King Abdulaziz University

Coordinates: 21°29′38″N 39°15′1″E / 21.49389°N 39.25028°E / 21.49389; 39.25028

King Abdulaziz University (KAU)
جامعة الملك عبد العزيز
Endowment US$1 billion
Administrative staff
Students 180212[1]
Location Jeddah, Makkah, Saudi Arabia
Campus Both urban and rural
Nickname KAU
Website official website
University Stadium
University Yard
Medicine Faculty
Empty classrooms
Classroom with TV cameras, for Remote teaching

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.[2] 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.[3]

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.


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 departments:

  • Electrical Engineering
  • Biomedical & Electrical Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Chemical & Materials Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mining Engineering
  • Production Engineering and Mechanical Systems Design
  • Thermal Engineering and Desalination Technology

These programs are accredited by ABET as Substantially Equivalent Programs since 2003.[4]

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".[5] 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.[6]

Notable Alumni

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