King Abdulaziz University became a Partner Institution of The Undergraduate Awards in 2015 and since then they have had an active and enthusiastic involvement with the Programme.
The University, located in the city of Jeddah in west Saudi Arabia, was established in 1967 and has since grown dramatically with a faculty of over 2000 and more than 40,000 undergraduate students. KAU is known for its dedication to scientific and theoretical fields of study. It has evolved to become especially distinguished in the research fields of disciplines such as Seas Sciences, Geology, Nuclear Engineering, Medical Engineering, Meteorology and Aviation and Mineralization.
This year Dr. Hani Choudhry, an Assistant Professor of Medical and Cancer Genomics at the University, attended the UA Global Summit for the second year in a row. Dr. Choudhry brought a gift from Prof. Abdulrahman Obaid AI-Youbi, the President of the University, which was presented to the Lord Mayor of Dublin Brendan Carr at the Awards Ceremony in Dublin City Hall.
The sculpture is a model of the Makkah Royal Clock Tower, which has the world's largest clock face and is the third tallest building in the world. It is located in Makkah next to the world's largest mosque and Islam's holiest place, the Masjid al-Haram. It was presented to Lord Mayor Brendan Carr as a symbol of thanks, respect and honour and as a gesture of appreciation for his honouring of the UA Highly Commended Entrants and Winners.
Two students from King Abdulaziz University were Africa and the Middle East Regional Winners in The Undergraduate Awards Programme 2016, Shaza Alsibaai in the Mathematics & Physics category and Shahad Al-Juhani in the Medical Sciences category. Miss. Al-Juhani also attended the UA Global Summit 2016 and said of her experience that:
"No words describe the feeling of being there. Every day I learnt new things from interacting with others. It is the best international meeting I have been to. I enjoyed every single day of it"
We hope that this partnership will continue to grow and flourish.