Under the auspices of His Excellency UQU Vice President for Postgraduate Studies and Scientific Research, Prof. Abdul-Wahhab bin Abdullah Al-Resini, and in the presence of the UQU Vice President for Female Student Affairs, Her Excellency Dr. Sarah bint Omar Al-Khuli; the deans; male and female vice deans of a number of colleges, institutes, and supporting deanships; and the faculty members of the male and female sections in the university; the Deanship of Postgraduate Studies at Umm Al-Qura University inaugurated its first scientific activity for this year. The activity was the first academic supervisors forum entitled, "Academic Supervision: Reality and Aspirations", in King Abdulaziz Historical Support Hall in Al-Abdiyyah, on Monday morning, 30 Jumada Al-Thani, 1441 A.H., corresponding to 24 February, 2020 A.C.
The UQU Vice President for Postgraduate Studies and Scientific Research, Prof. Abdul-Wahhab bin Abdullah Al-Resini, before the start of the forum, visited the accompanying exhibition held by the Deanship of Postgraduate Studies on this occasion. He reviewed the wall posters displaying the first doctoral and master's theses that have been defended in the various colleges of the university after its foundation, totaling twenty theses.
The forum, which witnessed a remarkable presence, included 3 themes. Dr. Muhammad bin Shukri Al-Sufi, Dean of Scientific Research, talked about the first theme, which focused on the research priority pathways of Umm Al-Qura University and their relationship to research and postgraduate studies. The second theme dealt with academic supervision: between regulations and reality. Dr. Nawwaf bin Maeid Al-Harthi, Vice Dean of Postgraduate Studies for Educational Affairs, touched on academic supervision procedures in light of the postgraduate regulations. Dr. Maysun bint Zayed Al-Banyan, Vice Dean of Postgraduate Studies, addressed the effectiveness of academic supervision from the viewpoint of postgraduate students. In the third theme, which was entitled "Successful Supervision: Development Experiences and Visions", two scientific papers were presented: the first by Prof. Yahya bin Muhammad Zamzami, Professor of Qur'anic Guidance Chair in the Deanship of Scientific Research, who presented the experience of the Qura'nic Guidance Chair in refereeing and academic supervision. In the second paper, Dr. Mona bint Hamed Musa, Professor of Housing and Home Management in the College of Designs, discussed academic supervision as a craft and as an art.
The forum witnessed a great interaction of the attendees with the topics and ideas presented; between the three themes, an open discussion session was held in which the audience inquiries were answered and their observations and comments were discussed. The forum reached 23 recommendations, which were read out at the end of the forum by Prof. Turki bin Kadimis Al-Utaibi, Vice Dean of Postgraduate Studies.