BDF holds specialised officers’ courses graduation

Manama, The Bahrain Defence Force (BDF) held a graduation ceremony for one of the specialised officers’ courses.

Major-General Ibrahim Ghanim Al Fadhala, Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations at the BDF.

The Assistant Chief of Staff handed out certificates to the graduates and prizes to the outstanding.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

Jeddah University Ranks Third in Translation Competition Among Arab Universities

Jeddah, The University of Jeddah has taken part in a translation competition organized by the King Abdulaziz Public Library branch at Beijing University. The competition was between Arab and Chinese universities.

Shouq Fawwaz Al-Thubaiti, a student from the Department of Chinese Language in the Languages and Translation Faculty at the University of Jeddah, secured third place in the Chinese to Arabic translation category. She competed against 640 participants from various Arab universities.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

Education Minister Meets with Russian Counterpart

Riyadh, The Minister of Education, Yousef bin Abdullah Al-Benyan, met today at the ministry's headquarters in Riyadh with the Minister of Education of the Russian Federation, Dr. Sergey Kravtsov, to enhance cooperation between the two countries in the fields of education and discuss educational opportunities between the Kingdom and the Russian Federation.

The meeting reviewed sharing experiences in training, early childhood, e-learning, and distance education, as well as ways to teach gifted students, and designing curriculums.

The two sides talked about working together to support the human capacity development program, which is one of the cornerstones of the Kingdom's Vision 2030. The program aims to improve students' knowledge and skills, prepare them for the labour market of the future, and help Saudi students who want to study in the Russian Federation.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

Education Minister receives UK Ambassador

Manama, Dr. Mohammed bin Mubarak Juma, Education Minister, received Alastair Long, UK Ambassador to Bahrain.

The two sides discussed ways to enhance cooperation between the two countries in public, technical and higher education.

The minister expressed thanks to the British Embassy for supporting the Education Ministry’s programmes related to teaching the English language by training teachers on their teaching methods and strategies, affirming the Ministry’s keenness to broaden such cooperation.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

Saudi Academic Zaid Alajlan Wins Kenneth M. Haber Award from Case Western Reserve University

Zaid Alajlan, a Saudi lecturer at Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz University, won the 2023 Kenneth M. Haber Award from Case Western Reserve University in Ohio, the United States.

The award is granted to students who have achieved outstanding accomplishments in both academic and research fields.

Alajlan, a research assistant at Case Western Reserve University, thanked the wise Saudi leadership for the support provided to students within The Custodian of The Two Holy Mosques Scholarship Program, highlighting the successive academic and research achievements of Saudi students within the program.

He also praised the role of the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission to the United States (SACM) in following up and addressing difficulties.

Alajlan holds a solid record of achievements, previously winning the university’s Roy Harley Prize in 2022, which is awarded to promising and distinguished postgraduate students.

Alajlan was involved in teaching practical lectures at the university during his undergraduate studies and has served as the president of the Graduate Civil Engineering Student Association since 2022.

Furthermore, Alajlan has made several research contributions to scientific journals and conferences.

Alajlan’s doctoral research at the university, part of which is backed by his department, focuses on environmental sustainability, specifically the development and enhancement of soil properties through the integration of beneficial bacteria and fungi.

Another aspect of his research involves using remote sensing through satellites to track soil erosion areas.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

RHF, Education Ministry launch ‘Humanitarian Initiatives Competition’ 2023

The Royal Humanitarian Foundation (RHF) has launched the second edition of the "Humanitarian Initiatives Competition" for secondary students at public and private schools, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education.

Held under the auspices of His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, HM the King's Representative for Humanitarian Work and Youth Affairs, the "Humanitarian Initiatives Competition" 2023 aims to encourage secondary school students and foster their creativity in humanitarian and voluntary work, as well as prepare them to contribute to kingdom's progress.

RHF Secretary-General, Dr. Mustafa Al-Sayed, indicated that the competition reflects HH Shaikh Nasser's keenness to encourage students to be creative in all fields of national work, noting that the contest aims to instill the voluntary work culture in the minds of youngsters, and provide a platform to highlight their voluntary and humanitarian contributions.

Dr. Al-Sayed commended the role played by the Ministry of Education, led by Minister Dr. Mohammed bin Mubarak Juma, to promote lofty values among students, citing its cooperation with the RHF to implement the "Humanitarian Initiatives Competition" initiative, which consolidates community partnership and cooperation in creating a platform for Bahraini youth to engage in projects that benefit society.

He affirmed the RHF's keenness to ensure the success of the second edition of the competition, in accordance with the directives of HH Shaikh Nasser, the "Youth Leader".

Education Minister expressed pride in the ongoing partnership with the RHF, noting that the competition reflects HH Shaikh Nasser's interest in highlighting and appreciating youth's creative initiatives. He underlined the Education Ministry's keenness to ensure the success of the contest, noting that secondary schools across the kingdom have been instructed to encourage their creative students to take part in it.

He expressed thanks to Dr. Al Sayed for the RHF's launch of the second edition of the competition, and its fruitful cooperation with the Education Ministry in implementing it. He stressed the Ministry's great interest in supporting humanitarian and voluntary initiatives, wishing the competition every success.

The RHF called on schools wishing to take part in the competition to register on its website no later than October 31, noting that an induction meeting and a workshop will be held for the participating teams during the first week, and the final initiatives will be submitted before December 14.

According to the competition rules, schools may nominate no more than two teams consisting of a maximum of five students. The initiatives to be presented should not have been implemented before. They should also be cost-effective, feasible and target various social groups.

10 projects will be shortlisted by a specialised jury, and the winners will be honoured and given cash awards during a ceremony to be held in March 2024.

Source: Bahrain News Agency