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Content

Inside Issue

Board of Trustees

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Alfaisal University Co-Founder

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Provost’s Message

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Chief Editor’s Message

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News Update

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College of Engineering

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News Update

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College of Business

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Alfaisal Engineering Student Wins Best Project of the Year at Queen’s University Belfast

Alfaisal CoE Students prepare to Compete in the Shell Eco-Marathon Challenge

College of Medicine

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College of Science

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Student Affairs

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Marketing & Public Relations

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Library

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Research

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Graduation Supplement 2014

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Alfaisal Information Technology

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Alumni & Placement Relations

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Chief Editor Mr. Mahmoud Bin Ahmed Managing Editor Ms. Sondos AlJazairy

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AU Ranked 1st for Citation Impact by Research Performance Indicators Report 2013

College of Business Students Visited AL Jomaih Bottling Plant (PEPSI Co.)

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6th Annual Freshman Convocation

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Board of Trustees

HRH. Prince Khalid Al Faisal

Eng. Ahmed Al-Jazzar

Chairman, Board of Trustees

President, Boeing-Saudi Arabia

HH. Prince Khalid bin Fahad

Mr. James McDowell

King Faisal Foundation (KFF) HRH Prince Bandar Al-Faisal King Faisal Foundation (KFF) HRH Prince Turki Al-Faisal bin Abdulaziz King Faisal Foundation (KFF) HH (Dr). Prince Turki bin Saud Al-Saud Vice President King AbdulAziz Centre for Science &

BAE Systems Eng. Fred Nader United Technologies Mr. Christian Lamoureux Country Director, Thales International Dr. Abdullah Abdulrahman Al-Othman

Technology

Rector, King Saud University

HH Prince Bandar bin Saud bin Khalid Al-Saud

Dr. Mohammed bin Yahaya Al-Shehry

King Faisal Foundation (KFF)

Professor of Surgery, King Khaled University

Sheikh Saleh Abdullah Kamel

Dr. Abdullah Abdul Karim Al-Musallam

Dallah Al Baraka Holding Company

The Secretary for National Commission for

Sheikh Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al-Jomaih

Academic Accreditation & Assessment.

Al Jomaih Holding Company

Dr. Abdulrahman Mohammad Abouammoh

Sheikh Yahya bin Mohamed Binladin

King Saud University

Saudi Binladin Group

Dr. Mohammed bin Abdulaziz Al-Ohly

Sheikh Mohammed bin Hussain Al-Amoudi

Ministry of Higher Education

Al Amoudi Group

Dr. Faisal Abdulaziz Al Mubarak

Dr. Qasem Al-Qassabi

Provost , Vice President & Chief Academic Officer

King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre

Alfaisal University

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Alfaisal University Co-Fouder

Provost s Message As we start our seventh academic year, I welcome you all to Alfaisal University. It matters greatly to me that all of you enjoy your sojourn at our Institution whether as a student, a faculty member or an administrator. Satisfaction is essential for achieving excellent performance and reaching goals. During the summer, we were busy attracting and selecting the best cohort of incoming students as possible, given the wide choice of fully covered scholarships abroad as well as free government institutions within the Kingdom that offer monthly allowances, we thank the generous government support of higher education, under the patronage of His Majesty the Custodian of the Two Holly Mosques, King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud. Great universities pride themselves in the quality of their faculty and students as the combined efforts of both continuously nurture new ideas and advance theoretical knowledge and empirical knowhow. Harvard’s Professor Henry Rosovsky, commenting on the factors that have sustained Harvard University eminence, succinctly wrote: “First, a faculty that continually seeks to create new ideas and knowledge: the people who wrote the books stood at the lectern. Second, students from every state and many foreign students selected by rigorous standards- a diverse, contentious, and marvellously stimulating cohort. Third, a disdain for orthodoxy and “school solutions” combined with a great admiration for excellence. And, finally, a meaningful tradition: by today, over 350 years of virtually uninterrupted progress.” At Al Faisal we cherish these same principles. I am pleased to share with you good news about the recognized progress being made at our institution. First, according to the prestigious Thomson Reuters - 2013 Research Performance Indicator Report, which analysed research output such as publications, patents and research funding of 30 “research institutions” in the Kingdom, Alfaisal University, has surpassed leading Saudi universities in several indicators. Alfaisal had the highest citation impact in Clinical Medical & Health Sciences papers amongst all Saudi Institutions with a score of 1.46 compared with the third highest score of 1.00 for KAUST. Alfaisal University ranked higher than KFUPM and KSU in average citation impact in biological sciences. In overall average citation impact, Alfaisal ranked third with a score of 1.31, higher than KSU (0.99), KFUPM (0.86), KFSHRC (0.81), and KACST (0.71), In addition, Alfaisal University also scored 1st in external funding for private Universities with 16.7 Million SAR for the period 2013-2010. These indicators are impressive, and undisputed evidence of the quick progress being made at our promising university. The second good news concerns the admission of incoming students. This year we have risen the bar more than ever. Alhamdulillah, we managed to meet our targets, in almost all categories, undergraduate as well as graduate, with more competitive admission standards than any of the previous years. The University percentage of admitted students is 0.63 a relatively high ratio, compared to leading universities in the United States such as the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Michigan, both of which admit an average of %50 of all applicants, while the University of Wisconsin admits up to %80. Thirdly, we have recruited a large number of faculty (a fifty percent increase) with excellent qualifications, through a highly selective and transparent search process that involved selection committees at the department, college and university levels. Lastly, we are about to move into the new, state of the art Female Section in the Student Center. The new area will provide ample class and office space, restaurants and other support facilities. Congratulations to all stake holders, hard working students, prestigious faculty and rigorous administration, without whom this success was impossible. In short, I look forward to this new academic year with excitement and anticipation and may God bless us all in this year and always as we move forward at Alfaisal University.

Dr. Faisal Al Mubarak

Vice President and Chief Academic Officer

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Dear Alfaisal Family, As the new Marketing and Public Relations Director, I extend my gratitude to all who are reading Alfaisal University 5th issue Magazine (2014). This Issue brings forward updates on all remarkable achievements of Alfaisal University in a fresh and new style. Alfaisal University has successfully delivered the promised dream of providing world class education, and have made phenomenal and constant progress in developing new curricula and courses to meet all the international educational standards. Alfaisal Magazine offers in this issue, insights on new courses now offered to Alfaisal Students.

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Additionally, we have added some valuable information on the MERSCoV, in addition to the graduation supplement section added to mark the celebration of graduating the third batch of Alfaisal for the year 2014. I would like to conclude by offering my most sincere thanks and gratitude to everyone at Alfaisal University by saying “May the years you spend at Alfaisal University be the stepping grounds for a lifetime full of success and achievements, and the knowledge and education you receive a seed for future discoveries, innovations and inventions�.

Regards,

Mahmoud Bin Ahmed

NEWS UPDATES

Marketing & Public Relations Director Chief Editor

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ALFAISAL UNIVERSITY - AN OFFICIAL

IELTS TESTING CENTER IN RIYADH

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lfaisal University (AU) under the supervision of Dr. Faisal Al Mubarak, Provost and CAO (Chief Academic Officer), recently signed a strategic partnership with IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Australia, to become the official IELTS testing center in the region. Within the framework of its ambitious plan in cooperation with international bodies, the aim is to support all students, who wish to complete their studies in local and international universities. AU demands IELTS as admission requirement for programs and courses that require the English language proficiency.

Alfaisal University has made significant efforts in attracting international stakeholders. “Alfaisal is aggressively pursuing opportunities to forge functional partnerships with prestigious global partners such as IELTS”, commented Prof. Nouredine Zettili, acting Dean of the College of Science & General Studies at Alfaisal University ; “a co-branding partnership between AU and IELTS is a winwin and highly rewarding proposition for both sides”. Many of those who took the IELTS exams at Alfaisal University acknowledged the level of professionalism of Alfaisal staff and the state-of-the-art examination hall which helped to attract over 2000 test takers in the latest few months.

The representatives of the IELTS Australia in the Middle East, namely Dr. Maher El Bakry Regional Director for the Middle East, Mr. Darren Vardon Director of Development and Operations, Dr. Sabry Shehata, IELTS General Manager Saudi Arabia and Mr. Marwan Jaradat IELTS Manager, visited the university and were impressed with the infrastructure and the preparations to run IELTS examinations. IELTS has been designed in a standardized way with key assessment skill components of the English language that includes

“Alfaisal is aggressively pursuing opportunities to forge functional partnerships with prestigious global partners such as IELTS”

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speaking, listening, reading and writing. IELTS is recognized by 9,000 educational and governmental institutions to assess the English language proficiency. IELTS is owned by IDP IELTS Australia, the British Council and University of Cambridge, and these institutions are known for their commitment to academic standards and a deep understanding of cultures around the world. The latest statistics indicate that approximately 2 million individuals took IELTS last year

“a co-branding partnership between AU and IELTS is a win-win and highly rewarding proposition for both sides”

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ALFAISAL UNIVERSITY

PRITZKER PRIZE-WINNING ARCHITECT FRANK GEHRY’S DISCUSSION ON ‘ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN’ AT ALFAISAL UNIVERSITY

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anadian-American Pritzker Prize– winning architect Frank Gehry visited Alfaisal University on Wednesday May 28th, where he participated in an open discussion on “Architecture and Design”. The visit received a lot of interest from students and faculty of architectural engineering from across different universities, the engineering society, local & national architect and design firms. The event was well attended, as the renowned architect arrived on campus to a vivacious applause from the audience. The discussion went on for some time, then Dr. Anas Al Faris MIT/KACST moderated the discussion and opened the floor to the audience for interaction with the architect. Based in Los Angeles, Frank Gehry is a renowned and internationally known architect. A number of his buildings, including his private residence, have become world renowned tourist attractions. He is known for postmodern architectural designs, including

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the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Dancing House in Prague, and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao-Spain. Frank Gehry studied at the University of Southern California and Harvard University

& SIEMENS CELEBRATE NEW PARTNERSHIP

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lfaisal University signed a Memorandom of Understanding with Siemens, to provide workshops and courses in Radiology and Biotechnology. Siemens has a long standing association with many of the world’s leading universities, which ranges from joint research programs focused on the development of new qualifications to meet future demands, and to provide industry placements as an integral part of education programs. Siemens has chosen to partner with Alfaisal due to the presence of highly research orientated faculty, high caliber students and a very successful Medical College. Siemens and the ministry of health in Saudi Arabia are planning to contribute to education and training in the field of Health Care. This partnership will provide a platform to Siemens to train personnel for future. Speaking about the partnership with Dr. Khaled M. AlKattan (Dean of College of Medicine, Alfaisal University) Dr. Annas Zarei of Siemen’s group said,

“We are delighted to celebrate our collaboration with Alfaisal University”. Siemens has a very long heritage of innovation in the Kingdom, which has helped to make it one of the country’s leading companies. “We look forward to strengthening our relationship with the University and working together on projects that will help keep the Kingdom at the forefront of technology innovation”, Alfaisal University thanks Siemens for their kind donation of state of the art ultrasound equipment. The machine will be utilized in the undergraduate courses in ultra sonography for medical students, which is now an important tool for the medical students. Dr. Khaled Kattan, added, “This is a very exciting collaboration between Alfaisal University and Siemens. Siemens has been very active in Saudi Arabia for over 75 years and from the very beginning contributed significantly to the development of country’s infrastructure. It has also been involved in many other sectors such as healthcare and energy research areas, in which the University has a wealth of expertise”

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ALFAISAL UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF MEDICINE’S STUDENT MEETS THE BRITISH ROYAL FAMILY

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advertisement to educate and raise public awareness about the need for safer driving, not only in Riyadh (KSA), but in whole Gulf region. This initiative was in response to the rising numbers of road traffic accidents damaging peoples’ lives on daily basis. Mohammad Tazim was awarded second prize. The Awards Ceremony which took place in London,UK, provided prize winners with an opportunity to attend an exciting polo

match between HRH Prince William Duke of Cambridge and HRH Prince Harry – Prince of Wales. Mohammad personally met both the Princes from the British Royal Family and was lucky enough to exchange a few words with them. Through Mohammad’s efforts, together with other winners and competitors the Safer Driving Campaign can achieve its

ultimate aim, to reduce the numbers of road traffic accidents locally, nationally and internationally. Congratulations! Mohammad for your hard work as an active member of Gulf Family Medicine Interest Group (GFMIG) and dedication to this cause. We are proud to have you as an Alfaisal student

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hen Mohammad Tazim, first year medical student in the College of Medicine entered the BMG Safe Drive Life Saving competition in April this year, little did he knew, he would become the proud second prize winner of an experience never to be forgotten. The competition, as part of the Safe Drive Life Saving Campaign, was launched in February 2014 by BMG Foundation (President Mr. Basil Al Ghalayini). Competitors were asked to design an

MOHAMMAD TAZIM WE ARE PROUD TO HAVE YOU AS AN ALFAISAL STUDENT.

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YOUNG PEOPLE CLEAN UP CAVE PARK, AT KING FAISAL SPECIALIST HOSPITAL & RESEARCH CENTER

ALFAISAL ENGINEERING STUDENT WINS BEST PROJECT OF THE YEAR PRIZE AT QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY BELFAST

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Aerospace Engineering Department at Queen’s University Belfast, in a ceremony held on 5th July 2013.

Reflecting the high quality of Alfaisal University students, Youssef won the Veryan Stephens Prize at QUB, which is awarded annually to the final year undergraduate student in aerospace engineering, who is judged to have completed the best project work for the year. Youssef was the only visiting student to win a prize in academic year 2012-2013. The prize was awarded by Dr. Mark Price, the Head of the Mechanical and

Youssef’s project focused on analysis of the dimensional changes of composite panels during the riveting process. The latter is a new technological process in the Aeronautical Industry, allowing the use of innovative materials which increase the efficiency of new commercial aircrafts. As every new material has its manufacturing problems, Youssef’s research puts forth many suggestions to help the industry to overcome some of these problems, by using intense numerical analysis of these composite panels before testing them

nder a Memorandum of Agreement between the two universities, Alfaisal University student Youssef Elakwah completed his final year of the aerospace engineering program at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) in the United Kingdom.

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n March 29 th 2014, 11 youngsters provided a welcome contribution to the community by taking part in a “Cave Park Cleaning Project”. Dr. Shamayel Fahim Consultant, Department of Pathology at King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center (KFSHRC) was responsible for this initiative, with the support of Dr. Baraa Alghalyini from Alfaisal University and members of the Gulf Family Medicine interest group (GFMIG).A team of 2 boys, 5 elementary school students and 4 middle school students embarked on this Project armed with rubber gloves and sacks for collecting rubbish. These students spent a full

IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH PROVIDING FOR THE COMMUNITY Rasha Essam Al-Shawaf is a third year Saudi medical student at Alfaisal University. She was interviewed by Arab News, on her interest in helping her community in any way she can. Rasha has set an excellent example of the students; we aspire to produce at Alfaisal.

day cleaning the area and establishing a cleaner environment for visitors. During this “Clean Up”, the students learned how to work together as a team, irrelevant of ages, how to communicate effectively and ultimately how to respect their environment. The efforts by the Clean Up Team, GFMIG, Dr. Baraa Alghalyini and members of Alfaisal University, are seen as a huge example in contributing to the community and providing a sense of pride and achievement. With initiatives and volunteers like this, visitors can truly appreciate the parks and green spaces in Riyadh We commend her on the difference, she is willing to make in the community. You can read Rasha’s full interview on www.arabnews.com We end by sharing a quote by Thomas S. Monson that Rasha makes a reference to in the article: “Along your pathway of life, you will observe that you are not the only traveler. There are others who need your help. There are feet to steady, hands to grasp, minds to encourage, hearts to inspire, and souls to save”

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ENVIRONMENT ECONOMICS AND POLICY ALFAISAL UNIVERSITY PROJECT “GO GREEN AND GIVE BACK” Alfaisal University Environment Economics and Policy works to enlighten the students about the importance of recycling for the future of Saudi Arabia and its coming generations. Course ARE 312, promotes diversified recycling methods and investigates ways to promote recycling at the Alfaisal University. Architectural Engineering Students’ Recycling Project: “Go Green and Give Back”, has been great success to create understanding and appreciation for recycling for environment and society. “We aim to leave a green print on our earth by creating a pro-recycling campus and environment. This is the first step towards what we hope to be a life legacy of equal sustainability for all generations to come”, as quoted by Najd Alhatlani, a third year architectural engineering student``

BUILDING MATERIALS & CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY COURSE PROJECT “MUD WALL INSTALLATION”

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econd year Architectural engineering students successfully completed the project, ‘Mud Wall Installation’ at Alfaisal University. In Building Materials & Construction Technology, course ARE 231, students tested various mix designs of earthen materials in composite with conventional building materials, and ultimately found samples that successfully tested equivalent to Concrete in compressive strength, with the strongest sample testing at 20 MPa / PSI. The students used the earth composite mix design to create a Mud Wall Installation at the University’s campus to demonstrate that earthen materials not only live up to the structural standards of other materials

such as concrete, but also have added benefits of a high thermal mass and affordability, making it a more sustainable alternative for modern day building applications. Credits: The compression tests of the mud and concrete samples were made possible by the contribution of Riyadh Geo Technique and Foundations Lab (www.rgf.com.sa) Additionally, the materials and labor for the students’ Mud Brick Wall Installation was sponsored by generous grants from [ADL] Architecture + Design and Ihya Muden Urban Development Company (www.icegcc.com)

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FIRST FEMALE GSAS CERTIFIED GREEN PROFESSIONALS IN SAUDI ARABIA

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ongratulations! Third year female Architectural Engineering students at Alfaisal university deserve special recognition for becoming the first female GSAS* - Certified Green Professionals in Saudi Arabia, along with male engineering students.

The certified sustainable green building experts are licensed to work professionally towards creating a sustainable environment that minimizes ecological impact, while addressing the socio-cultural needs of the region. Alfaisal aims to contribute to the regional discourse in sustainability in Architectural Engineering by encouraging aspiring engineering students to achieve professional accreditation at the undergraduate level. This entices sustainable design practice indefinitely throughout their careers by hosting professional workshops and training in combination with their rigorous academic curriculum Congratulations! On successfully passing the GSAS exam, and becoming GSAS – Certified Green Professionals:

Certified Green Professionals, Female:

Certified Green Professionals, Male:

Doha Salah Alafaliq

Abdullah Mohammed Alkhaldi

Sara Abdullah Faisal Alsaud

Mahmoud Eias Alsaleh

Mashael Turki Alsaud

Mishari Turki Alsaud

Haya Ayman Nassar

Faisal Mohammed AlJaddan

Najd Abdulrahman Alhatlani Hala Abdullah Alobaidallah Modawi Mishaal Musaad Kholoud Fowzi Alsaleh *GSAS “Global Sustainability Assessment System”, a green building rating system developed by the Gulf Organization for Research and Development (GORD - http://gord.qa/) for the Middle East.

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ALFAISAL UNIVERSITY ENGINEERING STUDENTS PREPARE TO COMPETE IN THE SHELL ECOMARATHON CHALLENGE

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lfaisal University is pleased to announce that Alfaisal signed a Memorandum of Understanding on September 15th, 2013 with Shell to support students from Alfaisal University College of Engineering to join universities from the region, in building ultra-fuel-efficient vehicles and participate in the global Shell Eco-Marathon (SEM) challenge to be held in Qatar in February 2015. The MOU was signed by Prof. Gilles Cormier, Acting Dean of the College of Engineering, and Mr. Patrick Van Daele, Country Chairman of Shell in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. The signing took place in the Shell premises in Riyadh in the presence of participating students in the Shell Eco-Marathon challenge, as well as faculty and management of Alfaisal University and Shell management. “We are pleased to launch this challenge in the region, as part of our global programs on smart mobility and Technology & Innovation,” said Mr. Patrick Van Daele, “This is clear evidence of our commitment to help societies meet the energy needs in ways that are economically, environmentally and socially responsible.” Shell, recently, launched the Shell Eco-Marathon (SEM) challenge in the Middle East and Africa. SEM encourages and fosters innovative ideas about fuel-efficiency and the future of transport among high school and university students, and challenges students from universities around the world to design and build energy efficient vehicles.The current highest record achieved was in 2010 by a French team in SEM Europe, who were capable of driving 2,500 kilometres on a single litre of fuel – the equivalent of driving from

Jazan to Tabuk in Saudi Arabia. Alfaisal University is now set to join King Saud University, Cairo University, Ain Shams University and other teams from Qatar, UAE and Lebanon, to compete in this global challenge. “The Shell Eco-marathon is a great opportunity for our students to apply, what they have learned in university and gain hands-on engineering and project management experience”, said Prof. Gilles Cormier, Acting Dean of the College of Engineering

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College of Engineering Non-Metal Laser cutter College of Engineering Renewable Energy Lab Clearly, Alfaisal University aspires to help Saudi Arabia to meet the future energy needs by economical, and environmental friendlymethods.

A new Renewable Energy Lab has been installed by Dr. Ahmed Oteafy at Alfaisal University College of Engineering. The lab facilitates in learning the fundamentals of Photovoltaic, Wind Turbine, and Hydrogen fuel cell technologies. The performance of these power generation and energy storage technologies, under different loading conditions, is studied via a data acquisition system and interactive educational software. The lab is developed with the help of a German company Heliocentris and is a step forward towards integrating renewable energy systems in the curricula of the College of Engineering.

A Cam Five Non-Metal Laser Cutting and Engraving machine was installed in the College of Engineering workshop.

Engineering Students Association organized a visit to Almarai Dairy Farm and Factory on the February 27th, 2014

Engineering Students Summer Internship Program Engineering Students summer internship program has been secured from many notable organizations e.g. Lockheed-Martin, Saudi-Oger, and AREVA-EDF (French Nuclear Power Company). The latter kicked off with a Nuclear Orientation Program on May 14th, 2014 at K.A.CARE Headquarters.

Engineering Students Association organized a visit to ABB factory in Riyadh on May 19th, 2014 Mechanical Engineering Students, Course ME 305, visited the Saudi Mechanical Industries Company on April 24th, 2014

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Mechanical Engineering Students, Course ME 308, completed some interesting hands on projects.

“We are pleased to inform you that Alfaisal graduates are among the best fresh graduates joining ABB. I think the high standard of Alfaisal University is reflected back in the quality work and professionalism of its graduates”, quoted by Mr. Mohammed Masri, Country Manager - ABB Saudi Arabia, Cluster Manager – Saudi Arabia, Bahrain & Yemen.

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MIT FINDS NEW WAY

TO HARVEST ENERGY FROM HEAT “Waste heat could be harnessed more effectively, using the thermogalvanic effect” Researchers at MIT and Stanford have found a new way to transform waste heat into electricity, particularly in situations where the temperature gradient is small, below 100° C (180° F). The technology uses widely available materials, and could be used to recycle the large amounts of wasted heat generated in industrial processes and electric power plants.

College of Engineering offers Introduction to Engineering Innovation Course A UPP/E course, “Introduction to Engineering Innovation”, taught by Eng. Mona Kamal of Alfaisal University College of Engineering, was offered this spring. Some of the UPP students attended a workshop organized by the Electrical and Software

Engineering faculty on April 19th, 2014. The UPP students were also offered an opportunity to learn in an ‘Automotive Engineering Workshop, as a significant component in the “Introduction to Engineering Innovation” course.

According to the US Environment Protection Agency (EPA), one third of the industrial energy consumption in the United States is wasted as heat. If we could get even a small portion of it back, we›d be able to decrease power consumption significantly. Scientists have turned to thermoelectric materials, which can generate electricity from a temperature gradient, as a possible solution. However, there are two problems with that approach: firstly, they are mostly made from rare materials, meaning they are expensive and can’t be scaled up for industrial applications; and secondly, when the waste heat is only tens of degrees hotter than the surrounding environment, which is very common, their efficiency of thermoelectric materials is of only about 0.5 percent. Researchers at MIT and Stanford led by Prof. Gang Chen have devised an alternative approach that takes advantage of the thermogalvanic effect, which describes a peculiar relationship between the temperature of a battery and the voltage, at which it can be effectively charged.

College of Engineering’s External Relations During the International Exhibition on Higher Education (April 15th-18th, 2014), a delegation from Auburn University visited Alfaisal College of Engineering on two different occasions. The delegation gave presentation to the students about the programs offered at Auburn University. On May 18th-19th 2014, Dr. Kamal Youcef Toumi, ProfessorofMechanicalEngineeringatMIT,provided

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some valuable insights into possible improvements to all the curricula and possible new programs at Alfaisal University. Dr. Kamal gave presentation titled: “Global Competitiveness in Higher Education” which enlightened the faculty and students about how the dream of Alfaisal University to provide outstanding education at par with world leading Universities, can be achieved.

The scientists built a system that allowed waste heat to first raise the temperature of a battery. Because of the thermogalvanic effect, the battery can now be charged at a lower voltage than would normally be required. The battery is then allowed to cool down, and at this point its lower temperature allows it to be discharged at a higher voltage, releasing more energy than was put into it through the electric grid. The difference in energy was gathered from waste heat. The idea to harness the thermogalvanic effect to generate electricity was first proposed in the 50s, where it demonstrated efficiencies of up to 50 percent of the Carnot limit. Compared to the original system, Chen and colleagues have achieved the capability to harness much smaller

differences in temperature with relatively high efficiency (a difference of 50° C (90° F), with 5.7 percent efficiency) and the use of commonly available materials, such as copper, that could easily work at much larger scale. Finally, their system could be manufactured quite easily, as it fits very well into the existing production chains of the battery industry. The researchers will now turn to tackle the remaining challenges – namely, the low power density of 1.2 W/ kg compared to thermoelectric materials, the speed of battery cycling of about one hour, and the need for extensive testing to ensure a useful operating life. A paper describing the results appears in the journal Nature Communications Source: MIT

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he most long-awaited form of transport may finally be arriving with California-based Company announcing that it’ll be launching its hoverbike in 2017. With first flights scheduled for 2016. It is designed to carry two people up to a height of 3 m (10 ft) above the ground and reach speeds of up to 72 km/h (42 mph). The company has been testing its hover bike for some time now, attempting to resolve various control and stability challenges. With carbon fiber rotors taking the place of wheels, the bike will be able to take-off and land vertically without the need for a runway or forward speed, according to the company. It›s also reported to be as easy to ride as a motorcycle, as pilots will be able to use the handlebar grips, situated at knee level, to control the hover bike in a similar fashion. They’ll only need about a weekend of training to be able to fly it easily, the company claims. With a pre-fuel weight of about 356 kg, the hover bike can carry loads of up to 140 kg over any type of surface, state company officials. It is also expected to

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run for about 75 minutes on a full tank of fuel. While, primarily being designed to be a low-altitude sport and utility vehicle, its developers claim that it can be adapted for any number of uses. ”The bike will have a positive impact on agriculture, herd management, and geo-surveying – particularly in those parts of the world lacking general aviation». «Its intuitive operation, low cost, and unique capabilities make it suitable for disaster relief, search and rescue, and patrolling borders and game parks. We believe it will enable low-altitude utility previously unavailable due to cost and training barriers (please add source)”,

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The design features an intuitive pilot interface, twoposition control bars and a four-wheel gear. The hoverbike is around 4.5 m in length and 2.1 m in width. Some of the additional features being considered for the hover bike include whole vehicle airbags, floatation pontoons for water operations and Department of Transport approved transport trailers

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WHARTON RESEARCH DATA SERVICES ACQUIRED BY ALFAISAL COLLEGE OF BUSINESS This year, The College of Business succeeded in subscribing to: Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS) Compustat database-financial reporting data CRSP databasemarkets and exchange dat

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n March 23rd 2014, 43 MBA second year students (male and female) left Riyadh to attend one week residential program about Entrepreneurial Leadership at Mansfield College, University of Oxford United Kingdom, in supervision of Dean of College of Business Dr. Bajis M. Dodin and Mr. Talal Alsamman. The training and educational portion of this program was from 23rd-29th March, 2014. The program included several modules; namely Personal Leadership, Authentic Change Management, Entrepreneurial Issues (such as Entrepreneurial Leader, Entrepreneurial Journey, Funding for New Ventures, Venture Capital and Private Equity), and Branding (including Competitive Positioning, Strategic Innovation, Building an Islamic Brand, Building a Global Brand). It also included field studies, and business and factory tours in Oxford and London, such as Oxford Islamic Center, McLaren Car Factory, and Lloyds of London. The program was delivered by world class faculty of the University of Oxford, Said Business School, Cranfield School of Management, and The Angel Investors associates. At the end of the program, every student had to submit a report about the impact of this experience. Oxford Entrepreneur Programme enabled students in the art of research and writing to punctuate Oxford experience in a report reflecting her/his experience and knowledge gained from different scholars, field studies, and the management innovations. In common with all MBA courses taught at Alfaisal University College of Business (AU CoB), this course is also taught in accordance with the learning outcomes prescribed by the KSA Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE).

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A similar program was designed for the junior and senior students of the Undergraduate Business Administration program at AU CoB. A team of forty students spent the residency week (June 7th-14th, 2014) of study at Wolfson College in Oxford University, which helped them in achieving the overarching goal of world class education at AU

The ultimate goal is to enhance the capital markets research infrastructures and faculty research in Accounting and Finance areas in Alfaisal College of Business.

6 NEW BUSINESS FACULTIES JOINING ALFAISAL UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF BUSINESS (COB) IN 2014-15 Alfaisal University (AU) aims to have the highest caliber faculties in all AU colleges, and the following faculties will be joining the AU CoB: Faculty Name

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Dr. Necati Aydin

Associate Prof. Economics

Ph. D Gazi University/Econ. 2008 Ph. D Florida State University/Social Education 2003 M.S. Gazi University/Intl. Econ 1996

Dr. NurBarizahBakar

Assistant Prof. Accounting

Ph.D. University of Malaysia/Acct. 2013 M.S Intl Islamic University of Malaysia/ Acct.2003

Dr. Ahmed Alanazi

Assistant Prof. Finance

Ph.D. Griffith University, Aust/Finance 2012 M.S. Griffith University, Aust/Intl Business 2006

Dr. Robert Zecca

Assistant Prof. Entrepreneurship

Ph.D Cracow University, Poland/Management 2007 MBA Plymouth State University, N.H., USA 1992

Dr. Abdel Monim Shaltoni

Assistant Prof. Marketing

Ph.D University of Birmingham, UK/EMarketing 2006 MBA University of Leicester, UK/Marketing 2000

Dr. Haitham Al Zoubi

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UNIVERSITY RESEARCH POSTER DAY FINANCE STUDENTS AWARDED 1ST AND 2ND PLACE Six students from the Finance Investment class were awarded equal 1st and 2nd place in the Research Poster Day at Alfaisal University. The three winning research projects investigated market efficiency and volatility across international financial markets, as well as the role of Zakat in the implementation of the Saudi Mortgage Law. Congratulations! We wish success to all our students in their future endeavors.

MUBASHER TRADING PLATFORM In Finance Investment course, students have been actively taking part in trade, including currencies, equities, and debt, across a number of international financial markets using the StockTrak Simulation Software. Students have also been trading local equities on the Tadawul Market through the Mubasher Trading Platform, which have been provided free of charge to the College of Business Students.

SMART CITY RESEARCH PROJECT BY DR. RICARDO SANTA, DR. MARIO FERRER AND DR. FRANCOIS BESTER In globalized economy, cities are becoming critical venues for learning, innovation and leadership. It is predicted by the European Smart Cities that %70 of the population will be living in cities worldwide by 2050. More than one million people move to cities every day, putting enormous stress on urban resources and infrastructure. Cities are real-time systems, but rarely run as such. As a consequence, Smart City Research Project explores the areas on which cities in Saudi Arabia should focus, during the pursuit of effectiveness in operations and sustainability in the government, business, population management and the environment. The purpose of this research project is to explore, the following dimensions from the smart city concept: Smart Government: E-Government. E-Business. E-Health. Digital Certificates Awareness. Smart Economy: Entrepreneurship and Innovation by Generation Y Social Entrepreneurship. Social Business in Organizations. Smart Mobility: Green Logistics.

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Smart Environment: Sustainable Supply Chain .

COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ADVISORY COUNCIL ANNUAL AWARDS Type of Award

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Shell Saudi Arabia

Dr. Mario Ferrer

Outstanding UG Teaching 2013/14

KPMG Saudi Arabia

Dr. Gale Pooly

Outstanding MBA teaching 2013/14

Alfaisaliah Group

Dr. Declan McCrohan

Outstanding Service Faculty 2013/14

Amwal Alkhaleej

Dr. Mohammed Kafaji

Outstanding Service Staff 2013/14

Aljazira Bank

Mr. Mohammed T. Alsamman

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Employment Opportunities for Women in the KSA Fashion

Princess Reema Bandar Al Saud (CEO of luxury retail )corporation Alfa International

The future of Accounting and Finance markets

Mr. Khalid Mahdhar (Partner at Price Water house Coopers)

Saudi Economy of Financial Sector

Mr. Abdulmohsen Al-Fares (The Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer at Alinma Bank)

The value of International Partnerships

Mr. Les Janka (President-Saudi Arabia for )Quincy International

Entrepreneurship and Career Paths

Mr. Alaa Alhashim (Principal Director in Deloitte’s Riyadh)

Introduction to SAP and Certification Programs

Dr. Shadi Al-khamayseh (Senior Internal Strategic Consultant of SAP Training and Development Institute (TDI) in MENA region)

Sustainability on the Urban Scale. Smart People: Human Capital Management in Government and industry. Smart Living: Green Urbanism in Saudi Arabia (part of sustainability on the urban scale).

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COLLEGE OF BUSINESS GRADUATION BANQUET MAY 10TH, 2014 The College of Business (COB) at Alfaisal University celebrated the success of its Business Administration Graduates. The first Annual Graduation Banquet held on Saturday, May 10th 2014, in Alfaisal University, was presided and addressed by Provost Dr. Faisal Almubarak. Dean of College of Business Dr. Bajis M Dodin, and Business Administration and MBA Program Directors Dr. Mohammed Kafaji and Dr. Francois Bester respectively, addressed the students as well. At the end of the banquet, fifteen awards were given to the academically achieving students and best citizen students, along with the College of Business Advisory Council Faculty and Staff Awards. We hope this initiative will become an annual event that all stakeholders at CoB will look forward to

COLLEGE OF BUSINESS STUDENTS VISITED AL JOMAIH BOTTLING PLANT (PEPSI CO.)

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he College of Business in collaboration with the Japan Cooperation Center for the Middle East and sponsored by Al Ahlia for Cooperative Insurance, delivered One Day Kaizen Management Workshop on May 1st. The Kaizen Workshop was presented by the renowned Japanese Professor from Waseda Business School, Dr. Seiichi Fujita. The purpose of the workshop was to introduce the participants with Kaizen Management; 5s, JIT (just in time), Kanban, Poka-Yoke and SMED (Single-Minute Exchange of Dies) principles, and their applications.

staff from throughout Alfaisal University. Additionally, the workshop was honored with the presence of His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed Bin Bander Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Dr. Abdul Rahman AlOraini senior adviser to the minister of ICT and Director General of the National Plan for Communication and Information Technology, Mr. Abdullah Al Zahrani Director of Total Quality in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and several other prestigious officials from government and the private sector in Saudi Arabia.

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n May 7th 2014, the college of business›s female students from the Principles of Management, Operations Management and Logistics Management courses, took an educational trip to Al Jomaih bottling plant alongside their professors. Al Jomaih is the business partner of Pepsi Cola International in Saudi Arabia. It was established in 1957 and today they have more than 2,500 employees. A dominant volume and market share holder, Al Jomaih has gradually become one of the most respected beverage businesses in the Middle East region, produces the full range of Pepsi Cola core brands: Pepsi, 7Up, Mirinda, Mountain Dew & Aquafina brands, Distributor of Bario, Tropicana, Lipton Ice Tea and Gatorade brands. We thank Mr. Mohammed Al Jomaih for generously opening his bottling plant for our students’ field trip

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next year. Good corporate governance is of crucial importance for attracting both domestic and foreign investments, retaining investor confidence in the economy and creating sustainable economic growth. Effective corporate governance aligns the interests of top management with those of investors and ensures the optimal allocation of scarce resources in the economy. As well, good corporate governance promotes social responsibility and encourages companies to participate in projects that support charitable, educational and/or environmental causes.

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PROF. KHALED M. AL KATTAN (MD, FRCS) LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Prof. Khaled M. Al Kattan is the founder and dean of college of medicine at Alfaisal University, where he resiliently continues his dream of success, and help shape young minds to follow in his basic steps.

PROF. KHALED M. AL KATTAN MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS: 1975: Top scholar in the kingdom at O levels, awarded 3000 SR 1978: Top scholar in the kingdom at high school level, awarded a car 1984: Top graduate of college of medicine, King Saud University; Appointed as demonstrator in department of surgery

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his O level and high school education at the Riyadh schools; achieving two major accomplishments by having the highest grade point average in the kingdom, in both O level and high school. To achieve high levels of integrity, educational and personal growth as a person, educator and practitioner; a person must have an undying passion for his line of work, and for Prof. Khaled M. Al Kattan his passion for medicine came from his love for the profession and his father’s great appreciation for the humanitarian aspect of the medical practice, which encouraged him to pursue a career in the field. After graduating in 1385 H. and being appointed as a lecturer in KSU, Prof. Khaled M. Al Kattan started to pursue higher education in the UK, where he was awarded the (Ong Medal) and became the first Saudi MD to receive this medal; he was immediately appointed as an

1989: Top scholar worldwide in the finals of the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh, awarded the Ong Gold medal. 1989: First Saudi Assistant professor in the field of Thoracic surgery 1995: First Saudi to introduce robotic and minimally invasive thoracic surgery, Chair first international meeting 1998: First bilateral lung transplant in Asia and Middle East, and establishing the first lung transplant center in Saudi Arabia 2000: Appointed as full professor in Thoracic Surgery 2002: Co-Founded the first Saudi Thoracic Society in Saudi Arabia and still a board member 2004: Chair and founder of the National lung cancer group and still a board member 2008: Founder and Dean of College of Medicine at Alfaisal University

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KNOW MORE ABOUT MERS-COV MIDDLE EAST RESPIRATORY SYNDROME CORONAVIRUS (MERS-COV) Source : Arab News Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that can cause colds, and in some cases can cause severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). MERS is a virus from the same family as SARS, or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. Like SARS, MERS spreads from close contact with an infected person. Symptoms include high temperatures, body aches, sore throat, running nose and cough. In most circumstances, these symptoms last for days and then disappear.

HEART DISEASE-ON-A-CHIP COULD USHER IN AN AGE OF PERSONALIZED MEDICINE

MERS QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

Scientists have created functioning human heart tissue that exhibits Barth syndrome

Q: What is MERS?

When we previously heard about «organs on a chip,» they’ve been miniature recreations of healthy organs. If they’re being used for research into the treatment of health problems, then it makes sense that those «organs» should have something wrong with them. With that in mind, a group of Harvard scientists have created the world’s first lab-grown sample of functioning human heart tissue that has a cardiovascular disease.

A: Middle East Respiratory Syndrome is from the big coronavirus family that can cause flu-like symptoms. The virus has mutated causing various complications, including death.

A: Research is still ongoing, but the Health Ministry has advised people not to drink unboiled camel milk and under-cooked meat, and to avoid close contact with camels.

The researchers started by taking skin cells from two patients afflicted with Barth syndrome, an inherited and currently-untreatable heart disorder caused by a mutation of the Tafazzin (or TAZ) gene.

What are the symptoms of MERS?

Q: Who is most at risk?

A: A fever of more than 38 degrees C, coughing and shortness of breath. Some people vomit and get diarrhea.

A: Again, we don’t know enough about the characteristics of the virus to answer this question

Q: Does MERS spread from person to person?

Q: Is there a vaccine or cure for MERS?

A: Yes by means of contact or via droplets. So far, there is no proof it is airborne.

A: There is no treatment or cure so far.

Those cells were converted into stem cells, and then grown on chips that were lined with human extracellular matrix proteins. That environment mimicked the conditions of the human heart, causing the cells to join together and form into heart tissue – complete with the TAZ mutations. That tissue contracted but did so quite weakly, just as the heart tissue of a patient with Barth syndrome would. The scientists noted that the mutation caused the tissue to produce excessive amounts of reactive oxygen species (ROS), which is normally released in smaller quantities by the cells’ mitochondria. By reducing the ROS production to normal levels via gene replacement therapy, however, they were able to get the diseased tissue to contract like healthy heart tissue. They now plan on conducting animal trials, to see if a similar approach would work on a living organism. The

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so-called «heart disease-on-a-chip» can be used as a testing platform for various medications. Down the road, it is possible that patients› specific conditions could be recreated on such chips using their own cells, so that treatments could be tried outside their body without posing any risk to the patients themselves. A paper on the research was recently published in the journal Nature Medicine.

Q: Where does MERS come from? A: We still do not know where this mutated virus comes from. The old coronavirus was isolated in bats, so more studies are needed. Q: Can I get the virus by eating camel meat or coming into contact with camels?

just yet.

Q: What can I do to protect myself from MERS? A: You need to follow the precautions out- lined by the Health Ministry. Wash your hands frequently, avoid contact with sick people and avoid touching your eyes and nose. Avoid going to crowded places. Eat well, sleep well and drink a lot of fluids.

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keep him or her at home. Teachers should also be educated to watch for signs of MERS and send children home, if necessary. Q: Where can I get the latest details about MERS? A: Visit the Health Ministry’s website at www. moh.gov. sa/coronanew. Q: What is being done to combat MERS? A: There is a huge campaign by the Health Ministry and other agencies to increase awareness of the virus. The media is also vital to get information out to the public. I want to thank Arab News for taking the lead. Q: How long can the virus stay inside the body? A: It is difficult to say because more research is needed, but we can estimate about 20 days.

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Q: If I don’t have a fever can I still be a corona suspect? A: Hopefully no, except if you are immunocompromised or have chronic diseases. Q: How are health workers dealing with MERS? Is there panic? A: No panic at all. They are following the infection control procedures as required. Q: What is your advice to school administrators and principals? A: They have to educate both teachers and pupils, and if there are any suspicions that a child is sick, they need to send that child home.

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Q: Are there any travel restrictions because of MERS? A: So far no, but it is always better to check with the Health Ministry and other government bodies.

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ALFAISAL UNIVERSITY PREPARATORY PROGRAM (AUPP) The Alfaisal University Preparatory Program’s mission is to train students in a stimulating academic environment to become life-long learners, critical thinkers, and problem solvers, enabling them to succeed in any higher education institute in the world. AUPP provides high school graduates a rigorous academic preparation to succeed at tertiary education both in the Kingdom and abroad. It is

B.SC. PROGRAM IN LIFE SCIENCES CONCENTRATES ON KEY FIELDS OF MODERN BIOTECHNOLOGY AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES By Dr. Alexander Kouzmenko, Professor of Molecular Biology

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he B.Sc. Program in Life Sciences has been designed to address growing needs of the Kingdom for specialists in Biotechnology, Biomedical and Applied Health Sciences. Since its formal inauguration three years ago, the Life Sciences Program is focused, on the key fields of the modern biomedical sciences. In fact, the term «biomedical sciences” refers to a particular range of disciplines of the modern life sciences with specific concentration on molecular and cellular processes in the human organism in health and disease. Our Life Sciences Program provides the students with a solid theoretical knowledge and practical skills for further specialization in a chosen field of biotechnology, analytical and biomedical sciences such as human genetics, stem cell technology, cancer biology, molecular and cell biology, and genetic engineering, just to name a few. Furthermore, the program includes all essential subjects of the North American Pre-Med curriculum to enable the graduates to pursue medical degree abroad or any accredited teaching hospitals in the Kingdom. What makes our program particularly unique in the context of Saudi Arabia is the emphasis on undergraduate research, and we have designed our curriculum to enable fourth year students to dedicate up to 80% of their time to research.

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The College is establishing cooperation with academics at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center (KFSHRC) and other leading national research hospitals to provide opportunities for our senior students to conduct experimental research projects there. We also endeavor to develop a research and teaching cooperation with universities and research institutions in Europe, Asia, Australia and North America

a challenging program, designed to cultivate highly motivated students. As a ‘student centered’ program, the AUPP supports decision making, leadership skills and experiential learning in a variety of social clubs, team and individual sports, and social activities. Alfaisal University believes that outstanding academic achievement must be balanced with the confidence and self-esteem required to meet the challenges of the future Saudi Arabia. The international experience of the faculty serves to enhance and inspire student learning through skill acquisition and the ability to function independently in an English language environment. Unique Features of the AUPP AUPP is designed to prepare talented high school

graduates to succeed at competitive universities in the Kingdom and abroad. Students will absorb the knowledge and acquire the skills necessary to qualify them for university admissions. They will become aware of the benefits of learning through nontraditional approaches; evolve into life-long learners; and become proficient in critical thinking and problem solving skills. AUPP’s unique approach includes the following: • English is the sole medium of instruction for all subjects and lab sessions. • Students are exposed to fundamental content knowledge and laboratory-based experiences. • Teaching is student-centered, where students assume an active and important role in their learning and understanding process.

NANOSTRUCTURED MATERIAL AND SYSTEMS FOR BIOMEDICAL APPLICATIONS TALK PRESENTED BY PROF. JACKIE YING ON DEC. 19, 2013

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rof. Jackie Ying, a world-class researcher, shared her research work in nanotechnology when applied to a number of fields, most notably in the biomedical area. She captivated the audience with her discovery of finding a novel way to deliver insulin to diabetic patients non-invasively (without needles) using nano-particles that are administered either through a nasal spray. This discovery led to an important patent and spin-off company, SmartCells, Inc. in 2010 , that was bought by the world-renown pharmaceutical company Merck with a price tag of over half a billion US dollars.

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Prof. Ying’s multidisciplinary research is focused on nanostructured materials and systems for catalytic and biomedical applications. She has authored over 320 articles and has over 140 patents issued or pending. She is the editor-in chief of Nano Today, which has an impact factor of 17.689. Prof. Ying’s received several international awards and selected as a Material Research Society Fellow in 2013.

LIGHT GENE ALLOWS TOMATOES TO GROW 24/7

As a world class Scientist in the field of nano (nanotechnology, nanobiomedical, nanopharmaceutical), Inventor and Executive Leader Prof. Jackie Ying, met and talked to Alfaisal female students on March 19, 2014.

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orn in 1973 in France, Cédric Villani studied mathematics in École Normale Supérieure in Paris. He defended his PhD on the mathematical theory of the Boltzmann equation, then became professor at École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, and now at the Université de Lyon. He occupied visiting professor positions in Atlanta, Berkeley and Princeton. Since 2009 he is director of the Institut Henri Poincaré in Paris; this 80-year old national institute, dedicated to welcoming visiting researchers, is at the very heart of french mathematics. His work has won him many national and international prizes, in particular the Fields Medal, usually regarded

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as the most prestigious award in mathematics, which was given to him at the 2010 International Congress of Mathematicians in Hyderabad (India), by the President of India. His book “ Theoreme vivant (Alive Theorem)” retraces the genesis of the development of the theorem of Landau damping for which he was awarded the Fields Medal. Since then he has served as a spokesperson for the french mathematical community in media and political circles. His main research interests are in kinetic theory (Boltzmann and Vlasov equations and their variants), and optimal transport and its applications, a field in which he wrote the two reference books: Topics in Optimal Transportation (2003); Optimal Transport, old and new (2008). search Society Fellow in 2013

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cientists have found a gene in wild tomatoes that enables farmed tomato plants to be grown 24 hours a day under natural and artificial light, boosting yields by up to 20 per cent. Back in the 1920s, experiments showed that modern tomato plants suffer potentially fatal damage to their leaves when grown under continuous light. As a result, commercial tomatoes have to be grown under a day-night cycle in which light is limited to around 16 hours a day. In contrast, other plant species such as peppers, lettuces and roses do not have this problem -- they can be grown in continuous light all the time, which is a boon for big factory-style greenhouses. Researchers at Wageningen University in the Netherlands trawled through the genomes of eight strains of wild tomato that are native to South America.

On chromosome 7, they found a gene called CAB13-, which confers tolerance to continuous light. The gene was then transferred to modern domesticated plants by traditional cross-breeding, rather than genetic engineering, and the hybrid was put to the test, they say. Plants that were grown 24 hours a day achieved a gain in yield of up to 20 per cent compared to those grown for 16 hours in greenhouse conditions, the researchers report in the journal Nature Communications.

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edical researchers working with human stem cells have discovered a way to improve re-growth of corneal tissue in the human eye. Using a molecule known as ABCB5 to act as an identifying marker for rare limbal stem cells, the researchers were able to use antibodies to detect ABCB5 on stem cells in tissue from donated human eyes and use them to re-grow anatomically correct, fully functional human corneas in mice.

Limbal stem cells are found in the eye’s basal limbal epithelium (the border between the cornea and the white of the eye) and assist in the proper maintenance and regeneration of corneal tissue. If these cells are damaged or lost because of injury or disease in the eye, blindness results. Up until now, the use of tissue or cell transplants to help the cornea regenerate have been used, but as it was both unknown whether there were actual limbal stem cells in the grafts, or how many, the outcomes were generally inconsistent. As a result of this recent research, transplants have now been made in mice using human ABCB-5positive limbal stem cells that resulted in the restoration and long-term

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maintenance of normal, transparent corneas. Control mice that received either no cells or ABCB-5negative cells failed to have their cornea restored. «Limbal stem cells are very rare, and successful transplants are dependent on these rare cells,» said Bruce Ksander, Ph.D., of Massachusetts Eye and Ear, co-lead author on the research. «This finding will now make it much easier to restore the corneal surface. It’s a very good example of basic research moving quickly to a translational application.»

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Continuing the previous year’s work, the recruitment office this year had arranged many events and participations in school fairs, and achieved a high number of campus and school visits. The total number of collected interest forms is 9390. An example of the recruitment office activities: How to Choose your Major Event The event was created to direct and help prospective high school students on choosing their major. The student recruitment office planned this event to answer all the students’ questions and enquiries about majors and education in general addressed by Mr. Yasser Alhuzami, Vice Dean of Development Department, Majmaah University. The event took place at Princess Haya Bint Turki Auditorium on May 2nd – 3rd Friday, 2014 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

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orporate Social Responsibility (CSR activities play a major role in Alfaisal University, and especially the marketing and Public Relations office. Every year, the University collaborates with new associations to work on CSR activities. This year the Marketing and Public Relations Office, in collaboration with Alfaisal Community and service Club (CAS), initiated an agreement with Sanad Children’s Cancer Support Association to work together for the Annual Cancer Campaign in February. Main aim of this collaborative work is to generate funds for cancer patients by participating in various

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fundraising activities. ‘Sanad Atfalona’, is a yearly campaign hosted by the association in collaboration with all private and public universities. This year, Alfaisal hosted a two day event for male and female students, by selling tickets for an outdoor movie night, screened on projectors, in a palace view, serving popcorn and some refreshments for the students. The event was attended by more than 150 students for both days and received great feedback from the association and resulted in an agreement for yearly participation with ”Sanad

very year, Alfaisal participate in the most prestigious event, the International Exhibition & Conference on Higher Education, to promote the excellence of Alfaisal University. The event was attended by 110,596 guests including male and females fresh graduates, potential students, parents and guests of different interest. The event took place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in AlRiyadh exhibition Hall from 15th- 18th April. During the event, Alfaisal family representatives, faculty, staff and selected students promoted and represented the university. This year, Alfaisal was privileged to place its booth next to the Ministry of Higher Education booth, which received great show of guests. Student Affairs office recorded the number of collected interest form reached 3000. This resulted in%30 increment in this year’s enrollment.

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6TH ANNUAL FRESHMAN CONVOCATION ALFAISAL UNIVERSITY WELCOMES FRESHMEN, THEIR FRIENDS AND FAMILIES.

CONVOCATION HIGHLIGHTS

Freshman Convocation is one of only two occasions, where the University Member of the Executive Committee; HH Prince Bandar Al Saud, Provost, the Board of Trustees members, the Deans of the four colleges, administrators and the faculty, gather in a formal academic setting focused on students. The other, of course, is the graduation ceremony. These two events are the seminal “bookend� events of a college career. This year at Convocation, Alfaisal University had the honor of welcoming HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin AbdulAziz Al Saud, President & Chairman of the Board, The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities, who graciously accepted the invitation as Keynote Speaker, 2013. HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman addressed an audience of over 600 students and parents in his keynote speech with examples of his own achievements, motivating and inspiring all. Dean of Student Affairs & Registration, Dr. Mohammad Alowayed introduced the student activity awards, a new category that proved to be an inspiration for our freshmen.

Students were awarded in the following categories: Ramadan Alkhair Project 2013

Most Outstanding Student Leader

Abdullah Hakoun

Ayman Awad

Ammar Awaad Shrouq Solimanie Eman AlYemni

Activities Award Tahreem Khan

Most Outstanding Active Student

Community Service Award

Abdullah Alshamari

Sarah AlSaud

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he Academic Year 2013-14 brought with it another period of change – most of it positive – for the University Library. The major and very tangible differences for our Library users were; the expansion in the Library book and professional journal collections to more than 300,000 items, the arrival of two new heavy duty printers in the female and male libraries, and successful launch of our newly designed information literacy program on the use and utilization of library resources. All of a sudden, the library which had seemed unfortunately trapped in our three small rooms was jolted forwards to take on the features of an early 21st century academic library, with a strong emphasis on meeting the expectations and improving the experience of our sophisticated student and other users.

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This year has been a time of growth for the Library. access information in a variety of formats, and how to Many of the key services that we offer have seen signif- formulate effective searches on electronic databases and the Internet. icant progress during this period. Progress has been made in developing the Library Subject Guides with a number of new general resource guides introduced covering topics such as Turnitin, PubMed, and Research Methods. More than 280 Subject Guides were developed by the Library staff covering all courses taught in the University. Significance of the guides continues to increase, with our top guides being accessed over 5,720 times during past year. During this academic year, the Library experienced an increased demand for user education sessions. This year the Library conducted around 18 information literacy sessions that were attended by more than 400 students (Male & Female) representing all colleges in the campus. The aims of these sessions were to acquaint students with the skills of finding, organizing, using, producing, and distributing information in electronic formats. During these sessions students also learned how to be effective at the research process, how to

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These sessions were available throughout the academic year. Faculty may arrange instructions for classes during the regular class hour or in the Library. Instructions could be tailored to fit the needs of specific topic or a class. The Library’s Instant Messenger service Olark was introduced this year to offer an instant help to our users and it was received with a great enthusiasm by our students. The current Chat service is available Sunday to Thursday 8:00 am-3:00 pm, and there is a plan underway to extend the service to cater for our evening classes and students.

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A 39 IMPACT FACTOR MEDICAL JOURNAL ‘THE LANCET’ PUBLISHED A CORRESPONDENCE LETTER FROM ALFAISAL UNIVERSITY STUDENT

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FIRST US PATENT ASSIGNED TO ALFAISAL UNIVERSITY CHEMISTRY PROFESSOR & HIS RESEARCH TEAM IN APPLIED NANOTECHNOLOGY

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lfaisal University was founded by the highly reputed King Faisal Foundation as one of the first private non-profit, research and teaching universities in Saudi Arabia committed to achieving international standards of excellence. It has the support of national and international co-founders and distinguished Board Members that have continually supported the university in its mission to be a student –centred institution committed to research. As an example of this drive for excellence, it is our pleasure to announce that the first US Patent has been awarded on October 15th, 2013 to one of Alfaisal’s faculty members, Dr. Edreese Alsharaeh and his research team. The patent entitled, Composition and Method of Making Nanocomposite Containing Graphene Sheets, describes a dual approach with slight modification to produce a Nanocomposite using graphene sheets. The Nanocomposite may be used for medical devices such as bone cement, dentures, paper, paint and

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automotive industries. A novel microwave irradiation was used to obtain the sheets. The three inventors, Dr. Edreese Alsharaeh, Dr. Mohammad A. AlDosari, and Mr. Ali Othman are to be congratulated on this achievement. The patent which is assigned to Alfaisal University in Riyadh (SA) was granted less than six months after filing due, in part, to its novelty. We are also pleased to note that Mohammad A. AlDosari is from KACST. Alfaisal University has close collaborative research ties with KACST. The Acting Dean of the College of Science & General Studies at Alfaisal University, Dr. Nouredine Zettili, said, “We are immensely proud of Dr. Edreese not only for his research achievements, which include a patent, but also for his dedication to his students as shown by his high student evaluations, and his selflessness in the area of service to Alfaisal. This is the type of faculty member that helps to build a strong research oriented institution as envisaged by the King Faisal Foundation”.

he Lancet, a well-known pioneering medical journal with an impact factor of 39 in 2012, has accepted for publication a Correspondence Letter by an Alfaisal University Medical student Mr. Abdulhadi AlAmoudi entitled “Child Marriage: Destroying Innocent Childhood in Yemen”. The Lancet comes second after the New England Journal of Medicine in terms of impact factors. The Dean of the College of Medicine Dr. Khaled Al-Kattan in congratulating the student said, “The Lancet is one of the top journals world-wide. This is great achievement for Alfaisal University and its bright students”.

PUBLICATION IN THE WORLD’S LEADING MEDICAL JOURNAL THE NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE (NEJM) BY AN UNDERGRADUATE MEDICAL STUDENT (AHMED ABU-ZAID)

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t is our pleasure to congratulate Ahmed Abu-Zaid, an undergraduate medical student from Alfaisal University College of Medicine, for his recent publication in the world’s number one and leading medical journal worldwide ― The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). NEJM is the most widely read, cited, and influential general medical journal worldwide with the highest ever impact factor of approximately ‘52’. The manuscript is titled: “Esophageal Duplication Cyst“. It is co-authored by Ahmed Abu-Zaid and Dr. Ayman Azzam, where Ahmed Abu-Zaid served as the first and corresponding author.

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BOEING AWARDS ANNUAL STUDENTS RESEARCH GRANTS TO ALFAISAL UNIVERSITY

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Boeing has taken the initiative to annually support student research at Alfaisal University through competitive awards. Alfaisal University was founded by the highly reputed King Faisal Foundation as one of the first private non-profit, research and teaching universities in Saudi Arabia, committed to achieving international standards of excellence. It has the support of national and international co-founders and distinguished Board Members such as the support provided by Boeing, that have continually supported the university in its mission to be a student-centred institution committed to research. The funding provided by Boeing aids in the building of a strong research oriented institution, as envisioned by the King Faisal Foundation. The President of Boeing Saudi Arabia, Eng. Ahmed Jazzar, handed over a check for 50,000$ USD to the Alfaisal University Provost, Dr Faisal Al Mubarak on November 10th 2013. Five student research projects from the College of Medicine and College of Engineering were funded by the company. The research funds are administered by the Office of Research & Graduate Studies with general oversight provided by the Research &Graduate Studies Council at Alfaisal University.

The approved research projects are: Osama Mufid Mustafa (DNA Methylation Pattern for the Development of Diagnostic and Prognostic Markers in Breast Cancer) Advisor: Ahmed Yaqinuddin Osama Mufid Mustafa (Pattern of Self-Medication among University Students in Saudi Arabia) Advisor: Dileep Rohra Faiz Faisal Alanazi (Effectiveness of an Innovative Community-Based Breast Cancer Caregiver Support Program) Advisor: M. Hasan Rajab Abdullah Sarkar (Determining The Dynamics of Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Colonization Among Young Adults In Saudi Arabia)

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Advisor: Abiola Senok Mohamed Tarek Abdelaty (Controllable Speed Tesla Motor) Advisor: Ahmed Oteafy “We are extremely thankful to Boeing for taking the initiative to support student research in our institution. This is the first year that we have had this competition,” said Dr. Mattheus (Theo) Goosen, the Associate Vice President for Research & Graduate Studies at Alfaisal University. “We are also very proud of the high quality of our students and the initiatives taken by them to help address areas of strategic concern faced by the country”, he added.

SPONSORED RESEARCH PROJECTS TOTALLING 3.3 MILLION SAR AWARDED TO TWO FACULTY MEMBERS IN ALFAISAL UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF MEDICINE

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It is our pleasure to announce that Dr. Moni Nader, an Assistant Professor of Physiology in the College of Medicine, has received an award from the KACST National Plan for Science & Technology (NPST) as Principle Investigator. His research project is entitled: Role of striatin in regulating calcium homeostasis in cardiomyocytes: a novel regulator of the L-type calcium channel. The 1,984,000 SAR two years project is in collaboration with King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre. Cardiac arrhythmias claim thousands of lives every year, due to the lack of effective therapies. The results of the study should provide a basis for the rational development of therapeutic strategies to help stabilize cardiac rhythm and consequently, reduce morbidity. Dr. Ahmed Yaqinuddin, an Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology in the Alfaisal University College of Medicine, has also been awarded a 1,271,875 SAR two year grant as part of the same recent competition. The project which is entitled “Determination of DNA methylation profile of breast cancer patient to develop diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers” is in collaboration with King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre (KFSHRC). This research will help to develop new strategies for detecting cancer in the preclinical and pre-symptomatic phase.

“We would like to extend our warmest congratulations to both Dr. Moni and Dr. Ahmed for their achievements in receiving these competitive awards,” said Matheus (Theo) Goosen, the Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies at Alfaisal University. “We look forward to many more such awards from our productive faculty members at Alfaisal University,” he added. Since Alfaisal University is a private institution, all NPST applications must be submitted through a government university or institution, such as KSU or KFSHRC.

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WINNING POSTERS IN 5TH ANNUAL RESEARCH DAY STUDENT POSTER COMPETITION HELD ON APRIL 10TH, 2014 AT ALFAISAL UNIVERSITY IN RIYADH BUSINESS & MANAGEMENT

SPONSORED RESEARCH PROJECTS TOTALLING 1.7 MILLION SAR AWARDED TO TWO FACULTY MEMBERS IN COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING & COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND GENERAL STUDIES

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It is our pleasure to announce that Dr. Nidal Nasser, an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering in Alfaisal University College of Engineering has received an award from the KACST General Directorate of Research Grants (GDRG) as Principle Investigator. His research project is entitled: RFID-based Multimodal Wireless Framework for Crowd Monitoring and Control in Hajj. The 1,192,000 SAR project is in collaboration with King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology. Dr. Samir Belhaouari, an Assistant Professor of Mathematics in the College of Science and General

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Studies, has also been awarded a 548,000 SAR grant as part of the same recent competition. The project which is entitled “Optimized and Advanced Approach for Early Detection of Coronary Artery Disease” is in collaboration with King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology. “We would like to extend our warmest congratulations to both Dr. Nidal and Dr. Samir for their achievements in receiving these competitive awards,” said Matheus (Theo) Goosen, the Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies at Alfaisal University.

Prize

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Introducing Zakat to The Saudi Mortgage Market Jude Tashkandi & Reem AlGhuneim

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Tadawul’s Comparative Analysis in Market Efficiency Jude Tashkandi, Malikah Bazarbashi, Noura AlAgil, Reem AlGhune

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Portfolio Diversification in an Emerging Market: The Case of Tadawul Rima AlHammadi, Khulood AlMukiren

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Modelling The Implementation of Business Entrepreneurship Project: A Case of School Children Management Project Duna Alsaud, Noha AlOthman, Abeer Alsaud

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Development and Control of a Wireless Motor Mohamed Tarek Abdelaty, Amgad Tarek Abdelaty, Reem Abdulrahman Mahmoud, Ahmed MedhatAboutaleb

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Using Stirling Engine for Solar Energy Conversion in Medium to Large Scale Applications Mohamed Tarek Abdelaty, Mohammed MunairAlnajjar

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Role of mTOR Activity in Pathogenesis of Epithelial Ovarian Cancer Maha Al-Romaizan, Azhar R Hussain, Shahab Uddin and Khawla S Al-Kuraya

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Expression Profiling of Epigenetics and Chromatin Remodelling Factors in Human Heart Failure Sara AlShalan, Salma Mahmoud &CoraliePoizat

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Poster Title and Authors Postoperative Mid-Term Results of Tricuspid Valve Surgery: Does Valve Repair Have a Better Outcome? Mohammad A. Shareef, Syed Hassan Rahmatullah, Nedim Selimovic, AlyAlSanei, UlfKjellman, Odd BechHanseen, Maie Alshahid, Zohair AlHalees, Feras Khaliel The role of SAMHD1 in HIV2- (Vpx) gene expression and its relation to HIV2- pathogenesis Qais S. Dirar(1,2), Ahlam Bock(1,3),Walaa Al-Arnous (1),Talal Bakir (3)Abdullah Al-Hokail (1,2), Abdul Rahman Alrajhi (1,2), Majid Halim (1,2), Mohammed Al-Ahdal (1,2), Maha AlMozaini (1)

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Cardiac mechanics in patients after arterial switch operation: a speckle tracking echocardiography study AA Faiz, AM Khan, SH Rahmatullah,G Di salvo, Z Al Bulbul, Z Issa, BM Fadel,G Siblini, M Al Fayyadh

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TICC TOCC: Transitioning Immediate Cord Clamping To Optimal Cord Clamping to Improve Infant Iron Status Cynthia Mosher and Wesam Alkurdi

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The fate of medical students’ abstracts presented in the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries Conference for medical students Judie Hoilat, Abdulaziz Eshaq, Abdulrahman AlKhateeb, Abdulrahman Bakatheer, Adem Subait, Ahmed Fothan, Alaa Alsafar, Haneen Thapit, Wedad Alnajjar, Mohammed Alkhani, Abdulhadi Al Amoudi

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Prevalence and Factors Associated with SelfMedication Practice among Young Adults in Saudi Arabia Osama Mustafa, Asma Mustafa

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Peer-assisted Learning (PAL) Program at Anatomy Resource Centre, Alfaisal University: Student’s Perception Haneen Thabit Salah, Judie Hoilat, Sana Kadan, Wissal Alsheikh, Mohammad, Omer, Sadia Qazi and Muhammad Atif Mazhar

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Supramammillary commissure as an internal landmark for subthalamic nucleous targeting ArifAbdulbaki, Amal Mokeem MD, Thamer AlKhairallah MD, Faisal A. Al-Otaibi MD

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Mutations in the formin gene inverted formin 2 gene (INF2) cause focal segmental glomerulosclerosis. Qais S. Dirarb, Hua Suna, b,c, Johannes S. Schlöndorff, b,c Elizabeth J. Brown ,c,d, Henry N. Higgs, e and Martin R. Pollakb,c,1

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ALFAISAL UNIVERSITY RANKED 1ST FOR CITATION IMPACT BY RESEARCH PERFORMANCE INDICATORS REPORT 2013

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he high quality of the research output by Alfaisal faculty members was confirmed by a recent Research Performance Indicators Report 2013 (The 3rd Report) commissioned by KACST from Thomson Reuters. Alfaisal University ranked 1st in the Kingdom with the highest average citation impact of 1.46 for clinical medical & health sciences papers. The report analyzed research output such as publications, patents and research funding of 30 research institutions in Saudi Arabia, during a five year period from 2008-2012. Overall, the University ranked 3rd highest out of 30, in average citation impact in all categories. In addition, Alfaisal University also scored 1st in external research funding for private universities with 16.7 million SAR for the period 2010-2013. Dr Faisal Al Mubarak, the Alfaisal University Provost, Vice President & Chief Academic Officer said,

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“We are extremely proud of the high quality and productivity of our faculty members as well as our students. The 1st ranking nationwide in citation impact of the medical papers produced by our faculty as well as the highest level of external funding for a private university are excellent examples that the University is well on its way to achieve its Vision to be a world-class research university.�

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Alfaisal Graduates of 2014 Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Women)

Meshael Ahmed Alhakbani

Rana Ali Aldahami

Nora Omran Alomran

Aljoharah Fahad Aldamer

Sahar Hamad Almousa

Marwah Mansour Aloraij

May Jamal Alwakeel

Wala Mohammed Alsanousi

Alanood Shalhoub Alshalhoub

Rana Issam Alkateb

Wejdan Mohammed Aldebasi

Ethar Abdulatif Alshaikh

Eman Abdulaziz Almousa

Haifa Saad Almogren

Razan Mohammed Almazroo

Ashwaq Mohammed Alotaibi

Deemah Nasser Alsaud

Basmah Abduaziz Almayman

May Hamad Alkhodair

Bayan Abdullah Aldubayan

Rima Saed Rabah

Hassa Mohammed Alsaab

Hayfaa Abdulaziz Alsaud

Rana Mahmoud Almarwani

Cindiann Abdulmuhsen Albakr

Rana Nasser Alomair

Ghadah Haamad Alajlan

Sara Saud Albgami

Fatimah Mubarak Alkahtani

Suad Mohammed A Alsomali

Ghaida Abdullah Alsulaiman

Shiraz Abdulhameed Abusuliman

Aljohara Abdulaziz Alzamel

Mariam Mohammed Alsallom

Abeer Kamal Khoja

Manal Khalid Albalkhi

Dimah Abdulaziz Alsheikh

Nada Abdulaziz Binmarshad

Alhanouf Mubarak Albuainain

Nisrin Khalid Aljohani

Alia Mosaed Almubarak

Norah Abdullah Alhamad

Reem Musaed Alotaibi

Nouf Ibrahim Alquayid

Ghalia Abdulhameed Bittar

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Jude Hesham Ahmed Tashkandi Norah Nasser Abdulrhman Alagil Reem Fuad Alghuneim Duna Turki Saud Mohammed Alsaud

Noha Fahad Alothman Alanoud Mansour Alsaud Loulouah Bandar Khalid Al Saud Nouf Abdulaziz Mishaal Alsaud

Alfaisal Graduates of 2014 Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Women) Hala Abdulla Alobaidallah

Alfaisal Graduates of 2014 Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences (Women) Maha Fahad Abdulrahman Alromaizan

Alfaisal Graduates of 2014 Master of Science in Biomedical Science (Women) Faizah Ahmad Alshehri Loulia Mohammed Akras Rabab Hassan Allam Faten Mohammed Alnaemi Shamsah Hilal Saleh

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Alfaisal Graduates of 2014 Master of Business Administration (Men) Kamal Hossain Alhoraibi Ahmad Hazaa AlGhalbi Suhail Muhammad Abanmi Amro Mohammed Albuti Hashim Abdulghafour Hashim Mohammed Edan Alghamdi Riyadh Ali Alaqul Hesham Abdulaziz Binsaif Hamad Abdullah Binahmed Ibrahim Othman Binahmad Ahmad Khalel Alshamari Sharafaldeen Abdulrahman Bin Nafisah Mishaal Obeid Alrasheed Ahmed Saleh AlBerki Rayyan Abdullah Alaql Salman Haif Alkahtani Abdullah Shargi Alshargi Ahmed Saleh Alobaidallah Ahmed Abdulhameed Shuqair Saud Mohammad Almoammar Turki Mohammed Aldrees Ahmed Sulaiman Almuzaini Ataieb Saad Aldhumairi Salman Mohammed Alsultan

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Alfaisal Graduates of 2014 Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Men) Meshal Suwailem Alanazi Ammar Subhi Alaujan Sayer Suliman Alsakhry Yaser Abdullah Alandas Majed Rasheed Abugaeid Salman Shalhoub Alshalhoub Mohammed Saleh Alnasser Ahmad Abdulaziz Alateeq Ahmed Abdulaziz Alobidullah Habeeb Abdulrhman Alshathri Khalid Abdullah Alghamdi Rayan Abdulrahim Alqarawi Sami Ali Alobilan Saeed Khalid Alsayyah Saif Safar Alqahtani Abdulaziz Beddah Alangri Abdulaziz Ali Alshehri Abdullah Mohammed Alshehri Ali Abdullah AlSegayh Falah Dhuhyayyan Alquba Mohammed Ahmed Jamal Alshennawi Muhammed Marzoog Qahtani Naif Abdulaziz Aldewli

Fayad Glaleldin Elhag Ahmed Hatem Abouelela Ibrahim Abdulaziz Alibrahim Badr Fadhil Alibrahim Hasan Assem Ismail Khalid Hussein Aldamer Khalid Saad Alammar Rabee Ahmed Mghrabi Saud Abdulaziz Alsudairy Abdulaziz Sulaiman Alhabib Abdullah Ibrahim Alshowaier Abdullah Saud Abdullah Alsaud Abdullah Abdulrahman Alangari Abdullah Yousef Abdullah Bamogaddam

Firas Walid Abusaud Fahad Badr Saud Alsaud Fahad Saud Bindughaythir Fahad Yousef Alsaud Mohammad Abdulaziz Alsaud Mosaed Khaled Mosaed Abdulrahman Alsaud Musaad Abdullah Alghrair Meshal Fawaz Altimyat Nasser Abdulrahman Alhatlani Naif Jaber Alhomoud Nawaf Yousef Musaad Alsaud Hesham Abdulaziz Binadwan

Alfaisal Graduates of 2014 Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Men) Mohamed Tarek Abdelaty Mohamed Amgad Tarek Abdelaty Mohamed Abdulrahman Mohamad Agha Mohammed Munnir Elnajjar Mubarak Anwar Almansouri Muhannad Mohammad Mazen Islambouli Mohammad Saad Abrar Ahmed Malek Ahmad Habli

Mohannad Abdulkarim Krimly Khalid Saad Alkhorayef Abdulaziz Qassim Alqasabi Mohammed Tawfiq Alrabiah Mohammed Hussein Aldamer Mohammed Rashad Adam Naif Abdulaziz Alobaid Youssef Omaia Elakwah

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Alfaisal Graduates of 2014 Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (Men) Bakr Ayman Swaid Abdulaziz Khaled Alkattan Mohanad Abdalla Mahgoub Sultan Abdulkarim Almdallaleh Arif Muhammad Abdulbaki Abdulelah Hassan Assi Eyad Tamim Marashli Nour Eddin Farouq Alshaaer Mohamad Khaled Bakro Bilal Jamal Alturkmani Azhar Mansoor Farooqui Khalid Saleh Alshehri Mohamed Diya Zakariya Sabbagh Omar Mohamed Alsekily Amr Mohammed Jijakli Tawfik Samer Abou Assale Raed Alawi Albar Ahmed Abdulhadi Alashqar Ahmad Mohammad Alshihri Ahmed Najih Alshibi Ahmed Naseer Warraich Osama Mhd. Abou Saleh Afsan Bin Farid Anas Asaad Jobeir Anas Jaber Jaber

Ayham Muafak Dyab Hassan Amer Mandil Sultan Mesaad Bahatheq Syed Ali Rahmatullah Saleh Hatem Alfriji Adel Ayman Helmi Asem Hany Elhossainy Abdulhamed Mohammed Beddawi Abdulaziz Saud Binaqail Abdullah Nizar Alamiri Amr Hany Elhossainy Qais Saifeldaula Dirar Karam Mazen Hamweyah Mohammed Jamal Aseafan Mohamed Said Kattan Mohammed Amer Mohammed Khaldoun Swid Mohammad Abdulwasea Dahlawi Mohammed Izzaldin Allababidi Meshaal Abdullah Alobaidallah Nasir Nisar Arain Nebras Mohammed Koudieh Yazeed Abdulaziz Aldugaither Yousef Sulaiman Alnajashi

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TE rollouts are well underway worldwide and the industry is already looking forward to 5G, but Ericsson and Qualcomm have just demonstrated that there›s life in 3G yet. The vendors have teamed up with Turkcell to conduct the first live demonstration of three-carrier HSDPA, achieving downlink speeds of a solid 63 Mbps. The demonstration used Turkcell›s commercial W-CDMA network using three 5 MHz carriers on the 2.1-GHz band for downlink, and two 5 MHz carriers for uplink. It used a smartphone powered by a Qualcomm processor with integrated modem. The core network and radio access network nodes were supplied by Ericsson. Using Enhanced Uplink Multi-carrier (EUL-MC) technology, the trial network also delivered uplink speeds of 11.5 Mbps, the companies said.

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The uplink and downlink speeds compare to the peak speeds of 43.2 Mbps and 5.76 Mbps respectively supported by Turkcell›s current dual-carrier HSDPA network. Both three-carrier HSDPA and EUL-MC are expected to be commercially available in devices during the second half of this year. As smartphone users become accustomed to the faster speeds available under LTE networks and increase their uptake of high-bandwidth applications, upgrading existing 3G networks in areas that do not yet have 4G coverage may become essential.

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lso called bring your own technology (BYOT), bring your own phone (BYOP), and bring your own PC (BYOPC)— refers to the policy of permitting employees to bring personally owned mobile devices (laptops, tablets, and smart phones) to their workplace, and to use those devices to access privileged company information and applications. The term is also used to describe the same practice applied to students using personally owned devices in educational settings. BYOD is making significant inroads in the business world; with about 75% of employees in high growth markets such as Brazil and Russia and 44% in developed markets already using their own technology at work. In most cases, businesses simply can›t block the trend. Some believe that BYOD may help employees be more productive.Others say it increases employee morale and convenience by using their own devices and makes the company look like a flexible and attractive employer. Many feel that BYOD can even be used as a means to attract new hires, pointing to a survey that indicates 44% of job seekers view an organization more positively, if it supports their device.

News of the demonstration came a week after Ericsson revealed it had achieved downlink speeds of 5Gbps in tests of its pre-standard 5G technologies.

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s a set of online courses aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web. In addition to traditional course materials such as videos, readings, and problem sets, MOOCs provide online interactive user forums that help in building a community for students, professors, and teaching assistants (TAs). MOOCs are a recent development in distance education, which began to emerge in 2012.

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hen experts look back over early home movies of babies later diagnosed with autism, they can see the early behavioral markers of the disorder. The average age of diagnosis, however, is 5 years old. The availability and cost of trained clinicians limits not just early awareness, but also research into autism on a large scale. At Duke University, researchers from different disciplines are using computer vision algorithms to make early diagnosis, and even intend to create an app for parents to use at home. When the algorithm scores the child as either pass, delay, or stuck, it does so with the same success rate as the trained observer, and better than students in training or medical professionals who aren’t experts in autism. Additionally, the algorithm provides a consistency that allows researchers to later compare children who were seen by different clinicians, and gives them a tool to increase the size of their data set for testing new treatments or therapies. The research is part of an initiative at Duke University

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aimed at putting computer processing tools into fields which require managing large data sets. Further, the joint research team is interested in creating an app that parents could use at home as a precursor before seeing a professional. On the surface, the app would seem like any other mobile game for children, but would use the algorithms developed earlier to assess the child using the device’s camera. The research was originally published in Autism Research and Treatment. Source: Duke University

Although early MOOCs often emphasized open access features, such as connectivity and open licensing of content, structure, and learning goals, to promote the reuse and remixing of resources, some notable newer MOOCs use closed licenses for their course materials, while maintaining free access for students.


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Not very long ago, it was Apple’s iOS that was ruling the world of smart-phones. At that time, not many could think that soon another mobile OS would penetrate and eat-up a significant amount of market share from Apple’s iOS. But, it did happen with Google’s Android. This Linux based mobile OS came and quickly became more popular than iOS. The amazing part of the story is that all this happened within no time. One could easily argue that the success of Android was obvious because it was backed by none other than Google, but still, if you try to dig in a bit more, you’ll see that a major reason of such a huge impact of Android was it being Linux-based and open-source. Being Linuxbased automatically helped Android with all the positives of Linux and being open-source helped it with all the positives of community contribution. The killer combination Google+Linux+OpenSource is responsible for where Android is today. The famous Linux distribution UBUNTU has already released the Operating System (OS) for mobile, tablets and smart TVs. Backed by the open source community and experience in latest desktops and server machines, UBUNTUis the next best choice of mobile devices. There are number of other Linux based mobile operating systems in process, such as Mozilla Firefox OS. Tizen is another Linux based OS for mobile devices and the leading and the leading smartphone manufacturing company Samsung has recently introduced “Samsung Z” mobile which is powered by Tizen OS. The Tizen OS is not only for the mobile devices but also for the wearable devices such as watches, in-vehicle infotainment and smart TVs.

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lumni & Placement Relations (APR) Department aspires all Alfaisal graduates to - stay in touch with Alfaisal University, to ensure the success of each Alumnus through his/ her career paths. The APR Department seeks that Alfaisal graduates get multiple career opportunities by providing professional career planning techniques, and rigorous networking with various prestigious organizations worldwide. The Department offers participation in various functions, offered through Alfaisal. The APR provides all the graduates with alumni emails, and sends them regular updates regardin gworkshops, courses, career fairs, and job opportunities. Various workshops, courses and discussion sessions are offered to current and past graduates such as Ernst & Young, Standard Chartered, & Bloomberg Aptitude Test (BAT). Through using the electronic career portal, both current students & alumni are exposed to resume building, interview preparations, job hunting techniques amongst other skills to ensure the maximum readiness for the demanding job market Recently Alfaisal University hosted its third Annual Career Fair with 32 prestigious exhibiting organizations both national & international from various sectors. In this year’s fair, Alfaisal opened its doors to the public and had a success rate of alumni employment during and after the event.

ABOUT SUCCESS “Success is a pile of failure that you are standing on.” Dave Ramsey

“I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.” Steve Jobs

“Most people achieved their greatest successes one step beyond what looked like their greatest failure.” Brian Tracy

“Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.” Peter Drucker

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Alfaisal University Alfaisal University We’re the emerging leaders Light of our great nation With one vision one mission With motivation and inspiration We’re dedicated in sharing peace, love and joy Our nation’s heritage, culture and global trends Faith, Knowledge, Performance Are the three pillars East and West, unite their best Teachers, Students and Staff Hopes and dreams of the youth Nurture them as they grow Alfaisal University We’re the emerging leaders Light of our great nation With one vision one mission Written by: Kishor Master

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