Shaqra University

Shaqra University
جامعة شقراء
TypePublic
Established2009
PresidentAli Bin Mohammed Alseaf
Academic staff
1980
Students32000
Address
Main Campus, Al Duwadimi Road, Shaqra
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25°10′24.5″N 45°08′35.6″E / 25.173472°N 45.143222°E / 25.173472; 45.143222Coordinates: 25°10′24.5″N 45°08′35.6″E / 25.173472°N 45.143222°E / 25.173472; 45.143222
CampusSuburban and rural. Multiple sites, spread across approx. 450 km (280 mi)
Websitewww.su.edu.sa/en

Shaqra University (SU) (Arabic: جامعة شقراء) is located in Sahqra, Saudi Arabia, 190 km (120 mi) northwest of Riyadh). It comes under the supervision of the Ministry of Education.[1][2][3] The university has twenty-four colleges in various disciplines. It is headquartered in Shaqra with its various colleges being geographically spread in the largest area of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia covering several governorates and sub-governorates lying in the west of Riyadh.

History

Shaqra University was established on the 3rd of Ramadan 1430 (Gregorian date 24 August 2009), as per the decision of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Prime Minister and the Chairman of the Higher Education Council, Saudi Arabia.

Previous Rectors
Name
1 Saeed bin Turki Al-Mulla
2 Khalid bin Saad bin Said
3 Khalid Bin Saad Al Muqrin
4 Adnan Alshiha
5 ِAwad Al-asmari

University faculties

The university currently has 24 colleges distributed in the governorates and sub-governoratesn, namely Shaqra, Huraymila, Al-Quwaiiyah, Al-Duwadimi, Sajir, Dhurma, Afif, Al-Muzahimiyah and Thadiq wa Mahmal. The colleges of Shaqra University are spread across a wide area of approximately 400 km2 (150 sq mi).

Geographical Area of Shaqra University
Geographical Area of Shaqra University

Colleges at Shaqra University

Colleges at Shaqra University
Shaqra Afif Dhurma
  • College of Medicine
  • College of Computing and Information Technology
  • Community College
  • College of Applied Medical Sciences
  • College of Science and Humanities
  • College of Education
  • College of Education
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Science and Humanities
Dawadmi Huraymila Al Quwaiiyah
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Education
  • College of Science and Humanities
  • Community College
  • College of Applied Medical Sciences
  • College of Pharmacy
  • College of Medicine
  • The Community college (HCC)
  • College of Science and Humanities
  • College of Applied Medical Sciences
  • The Community College
  • College of Science and Humanities
Sajir Thadq Al Muzahimiyah
  • College of Science and Arts
  • College of Science and Humanities
  • College of Education

Sports

Participated in the Gulf championship for universities known as "The Eighth Sports Tournament for Universities and Institutions of Higher Education in the GCC Countries" in November 2017[4]

Achieved a quantum leap in the performance indicator for universities since the university was ranked 21st last year, yet the university has been ranked 11th in the sports indicator for Saudi Universities among (31) universities and colleges.

Controversies

In the past ten years, Shaqra University has received negative media coverage and backlash on social media in regards to its unfair recruitment conditions for university staff and low levels of satisfaction among students. The most recent controversy happened in 2018 during an "open meeting" between the rector, Awad Al-asmary and a group of medical students. In the meeting, a medical student expressed his concern about the absence of Saudi nationals from the teaching staff body. In response, the rector accused the student of racism against non-Saudi academics in the university. The video, which was circulated widely on social media, caused a major backlash.[5]

On several occasions, unqualified staff has been appointed because of their "connections" with high level officials. In 2015, Sabq, a Saudi news website, reported that an unqualified member of staff has been appointed based on the "recommendations" of a member of the Saudi Shura.[6]

References

  1. ^ "Shaqra University | Ranking & Review". www.4icu.org. Retrieved 2018-03-25.
  2. ^ "Saudi Ambassador to Australia and New Zealand Meets Dean of Shaqra University". www.mofa.gov.sa. Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Retrieved 2018-03-25.
  3. ^ "King approves 4 new universities". Arab News. 2009-08-25. Retrieved 2018-03-25.
  4. ^ "الدورة الرياضية لجامعات ومؤسسات التعليم العالي في دول مجلس التعاون لدول الخليج العربية". ويكيبيديا، الموسوعة الحرة (in Arabic). 2017-10-14.
  5. ^ "اتهمه بالعنصرية والجهالة". almarsd. 2018.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ "فساد جامعة شقراء يتحدى.. "ابنة عضو الشورى" تلحق بـ"نجل الشخصية النافذة"". 2015.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

External links

  • Shaqra University Website
  • Electronic services for students
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