Under the generous auspices of Her Excellency Dr. Sarah bint Omar Al-Khouli, University’s Vice President for Female Students Affairs, and in the presence of Her Excellency Dr. Halah bint Saeed Al-Amoudi, Dean of University Studies for Girls, the “Promising, Efficient Cadres in Islamic Legal Research” Program was inaugurated. The Program is organized by the Deanship of Scientific Research, represented by the Islamic Studies Research Center. This is in cooperation with the College of Da’wa (Islamic Call) and Islamic Theology, represented by the Vice Deanship for Training and Community Service. The inauguration was on Wednesday, Muharram 23, 1440 AH, in Abu Al-Ola Hall.
The University’s Vice President and the Dean were received by Her Excellency Dr. Salma bint Dawood bin Dawood, Vice Dean of the College of Da’wa for Training and Community Service; Her Excellency Dr. Haifaa bint Othman Feda, Advisor to the University’s Vice President and Deputy Director of the Arabic Language Research Center; and Her Excellency Prof. Afnan bint Muhammad Telmesani, Deputy Director of the Islamic Studies Research Center.
The inauguration program started with a recitation of verses from the Holy Quran. Then, Dr. Sarah Al-Khouli, under whose auspices the inauguration took place, made a speech in which she pointed out that such programs are considered a fulfillment of the objectives and strategies adopted by the University in its journey of developing university education and scientific research in accordance with the Saudi Vision 2030. For her turn, she also thanked His Excellency Prof. Abdullah bin Omar Bafail, President of the University, for supporting scientific research at the University, and lauded the efforts of the entities representing him at the University, whether academic colleges or auxiliary deanships.
Her speech was followed by that of the College of Da’wa and Islamic Theology, which was made by Dr. Salma bin Dawood, Vice Dean of the College of Da’wa for Training and Community Service. She pointed out that the Promising, Efficient Cadres in Islamic Legal Research Program embodies one of the aspirations of the College’s Vice Deanship for Training and Community Service in terms of having an integrated, constructive cooperation with the relevant entities at the University, and moving with ideas beyond conceptualization to implementation. That is why the Vice Deanship proposed to the Islamic Studies Research Center at the Deanship of Scientific Research the idea of this project, which was met with a positive and effective response by Her Excellency the Deputy Director of the Islamic Studies Research Center, until the Program finally took its shape through frequent meetings and effective communication; setting, for the Program, a vision and mission as well as objectives and executive procedures; recruiting collaborators distinguished in the area of training on research skills in Islamic legal sciences to become a nucleus for this program, she clarified. She also said we look forward to seeing this program bearing real fruit that would encourage other implementations in coming years; i.e., this is Efficient Cadres 1, and we look forward in the near future to implementing Efficient Cadres 2 in a more accurate, professional style.
She concluded her speech extending her deepest thanks to the Islamic Studies Research Center, which undertook the meeting of expectations of the females specialized in Islamic legal sciences, and the fulfilling of their desires in the area of scientific research; to His Excellency Dr. Abdul-Rahman Al-Ahdal, Dean of Scientific Research, under whose administration the Deanship of Scientific Research is witnessing quantum leaps, innovative events, and great support; to His Eminence Prof. Faisal Ghazzawi, Dean of the College of Da’wa and Islamic Theology, for the continuous support he gives to the initiatives of the Vice Deanship for Training and its events; and to all the male and female members participating in this program, who have placed their trust in the Vice Deanship for Training and the Research Center, engaging in a constructive and fruitful cooperation.
Then, it was time for the speech of the Deanship of Scientific Research. The speech was made on behalf of Dr. Hanadi Behairi, Vice Dean for Quality and Development, by Dr. Haifaa Feda, Advisor to the University’s Vice President and Deputy Director of the Arabic Language Research Center, who stated that the Deanship of Scientific Research, with its various centers, seeks to provide all services to upgrade the level of academic publishing, which is considered one of the pillars of evaluation in international rankings. She clarified that although there are no search engines that can capture the magnitude of publishing in Arabic, the Deanship is following in the footsteps of the Education Evaluation Center, which developed conditions and standards that would improve the output of scientific research. She also said as the Deanship believes that the attainment of best results requires qualification, training, awareness, and stimulation, the Deanship harnesses its energy to serve male and female researchers; welcomes internal partnerships that strengthen bonds; moves together to fulfill the aspirations of upgrading academic publishing, especially that Islamic studies and Arabic language represent the most significant areas of research at Umm Al-Qura University.
At the end of her speech, she extended her thanks to the Dean of Scientific Research as well as the Dean and female vice deans of the College of Da’wa. Moreover, she thanked Dr. Salma bin Dawood, leader of community partnership and supervisor of the courses of the Promising, Efficient Cadres Program, and Prof. Afnan Telmesani, master of such creative executive planning and Deputy Director of the Islamic Studies Research Center. She also thanked the female employees and supervisors of the courses from the Deanship of Scientific Research and the Vice Deanship for Training, and all those who attended this inauguration and supported this blessed journey.
This was followed by a presentation prepared by the Islamic Studies Research Center on the Program’s idea, goals, implementation mechanisms, and most prominent privileges; it was presented by Prof. Afnan Telmesani, Deputy Director of the Islamic Studies Research Center.
She concluded her presentation extending her thanks to the College of Da’wa represented by the Vice Deanship for Training and the Dean of the College of Da’wa that has placed its trust in the Deanship and the Research Center to implement this leading, innovative idea. Furthermore, she thanked the Dean of Scientific Research as well as the female vice deans at the female section for backing and supporting the Center’s research journey. She also thanked the University’s Vice Presidency for Female Students Affairs and the Deanship for Girls for the attention they give and the patronage they provide to most of the Center’s events.
After that, Her Excellency Dr. Somayyah Sharaf, Vice Dean of Scientific Research for Research Volunteering, made a speech in which she talked about the importance of training in the area of scientific research, and how training has become one of the requirements for achieving the Saudi Vision 2030.
Afterward, the Vice Dean of the College of Da’wa for Training and Community Service and the Deputy Director of the Islamic Studies Research Center honored the University’s Vice President and the Dean of University Studies. In the end, the cake, which was decorated with the colors of the Program’s logo, was cut. The inauguration ceremony was attended by a large number of female faculty members and graduate students.
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