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KINGDOM

WEDNESDAY 26 APRIL 2017,

SAUDI GAZETTE

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CRIMES

CASUALTIES

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Local Viewpoints are translated from the Arabic press to bring current mainstream opinions published in Saudi

media to a worldwide audience. The views and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily

reflect the views and opinions of Saudi Gazette or of its team.

Nations will not develop

if they did not give

the education more

support, development

and independence. By so

doing, every nation will be

qualified to join the track

of the developed countries.

They will also be knowledge

societies.

Future and knowledge society

T

ALKING re-

cently about

the large

number of

the univer-

sity students, Education

Minister Ahmed Al-Issa

has underlined the need

for the establishment of

more universities in the

Kingdom to intake the

increasing number of the

secondary school gradu-

ates.

He noted that the 28

government universities

were no longer enough

to absorb the increasing

number of boys and girls

graduating from second-

ary schools in various re-

gions of the Kingdom.

With the population

increase, the number

of students in need of

university education will

similarly rise. If we do

not carefully plan the

population explosion,

we may find our future

generations without good

education.

The rate of unemploy-

ment will also increase

and may cause a sharp

downturn in our econom-

ic growth and security

stability if remedial steps

are not taken forthwith.

For instance in Japan,

which has achieved great

educational development,

there are 95 government

and 597 private

universities.

In Turkey, there are

109 public and 61 pri-

vate universities while in

Iran there are about 300

government and private

universities.

We are the single

country with the larg-

est number of students

studying abroad thanks to

the scholarship program

of Custodian of the Two

Holy Mosques.

The graduates of this

program, with their newly

acquired knowledge and

culture, will have a great

impact on the future of

our country.

It would be much bet-

ter if this was coupled

with the establishment of

a large number of govern-

ment and private univer-

sities with specializations

which are in conformity

with our ambitions for

the future of our nation.

The return of the

By Youssef

Al-Mohaimeed

Al-Jazirah

graduates armed with

education and culture and

the establishment of more

universities will also serve

the concept of the diver-

sification of economy and

sources of income and will

also boost industry.

This will make us look

toward the future with con-

fidence and hope.

The establishment of

regional universities which

began during the reign of

King Abdullah should not

stop.

It should rather con-

tinue with a focus on the

scientific and vocational

specializations required by

the labor market.

The new universities

should also make their own

sources of income so as not

to depend on the govern-

ment subsidies alone. This

will provide them with fi-

nancial independence and

will enable them to finance

many of their projects.

The universities should

also make their own en-

dowments to boost their

income and to lure the

private sector making it a

partner in their activities

and products.

The universities can

also invest in the lands

under their property. They

can exploit these lands to

establish multi-story build-

ings which they can rent

for companies, establish-

ments and hotels.

The best institution

qualified for this step is

King Saud University in

Riyadh which can exploit

the lands it owns in the

capital city.

The other universities

may follow suit for two

main reasons: first they will

relieve the burden on the

government budget and

second they will ensure

themselves with financial

independence. They will,

therefore, achieve com-

plete independence in

their decisions and scien-

tific researches.

Nations will not devel-

op if they did not give the

education more support,

development and indepen-

dence. By so doing, every

nation will be qualified to

join the track of the devel-

oped countries. They will

also be knowledge societ-

ies.

This is what we hope

for in the

Kingdom.We

will be able to achieve

our hopes and aspirations

which some people con-

sider to be impossible at

the moment.

The vision we are

dreaming of will not be

realized without building

a strong educational base.

We should also continue

our scholarship program

and keep on contracting

foreign experts to teach in

our universities.

The universities should

be part of our GDP and

one of the strong pillars of

our national economy.

18 apprehended for

vandalizing property

DAMMAM —

The po-

lice arrested 18 people

for vandalizing a private

property. The Eastern

Province Police spokes-

man Col. Ziyad Al-Raqiti

said the police investi-

gated a viral video on so-

cial media that showed a

group of men vandalizing

a private lounge. The po-

lice arrested six suspects

initially and after further

investigation they were

able to arrest all those

who were present when

the incident happened.

The oldest of the men is 42

years old and the young-

est is 21 years old.

Citizen executed for murder

NAJRAN —

A citizen was executed for murder on Mon-

day. The Ministry of Interior said the Saudi man Mishal

Al-Kathiri lured a young Saudi, Rashid Al-Sairy, into a

deserted area and began assaulting him. Al-Sairy lost

consciousness as a result of the assault and Al-Kathiri

strangled him and buried him to hide the body. The po-

lice tracked down the murderer and arrested him. The

man was sentenced to death by the Penal Court. The

sentence was approved by the Court of Appeals and

the Supreme Court.

926,000 amphetamine pills seized

TABUK —

The Bor-

der Guards seized

926,000 amphet-

amine pills on Mon-

day. Tabuk Border

Guards spokesman

Col. Saher Al-Harbi

said the Border

Guards spotted ap-

proaching the King-

dom’s borders. The

smugglers on the

boat began dump-

ing gallons and bags

of amphetamine

pills into the sea to

avoid being caught.

One of the smugglers

jumped off the boat

trying to collect the

gallons and bags

and deliver them to

the coast. The Border

Guards surrounded

the boat and ar-

rested the smugglers

who were all Egyp-

tians. The Border Guards also found the gallons and

bags containing the amphetamine pills. They weighed a

total of 3.9 amphetamine pills.

20 students down with food poisoning

HAIL —

A total of 20 students were admitted to the

hospital for food poisoning. Hail Health Affairs reported

a number of hospitals received primary school students

who contracted food poisoning in Al-Jabal District. The

students were transported to King Khalid Hospital and

Hail Public Hospital for further tests.

Three die in road accident

ASIR —

Three persons died in a road accident and one

was injured. Asir Red Crescent spokesman Mohammad

Al-Shihry said the Red Crescent received reports of a

road accident on Bisha-Khamis Mushayt Road near the

electricity company. The injured victim was transported

to King Abdullah Hospital. Meanwhile, two brothers died

in another road accident. Al-Shihry said the accident

took place in the north of Dhahran Al-Janoob Governor-

ate. The deceased victims were moved to a morgue.

New program to prevent and

treat heart diseases launched

Saudi Gazette report

RIYADH —

Physicians and

hospital systems in Saudi Arabia

now have access to an innova-

tive program that leverages the

latest science and technology to

provide education, resources and

practical tools needed to prevent

cardiovascular diseases in indi-

viduals at risk throughout the

country.

The American College of Car-

diology (ACC), working with the

Saudi Heart Association (SHA),

on Tuesday launched a series

of forums for physicians on car-

diovascular disease prevention.

The forum focuses on common

risk factors for cardiovascular

disease and proven strategies

to help patients mitigate risk.

Topics include risk assessment

techniques and treatment guide-

lines. On stage, speakers from the

United States joined local Saudi

speakers for lecture style presen-

tations and audience discussion.

The audience includes cardiolo-

gists and general practitioners

viewing not only in-person at the

Riyadh broadcast venue, but also

virtually from sites in Jeddah and

Dammam.

“As René Dubos famously

stated, we need to ‘think glob-

ally, act locally.’ To be effective

in changing the culture around

treating and preventing heart dis-

ease, you have to reach clinicians

where they live and practice and

beyond a single intervention,”

said Daniel José Piñeiro, MD,

FACC, Chair, American College

of Cardiology Assembly of In-

ternational Governors. “We are

committed to working with our

colleagues in Saudi Arabia to

implement this program in a way

that achieves maximum impact

and furthers the college’s mission

to prevent cardiovascular disease

and improve patient care on a

global scale.”

“Treatment of cardiovascular

disease will always be a top con-

cern, but at the Saudi Heart As-

sociation we are shifting our focus

more andmore toward prevention.

We are pleased to partner with the

ACC to highlight and promote this

crucial approach to patient care

among physicians throughout Sau-

di Arabia,” concluded Prof. Hus-

sam Al Faleh, president of Saudi

Heart Association.

The program is part of a larg-

er ACC cardiovascular disease

prevention program designed to

reach thousands of doctors not

only in Saudi Arabia, but also in

Egypt, Russia, the United Arab

Emirates, Mexico, Argentina, In-

donesia, Vietnam, Malaysia and

China. Program curricula are

customized to local healthcare

challenges and needs through ex-

tensive consultation with ACC’s

network of international chapters,

as well as surveys and outreach

among local healthcare profes-

sionals. Subsequent forums in

this series will explore the impli-

cations of specific risk factors and

health conditions on cardiovascu-

lar disease prevention. The pro-

gram, supported by Pfizer, aligns

with a broader effort in Saudi

Arabia, known as Vision 2030, to

improve healthcare access, qual-

ity, and patient outcomes.

“Cardiovascular disease is a

major burden in Saudi Arabia.

We are confident that this collab-

orative effort between Pfizer, the

Saudi Heart Association, and the

American College of Cardiology

to address primary prevention is

an important step to improve the

health and well-being of individ-

uals at risk of cardiovascular dis-

ease in Saudi,” said Dr. Mohamed

Fathy, medical director of Pfizer

Saudi Limited.

“The global partnership be-

tween Pfizer and the ACC to ad-

dress cardiovascular educational

needs underscores our commit-

ment to decrease the global bur-

den of this disease,” said Salo-

mon Azoulay, M.D., senior vice

president and chief medical of-

ficer, Pfizer Essential Health. “We

are excited to bring our program

to Saudi Arabia as part of our ef-

forts to improve cardiovascular

patient outcomes globally.”

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) and Saudi Heart Association (SHA) on Tuesday launched a series of

forums for physicians on cardiovascular disease prevention.

— Courtesy photo