REPORT FROM PROF. ASKAR ZHUSSUPBEKOV Lectures at King Saud University (KSU), Saudi Arabia

Professor A. Zh. Zhussupbekov from Eurasian National University (Kazakhstan), who is the former VP of IISSMGE for Asia, visited Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from 22nd to 24th of April, 2014 based on the invitation received from Dean of Quality at King Saud University Prof. Abdullah I. He started his visit by visiting the office of dean of quality of KSU, and discussed with him about methods and procedures of improving the quality of education and specialty accreditation (Photo 1 and 2).

Prof. Askar 2

Prof. Askar 1

Photos 1 and 2. Dean of Quality of King Saud University (KSU) Prof. Abdullah I. Al-Mhaidib and Prof. Zhussupbekov

Prof. Askar 3

Photo 3. Discussion during lecture of Prof. Zhussupbekov

Professor Zhussupbekov presented course of lectures on themes of “Geotechnical construction and testing of pile foundations of mega structures in problematic soil conditions of Astana”; “Geotechnical aspects of natural and techno-genic situations (by experience of Chernobyl – Ukraine and Fukushima, Japan)”, and “ISSMGE in the past, present and future” at the department of Civil Engineering at King Saud University. The contents of these invited lectures were discussed previously with the Department of Civil Engineering of KSU. After each lecture, the audiences discussed the results and methods presented by Kazakhstan scientist (Photo 3).

He also discussed the possibility of opening a branch of ISSMGE in Saudi Arabia (Photo 4), since there are many mega structures nowadays in Saudi Arabia. For example, four subways were designed and started to be built in Riyadh, Medina, Makkah, Jeddah, as well as other geotechnical infrastructures throughout the country.

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