King Abdulaziz University

World University Rankings 2024
Impact Rankings 2022
World Reputation Rankings 2022
P.O. Box 80200, Jeddah, 21589, Saudi Arabia

King Abdulaziz University (KAU) was established in 1967 in the city of Jeddah by the Red Sea as a private university bearing the name of the founder of Saudi Arabia, King Abdul-Aziz Al-Saud, in order to serve the needs of higher education in the Western Region of Saudi Arabia.  In 1973, KAU joined the Saudi public universities’ system. Since then KAU has gained successful experience and pioneered many academic systems and traditions in the development of higher education in the Kingdom. KAU has further witnessed tremendous quantitative and qualitative progress in terms of enrollment and diversity of academic programs. It is now recognized as a world-class prestigious university brought about by its international outreach and collaboration in research, innovation, accreditations and rankings. It does this while continues to maintain its traditional commitment to deliver outstanding education and community service.

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There are many attractions to entice students to study at King Abdulaziz University. These include its distinguished location by the Red Sea, its proximity to Mecca, Islam’s holiest city, its rich history, culture and international reputation, its warm climate and top-notch educational programs, facilities and superior laboratory equipments. It is a well funded comprehensive university that offers programs in a wide range of subject areas, and also teaches a distance learning program. Like the rest of Saudi public universities, the students receive free education, housing and stipend. KAU also has separate campuses for men and women. 

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KAU offers outstanding opportunities for academics looking to be part of a dynamic, quality-centric institution for research and personal growth. In recent years, KAU has earned a respectable reputation across the globe as a world-class institution with an emphasis on quality education and integrity in academic and research initiatives. In addition to delivering excellence in teaching, KAU takes special care of its academic staff, from providing high quality laboratories to international outreach programs, creating valuable links with other renowned institutions and entities worldwide. Today, KAU is recognized as a prestigious university, primarily for its international standing in research, innovation, accreditations and rankings. 

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Key statistics

  • 60,540
    Number of FTE Students
  • 32%
    Proportion of ISR Publication
  • 50 : 50
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
  • 3%
    Percentage of International Students
  • 13.9
    No. of students per staff
Based on data collected for the (1) 2024 World University Rankings


Subjects taught at King Abdulaziz University

  • Life sciences

    • Agriculture & Forestry
    • Sport Science
    • Biological Sciences
    • Veterinary Science
  • Engineering & technology

    • Civil Engineering
    • Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Electrical & Electronic Engineering
    • General Engineering
  • Arts & humanities

    • Languages, Literature & Linguistics
    • Art, Performing Arts & Design
    • Architecture
    • History, Philosophy & Theology
    • Archaeology
  • Physical sciences

    • Geology, Environmental, Earth & Marine Sciences
    • Physics & Astronomy
    • Mathematics & Statistics
    • Chemistry
  • Social sciences

    • Communication & Media Studies
    • Geography
    • Sociology
    • Politics & International Studies (incl Development Studies)
  • Law

    • Law
  • Business & economics

    • Business & Management
    • Economics & Econometrics
    • Accounting & Finance
  • Computer science

    • Computer Science
  • Clinical, pre-clinical & health

    • Medicine & Dentistry
    • Other Health
  • Education

    • Education
  • Psychology

    • Psychology