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Private sector gets go-ahead to launch university project
Riyadh, 26th March 2001

   The Kingdom’s first private university is set to open in the summer resort of Taif. Prince Sultan, second deputy premier and minister of defense and aviation, agreed to name the colleges after him and donated SR10 million for the project, according to Dr. Zuhair Ahmad Al-Sibaie, Shoura Council member and founder of the Taif project.

   Speaking to Arab News after a meeting with Prince Sultan, Al-Sibaie said the prince had shown great interest in the project after he saw a presentation by experts who conducted a study on the proposed private university.

  “Prince Sultan has accepted the request to become the honorary president of the institution,” Al-Sibaie said. Experts from UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) also attended the  meeting with Prince Sultan on Saturday.

  Al-Sibaie said in the initial stage, Sultan University Colleges in Taif will have three colleges — the College of Medicine and Applied Medical Sciences, the College of Information Technology and the College of Business Administration. “The project has been presented to the Higher Education Ministry for issuing the necessary license,” he added.

  Al-Sibaie said the colleges would accommodate in the beginning stage some 5,000 regular students including girls. “We have already signed memorandums of understanding with Arizona University, King Fahd University for Petroleum and Minerals, Arab Gulf University and the Federation of American Universities — which includes 10 US universities — and the College of Health Sciences in Bahrain to prepare curriculums and education programs.

Source: ArabNews® 
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