UNIVERSITIES SAUDI ARABIA
Al-Imam Mohamed Ibn Saud Islamic University
Established in 1974 (1394 H), it has ten colleges, 5 institutes inside the Kingdom and several institutes abroad, including Ras Al Khaima, Japan and Washington. It has branches in the central Qasseem Region and the southern city of Abha. It is also comprised of sixty pre-university institutes in various cities of the Kingdom. Degrees received by graduates range from the B. A. to M. A. and Ph. D. in arts and Islamic studies such Shariah, Jurisprudence, Fundamentals of Islam and Dawa (Call), as well as in the Arabic Language for non-Arabic speakers. The University's total enrollment is more than 27,000 students.
In May of 2001, the Ministry of Higher Education of Saudi Arabia authorized Al-Yamamah College to provide academic programs in business administration and information systems. The Private Colleges Act gives support to the private sector to establish higher education institutions, and after more than two years of intensive strategic planning, Al-Yamamah College opened its doors to the public in September 2004. Built at a total cost of 250 million Saudi Riyals (c. 66 million US$), the Al-Yamamah College campus’s ultra-modern design provides state-of-the-art instruction within a high quality educational environment. The college has further invested comparable intellectual capital in designing a new, modern institution that focuses on quality, integrity, fairness, and progressive yet practical education. The college has since its inception and in the appropriate continual and ongoing process practiced quality assurance principles in its pedagogy and in its strategies practices In August of 2005, Al Yamamah opened its Women’s College, and the Women’s College Building is presently being constructed at a cost of X million Saudi Riyals (c. x million US$); the projected completion date is September of 2007. Future building projects include the Al Yamamah/Bilad Banking Center, the Saudi Interlink (SILC) Building, student resident halls, and faculty and staff housing facilities
ALMajmaah Community College
The Community College in AlMajma’ah, was founded in 1422 and began receiving students at the beginning of the first semester of the academic year 1425-1426 H. It is affiliated with King Saud University in Riyadh, and strives to follow its lead in providing quality education. The College’s objective is to support the national plans for training and employing Saudis particularly for specializations in demand by the labor market. This community college gives students who are unable to pursue their high educational studies for academic reasons, the opportunity to attain a degree that will academically qualify them for the College Career Program. It also supports King Saud’s University's ability to accept large number of students in transfer and career programs, by offering efficient, university-level programs to students who wish to transfer.
King Saud University
Founded in 1957, it is the Kingdom's first university and is comprised of 19 colleges and specialized institutes. Affiliated to it are King Abdul Aziz University Hospital and King Khaled University Hospital. It has two branches, one in the southern city Abha and the other in the central Qasseem Region. It has a total enrollment of more than 32,000 male and female students.
Arab Open University
The creation of the Arab Open University (AOU) came as a personal initiative of HRH Prince Talal Bin Abdelaziz, President of the Arab Gulf Program for United Nations Development Organizations (AGFUND). Although roots of the concept go back to 1976, it was the more formal call, made by HRH Prince Talal in 1996, for establishing such an institution that would actually put the concept on a serious track. Said initiative was put forth to a congregation of Arab Ministers of Education and in Higher Education, held in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1998. Same concept was unanimously adopted by said congregation as an innovative institution of need. Following a feasibility study, undertaken by a major international firm in 1999, Under the Chairmanship of HRH Prince Talal, a Working Group started, in 1997, laying the foundations for the establishment of the institution. Following a feasibility study, undertaken by a major international firm in 1999, concrete steps were taken in order to shape the structure of the envisaged institution. In particular, formal agreements of collaboration were subsequently signed with the renowned United Kingdom Open University (UKOU). These agreements provide the AOU with opportunities to tap into learning resources of high quality standards for certain programs of study, offered by the institution. In addition, they allow the AOU, via consultancy arrangements, to benefit from vast accumulated experience at the UKOU.
College of Busniess Admnistration
King Abdulaziz University started the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) in the year 2000 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, as a private Institute for Business and Commerce Studies. It has subsequently grown to become the College of Business Administration (CBA) in 2004, including the following departments: Department of Marketing Department of Information System Department of Accounting Department of Business Logistics Department of Human Resources CBA is now following steps to create two new departments (Engineering and Law,) thus becoming the University of Business Administration (UBA); however this is rather perplexing as it would no longer be limited to business administration with the addition of these two fields. The new departments are scheduled to be opened in the Fall 2007 semester.
Institute of Public Administration
Students entering the Institute of Public Administration (IPA) must successfully pass a one year intensive English program. The English Language Center (ELC) at the IPA is responsible for this intensive English program. There are four sessions each academic year, each session being eight weeks. Currently CALL is being integrated into a skill based program. Teachers in the program must have completed an MA in TESL/TEFL or Applied Linguistics. The faculty of the ELC represent many different cultures and nationalities. We currently have teachers from the US, Canada, Britain Ireland, Scotland, South Africa and several different Arabic countries, including of course Saudi Arabia. The student body is composed of young men who have completed high school and in some cases university (BA, Ma and Phd holders). They are all Saudi nationals with an occasional small group from one of the other GCC countries.
Islamic University Medinah
Established in 1961, it is the Kingdom's second university, comprising five colleges. The university's post-graduate studies departments confer the Ph. D. and Master's degrees. The university is host to more than 100 different nationalities, which constitute the majority of its total enrollment of more than 7,000 students.
King Abdul Aziz University
Comprised of nine colleges, it was launched as a private university in the western city of Jeddah, on the Red Sea, before being handed over to the government in 1971. Affiliated with it are the Energy Research Center, the English Language Center, the Computer Center and the Technological Studies Center. The University has a total enrollment of more than 34,000 students.
Jubail Industrial College
Jubail Industrial College has its roots in 1978 when the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu established a skills training center, to develop skilled manpower required by the Kingdom. In 1982, the skills training center was upgraded into an institute named "The Royal Commission Jubail Human Resources Development Institute". The Manpower Council of the Government of Saudi Arabia issued a Royal decree in 1989 to transform the institute into a full fledged engineering and business college, named the Jubail Industrial College. This was established to serve the educational and training needs of the newly created Jubail Industrial City and the local and regional community of the Eastern Province of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Jubail Industrial College, the Kingdom's largest and most sophisticated, is a 'semi autonomous' technical institute governed by the Board of Directors of the Royal Commission. At the college level the activities concerning academic, administrative and student services are administered by the Managing Director along with the College Deputy of Education and Training Affairs and College Deputy of Student Affairs according to by-laws and College Council decisions.
King Fahad University of Petroleum and Minerals
This specialist university was established in 1963 in Dhahran, in the Kingdom's oil-rich Eastern Region, under the name of "The College of Petroleum and Minerals." It is made up of seven colleges, in addition to the Applied Research Institute. It has an enrollment of 6,000 students, plus to 600 post-graduate students.
King Faisal University
This university was established in 1974 (1394 H) in the city of Al Ahsa, in the Eastern Region, an agricultural area famous for its date-palms. It is comprised of six colleges in Al Ahsa and Dammam, in addition to several veterinary and agricultural training centers. IT enrols is 6,000 students.
Umm Al-Qura University
Founded in Makkah Al Mukarramah in 1981 (1401 H), it is comprised of eight colleges and seven institutes. The Hajj Research Center is one of the University's main components. The University hasa total enrollment of more than 14,600 students.
Prince Mohammad University
The continuing rapid development of Saudi Arabia and the growth of various new sectors of the Kingdom's economy call for the substantial number of graduates capable of leadership in diverse fields of business, engineering, information technology, culture, education, community development and public administration. Prince Mohammad University's aspiration is to be among the potential contributors ensuring that the Kingdom develops the necessary manpower with the appropriate competencies, technical knowledge and foresight to rise to the challenges ahead. The Prince Mohammad University is a new private university located in the Al-Khobar area of the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. The University has been established by a group of renowned individuals under the auspices of HRH Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd Bin Abdulaziz.
Private College of Dentistry and Pharmacy
Riyadh College of Dentistry and Pharmacy (RCDP) is a privately supported Institution located in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The permanent site of the College which is on King Fahad Road, Riyadh, is presently being developed. When the eleven-floor permanent building is completed, it will have 44,000 square meters of usable floor space. The College was officially approved by the Ministry of Higher Education of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to offer professional degree programs in Dentistry, Pharmacy, Medical Laboratory Technology, Dental Hygiene, Dental Assisting, as well as Diploma programs in Dental Hygiene, Dental Assisting, Medical Laboratory Sciences and Pharmacy Assisting. The College is open to male and female applicants who meet the admission requirements. Separate teaching sessions are held for males and females daily. The College is not just a new institution of courses, laboratories, classrooms, library facilities and offices. It is people; people who aspire to make significant contribution to the health of the community and the country. The students should expect to find friendly administrative and academic staff who are committed to the noble goal of making available to enrolled students the best education that the college could offer in dentistry, pharmacy, medical laboratory technology and other allied health sciences.
Yanbu Industrial College
The Royal Commission for Jubail & Yanbu was established in 1975 by a royal decree for developing the infrastructural facilities in the two industrial cities of Jubail on the Arabian Gulf and Yanbu on the Red Sea, with the objective of building an integrated industrial base that uses and develops the local natural resources. Yanbu Industrial College, an affiliate of the Royal Commission for Jubail & Yanbu, was established in 1989 to achieve the objectives of the Royal Commission, in developing human resources and to provide the Saudi manpower with high technical education and training, so that they can properly manage the Kingdom's growing economy in its various sectors. Yanbu Industrial College is located at the center of Yanbu Industrial City, about 350 km north of Jeddah on the Red Sea side. It is noted for its beautiful buildings and vast green surroundings. The college commitment is to provide Saudi nationals with the technical, scientific and academic skills required by the industrial and other economic sectors it serves. To meet this responsibility the College is equipped with modern instructional media such as computers, audio visual aids, well-equipped specialized laboratories and advanced technical workshops.