King Abdulaziz University (KAU) named after the Founder of Saudi Arabia was founded in 1967 as the first private higher education institution in the Kingdom and became a public institution in 1973. KAU has grown and now constitutes of 39 colleges, 3 institutions, 7 research centers, 8 centers of excellence, 9 deanships and 31 chairs.
There are 138 academic undergraduate programs and 172 postgraduate programs. KAU mission: "The advancement of society through cultural and Scientific excellence, and pioneering research". KAU has been adopting best international practices and quality standards. 97 of its academic programs were accredited by international accreditation commissions such as: ABET, AALE, CSC, CIWEM, UNIQUE, AMBA and others.