33 new colleges to be established

December 30, 2010

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz has approved a number of decisions taken by the Higher Education Council during its 62nd session. In a statement, Minister of Higher Education Dr. Khalid Al-Anqari said that approval has been given for the establishment of 33 new colleges, including seven in Makkah; six in Qassim; four in Tabuk; three each in Assir, Jazan and Madinah; two each in Hail and Hafr Al-Baten; and one each in Jeddah, Al-Hafoof and Riyadh.

King Abdullah also endorsed the Council’s decision to set up a series of United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) academic chairs. They will include: chairs at Imam Mohammed bin Saud University on dialogue between followers of religions and cultures, higher education quality and social information; chairs at King Saud University on childhood studies, water desalination, and education for sustainable development in Saudi Arabia; chairs at Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz University on coral reefs, desertification and geological dangers; and chairs at King Faisal University for talent, innovation and disabled studies.