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Coordinates: 21°29′38″N 39°15′1″E / 21.49389°N 39.25028°E / 21.49389; 39.25028

King Abdulaziz University (KAU)
جامعة الملك عبد العزيز
King Abdulaziz University (emblem).jpg
Motto اقْرَأْ بِاسْمِ رَبِّكَ الَّذِي خَلَقَ
"Read! In the name of your Lord Who created" [Qur'an], C:96. V:1]
Endowment US$1 billion
President Abdulrahman Obaid AI-Youbi
Administrative staff
Students 180,212[1]
Location Jeddah, Makkah, Saudi Arabia
Campus Both urban and rural
Nickname KAU
Website official website
King Faisal of Saudi Arabia played a significant role in King Abdulaziz University's success.

King Abdulaziz University (KAU) (Arabic: جامعة الملك عبد العزيز‎) is a public university in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Established initially in 1967 as a private university by a group of businessmen led by Muhammad Abu Bakr Bakhashab and including writer Hamza Bogary.[2] In 1974, King Abdulaziz University was converted to a public university by a decision of the Council Ministers of Saudi Arabia under then-King Faisal's orders. In 2016, it was ranked the #1 Arab university by Times Higher Education.[3]

KAU must not be confused with King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), which is another university in Saudi Arabia.


Idea (1964-66)[edit]

In the year 1964, the idea of establishing a private university in the city of Jeddah was originally put forward by Mohamed Ali Hafez. In the same year, a preparatory committee of 6 members was formed, including Mohamed Ali Hafez and Muhammad Abu Bakr Bakhashab. Shortly after, then-Crown Prince Faisal officially approved the idea. In 1965, the university's executive committee was formed.

Private university (1967-74)[edit]

In the year 1967, King Abdulaziz University was officially established as a private university, with goals to spread higher education in the western region of Saudi Arabia. Prior to this date, there were no higher-education institutes in Jeddah. These goals were met through efforts of high-ranking businessmen and notable Saudi figures; and additionally with the help of King Faisal's encouragement and financial support. The university started its first academic year in 1968, with a relatively small number of students (68 male - 30 female). In 1969, the first faculty was established (Faculty of Economics and Administration). In 1970, the Faculty of Arts and Humanities was established.

Public university (1974-)[edit]

In 1974, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia have decided to merge the university with the government; converting it to a public university. This major decision marks the impressive transformation to where the university stands today. Since that time, the Saudi government took great measures to enhance and develop the university as it gained successful experience and pioneered many academic systems and traditions in the development of higher education in the Kingdom. King Abdulaziz University has further witnessed tremendous quantitative and qualitative progress in terms of enrollment and diversity of academic programs. It is now recognized as a world-class prestigious university brought about by its international outreach and collaboration in research, innovation, accreditations and rankings. It does this while continues to maintain its traditional commitment to deliver outstanding education and community service. Today, it has almost 200,000 students and is considered to be one of the best universities in the Arab world.


University yard
Empty classrooms
Classroom with TV cameras, for remote teaching
  • Faculty of Engineering

Departments of the Faculty of Engineering[edit]

These programs are accredited by ABET as Substantially Equivalent Programs since 2003.[4]

  • Faculty of Economics and Administration: Faculty of Economics and Administration was the first college to be established in King Abdulaziz University, and until this day it is called "The Base of Founder's University," referring to the founder of the country.

Departments of the Faculty of Economics and Administration[edit]

  • Department of Business Administration
  • Department of Finance
  • Department of Marketing
  • Department of Human Resource Management
  • Department of Accounting
  • Department of Management Information Systems
  • Department of Political Science
  • Department of Health Administration
  • Department of Public Administration
  • Department of Economics
  • Department of Law (defunct in 2012; separated into a new faculty)

In 2015, FEA received its fourth international accreditation, the AACSB making it one of the top business colleges in the middle east and across the world.

  • Faculty of Law: Faculty of Law was established in 2012 as it segregated from Faculty of Economics and Administration.

Departments of the Faculty of Law[edit]

  • Public Law
  • Private Law

Other faculties[edit]

  • Faculty of Applied Medical Sciences
  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Faculty of Arts and Humanities
  • Faculty of Communication and Media
  • Faculty of Computing and Information Technology
  • Faculty of Meteorology, Environment and Arid Land Agriculture
  • Faculty of Nursing
  • Faculty of Sciences
  • Faculty of Pharmacy
  • Faculty of Dentistry
  • Faculty of Earth Sciences
  • Faculty of Environmental Designs
  • Faculty of Home Economics
  • Faculty of Marine Sciences
  • Faculty of Tourism
  • Faculty of Maritime Studies

College of Earth Sciences, University of King Abdul Aziz[edit]


College of Marine Sciences at the University of King Abdul Aziz[edit]


Notable alumni[edit]

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