The education of women in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has received a great deal of attention and this has allowed Saudi women to make definite strides towards achieving their ambitions and unveiling their uniqueness in different fields.
The Saudi woman has emerged, not only at the local level, but at the international level as well. We see examples of Saudi women in the fields of culture and specialized research, examples who are respected and acknowledged in international arenas and in the various fields of science, proving their success and their worthiness that rivals that of their peers in other advanced countries.
PNU is one of the outcomes of the attention given to the higher education of women. This attention started early, when the General Presidency for the Education of Girls established the first college for women in 1390 AH, corresponding to 1970 CE. The inauguration of more colleges followed, reaching 102, ranging from university colleges to intermediary colleges and community colleges. These were distributed over 72 Saudi cities and included 600,000 students.
In Riyadh alone there are six colleges; namely the College of Education for Liberal Arts Disciplines, the College of Education for Scientific Disciplines, the College of Education for the Development of Teachers, the College of Social Services, the College of Home Economics and the College of Fine Arts.
In 1427 AH, a royal order was issued for the establishment of the first university for women in Riyadh, under the supervision of the Ministry of Higher Education. This included the six colleges located in Riyadh, in addition to a number of new colleges established for the purpose of women’s education and development in the Kingdom.
The university was inaugurated in 1428 AH with the appointment of its first rector, H.H. Dr. Al-Jawhara bint Fahd Al-Saud.
PNU therefore aspires to become a beacon for science, knowledge, and values. We made it our mission at PNU to become a leading institution in the field of higher education for women, keeping abreast with global developments in the fields of science and technology to develop the education of women in Saudi Arabia, thus enabling Saudi females to effectively participate in social and economic development with the purpose of achieving a better future for our nation.
PNU realizes that it has a sacred task to fulfill. Therefore it continuously strives to achieve excellence and make a difference in the higher education of women. For this purpose, PNU implements the best strategies to integrate the values of education and research with the sense of civic participation and social responsibility, to offer strategic development plans for our academic programs, to implement knowledge and educational partnerships with distinctive higher education institutes throughout the world, and to hold conferences, seminars, and scientific and cultural events that guarantee the development of human resources, providing our students with advanced skills that enable them to face the challenges of the era and to contribute to the establishment of a bright and safe future.
PNU offers diversely rich graduate and postgraduate programs through its 15 colleges functioning in different specializations, in addition to the Preparatory and Foundation Year programs, the Arabic Language Institute for non-Arabic Speakers, and a university hospital where students of the Colleges of Medicine, Dentistry, and other Health Colleges receive their training. The university also includes an extensive central library, a number of supporting deanships, and research and service centers that all aim to support the academic and educational goals of PNU. All this is offered in an attractive environment-friendly setting amidst an atmosphere that is engineered and technically prepared to accommodate the academic and psychological needs of the students.
Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University has a rich scientific and cognitive heritage where its history extends to the beginning of the establishment of women’s colleges forty years ago. The university, since its inception, gave great attention to its vision, mission and in achieving its objectives in bringing positive change in society and transforming it into a scientific and knowledgeable community and contributing to comprehensive development in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The University has endeavored to achieve an outstanding rank among universities in the world, and to adopt effective policies to support researchers in addition to promoting a distinguished research culture by: