Saudi library conference launched

Updated 17 September 2012

Saudi library conference launched

Khaled Al-Anqari, minister of Higher Education, launched the seventh Saudi Library and Information Conference at the King Saud University in Riyadh on Saturday.
The three-day conference which carries the theme “informatics and knowledge for change and the challenges faced by a knowledge-based society,” is organized by the Saudi Library and Information Society under the aegis of its honorary president, Vice Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Prince Salman.
Al-Anqari also launched the Saudi Reading Club Development project and its Internet portal which will connect readers in the Kingdom with the club. The president of the King Saud University, Badran Al-Umar, was also present at the function. Meanwhile the Saudi Press Agency reported that Al-Anqari will launch a number of academic and community programs on the Abidiya campus of the Umm Al-Qura university in Makkah on Tuesday. The new projects include buildings for the College of Legal Studies and Systems and a teaching hospital for dental medicine, in addition to a community club.
“The college of legal studies is a unique center for studies related to law and the judiciary and is the first of its kind in Arab and Islamic universities,” President of Umm Al-Qura University Bakri Assas said in a statement Saturday.
He said the college was established on royal orders to organize the legal field in line with modern changes. It also prepares scientifically trained judges and legal professionals to a high standard. The college awards bachelor’s degrees in legal studies and systems and is also planning to issue diplomas in public prosecution and investigation. Its specializations will include training defense lawyers and awarding master's degrees in legal studies and systems.
He added that female graduates of the college could be employed at the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Justice and the Supreme Judicial Council upon graduation.
He also said the college has set up a mock court for students to learn the actual proceedings in Shariah courts.
The University Dental Hospital, which is being constructed on 12,000 square meters of land, has 75 clinics and 10 laboratories, one research laboratory and 12 lecture halls for both men and women students and administrative offices.

38k people register with Saudi national distance learning platform in 10 days

Updated 31 March 2020

38k people register with Saudi national distance learning platform in 10 days

  • The quality of the programs had contributed to increasing the number of enrollees, says director

JEDDAH: The number of people who registered with the Saudi e-training platform (Doroob) between March 16 and 26, across 365 various programs, has reached 38,000.

The director for the development of training programs at the Human Resources Development Fund (HADAF) and supervisor of Doroob, Mohammed Al-Shuwaier, said the training programs had been designed to promote distance learning and provide needed experience in all fields and specializations required by the labor market, in line with the governmental precautionary and preventive measures to fight the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Al-Shuwaier noted that the quality of the programs had contributed to increasing the number of enrollees, with more than 3,500 people befitting from the interactive training sessions broadcast last week on Doroob.

Nahla Abul-ula, an HR expert, said companies in Saudi Arabia had been encouraging employees to benefit from online training opportunities for a long time through state-supported platforms like Doroob or through independent educational platforms.

“However, the global coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has made people more accepting of such modern means in order to keep pace with the accelerating life events,” the HR business partner at IKEA said.

“We will definitely see an increasing reliance on e-learning options in the coming period if the crisis continues,” she said.

E-learning is an individual effort, where learners seek to obtain information by themselves and employ the acquired skills to develop their abilities and experiences. Abul-ula considers virtual learning no less effective than classroom learning.

She said that employees and job seekers’ focus on development in this critical time will not only allow them to grow and take advantage of free time in their schedule but “will also give them better opportunities after the crisis is over.”

Doroob was launched by HADAF as part of the training and qualification programs aimed at developing the skills of students, job seekers and those wishing to be promoted in their jobs, to increase participation in the private sector and help job seekers find suitable opportunities. 

Doroob is an integrated program that provides e-training programs and certification upon completion of requirements.

To register for the e-training courses, interested people can log on to