King Abdulaziz University
|جامعة الملك عبد العزيز|
|President||Abdulrahman Obaid AI-Youbi|
|Location||Jeddah, Makkah, Saudi Arabia|
|Campus||Both urban and rural|
King Abdulaziz University (KAU) (Arabic: جامعة الملك عبد العزيز ǧāmiʿat al-malik ʿabd al-ʿazīz) was founded in 1967 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Designed by English architect John Elliott, it had 2,000 faculty and more than 37,000 students in 2000/2001. Established initially as a private university by a group of businessmen led by Sheikh Muhammad Abu Bakr Bakhashab Pasha and including the writer Hamza Bogary. in 1974 King Abdulaziz University was converted to a public university by a resolution of the Council Ministers of Saudi Arabia. In 2016, it was ranked the top Arab university by Times Higher Education.
Faculty of Economics and Administration
Faculty of economics and administration was the first college to be established in the new university, and until this day it is called "The Base of Founder's University" , referring to the founder of the country, which the university were named after later.
- 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
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 Engineering
College of Earth Sciences, University of King Abdul Aziz 
College of Marine Sciences at the University of King Abdul Aziz 
In 2014, King Abdulaziz University was criticized for manipulating global university rankings via its "highly-cited researcher program". According to U.S. News & World Report, KAU had more highly cited researchers citing it as an affiliated institution than almost any other university in the world. Allegedly, KAU boosted its rankings by aggressively recruiting top researchers, paying scholars with no scientific connection to the university to list KAU among their secondary affiliations.
- 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
- Nahed Taher, Saudi economist, chief executive officer of Gulf One Investment Bank. Ranked 72nd in Forbes magazine's list of The World's 100 Most Powerful Women in 2006
- Osama Bin-Laden, Founder and leader of Al-Qaeda
- Said Aqil Siradj, leader of Nahdlatul Ulama, world's largest Islamic organization
- Sulaiman Abdul Aziz Al Rajhi, Saudi economist, owner of Al Rajhi Bank, the 38th richest person in the world
- Adel Fakeih, Minister of economy and planning of Saudi Arabia,[better source needed]
- List of universities in Saudi Arabia
- Umm al-Qura University
- Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University
- Islamic University of Madinah
- King Abdulaziz University list of founders.
- "Arab universities: The kingdom is king". The Economist. 2 April 2016. Retrieved 3 April 2016.
- "Secondary affiliations lift King Abdulaziz University in rankings". Times Higher Education (THE). Retrieved 2016-04-16.
- Staff, Megan Messerly | Senior. "UC Berkeley professor critiques Saudi university's recruitment process of world's top researchers". The Daily Californian. Retrieved 2016-04-16.
- Adel Fakeih
- King Abdulaziz University Website
- KAU ranking from Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
- Faculty of Design and Arts