n the name of Allah, the most Gracious, the most Merciful
This is my first message after being appointed as Vice-Dean of the Joint First Year. I take this opportunity to appreciate the trust of His Excellency the President of Umm Al-Qura and the Dean of the Joint First Year for appointing me as Vice-Dean of the Joint First Year Deanship, which is one of the most important supporting deanships at our honorable Umm Al-Qura University.
When His Excellency Dr. Sa`d bin Sa`id Al-Ghamdi, the Dean of the Joint First Year, asked me to serve as Vice-Dean, he told me that this foundation program is the first stop for students when they join Umm Al-Qura University, where there are about 5000 admissions annually, for those wishing to join the medical, scientific or administrative stream. The program goes beyond the introduction of foundation courses. It is hoped that it will be an educational environment that helps students discover their personal aptitudes and potentials early, so that they can develop themselves and cultivate future skills that will enhance the vision of the Kingdom 2030. His Excellency has promised unlimited support for the success of my work in the Vice-Deanship.
My colleagues, the academic staff of the Joint First Year Deanship ...
The Joint First Year Deanship enables you to make a difference in the learning and education process, Allah willing. I see that you were chosen very carefully to be special teachers for outstanding students. Our role is to help you to be more distinguished and successful so as to help the University carry out its vision during this decisive year.
We work in the Deanship, under the directives of His Excellency the Dean of the Joint First Year and the distinguished vice-deans, for the interest of the student, who is an integral part of the University. We want you to continue to tell us about your needs for the success of this work. Every engagement you have with the student makes an impact.
It is not only the students who want to develop and succeed in their first year in the University, but their teachers, too.
What can we offer to develop your work in cooperation with the supporting deanships at the University?
Our administrative staff in the Joint First Year Deanship ...
You make a difference by offering distinguished services at the Deanship for the students and the academic staff, while developing your skills at the same time. We cannot offer anything without your positive impact and contacts in the Deanship, and I will always help you.
And finally, our message to all those who are involved in our task at the First Year Deanship ...
We devote every effort to place you at the center of everything we do, so that you have all the means to make an impact, in your own special way. Our relationship with you will not be one-sided, but it will be an interactive partnership between everyone to make the educational streams succeed and to develop the student as an individual, as a whole person, in one direction: the direction of Allah, the Lord of the Worlds
Now, it is your turn to speak. What are your ambitions? Tell me ...
I want to assure you that the Joint First Year Deanship, represented by its dean and distinguished vice-deans, wants you to be part of the success story that we are writing here in our Deanship. In fact, we cannot write it without you.
Looking forward to hearing your remarks...
Vice Dean of the Joint First Year Deanship
Ahmad bin Fawzi bin Siraj Arba`in
PhD (University of UBC, Canada)