King Khalid University continues to attain remarkable achievements in a number of fields. It has recently earned global accreditation from the ABET Organization for six of its programs which are as follows: Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and Network and Communications Engineering in the College of Computer Science in addition to Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Civil Engineering in the College of Engineering.
On this occasion, KKU President, Prof. Dr. Falah bin Raja Allah Al Solamy thanked God and congratulated the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz and His Royal Highness, Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman for this achievement. He also thanked them for their support and guidance in improving higher education and their vision in enhancing the status of Saudi universities among their Arab and international counterparts.
Al Solamy extended his gratitude and congratulations to His Royal Highness, Governor of the Asir Region, Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Abdulaziz, and His Deputy, Prince Mansour bin Muqrin bin Abdulaziz, for their keen interest and support of the university research, scientific, research and social activities. At the same time, he also thanked the minister of education and his deputy for their support of the university programs and fields of advancement in it.
Al Solamy confirms the university's great emphasis on the engineering and computer disciplines, which contribute to the achievement of Vision 2030.
"This achievement demonstrates the keenness of the Computer Science College as well as Engineering College to provide high-quality education according to the global standards," he said. Adding, "This includes the quality of curriculum, faculty, scientific research and specialized laboratories and classrooms." He also expressed his pride and thanks to the members of deans, faculty, staff, and students, and urges them to continue in the pursuit of excellence.
ABET, incorporated as the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, is a non-profit scientific organization owned and operated by more than 25 scientific, computing and engineering societies in the United States of America, with more than 1,500 academic and industrial experts. For the past 75 years, the organization has been working towards its aim which is to set and develop high-quality standards for engineering education.
It is worth mentioning, in last few months, the University accomplished a number achievements. One of them is improving the university rank in QS World Rankings by 43 spots from 520th in 2016 to the 477th in 2017. Another one is achieving 10th place at the level of Arab universities and narrowed national rankings by moving up one spot to the 4th among universities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It has also been granted the full academic institutional accreditation for seven years by the National Center for Assessment and Academic Accreditation in 2017.