Umm Al-Qura University the last week received two delegates from the female students of the secondary stages. This was within the framework of the agreement of cooperation between Umm Al-Qura University and the General Directorate of Education in Makkah, which includes the visit program during the first semester. This program aims at informing female students about university systems, departments, and colleges, and also at answering all questions with the aim of providing them with information that will help them in registering at the university after completing their secondary schools.
Concerning this step, Dr. Amal Khiro, the Vice Dean of Student Affairs for Direction, Guidance, and Community Partnership, clarified that Umm Al-Qura University offers the Secondary School Students Forum Program in partnership with the General Directorate of Education. She added, "We decided to dedicate a forum that results in all colleges of the university being in agreement with the Deanship of Student Affairs. We communicated with the Directorate of Education, who dedicated female coordinators for accomplishing this matter. A meeting was held to determine the mechanism that would be followed after choosing coordinators from each college."
She went on to say, "We held a meeting with the Directorate of Education, and arranged a schedule that determines two visits for each college during each semester, provided that the number of female students are limited to 25 in addition to the coordinators at each visit."
Dr. Amal Khiro praised the efforts exerted by the official of the Community Partnership Unit, Riham Badriq, which helped in achieving the goals of the forum.
On her part, the Vice Dean of Admission and Registration at Umm Al-Qura University, Dr. Fatimah Al-Ghamdi, asserted that such a type of school visits is one of the duties of the Deanship of Registration and Admission. She added that the university receives school female students monthly.
Dr. Fatimah stated, "One of the objectives of the deanship is to receive such school visits to enable university employees to raise female students’ awareness about the admission system. This is by offering a comprehensive explanation that points out the manner of choosing the specialization she desires, the required measures that have to be followed, and how to use the website. The employees also display the required conditions, showing the optimal methods to follow when facing any problem or obstacle."
In turn, the visiting female students expressed their admiration about the facilities available at Umm Al-Qura University, and their happiness with such visits. They considered this step to be a motive for them to achieve high averages to be able to join the college in which they wish to study.