The Integrated Educational System of Umm Al-Qura University, represented in the Vice Presidency for Educational Affairs, received widespread acclaim from the Vice Presidencies of Saudi Universities for Educational Affairs as being one of the most successful academic organizational experiences. This came as part of the agenda of the thirteenth meeting of the Vice Presidents of Saudi Universities for Educational and Academic Affairs held on Thursday at the Imam Abdul-Rahman bin Faisal University in Dammam.
The Deputy Minister of Education for Higher Education, Dr. Abdul-Rahman bin Nasir Al-Kharif, lauded the outcomes of the meeting attended by the Saudi universities vice presidents, which discussed several issues that focus on the development of the academic and educational environment. Among the most important outcomes of the meeting is to focus on the role of the universities in relation to digital transformation in a manner that is in line with the requirements of the currents phase. Dr. Abdul-Rahman also extended his thanks to Umm Al-Qura University for its accelerated efforts, seeking to fulfill its objectives that are in line with the initiatives of the Ministry of Education.
During the meeting, the Vice President for Educational Affairs at Umm Al-Qura University, Prof. Abdul-Aziz Suruji, gave a detailed presentation on the content and components of the Integrated Educational System, which comprises three interrelated subsystems. The first system deals with the follow-up of the educational process; the Manhaj system is concerned with the study of all the curricula and study plans, for the purpose of development or modernization; and a database system tackles the follow-up of classrooms, educational studios, and laboratories.
Dr. Abdul-Aziz Suruji stressed that the building of the Integrated Educational System, named "Qemam", was carried out with several specific goals in mind for the system to contribute to ensuring the quality of the academic programs and their compliance with the ceiling of the National Center for Academic Accreditation and Evaluation (NCAAA). The system was also designed to contribute to the process of digital transformation and automaton of all the procedures and services of the Vice Presidency for Educational Affairs. Likewise, it was established to provide effective management of all human resources and scientific equipment that facilitate decision-making at the university. He added that the system aims to show officials and university leaders the true state and future needs of the educational process.
Dr. Abdul-Aziz Suruji noted that the Integrated Education System is in line with the Ministry of Education's digital strategic plan 2019–2020, more specifically, the Human Capacity Development Program and Digital Transformation Program. In addition, it is in line with the university education initiatives related to the National Transformation Program 2020 and the National Industry Development and Logistics Program, with regard to the initiatives for building e-services and creating university applications, and measuring the extent to which the university outcomes are in line with the requirements of the labor market.
He added that the Integrated Educational System emanated from the Saudi Vision 2030 to achieve six objectives, out of the total of ninety-six strategic objectives. These are: promoting the values of justice and transparency, building an integrated learning path, improving the ranking of educational institutions, improving the readiness of young people to enter the labor market, harmonizing the educational outcomes with the labor market requirements, and promoting transparency in all government sectors.
It is worth mentioning that the meeting of the Vice Presidents for Educational and Academic Affairs of Saudi universities, which lasted for two days, dealt with a host of topics and discussions related to the development of educational systems in the universities. Several workshops were held to study the capabilities needed by the university educational vice Presidencies for them to achieve their strategic objectives and the aspirations of the Ministry of Education. Discussions extended to include the executive regulations and rules governing the work of the committee of the Saudi Universities Vice Presidencies for Educational and Academic Affairs.