KFU builds world class data centre

King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia has deployed a Tier 3 data centre to support operations

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KFU builds world class data centre KFU has put in place a high level data centre and network to support students and administration, says Al Zahrani.
By  Samer Batter Published  February 22, 2016

We have developed systems for the Medical Complex Administration that includes a compound management system, and a system for online booking. Of the many recent applications that have been developed to help students, there is the iKFU mobile app, and the development of a university admission system, with instant integration with the Ministry of Education and Qyias National Centre for Assessment in Higher Education, to automate the admission process.

In terms of quality assurance and certification, the Deanship of IT has attained the ISO certification for data security (ISMS – ISO 27001:2013) and in terms of development projects, the Deanship has announced two initiatives to build and establish a project management bureau, and to create a plan for moving to digital transactions. We are also enhancing our digital transactions with the government, by linking with the government integration channel in the Ministry of Communication and IT.

Does the Deanship participate in any programs outside of the University?

The Deanship is keen to be involved in activities related to community service by participating in exhibitions inside or outside the university. We participated in the preparation and planning for the Mobile Government Conference organised by the Al-Ahsa Chamber of Commerce, and we also took part in the Government electronic transaction summit in Riyadh and a Job Fair for the Al-Ahsa College of Technology for Girls.

We also conducted several workshops and courses for members of the university. These courses included information security policy, risk assessment, the strategic plan for information technology, training the editors of the university website and technical courses.

What training programs are conducted by the deanship?

The Deanship has provided training courses to many government agencies, including courses for the National Association of Retirees, the Secretariat General of Al-Ahsa and the Institute for Family Development Ahsa; in addition to training a number of students in practical courses during the summer semester.

How is the Deanship supporting the move to digital transactions?

We actually have taken the initiative to launch a project, in cooperation with the Yesser e-Government Program, in order to prepare and develop a plan that is expected to be launched in the coming months.

What strategic plans do you have for the future?

We are in the final stages of developing the strategic plan for information technology for 2016-2020. We have established a committee for strategic planning to review the strategic plan of 2011-2015, in coordination with the planning committee for the University’s main strategic plan, so that we unify the objectives in terms of vision and values. That way the strategic IT plan is aligned with the main university strategy.

The committee conducted a SWOT Analysis for the internal and external environments. In addition to that they identified the common areas between the university strategic plan with the nation-wide Afaq plan to develop higher education. Currently we are concluding the annual operational plan, in addition to performance indicators.

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