Recognizing the University’s role in the country's development and with the guidance of His Excellency the University Rector, Dr. Faleh Bin Rajaa Allah Al-Solamy, King Khalid University launched the KKU 2020 Strategic Plan. In addition to Vision 2030, the processes required the inclusion of critical strategic aspects such as Afaq 2029, the National Transition Plan 2020, and the Education Evaluation Commission Standards. The plan also took into consideration the internal university environment, the needs of the university students and employees, and international standards objectives.
The University’s new mission is centered on providing an attractive academic environment for teaching, learning, scientific research and community service by optimizing the University's resources. The University's vision is anchored in becoming one of the top 200 universities in the world by 2030. There are seven strategic objectives: improving the quality of teaching and learning, providing an attractive academic environment, promoting effective partnerships with the community, supporting scientific research and development, developing graduate studies, developing institutional performance, and developing financial resources.
The first strategic objective aims to develop the quality of education, activities, and outcomes of the teaching and learning process in academic programs through the accreditation of academic programs benchmarked to international standards and societal needs. In addition to the central importance of the first strategic objective, attracting distinguished faculty members, training students to acquire needed skills, providing a variety of guidance services for students to meet their social needs, and preparing students to meet the requirements of the labor market are vital components of the objective.
The second objective of this plan aims to improve the efficiency of the academic environment by stimulating the quality of teaching and learning resources, developing the appropriate technical environment including networks, means of communication, expanding e-learning and distance learning, and providing advanced security systems and services. The main theme of this objective is to ensure that all academic services are provided with care to attend to the needs of students with special needs.
The third strategic objective aims to strengthen the societal leadership role of the University by providing effective communication channels that contribute to the overall development of the society through the implementation of supportive scientific research and the promotion of Islamic and national values.
Regarding scientific research, the fourth objective aims to develop and support scientific research in the University concerning laboratory and facilities that enhance the efficiency of researchers by establishing and strengthening scientific centers and research chairs. In like manner, the fifth objective aims to develop graduate programs at the University through the development of new, competitive professional programs aligned with international best practices. It also prominently includes the development of existing programs, as well as expanding the number of students accepted into these programs with funded opportunities for outstanding research projects alongside scholarship opportunities.
Moreover, the sixth strategic objective aims to develop the University's structure, units, systems, processes, and procedures in accordance with national standards and international standards, as well as the development and preparation of human capital. It also aims to provide financial support to implement the initiatives and projects of the University's strategic plan. The seventh objective aims to activate and develop the financial investment system in the University in congruence with the increase of privately sourced financial sources and revenues.