fifth meeting of the International Advisory Board of King Abdulaziz
University was held from 11-12 May 2013 at the Senate Hall.
meeting, which was chaired by KAU President, Prof Osama S. Tayyeb, was
attended by an assortment of prominent international experts known for
their achievements and contribution in various disciplines.
welcoming speech was given by Prof Tayyeb, followed by presentations by
Prof Abdurrahman Alyoubi, KAU Vice President for Educational Affairs,
and Dr Abdul-Fattah Mashat, KAU Vice President for Development, on KAU's
teaching and learning.
Titled "Towards Excellence in Teaching and Learning", the
meeting was held to discuss issues relating to improving KAU's teaching
and learning output.
A number of recommendations were put forward at the end of the meeting.
Board was introduced three years back with the aim of enhancing the
University’s international status and presence through achievements,
particularly in the areas of research and innovation.
formation is within KAU's efforts to establish itself as a world-class
institution by drawing on the expertise, views and advice of
international academics, intellectuals and professionals who have
achieved distinction and prominence in higher education, science,
research and private enterprise.
It also aims to help forge strategic alliances with
community service establishments, academic institutions and
international industrial firms, as well as setting up partnerships with
international universities and research centers.
In previous statements, Prof Tayyeb was quoted as
saying:"The diversity of experience among the Board's members will allow
for the exchange of ideas and views on educational and research
The philosophy behind the Board is to re-formulate KAU’s
strategic objectives, priorities and trends in order to achieve
educational, scientific research and community service goals, he also