Umm al-Qura University

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Umm Al-Qura University
جامعة أم القرى
Jāmiʿat ʾUmm Al-Qurā
Established 1981
Type Public
Undergraduates 60,000+
Postgraduates 1,000+
Location Mecca, Mecca Province, Saudi Arabia
Campus Enclosed
Affiliations Salafi



Umm Al-Qura University (UQU) (Arabic: جامعة أم القرىJāmiʿat ʾUmmi l-Qurā) is a public university in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. It is considered one of the most prestigious university in the entire Islamic world due to its unique location in Makkah Al-Mukarramah. It was established as the College of Shari`a (Islamic Law) in 1949 before being joined by new colleges and renamed Umm Al-Qura by royal decree in 1981.[1]

Although UQU started primarily as an Islamic university offering degrees in Islamic Law and Arabic language studies, it offers scores of degrees in Technology Management, Business Management, Islamic Economics, Marketing, Engineering, Technology, Medicine, Education, Architecture, as well various Applied, Social, and Engineering Sciences. Indeed, UQU is well-regarded among the top four universities in Saudi Arabia along with King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, King Abdulaziz University, King Saud University, etc.


In 1949 King Abdulaziz Al Saud established the College of Shari'a (Islamic Law) in Makkah, making it the first higher education institution in the country. It constituted the kernel of Umm Al-Qura University and its most prominent college. It was followed by the establishment of the Teachers' College in 1952. This continued until 1959 when the College of Shari'a took the responsibility of teachers' preparation and became the College of Shari'a and Education. In 1962 the College of Education was established as an independent college.

In 1971 the Colleges of Shari'a and Education became part of King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah and constituted its branch in Mecca. However, The University of Umm Al-Qura was established in 1981 by the royal decree number 39 in 1981 and the colleges of Shari'a and Education were detached from King Abdul Aziz University and joined by new departments to form the new university.

It has student exchange programs with Purdue University, Tufts University, and King's College London.[2]


The medium of instruction in most colleges of UQU is English, with exceptions like College of Sharia, College of Arabic Lanuages, College of Islamic Economics and Finance, as courses on Islamic studies and Arabic language are taught in Arabic. University offers degrees of Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy. The grading system is the standard 0 to 4.0 scale with classes of:

Grade Letter Grade GPA
Exceptional A+ 4.00
Excellent A 3.75
Superior B+ 3.50
Very Good B 3.00
Above Average C+ 2.50
Good C 2.00
High-Pass D+ 1.50
Pass D 1.00
Fail F 0.0


The CoB has five departments offering teaching and learning in various business and management programs.
The CoB aspires to be accredited by AACSB (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and it has been declared Eligible for Accreditaion by AACSB. The CoB is an academic member of AACSB International, which is a membership association of educational institutions, business, not-for-profit, and government organizations devoted to the advancement of higher education in business. The CoB also boasts the only Center for Teaching Excellence in the whole university striving for achieving even higher excellence in teaching, advising, and mentoring of the college students. These efforts towards achieving AACSB accreditation as well as continuous improvement in teaching excellence, among others, are coordinated by Prof. Dr. Abdul-Rahim Ahmad, who has numerous academic and research awards and grants related to teaching, research, and academic service.
Faculty members at the CoB are involved in research in such diverse areas as Strategic Management, Optimization, Supply Chain Management, Information Systems, Technology Management, Operations Research, Supply Chain Management, Sustainability, Decision Modleing, Accounting and Finance, Marketing Management, Economics, Mathematical Modeling, Pedagogy, etc. The research is disseminated through publications in international journals and presentations at world-renowned conferences, workshop, and symposiums. The CoB faculty members are working on various industry- and government-funded research projects (including, NSTIP, KACST, ICRS, etc.).
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All programs of the engineering colleges were evaluated for "Substantial-Equivalency" recognition by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).[4] They were found substantially equivalent to similar accredited programs in the USA and elsewhere. The undegrauate Business and Management degree programs offered by the College of Business are declared Eligible for accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). [5]


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  2. ^ Ursula Lindsay, 'Saudi Arabia Reaches Out to Foreign Colleges at Conference', in The Chronicle of Higher Education, 21 April 2011 [1]
  3. ^ Biography of Dr. Abdul Aziz al-Harbi on the official website of the Arabic Language Academy. 7 February 2012. Accessed 29 January 2013.
  4. ^ [2][dead link]
  5. ^ "Schools with Business Memberships – ordered by country/region, state, name". AACSB. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 

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