Seven students from the Faculty of Languages and Translation recently participated in Swansea University's eight-week intensive summer English program in Wales, UK. The lucky participants excelled in a competitive process that included a selection committee and difficult exam.
Swansea University is one of the top universities in the UK, and the winner of the 2019 University of the Year What Uni Student Choice Awards.
This language program was the brainchild of King Khalid University Rector, Prof. Falleh Al-Solamy. His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy is a graduate from Swansea with a Ph.D. in mathematics. He was instrumental in setting up a student exchange cooperation agreement with his alma mater.
Dean, Dr. Abdullah Al-Melhi, was pleased to offer this unique opportunity for an immersive language learning program to high performing students. "I am very proud of the young men who served as ambassadors for King Khalid University and the Kingdom at Swansea. I am certain that their hosts in the United Kingdom learned as much from them as our students learned in the program. We hope and expect these students to take a leadership role in their chosen fields."
Vice Dean of Academic Affairs, Dr. Yahya Asiri, is credited with making this agreement and summer English program a reality in 2019. He is very pleased that the students had an exceptional learning experience and that all parties benefitted from the cultural exchange of our students visiting their counterparts in the UK.
Dr. Munassir Alhamami was also pleased that the program was so well received and that all efforts were highly successful. "These students deserve the highest praise. I was the on-site supervisor throughout the program. The intensive language program was difficult, and we still expected the participants to represent the Faculty of Languages and Translation and King Khalid University to the best of their ability, which they did. Their performance was exemplary, and we are so proud of each and every one."
The partnership team at Swansea is also quite satisfied with this initial effort. They were very impressed with our students and look forward to more exchanges in the future. The representatives from Swansea were knowledgeable and gracious hosts. King Khalid University hopes to hosts students from Swansea as soon as practicable.
The students who were selected for the language program at Swansea include:
- Abdullah Al-Shahrani;
- Abdulaziz Al-Asmari;
- Abdullah Yahya;
- Ahmed Asiri;
- Ali Al-Humhum;
- Hazaa Al-Zahrani;
- Nawaf Al-Qahtani.
News of this program was featured in a variety of publications both here and in the UK. Most notably, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
The Faculty of Languages and Translation remains dedicated to its students, and is committed to building even more successful international programs in the future. Fostering partnerships with other institutions both at home and abroad is part of King Khalid University's strategy for achieving top 200 ranking.
Source: Faculty of Languages and Translation