Three universities to enjoy autonomy under universities law

Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Education and Chairman of the University Affairs Council Dr Hamad Al-Sheikh said that three premier Saudi universities would have autonomy in the academic, financial and administrative areas, reports the Saudi Gazette.

“The new Universities Law will apply to King Saud University, King Abdulaziz University, and Imam Abdul Rahman Bin Faisal University in the first phase,” he said, while noting that the highest authorities have issued the necessary approval in this regard.

Under the law, the three universities would enjoy disciplined autonomy in framing their academic, financial and administrative regulations. They can also formulate their specialisations and programmes in accordance with the development needs and job opportunities in the regions that come under their jurisdiction, and these shall be in line with the general policies approved by the state through the University Affairs Council.
Full report on the Saudi Gazette site