Umm Al-Qura University has recorded the defense of 110 master's and doctoral theses, since the decision was taken to suspend study, by employing the techniques of the Deanship of E-Learning and Distance Education. Through its virtual classes, the deanship has monitored the defense of 40 doctoral and 70 master's theses during the period of preventive isolation. This was achieved thanks to the efforts made by the Deanship of Postgraduate Studies in organizing the mechanism for defending scientific theses in a manner that ensures the continuation of the deanship plans that aim at achieving certain results.
The Vice President for Postgraduate Studies and Scientific Research, Prof. Abdul-Wahhab Al-Resini, stated that the educational mobility at Umm Al-Qura University, since the decision to suspend the study was taken, indicates a major epistemic renaissance, promoted the development of educational aids, and fostered the cultural dimension and progress of the university. He also praised the distinguished efforts of the researchers and their research contributions which were appropriate for the mission of the university, such efforts and contributions realizing the merit of science and the merit of the location.
The Dean of Postgraduate Studies, Dr. Sulaiman Al-Saeed, emphasized that the deanship will continue its efforts and follow-up to facilitate the procedures of defending theses for scientific committees and students. He added that the deanship, in this context, has created special forms and plans to uphold the mechanism followed for holding defenses and awarding degrees, in accordance with the regulations adopted at the university. He pointed out that the number of defenses accomplished, since the decision was taken to suspend study, contributed to enhancing the deanship's goals to facilitate the students' course of action and achieve rapid progress of science and technology.
On his part, the Dean of E-Learning and Distance Education, Dr. Khaled Al-Mutairi, stated that the large numbers monitored by the Deanship of Distance Education represented a joint success that has been recently achieved, thanks to the cooperation of the faculty members and the mutual interaction of the university community. He emphasized that the exceptional circumstances imposed by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic made a tremendous shift in the way knowledge is received and boosted the ability and efficiency of e-learning in order to enrich the knowledge content and guarantee the continuation of the educational process.