Saudi Armed Forces Command and Staff College to Become National Defense University

The Saudi Armed Forces Command and Staff College boasts a rich history dating back to 1958 - SPA
The Saudi Armed Forces Command and Staff College boasts a rich history dating back to 1958 - SPA
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Saudi Armed Forces Command and Staff College to Become National Defense University

The Saudi Armed Forces Command and Staff College boasts a rich history dating back to 1958 - SPA
The Saudi Armed Forces Command and Staff College boasts a rich history dating back to 1958 - SPA

The Saudi Armed Forces Command and Staff College is undergoing a significant transformation to become the National Defense University, SPA reported.
The transformation process follows a well-defined, scientific methodology that aligns with the ministry's strategic goals. It encompasses five key stages: establishing the groundwork for change within the college, conducting a comprehensive analysis of the current situation, benchmarking against leading international models, designing the university's structure and programs, and preparing for its operational launch.
The official launch of the new name, National Defense University, is expected soon. The university's vision is to become a preeminent regional institution by 2030, renowned for preparing and qualifying both military and civilian leaders in the field of defense and national security. It will achieve this vision through innovative and effective educational programs designed to serve the best interests of the Kingdom.

- A Legacy of Excellence in Military Education

The Saudi Armed Forces Command and Staff College boasts a rich history dating back to 1958, when it was established as "the institute of great officers". Its mission was to train and qualify Saudi Arabian Army officers for command and staff duties. Over the years, the institute underwent several name changes: "the institute of senior officers" and "the Saudi command and staff college", reflecting its evolving role and expanding scope.

A pivotal moment arrived in 1388 AH with the issuance of a Royal Decree that transformed the college into a more comprehensive institution: "the Saudi command and staff college". This change addressed the growing need for highly qualified officers with strong leadership skills and advanced planning capabilities.
The college's journey of continuous improvement included renaming to Saudi Armed Forces Command and Staff College and relocating to a new campus in Al-Uyaynah, in 1405 AH. This modern facility, featuring a command building, educational facilities, war exercise centers, a printing press, housing units, and dedicated student and staff services, is testimony to the commitment to providing a world-class learning environment.
Further advancements followed in 1430 AH with the establishment of the War Wing, dedicated to training officers strategically and operationally.
Recognizing the value of research and strategic studies, the college inaugurated the Armed Forces Strategic Studies Center in 1436 AH.

- Pioneering Institution with a Global Reach

For over six decades, the Armed Forces Command and Staff College has played a pivotal role in shaping military thought in Saudi Arabia, under the motto "Science, Thought, Planning". It has provided military education and training to a distinguished group of officers from the Saudi Armed Forces, other military and security sectors, and from other nations.
The college offers a diverse range of academic programs, including master's degrees in strategic studies and military sciences, a course in joint operations planning, and diplomas in critical areas such as national security, strategic leadership, military media, and international humanitarian law.
The college's transformation into the National Defense University marks a new chapter in its history of dedication to excellence. It enables the institution to continue serving the Kingdom's national security needs well into the future.



Saudi Arabia Participates in UNESCO World Heritage Committee in India

The Saudi delegation, led by the advisor to the Saudi National Commission for Education, Culture and Science, Engineer Mohammed bin Youssef Al-Aidaroos, participated in various activities during the session that were supported by the Kingdom. (SPA)
The Saudi delegation, led by the advisor to the Saudi National Commission for Education, Culture and Science, Engineer Mohammed bin Youssef Al-Aidaroos, participated in various activities during the session that were supported by the Kingdom. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia Participates in UNESCO World Heritage Committee in India

The Saudi delegation, led by the advisor to the Saudi National Commission for Education, Culture and Science, Engineer Mohammed bin Youssef Al-Aidaroos, participated in various activities during the session that were supported by the Kingdom. (SPA)
The Saudi delegation, led by the advisor to the Saudi National Commission for Education, Culture and Science, Engineer Mohammed bin Youssef Al-Aidaroos, participated in various activities during the session that were supported by the Kingdom. (SPA)

Saudi Arabia -- represented by the Saudi National Committee for Education, Culture and Science and the Kingdom’s permanent delegation to UNESCO and the Heritage Commission -- is participating in the 46th session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee.

The session is taking place from July 21 to 31 in New Delhi, India, and will be attended by representatives from 195 member states who ratified the World Heritage Convention of 1972.

The Saudi delegation, led by the advisor to the Saudi National Commission for Education, Culture and Science, Engineer Mohammed bin Youssef Al-Aidaroos, participated in various activities during the session that were supported by the Kingdom.

The delegation delivered speeches highlighting Saudi Arabia's interest, support, and contributions to UNESCO's efforts to preserve world heritage. Some of the activities included discussions on the digital heritage platform, capacity building in African countries, and an event on Islamic World Heritage organized by the Islamic World Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (ICESCO).

Additionally, the Saudi delegation met with representatives from other official delegations attending the session to strengthen cooperation in heritage conservation.

The digital heritage platform, a collaborative effort between Saudi Arabia and UNESCO, is an online platform that utilizes cutting-edge digital technologies to explore UNESCO's cultural and natural world heritage sites as well as intangible cultural heritage.

The World Heritage Committee will review a proposal to add 27 new sites from various regions worldwide to the World Heritage List. It will also assess the preservation status of 124 sites currently included on the list, including 56 that are categorized as being in danger.

The World Heritage Committee, consisting of representatives from 21 countries elected by the 195 parties to the Convention Concerning the Protection of World Cultural and Natural Heritage, oversees the implementation of the convention.