Wrap-up of Computer Science activities this year


In wrap-up of its activities this year, the Computer Science Club has held a celebration attended by Dr.Nasser Tairan, interim dean and current vice-dean of development and quality assurance of the college. Former dean Dr.Abdullah Al Rabba as well as departments' chairs, were among the crowd that witnessed the event along with a substantial selection of faculty members and actively involved students. The ceremony was started by reciting some verses of the Holy Quran followed by a speech given by Mr.Mofareh Alqahtani, head of extracurricular activities at the college, during which he welcomed the distinguished guests. In his speech, Mr.Alqahtani emphasized the importance of extracurricular activities as he also expressed his appreciation to all those who had supported holding such events. Mr.Alqahtani has also encouraged all students to join the club so they could make use of services it provides. Afterwards, the audience watched a brief documentary about what the club has come up with during this academic year which exceeded 50 activity. Students also took part in the ceremony through a speech given by the club secretary Khalid Alnimer. Just after that, the anthem of the Computer Science Club went off. At the end of the ceremony, the honorable dean delivered his speech during which he complimented the head of extracurricular activities, secretary of the club, and all other participant for the outstanding job they did during this academic year. Finally, rewards were handed off to some students and faculty members associated with extracurricular activities just before everybody went to enjoy dinner to remark of the celebration. 

As part of its activities, the Unit of Media and Public Relations at the College of Computer Science has held a workshop titled “PhD. .. a Profile of an experience”. The event was hosted by the unit’s head, Mr.Firas Shahbi, and notable speakers were Dr.Nasser Tairan, college dean, Dr.Abdulmohsen Alqarni, dean of admissions and registration, as well as Dr.Mohammed Alsaqer, Head of Department of Information Systems.  As stated by Mr.Shahbi, the event was mainly meant to establish bridges between the honorable professors and T.A.’s  as well as lecturers so they could consider their views during their quest for admissions and also throughout their endeavor once they start their PhD. programs. Mr.Shahbi has made clear that such an event should prevent applicants from wasting time trying to reinvent the wheel, especially which views being reflected come from diverse backgrounds, namely, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia. During the event, the guests were talking about their scientific journey and multiple tracks they went through. They almost agreed that the first year of a PhD. student determines a whole bunch of details in terms of choosing the advisor and also his interests in the research topic, which they describe as the corner stone of any doctoral adventure. The first guest to share his views with audience was Dr.Alsaqer, who emphasized two aspects. The first aspect was getting accumulated to local culture and laws, which should make it a whole lot easier for a student to succeed. The other aspect was focusing on practical aspects rather than theoretical ones during master’s in order to fulfill for deficiencies. Dr.Alsaqer has also clarified that specifically in the United States any doctoral student goes through two broad stages. The first one, when he’s considered as a PhD.  student while advancing toward completion of course work. The other stage is when a student turns into a PhD. candidate, which comes after successfully passing the comprehensive exam, during which Dr.Alsaqer has urged that answers should as  philosophical as possible. As far as choosing the advisor, Dr.Alsaqer says it depends on how motivated and energetic a student is. If the student is not as proactive as he should be, then choosing a demanding advisor is so critical for keeping him on the tracks. Dr.Abdulmohsen, in turn, has shared his views about the hardships that any student might encounter, especially back in 2005, when his compatriots were very few at the time in Australia. He says that a whole bunch of negative thoughts that a person gets from others might inhibit his ambitions as he was telling his own story going to University of Melbourne, a top university in Australia. “A top university should rather enhance your overall capacity for research” Dr. Abdulmohesn added. He made it clear that misconceptions about advisors restrain the student’s success in his PhD. endeavor where a student should not prejudge based on mistaken patterns, but rather, be realistic and deal with situation appropriately. Scarcity of PhD. holders among Saudis is a major challenge as confirmed by Dr.Nasser. He assumes that the more PhD. holders among Saudis we have, the more improved our college gets and so does the whole university. Within the same context, Dr.Nasser strongly advised T.A.s to specify their area of interest from beginning as it should result on a more distinctive achievements. He says if a master’s student has long-term objective, it would reflect on doing whatever it takes to reach that ultimate goal in terms of covering up for deficiencies and taking relevant courses that support his research interests. One important factor of success Dr.Nasser has talked by was the mathematical background of a student. He says that a robust foundation in math represents the magical formula for student to tackle algorithms which seek the optimized solutions for diverse problems. Dr.Nasser was clear about the importance of meeting the high expectations of the advisor from beginning; the thing he says was instrumental in his success. At the end, Mr.Shahbi, the workshop host, gave the opportunity to discuss some concerns the honorable guests. The questions asked by several lecturers have covered many issues that any PhD. applicant is typically concerned about. After that, on behalf of faculty and staff members of CS College at KKU, Dr.Nasser received an award in recognition for his efforts to bring up the college and getting internationally accredited by the ABET organization.    
Three Academic Programs: Computer Science, Computer Engineering and Networking and Communication were ABET Accredited for six years indicating that all these programs meet the international academic quality standards. College of Computer Science would to congratulates to all its members and administration this occasion.
College of Computer Science represented in its members and students would like to raise congratulations to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques (King Salman), His Crown Prince and all the Saudi people on the occasion of Saudi National day. Calling the Lord to perpetuate our country's security, stability, and to keep our leaders and governors and enjoy them health and wellness.
The Faculty of Computer Science represented by the Committee of Relations and Media held a farewell party for the departing faculty members on Wednesday, 24/5/2017, conciliator 28/8/1438 AH. The ceremony was opened by the head of the Committee, Mr. Mohammed Mobasher. Then it was followed by a speech presented by the Dean, HE Dr. Nasser Tairan, in which he thanked the attendees and leaving members on their efforts on behalves of the college and university administration. Then, at 12:30 pm, all attendees went to lunch at Faculty university Restaurant. The Media Committee thanks HE college dean for his continuous support and the management of food and nutrition for the proper hospitality and university relations for the souvenirs and all the attendees for their interaction and all who contributed to the success of this brief ceremony.
Employees and faculty of the college of Computer Science congratulate His Excellency Dr. Nasser Al-Tiran, Dean of the Computer Science college, on the occasion of his promotion to the rank Associate Professor. We all wish him further progress and success.