On Tuesday, April 12, 2016, Umm Al-Qura University Vice-President for Educational Affairs, Prof. Abdulaziz bin Rashad Seroji, inaugurated the first scientific exhibition for Biology Department for the academic year 1436/1437, in the Deanship for College Studies for Female Students in Al Aziziyah. The event was attended by the Dean of the Faculty of Applied Sciences, Prof. Walid Altaf; Biology Department Head, Prof. Abdullah bin Safar Al-Thubiani, who is also the supervisor over the exhibition; and the Supervisor of the University President office, Mr. Essam bin Hassan Marqoushi. Prof. Seroji and his companions took a tour in the exhibition that showed a group of graduation projects carried out by female students.
Umm Al-Qura University Vice-President for Educational Affairs, Prof. Abdulaziz bin Rashad Seroji, said that the creative work of female students showed in the exhibition is a source of pride for everyone. This creativity and innovation are the result of the remarkable educational environment provided by the faculties that sponsor and support students’ talents and skills, he confirmed.
He wished all participants more success and achievements, confirming that the University President, Prof. Bakry bin Maatouq Assas, always supports measures and steps that encourage development and promote creativity.
Prof. Abdullah bin Safar Al-Thubiani, Biology Department Head and the supervisor over the exhibition, said that this exhibition is the fruit of students’ efforts, and it aims at educating students on how to prepare scientific posters and how to sum up and demonstrate important information in a concise manner, and at improving students’ scientific skills and enhancing their presentation skills.
The exhibition, he explained, includes 10 sections showing the different curricula studied in the Department: animal ecology, biotechnology, plant physiology, tissue culture, plant ecology, insects and fighting diseases, parasites, bacteria and viruses, vertebrates, animal embryos, animal physiology and glands.
The exhibition also included over 30 research graduation projects that serve students in the labor market and focus on scientific and applied subjects. Among the projects is a research study about “The toxic effects of toxic substances like acetone and benzine, and their effect on embryos”, that ranked fourth in the seventh scientific forum for Umm Al-Qura University male and female students and that is nominated for the seventh scientific conference for higher education students.
The exhibition also showed the research study about “Children suffocation in cars and inventing a sensor for measuring carbon dioxide ratio) that ranked second in creativity in Mecca Province.
Holding these events, Prof. Al-Thubiani confirmed, supports the shift to a creative knowledge-based society where all efforts are directed towards encouraging and supporting students’ skills and talents. The creativity and innovation of our students is a proof that Umm Al-Qura University and other Saudi universities are on the right path to remarkable scientific future under the wise leadership of His Majesty the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, may God protect him.
He concluded expressing his gratitude to Prof. Assas, University President, Prof. Seroji, Vice President for Educational Affairs, Prof. Walid Altaf, Faculty Dean and all responsible officials for their efforts in the exhibition.