King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences

King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences (KSAU-HS) (Arabic: جامعة الملك سعود بن عبد العزيز للعلوم الصحية) is the first public university in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Middle East region specialized in health sciences. Its headquarters is in the main campus in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. It has two other campuses both in Jeddah and Al-Ahsa.

King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences
جامعة الملك سعود بن عبدالعزيز للعلوم الصحية
جامعة لصحة وطن
Motto in English
A university for a nation's health.
Established2005 April 25 (25-04-2005)
PresidentDr. Bandar Al Knawy
Vice-presidentProf. Youssef Al Eissa, Prof. Mohamed Al Moamary.
DeanProf.Fayez Al-Hejaili,Prof. Ali Al-Tuwaijri,Dr. Khaled Al Jamaan,Dr. Mohammed Ghaihab Al Ghaihab,Dr. Sulaiman Abdullah Al Queflie
CampusMultiple campuses
AffiliationsMinistry of Education (Saudi Arabia)


The university was formally established in 2005. The advanced medical facilities at the King Abdulaziz Medical Cities in Riyadh, Jeddah and Al-Ahsa proved to be critical foundations for the successful inception of the university.

KSAU-HS's main campus is in Riyadh with two additional campuses in Jeddah and Al-Ahsa. The main campus in Riyadh hosts seven colleges: College of Medicine, College of Dentistry, College of Pharmacy, College of Public Health and Health Informatics, College of Applied Medial Sciences, College of Nursing and the College of Science & Health Professions. Jeddah Campus hosts College of Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Applied Medical Sciences and College of Sciences and Health Professions. Finally, Al-Ahsa Campus hosts College of Applied Medical Sciences, College of Nursing, and College of Sciences and Health Professions.

The umbrella of NGHA has given the KSAU-HS students access to King Abdulaziz Medical Cities in Riyadh, Jeddah and Al-Ahsa, which are considered to be the most advanced medical complexes in the region. Furthermore, it has enabled KSAU-HS to enhance its curricula and academic programs with clinical applications and training under health professionals.



The campus is in the east of Riyadh and officially opened in April 2013.[1] Its design is a mix of contemporary and Islamic architecture. The campus has a capacity of ten thousand students, but it can accommodate future increase in student enrolment.

There is a large landscaping area connecting the buildings with footpaths. In addition, there is a trolleybus line that connects the main areas of the campus with the housing compound.[1][2]

Main Units on Campus

Main UnitRiyadhJeddahAl AhsawebDean
Administration Buildingxxx
Conference Centerxxx
Clinical Skill Training Centerxxx
King Abdullah International Medical Research Centerxxx
Deanship of Higher Educationx--
College of Medicinexxxcom
College of Nursingxxxnursing
College of Dentistryx--cod
College of Pharmacyx--cop
College of Science and Health Professions[3]xxxcoshp
College of Applied Medical Sciencesxxxcams
College of Public Health and Health Informaticsx--cphhiDr. Majed Alsalamah[4]
Housing Compoundsxxx
Sports Centerxxx
Recreational Facilitiesxxx
Year officially opened20132015-

International collaboration

KSAU-HS has a number of agreements and memoranda for academic collaboration with reputable North American, European, and Australian universities and institutions.

Memorandum of understanding with Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, for the establishment of a Collaborating Center for CanMEDS competencies in Saudi Arabia. It will serve as the hub of a network of medical educators, trainers, and faculty committed to support, develop, and facilitate CanMEDS in all domain of medical education at both undergraduate, and postgraduate levels, as well as in the professional practice.

The center will host and present a series of conferences & workshops on residency training, and develop network of medical educators, and deliver education and training to the trainees in postgraduate medical education programs in Saudi Arabia. In Nov 2010, KSAU-HS hosted The Saudi Arabian Conference on Residency Education (SACRE). This conference was a landmark event that highlighted the collaboration KSAU-HS has with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Topic discussed in the conference program included key trends in development of residency education, quality in residency program, contemporary and emerging tools for assessment of resident competence, simulation technology to teaching & learning in postgraduate medical education, teaching the domains of physician competence using the CanMEDS framework, best research in residency education, new approaches for enhancing excellence in teaching and assessment in residency, current controversies in residency education and the implications for their own program.

The Association for Medical Education in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (AMEEMR) selected King Saud bin Abdulaziz University to be its headquarters. This decision came at the Association's 2010 General Assembly, which College of Medicine at KSAU-HS hosted. Twenty-three representatives from fifteen countries and a representative for President of World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) attended the meeting.

KSAU-HS has a number of licensing agreements to develop its academic programs with prestigious universities worldwide: University of Sydney (Australia); University of Liverpool (UK); South Alabama University (USA); Flinders University (Australia); University of Arkansas (USA), Thomas Jefferson University (USA) University of Maryland (USA), Maastricht University (Netherlands), The University of Oklahoma (USA) and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (USA).

See also


  1. Lehmann, J. (6 May 2013). "Riad/Riyadh [SA] - Opening of the New Campus of the King Saud bin Abdulaziz University". TrolleyMotion. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  2. Trolleybus Magazine No. 310 (July–August 2013), p. 110. UK: National Trolleybus Association. ISSN 0266-7452.
  3. also named College of Basic Health Sciences

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