Dar Al-Hekma University

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Dar Al-Hekma University
PresidentDr. Suhair Al-Qurashi[1]
Location, ,
WebsiteOfficial website

Dar Al-Hekma University is a private, non-profit institution of higher education for women in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Classes are taught in English. The University started in September 1999, with the approval of the Saudi Ministry of Education. It received the university status on January 2014.[1]

The University's Chairman is Dr. Zuhair H. Fayez who is also president of Zuhair Fayez Partnership. In 2010, Dr. Fayez has been awarded the Honorary Degree "Doctor of Humane Letters" from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Dr. Suhair Hassan Al Qurashi is the president of Dar Al-Hekma University and member of the University's Board of Directors. She received a PhD. in Education and an M.P.E. in Educational Research from Cambridge University, U.K.


Dar Al-Hekma University, a pioneering project of the Al-Elm Foundation, was established in 1999 after nearly four years of intensive planning and successful implementation, with the objective of providing higher educational facilities and services through academic institutions such as colleges and universities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The medium of instruction for all degree programs is English.

The academic programs at the University were developed by the Texas International Education Consortium (TIEC), Austin, Texas, USA. About 140 experts were recruited to serve on the various project elements teams to complete the task of developing the overall curriculum, the detailed course description and course syllabus as well as information on the laboratory component and text books, etc

The first year, 120 students enrolled in three majors: management information systems, interior design, and special education. In 2002, the first group of graduates was honored at a ceremony by the late King Abdullah, Crown Prince at the time.

Since 2013, and the University has been offering 13 bachelor degrees and two master degrees.

Community Service[edit]

In an attempt to raise awareness of the importance of social responsibility, the University was the first educational institution in Saudi Arabia that introduced the community service program back in 2007. Each student is required to complete 100 hours of community service before graduation.


1- Guinness World Record in mind mapping[2]

The challenge is to train 1,200 students and academics in mind mapping , the Buzan technique, in two hours.

Academic programs[edit]

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Dar Al-Hekma University

Dar Al-Hekma University offers bachelor degrees in 13 majors and two different master degrees from three schools:

1. The Hekma School of Business and Law:

Bachelor of Science in Banking and Finance

Bachelor of Science in Accounting

Bachelor of Science in Marketing

Bachelor of Science in Human Capital Management

Bachelor of Law

Bachelor of Arts in Diplomacy and International Relations

Master of Business Administration

Master of Arts in International Relations

2. The Hekma School of Design and Architecture:

Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design

Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design

Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communication / Motion Graphics

Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communication / Graphic Design

Bachelor of Architecture

Master of Architecture

3. The Hekma School of Health, Behavioral Sciences and Education:

Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Bachelor of Science in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis

Master of Educational Leadership

4. The Hekma School of Engineering, Computing and Informatics: (soon)

Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

Bachelor of Science in Information Systems

Master of Science in Information Systems

The campus[edit]

Dar Al-Hekma University is housed in one integrated structure consisting of 26,500 square meters. The academic space includes classrooms, computer labs, science labs, faculty and administrative offices and a library student services and activities includes prayer rooms, counseling and career services center, health services, recreational facilities, offices, meeting rooms for student clubs, lounges and common room, gym, cafeterias and a 1200-seat auditorium.


  1. ^ a b "King's decision on private college tuition fees hailed". Saudi Gazette. 20 January 2010. Archived from the original on 2 March 2012. Retrieved 7 February 2010.
  2. ^ report, Saudi Gazette (2015-09-13). "Dar Al-Hekma in bid to break mind mapping record". Saudigazette. Retrieved 2018-12-24.

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