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RIYADH l Princess Norah University | U/C

King lays foundation stone for women’s university

Plans to create the world's largest university for women only - set to be completed in Riyadh in 2010 - are due to take a step forward on Wednesday.

Ghazanfar Ali Khan | Arab News
RIYADH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah yesterday laid the foundation for the Kingdom’s first women-only university, which is to be built at a cost of SR15 billion on the eastern suburbs of Riyadh.

The Princess Noura bint Abdulrahman University, with a capacity to enroll some 40,000 students, will offer courses in subjects that women find difficulty studying at universities where strict gender segregation is enforced.

On arrival at the construction site, King Abdullah was received by Riyadh Gov. Prince Salman, Minister of Finance Ibrahim Al-Assaf, Minister of Higher Education Khaled Al-Anqari, government officials and other members of the royal family.

Speaking during the foundation-laying ceremony, Al-Assaf said, “This is a milestone in the Kingdom’s history, particularly in the history of women’s education. The campus would include an administration building, a central library, conference centers, buildings for 15 academic faculties, several laboratories and a 700-bed hospital equipped with state-of-the-art facilities.

“Some areas in the campus would be allocated for research in nanotechnology, bio-sciences and information technology in collaboration with the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology,” he said.

He added that the campus, spread over eight million sq. meters, would also include housing for university staff, mosques, a school, a kindergarten and exclusive amusement centers for families and students.

“In line with the king’s directions, the university would have a high-tech transport system with automatic and computer-controlled vehicles linking all important facilities at the campus round the clock,” the finance minister said.

He said the university’s design is environment-friendly.

Al-Anqari expressed his deep gratitude to King Abdullah for launching the project. “The king’s presence here shows his generous support for women empowerment in Saudi Arabia and his keen desire to promote higher education,” he said.

He added that a number of contractors have been pre-qualified by the Finance Ministry for the construction contract, and that the project would be the best model campus in the region.

Princess Al-Jowhara bint Fahd, the university’s president, said the institution is designed to become the world’s largest center of higher learning for women. “It would double the admission capacity of women students,” she said in a statement. “The university would have 13 colleges, including those for medicine, dentistry, nursing, naturopathy, information technology, languages, instant translation and pharmacy.”

“There are currently 26,000 girls studying in different faculties in the university,” she added.

Princess Al-Jowhara also expressed her happiness at the university’s high-tech design and thanked King Abdullah for his deep interest in the educational development of Saudi women.

The Kingdom is keen to empower women. The government recently urged the private sector to play a larger role in creating jobs for the rising number of women graduates

Figures released by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Saudi government show that women make up 58 percent of the total student population of Saudi universities.

Al-Anqari said this was a record for women’s education. “But such an impressive achievement in tertiary education participation is not matched in the workplace, because only 16 percent of Saudi women work, mostly in the education sector,” said a UNESCO report.

During a recent visit to the Kingdom, Yakin Ertek, the UN rapporteur on violence against women, urged the Saudi government to establish the necessary infrastructure for women’s participation in all government institutions and private businesses, and also in the Kingdom’s decision-making processes.


Campus So Big that it needs a train

Giant Noura campus to be ready by end of next year
( Published On Friday 15 October 2010, 8 Dhu Alqadah 1431, Time: 13:2)

The construction of the world’s largest women-only university campus is nearing completion, according to its top official.

Princess Al-Jawhara bint Fahd, president of Princess Noura Bint Abdulrahman University of Riyadh, said the giant campus would be ready by the end of next year.

The project was actually meant to finish this year but the deadline was later pushed back by another year.

Princess Al-Jawhara disclosed that the university has achieved 100 percent Saudization in all its administrative departments.

Speaking to Al-Madinah Arabic daily, Princess Al-Jawhara said the university campus, which boasts the first green campus in the Kingdom, will have several unique features as a world-class center of academic excellence and scientific research. It is part of the government’s serious drive to realize the empowerment of Saudi women.

According to the president, the campus will also have the state-of-the-art infrastructure facilities. “These include a high-tech transport system with automatic and computer-controlled vehicles that will act as a link to all important facilities at the campus around the clock. The main highlight of the transport system will be a suspended train service that will facilitate the smooth flow of traffic inside the campus. There will be suspension railway stations connecting various parts of the campus with a suspension monorail operating around the clock,” she said, adding that all the infrastructure projects of the campus have already been completed.

Taking advantage of the energy-saving technology, the campus buildings have been designed in a way incorporating sunlight as a natural source of light. The 40,000 square meters of solar paneling will provide 16 percent of power for campus heating and 18 percent for air-conditioning.

Princess Al-Jawhara stated that the gigantic campus project, which is a key center for inducting new generations of Saudi women into an era of globalization, is expected to cost more than SR22 billion. Located on King Khaled International Airport Road, north of Riyadh, the campus spreads over a total area of eight million square meters, of which the total built-up area is around three million square meters. There are about 40,000 women students at the university at present, and that number matches the total capacity of the new campus. More than 60 percent of the students are graduates of Saudi secondary schools.

While describing the university as a milestone in the Kingdom’s history, particularly in the history of women’s education, Princess Al-Jawhara unveiled plans to set up an Arabic language institute for non-Arabic speaking students at the campus.

The campus would include administration buildings, 13 faculties, a 700-bed student hospital equipped with advanced facilities, laboratories, research centers and a residential area that includes accommodation for students as well as for academic and non-academic staff.

Princess Al-Jawhara denied reports that the mosque, which is under construction at the campus, is meant only for women. “The mosque is being built at a location with easy access to all faculty members. There are two separate sections of accommodation for girls and families of the university staff,” she said while adding that there would also be separate sports and recreational facilities and health clubs for men and women.

According to Princess Al-Jawhara, there are 972 male and female academic staff at present at the university and the number of faculty members is going up day by day. The university is expecting more students from various parts of the Kingdom and abroad, she said.

Referring to the commercial market and restaurant projects at the university, Princess Al-Jawhara said the Ministry of Finance has been entrusted with the task of awarding these projects and other supporting services to the concerned parties.

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah laid the foundation stone for the campus on Oct. 28, 2008. During the ceremony, the king changed its name from Riyadh University for Women to Princess Noura bint Abdulrahman University to honor his aunt Princess Noura, who was the sister of King Abdul Aziz. – Arab News

RIYADH | Al Faisal University | COMPLETED

eflecting King Faisal Foundation's strong commitment to learning, and building on the success of it previous academic endeavors, King Faisal Foundation established Alfaisal University in 2001. The University will accept the first students in September 2007.

The campus is situated on the beautiful grounds of the late King Faisal's palace. The serene surroundings in the centre of Riyadh make the historical location an ideal choice for academic pursuits.

The AU curriculum focuses on science, business, and technology. Programs are based on those established by the American Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET), the US's primary accrediting board for engineering. As part of the undergraduate and graduate courses, students gain valuable work experience through the school's internship programs.

Under the umbrella of AU come Abha city's Prince Sultan College for Tourism and Business and Jeddah city's Effat National College for Women

THUWAL l King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) | COMPLETED

جامعة الملك عبد الله للعلوم و التقنية

Endowment US$10 billion[1]
Location Thuwal, Makkah Province, Saudi Arabia

Official YouTube Channel

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) (Arabic: جامعة الملك عبد الله للعلوم و التقنية -كاوست‎) is an international, graduate-level research institution in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, which was opened in September 2009 with a $10 billion endowment.[1] KAUST is a co-ed school.[2]
English is the language of instruction at KAUST.

KAUST officially opened on September 23, 2009, in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia. King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud invited more than 3,000 distinguished Saudis and international guests, including heads of state and Nobel laureates, to join him for the KAUST Inauguration Ceremony on Saudi National Day. During the inauguration, HRH King Abdullah awarded the three senior management staff the highest rank of King Abdulaziz's medal of honor and appreciation, the minister of petroleum getting the platinum and then Khalid AlFalih and Waleed AlBedaiwi getting the gold. Although Saudi authorities did not mention the financial side of the honor, it is widely known that the king awarded them a great cash bonus and many valuable gifts, as this is the tradition in Saudi Arabia.[3]
The University launched an Inauguration Web site to allow people from around the world to participate in the event. This Web site featured a live event webcast, and information about the University's research agenda, lab facilities, faculty, students, and community.[3]

Cutting-edge laboratories will enable researchers to make major scientific breakthroughs at KAUST. Other research institutions in the Kingdom and the region will link to the University’s supercomputer and other laboratory facilities through the 10 gigabytes per second (Gbps) Saudi Arabian Advanced Research and Education Network (SAREN).[8]

Saudi university houses world’s supercomputer

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), the new science and technology university in Saudi Arabia, will house one of the world’s largest supercomputers and it is helping lure top researchers to the Arab Muslim kingdom.

“The supercomputer is the cornerstone of this knowledge-based economy that we are seeking,” said Majid Al-Ghaslan, in charge of the acquisition, design and development of the “Shaheen” supercomputer. MORE HERE:


Saudi Arabia to Set Up SR10bn University of Technology

JEDDAH, 29 November 2006 — A university of science and technology is being constructed in Thuwal, about 100 km north of Jeddah. Spread over an area of 30 million square meters along the Red Sea, the project would cost SR10 billion ($2.6 billion), informed sources said. Classes are scheduled to begin in 2008.

The new university, named after Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, will offer studies in micro-technology, nano-technology, water and conservation technology, biotechnology, information technology and computer science and programs.

Egyptian Nobel Prize laureate Ahmed Zewail is a leading candidate to become the university's president, a source said.

According to Dr. Abdullah Al-Othman, deputy minister of Higher Education, the king has already allocated funds for the university project. "An endowment property will be set aside to ensure continuous revenues required for running the institution," he said.

Al-Othman said the university would receive not only Saudis but also some outstanding Muslim students from other countries.

"The main standard for work and study at this university is excellence and innovative capabilities. Priority will be given to foreign scientists and Muslim students," he added. "This university is the brainchild of King Abdullah," he said, adding that the university would provide an atmosphere conducive to research and development.

In a previous statement the king emphasized the need for achieving scientific and technological progress.

"We are living in an era of scientific and technological advancement," he said. "There is no real power without achieving progress in science and technology. Anyone failing to achieve excellence in these subjects will be marginalized. The new university will aim at achieving excellence in science and technology."

Work on the project, which is managed by Saudi Aramco, has already started, the sources said. "King Abdullah University of Science and Technology is aimed at producing future pioneers in science and technology and promoting the Kingdom's research and technological capabilities," said Khaled Abdul Aziz Al-Faleh, Aramco's vice president for industrial affairs. The new university project is significant as it would support the Kingdom's push for achieving balanced development for all regions by opening mega economic cities, which require highly educated and trained manpower. At present most high-tech jobs are done by expatriate workers.

king abdullah university of science and technology

the master plan

there are dozens of pictures&info don't miss it

Floods :p

Al KHARJ | Al Kharj University | U/C

TAIF l Taif University | App


JIZAN l Jizan University | U/C

COST: 775 million riyals

NAJRAN | Najran University | U/C

Najran University is located on the Eastern outskirts of the city of Najran, covering an area of 18 million square meters, thus becoming the largest University complex in the Kingdom. The complex will house two campuses for males and females; consist of 15 and 10 colleges for males and females respectively, with an overall capacity of 45 thousand students. The university will also house a medical city, a research center, a sport and entertainment arenas and housing accommodation for faculty and staff members as well as students. There will also be a future investment city to serve as a trust foundation for the university. The investment will include, not exclusively, a hotel and a commercial center.

TABOUK | University of Tabouk | Prep

SHAQRA' | Shaqra' University | U/C

HAFR Al BATIN | Hafr Al Batin University | U/C

Al JOUF | Al Jouf University | U/C


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So much development are continuing apace ... spreading the universities
over the cities is what it's most important

appreciated effort ... really thanx GA

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Discussion Starter · #11 · (Edited)
What I am most happy for about this is the women's university. That is a sign of social progressivism which is fantastic!
thats just a misconception, all women in saudi can go to any university they want, all universities in saudi are for both men and women, the only new thing is that there is a new one which has one of the largest campuses int he world that is Women-Only.

go away
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thats just a misconception, all women in saudi can go to any university they want
LOL, next you gonna tell us women in saudi can drive and choose who to marry. :rofl:

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Discussion Starter · #16 ·
i said women can drive in aramco, meaning gated suburbs

they are also allowed to drive in small towns

in saudi we have personal drivers

there is "oppression" or "injustice" a few spoke up and want to drive,

thats for us to decide, not you, and this is not related tot he thread.
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