabia’s “Vision 2030” policy document by contributing towards the ‘Thriving Economy’ theme of the vision statement. Offering a toolkit of demand driven policy initiatives and practices could allow the Kingdom to correct imbalances in the labor market, thus reducing unemployment and improve the national economy’s competitiveness standings.

Dr. Yaseen Ghulam, dean of postgraduate studies and scientific research at YU, said, “the research project focuses on the rapid transformation of the national economy which seems to impact disproportionately the more dynamic segment of the Saudi working population. This is a problem that needs to be tackled for two main reasons. On the one hand, those in their early years in the labor market find it particularly difficult to adapt to changing labor conditions. On the other hand, slow adaptation to changing employment and labor conditions may affect the competitiveness of the Saudi economy.”

The outcomes of this study will contribute greatly to the fulfillment of Vision 2030 with regards to Saudi labor market adjustments by identifying the determinants of individuals’ occupational choices which could offer an evidence-based perspective to Saudi policy makers and managers. “This project is a pilot study and upon completion of the project,” according to Dr. Ghulam, “a larger and more significant project is likely to be approved leading to a significant increase in YU research contribution, community service and position within a relatively short period of time.”

The research team consist of Dr. Yaseen Ghulam, dean of postgraduate studies and scientific research at YU, Dr. Fahad Saleh Alolayan, vice dean for business development, King Abdullah Institute for Research & Consulting Studies, KSU, Dr. Saleh M. Alodayni, assistant professor of economics, College of Business Administration, KSU, Prof. Shabbar Jaffry, UK and Dr. Alexandros Apostolakis, Greece.