In the frame of the plan of the Deanship of Academic Development and Quality to develop the abilities of the academic staff and the leaders at Umm Al-Qura University, the associate professor of psychology and the supervisor of the Guidance and Direction Unit at Al-Qunfudhah University College, Dr. Al-Sa`id Dardarah, offered an interactive course entitled, "Professional and Psychological Development of the Academic Staff". The course was conducted using the Meta Cognition method, which concentrates on skills and the professional aspect. This activity was held on Monday, 15 April, 2019 A.C., at the headquarters of the Deanship of Academic Development and Quality at Umm Al-Qura University in Al-Abdiyyah.
In the beginning of the course, the lecturer presented the manner of developing and improving the efficiency of professional skills (teaching, research, scientific supervision, community service, displaying the role of the university). The second part of the course was dedicated to reviewing the manner of developing psychological skills that support the character of the academic staff and endorse his role in the university, such as skills needed to overcome psychological burnout, skills to overcome academic and health procrastination, skills to overcome pressures, skills in managing time.
The course ended with some recommendations and dimensional measures about the topic of the course and its presenter, which entailed many positive results and recommendations.