King Abdulaziz University
جامعة الملك عبد العزيز
|Motto||اقْرَأْ بِاسْمِ رَبِّكَ الَّذِي خَلَقَ|
"Read! In the name of your Lord Who created" [Qur'an], C:96. V:1
|President||Abdulrahman Obaid AI-Youbi|
|Campus||Both urban and rural|
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. 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.
- 1 History
- 2 Research Programs
- 3 Faculties
- 4 Ranking
- 5 Awards & Accreditations
- 6 Notable alumni
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
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. In 1966, the KAU held a competition to design their logo. The winning design was submitted by Adbul-Halim Radwi, a local artist from Jeddah.
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 institutions 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-Present)
In 1974, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia decided to merge the university with the government; converting it to a public university. This major decision spurred the impressive transformation to where the university stands today. 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 university due to its international outreach and collaboration in research, innovation, accreditations and rankings. It does this while continuing to maintain its traditional commitment to delivering outstanding education and community service. As of 2017[update], it had almost 31,000 students, of which 28% are international, and is considered to be one of the best universities in the Arab world.
In 2018, it was ranked the 1st Arab university by Times Higher Education due to very strong citation impact and highly international outlook. It also ranked no. 1 in percentage of total publications with international collaboration, according to US News rankings.
Between 2004 and 2014, King Abdulaziz University enacted a program to attract the international community and has welcomed nearly 150 researches or various disciplines. The university has developed international research partners, including in Morocco where it has developed a joint lunar research program with the Astronomic Observatory of Oukaïmeden. The university has 13 different research centers, predominantly in the fields of medicine (medical genomes and osteoperosis), environment and energy, climate change, and desalination.
Founded in the 1970s by Sami Angawi, the research center on pilgrimage to Mecca (Hajj Research Center) conducts a series of works around the religious event, notably on the aspects of logistics surrounding the pilgrimage.
Faculty of Engineering
Faculty of Economics and Administration
The 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.
- 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
The Faculty of Law was established in 2012 as it segregated from Faculty of Economics and Administration.
- Public Law
- Private Law
- 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
|ARWU World||101-150 (2018)|
|THE World||201-250 (2018)|
|USNWR World||110 (2018)|
|QS World||231 (2019)|
|USNWR Arab Region||2 (2018)|
|QS Arab Region||4 (2018)|
Awards & Accreditations
- Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda terrorist responsible for the September 11 attacks.
- Nahed Taher, Saudi founder and chief executive officer of Gulf One Investment Bank, which has its headquarters in Bahrain. In 2006, Forbes magazine ranked Taher 72nd in the list of the 100 Most Powerful Women in the World.
- Sulaiman Abdul Aziz Al Rajhi, Saudi billionaire economist, owner of Al Rajhi Bank, the 38th richest person in the world
- Adel Fakeih, Saudi billionaire engineer and former mayor of Jeddah.
- Manal al-Sharif, Saudi women's rights activist.
- Abdallah Bin Bayyah, Muslim scholar, teaches in the university; Bin Bayyah holds a Mauritanian citizenship
- Adel Al-Hussain, BS, Bachelor's degree in Accounting with honors, (1992)
- Amr Dabbagh, Saudi economist and businessman. Member of World Economic Forum and founder of Jeddah Economic Forum
- Shalimar Sharbatly, abstract artist
- Said Aqil Siradj, leader of Nahdlatul Ulama, world's largest Islamic organization in Indonesia
- List of universities in Saudi Arabia
- Umm al-Qura University
- King Saud University
- Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University
- Islamic University of Madinah
- "جامعة الملك عبدالعزيز - تاريخنا". Kau.edu.sa. 2017-09-28. Retrieved 2018-08-07.
- King Abdulaziz University list of founders.
- "Arab universities: The kingdom is king". The Economist. 2 April 2016. Retrieved 3 April 2016.
- "King Abdulaziz University signs 3-year partnership with The Undergraduate Awards". Undergraduateawards.com. 13 March 2015. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
- "King Abdulaziz University". Timeshighereducation.com. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
- Aarti Nagraj (21 March 2018). "Revealed: Top 10 universities in the Arab region". Gulfbusiness.com. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
- "King Abdulaziz University". Usnews.com. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
- "Entretien avec le directeur de l'Observatoire astronomique de l'Oukaïmeden". Lematin.ma (in French). 26 February 2017. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
- "Research staff". Kau.edu.sa. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
- "Stampede near Mecca kills at least 717 pilgrims". Chicagotribune.com. 24 September 2015. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-10-24. Retrieved 2007-12-31.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
- Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018
- QS World University Rankings 2019
- World University Rankings 2018
- U.S. News Education: Best Global Universities 2018
- U.S. News Education: Best Arab Region Universities Rankings 2018
- QS Arab Region University Rankings 2018
- "King Abdulaziz University". Times Higher Education (THE). 2018-02-05. Retrieved 2019-01-29.