KAU Education

The KAU Education model must be tailored to Saudi Arabia's national and regional circumstances and requirements. Therefore, the model can be expected to be different from other international universities. However, there are common threads running through the best models of university education despite cultural differences.

In 2007, responding to Singapore's national need for economic transformation as a high value added society, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore convened a “Blue Ribbon Commission” to undertake a bottom-up review of NTU's undergraduate education. The recommendations of this Blue Ribbon Commission review have been implemented progressively over many years. It was also a key element of the requirements driving the NTU Campus Master Plan completed in 2010, the recommendations of which are being implemented in phases [5]. Some of the methods and outcomes of the NTU review as well as reviews conducted by other universities could be adapted for KAU. The following sections shall suggest aspects that may be applicable to the development of a KAU Model of Education.

First develop qualities and virtues of the self. So equipped, establish a harmonious and strong family. When all families are strong, the country is resilient and well governed. Only then can we solve the world's problem successfully Confucius

Taking heed of the advice of the ancient Chinese sage Confucius, what should be the profile of a KAU graduate?

I am sure many will agree on the following five desired attributes:

• Moral character

• Disciplinary depth and life-long learning

• Creativity and innovation

• Leadership and teamwork

• Professionalism and public service

There may be other possible classifications and combinations but these characteristics are basic to an educated person, whether in Saudi Arabia or Singapore. As Islam is of paramount importance, permeating all aspects of life in Saudi Arabia, the five attributes should be interpreted in the Islamic context.

 
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