King Abdulaziz University (KAU) (Arabic: جامعة الملك عبد العزيز) is a public university in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. It was established 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 2021, it is ranked the #1 Arab university by Times Higher Education. King Abdulaziz University has been placed in the top 200 universities in the world by four major ranking tables.
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|
In the year 1964, the idea of establishing a private university in the city of Jeddah was originally put forward by Mohammed Ali Hafiz. In the same year, a preparatory committee of 6 members was formed, including Mohamed Ali Hafiz 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 Abdul-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)Edit
In 1974, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia decided to merge the university with the government; converting it to a public university. As of 2017[update], it had almost 31,000 students, of which 28% are international.
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 EngineeringEdit
Faculty of Economics and AdministrationEdit
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 LawEdit
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
|Global – Overall|
|ARWU World||101-150 (2020)|
|CWTS World||232 (2020)|
|QS World||143 (2021)|
|THE World||201-250 (2021)|
|USNWR Global||51 (2020)|
|Regional – Overall|
|QS Arab region||1 (2020)|
|USNWR Arab countries||1 (2020)|
King Abdulaziz University is ranked between 101 and 150 since 2020 by Academic Ranking of World Universities Furthermore, according to U.S. News & World Report Best Global University Ranking, King Abdulaziz University is ranked 51 in 2020. And according to QS World University Rankings, King Abdulaziz University is ranked at number 143 in 2021 in the world's top universities ranking by the London-based Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).
This article's list of alumni may not follow Wikipedia's verifiability policy. (November 2018)
- 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
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