King Saud University (جامعة الملك سعود) is Saudi Arabia’s oldest university, located in the capital Riyadh. The university was founded by King Saud in 1957 as Riyadh University.
King Saud University (جامعة الملك سعود) is Saudi Arabia’s oldest university, located in the capital Riyadh. The university was founded by King Saud in 1957 as Riyadh University. The first university not dedicated to religious subjects, it was renamed King Saud University in 1982. It was created to meet Saudi Arabia’s shortage of skilled workers. Today the school has over 70,000 students including females. he school’s current main campus was designed by HOK Architects, headquartered in St.Louis, Missouri. Mechanical and Electrical systems were designed by Syska Hennessy Group, Inc. New York City, New York. The facility was constructed in the 1980s by Blount International, a construction firm led by Winton M. Blount headquartered in Montgomery, Alabama, after the firm was awarded the world’s then largest fixed-price contract in history for the sum of approximately $5 billion.The idea of establishing the first university in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia came as a natural response to the educational revival the kingdom enjoyed since its foundation. With the reign of King Abdulaziz Al Saud, the kingdom’s government sought to propagate education throughout the country. His efforts were crowned when King Fahd assumed the office of the first Ministry of Education. Right after the first session of the Council of Ministers, he gave the following statement: “We will shortly establish the Saudi University; this is a foregone conclusion. This university will be one of the most prominent houses of culture and sciences, and will be worthy of our country where the light of Islamic faith and civilization has emanated (Wikipedia).