Direct link to scholarships offered by  Govt. of India

List of Private NGOs offering scholarships

Abu Marwan Abdal Malik Ibn Zuhr: ‘Avenzoar’

Abu Marwan Abdal Malik Ibn Zuhr, known in the west as Avenzoar, was

Ummid Assistant

IRF invites applications for Education Scholarship

Welcome Guest! You are here: Home » Education

World's largest university for women opens in Saudi Arabia

Monday May 16, 2011 08:28:56 PM, ummid.com Staff Reporter

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia is greeted by a woman official as he stepped into an internal railway system to tour the University Campus.

(Photo: SPA)

Malegaon: King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia May 15 inaugurated the SR20-billion Princess Nora bint Abdulrahman University (PNU), 25 kms east of the Saudi capital, Riyadh amid cheers of over 2,000 students and faculty members, reports a media report.

 

With a capacity to enroll about 50,000 students, the Princess Nora University (PNU), which is part of an ambitious education plan of the Saudi government, is the largest women-only university in the world.
 

"Princess Nora University is a symbol of women's education and women's participation in the building of this nation," the leading Saudi daily Arab News quoted Saudi Finance Minister Ibrahim Al-Assaf while giving an overview of the campus, which includes a medical facility, a research center and a library with about five million books and journals.

"A residential area at PNU has about 1,400 villas, and massive hostel facilities to accommodate 12,000 students," said the minister, adding that a sports city for girls is another major attraction besides a service tunnel along the university campus. This education facility has set up major facilities complying with environmental guidelines, said Al-Assaf.

To this end, he noted that the PNU has a solid-waste treatment plant, wastewater treatment facility, warehouses and maintenance workshops.

The inaugural ceremony was attended by several members of the Saudi royal family, high-ranking Saudi officials, foreign diplomats and a large number of guests. Prominent among those present on the occasion was Minister of Higher Education Khalid Al-Anqari.

"The presence of King Abdullah today and his consistent support is evidence of his keen desire to educate and train women of this country with an aim to open all avenues for them," said Al-Anqari.

"King Abdullah was greeted by a large number of our female students and faculty members," said PNU spokeswoman Thana Algabashi.

PNU President Huda bint Mohammad Al-Ameel said PNU had become a major symbol of gender equality and women's education in Saudi Arabia.

 

She added that the university campus has modern infrastructure facilities, including a high-tech transport system that links all important facilities on the campus 24 hours a day. The highlight of the transport system is an elevated railway that will facilitate the smooth flow of traffic inside the campus.

Taking advantage of the energy-saving technology, the campus buildings have been designed in a way that use sunlight as a source of light. The 40,000 square meters of solar paneling will provide 16 percent of power for campus heating and 18 percent for air-conditioning.

The new campus includes a 700-bed university hospital, 15 colleges, a central library, a conference hall, laboratories and three research centers for nanotechnology, information technology and bioscience.

Speaking on this occasion, British Ambassador Sir Tom Phillips said: "Today is an important day and I want to pay tribute to the wisdom and leadership of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah for opening the new campus of the university, which makes it the largest women’s university in the world. The creation of the magnificent campus demonstrates the commitment of the Saudi government to extend educational opportunity to Saudi society."





 

 

  Bookmark and Share                                          Home | Top of the Page

Comments

Note: By posting your comments here you agree to the terms and conditions of www.ummid.com

Comments powered by DISQUS

 

 

 

Top Stories

Deaths as Israeli troops open fire on Palestinians observing Nakba Day

At least one Palestinian has been killed and up to 80 others wounded in northern Gaza as Israeli troops opened fire on a march of at least 1,000   »

Making a stand for human rights and dignity in Gaza

Thousands protest for Palestinian right of return

 

  Most Read

Saudi envoy killed in Pakistan, Gilani condemns attack

A Saudi diplomat was killed in Pakistan Monday when unidentified gunmen attacked his vehicle in Karachi city, Xinhua reported. The unidentified gunmen shot dead the Saudi envoy in an   »

Chhattisgarh BJP launches offensive against Binayak Sen

Chhattisgarh's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has launched an offensive against rights activist and physician Binayak Sen after the Planning Commission made him a member on a key committee. A senior government official confirmed that neither Chief Minister Raman Singh nor his ministerial   »

 

  News Pick

Death of Osama bin Laden and changing world

The declaration of death (2nd May, 2011) of Osama bin Laden is mired with many a mysteries, it is also full of blatant violations of International law. It does have a profound impact on the future of global politics. Osama and Al  »

Libyan military spokesman killed in NATO raid

Colonel Milad Hussein al-Fiqhi, spokesman of the Libyan forces led by Muammar Gaddafi, was killed Sunday in a NATO raid that targeted an intelligence building in the capital Tripoli, Al Arabiya news channel reported. "Colonel   »

NGO starts helpline for CBSE students

With tension mounting over the results of the Central Board of Secondary Education's higher secondary examinations, expected to be declared by the end of this month, an NGO Sunday said that its counselling helpline  »

Kashmir holds peaceful panchayat polls

People exercised their franchise peacefully yet again in the Jammu and Kashmir panchayat polls Monday, with women voters in particular turning out in large numbers in the ninth phase of   »

Mahendra Singh Tikait: A doyen of farmer’s movement in India

The character of farmer’s movements has been a matter of considerable debate since the 1970s and  »

Farmer leader Tikait dies

 

Picture of the Day

Vice President Mohd. Hamid Ansari addresses after releasing the special issue of “Think India” quarterly on Faiz Ahmad Faiz, in New Delhi on May 10, 2011. Also seen in the picture is Member Planning Commission Dr Syeda Hameed among others.

(Photo: Hansraj)

 

 
 
 
 
 

RSS  |  Contact us

| Quick links

News

 

Subscribe to

Ummid Assistant

 

National

Religion

RSS

Scholarships

About us

International

Culture

Twitter

Government Schemes

Feedback

Regional

History

Facebook

Education

Register

Politics

Opinion

Newsletter

 

Contact us

Business

Career

     

Education

       

 

 

Ummid.com: Disclaimer | Terms of Use | Advertise with us | Link Exchange

Ummid.com is part of the Awaz Multimedia & Publications providing World News, News Analysis and Feature Articles on Education, Health. Politics, Technology, Sports, Entertainment, Industry etc. The articles or the views displayed on this website are for public information and in no way describe the editorial views. The users are entitled to use this site subject to the terms and conditions mentioned.

© 2010 Awaz Multimedia & Publications. All rights reserved.