Alfaisal University

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Alfaisal University
جامعة الفيصل
Alfaisal logo.png
Motto Faith, Knowledge and Performance
Type Private
Established 2002[1]
Chairman Khalid bin Faisal Al Saud
Provost Faisal Al Mubarak[2]
Students 1500+
Location Riyadh, Riyadh Province, Saudi Arabia
Campus Urban
Colors      Blue and      Gray

Alfaisal University is a private, non-profit, research university located in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It commenced its academic programs in 2007.[3]

The university was founded by a consortium of King Faisal Foundation, Harvard,[4][5] MIT,[5][6] Cambridge,[5] ISU,[5] King Faisal Specialist Hospital,[5] KACST,[5] MODON,[5] Thales,[5] Saudi Aramco[7] and Boeing.[5]

College of Medicine[edit]

The College of Medicine is established in partnership with King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center (KFSH&RC) and Security Forces Hospital.[8][9] KFSH&RC is a state-of-the-art 894 bed (inclusive of 170 day beds) Joint Commission International-accredited academic medical facility located in Riyadh. The teaching hospital has collaborations with Johns Hopkins Medicine International,[9] Mayo Clinic,[9] Cleveland Clinic,[9] UCLA,[9] and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.[9]

Partners Harvard Medical International (PHMI), a subsidiary of Harvard University, has collaborated with Alfaisal on the development of the curriculum, design of the facilities, organization of the administrative structure and development of the faculty. PHMI shares in the advisory board and other administrative bodies within the college.

The program[edit]

The program encompasses a five-year curriculum with three sequential phases beyond the prep (UPP) year followed by a year of internship:

  • Phase I: Introduction to the sciences relevant to medicine (man and environment)
  • Phase II: System-based learning
  • Phase III: Clinical clerkship

Graduates of this program will be awarded the MBBS degree.

The Alfaisal College of Medicine, SPICES model of teaching[edit]

  • Student-centered vs Teacher-centered
  • Problem-based vs Subject-based
  • Integrated vs Discipline-based
  • Community-based vs Hospital-based
  • Elective vs Standard program
  • Systematic vs Opportunistic

College of Engineering[edit]

The College of Engineering is designed to have a capacity of 1600 undergraduate and graduate students, making it the largest college at Alfaisal. The curriculum of the college has been crafted with the assistance of MIT and Cambridge University senior faculty members, parallel to the leading programs offered in the United States and the United Kingdom respectively. The engineering program is designed to be qualified for accreditation by the US, UK, EU and Saudi accreditation bodies.


The College of Engineering offers undergraduate degrees in the following:

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Software Engineering
  • Architectural Engineering

College of Business[edit]


The College of Business offers a Bachelor of Science degree with concentrations in one or more of the following areas: Finance, Marketing, Accounting, Project Management and General Business. In 2010, the College of Business launched Masters in Business Administration (MBA) program.

College of Science & General Studies[edit]

College of Science and General Studies offers a four-year Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree program in Life Sciences. The College also provides core courses in the natural sciences, humanities, and social sciences for students majoring in the colleges of Business, Engineering, and Medicine.

See also[edit]