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Dean's Message

The College was established in 1962 (1382H) in the city of Riyadh as the first engineering college in Saudi Arabia and the Arabian Gulf. It is a major contributor for the Kingdom to enter the era of engineering renaissance, and has had a role in contributing to the graduation and qualification of effective and qualified Saudis holding senior positions in the Kingdom.

The College includes six departments: Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering and Engineering of Oil and Natural Gas. These departments offer seven B.Sc. programs, eight M.Sc. programs and five Ph.D. programs, in addition to the Diploma in Occupational Safety. They also share with each other and with other colleges in the provision of three joint M.Sc. programs.

The B.Sc. programs in Electrical, Industrial, Civil, Chemical, Mechanical Engineering, Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering and Surveying Engineering have obtained the national academic accreditation from the NCAAA. Thus, the college has become the first engineering college in the kingdom that has all of its B.Sc. programs accredited by NCAAA.

Also, all the B.Sc. programs, except the surveying engineering program, are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

The College is keen to attract outstanding Saudi faculty members and from other countries, and annually attracts many talented graduates to work as teaching assistants in preparation for perusal of graduate studies in international universities. The College offers also opportunities for outstanding non-Saudi students to peruse their post-graduate studies. The College includes many labs equipped with the latest technology and modern equipment that help students and researchers in conducting research and studies.

The college is seeking diligently to serve the community and the engineering profession through the provision of consultancy to the private and public sectors, organizing courses, specialized workshops, conferences and symposia, and participation in scientific meetings held locally and abroad.

Thank you for your visit to our website. I hope you will find it enlightening, and, as always, we welcome your comments or questions.


             College of Engineering Dean

              Dr. Majid Lafi Altamimi

About collage

The College of Engineering was established in 1382H (1962) as a joint venture between the Government of the Kingdom Saudi Arabia and the United Nations Educational, Scientific, Cultural Organization (UNESCO). In 1388H (1968), the College joined King Saud University, and has been on the path of development and growth from the outset, and this is evident in the marked increase in the number of students and faculty year after year, as well as in its scientific and research production in quantity and quality, and in the high scientific and professional level of its graduates.  At the beginning of the academic year 1382/1383H (1962), the number of students was 17 and this number was increased until it reached about 2600 students in the academic year 1443H (2021), and similarly the number of faculty members and those in their rule in this period from 4 members to more than 360 members.

At the beginning of its establishment, the College had three departments: civil engineering, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering. In the academic year 1387/1388H (1967), the Department of Architecture was established, which at the beginning of the university year 1404/1405H (1983) was transformed into an independent college under the name of the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning, and in the university year 1394/1395H two other departments were established: chemical and Petroleum engineering, and in the academic year 1423/1424H (2002), the Department of Industrial Engineering was established as it was a program in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, bringing the number of departments of the college to six: Civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, Petroleum engineering, industrial engineering. In the year 1427H  (2006), the name of the Petroleum Engineering Department was approved to be amended to the Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering Department.

In 1401H (1981), postgraduate programs at the College began with master's degree programs, followed by doctoral programs in 1409H (1989).  In sum, there are now six departments offering the following degrees:

  • Civil Engineering (B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D.)
  • Electrical Engineering (B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D.)
  • Chemical Engineering (B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D.)
  • Mechanical Engineering (B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D.)
  • Industrial Engineering (B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D.)
  • Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering (B.Sc., and M.Sc.)
  • Surveying Engineering (B.Sc.)

In addition to the following multidisciplinary degrees:

  • Occupational Safety (Higher Diploma).
  • Nuclear Engineering (M.Sc.).
  • Renewable Energy (M.Sc.).
  • Desalination Engineering (M.Sc.).

The Faculty of Engineering has received a large share of academic facilities in the university campus, where the number of smart classrooms 90 halls, in addition to many meeting rooms and meetings, and the college also has two runways equipped with all audio-visual means, while teaching laboratories and research laboratories have more than one hundred and fifty laboratories and laboratories equipped with all the equipment and extensions of water, gas and safety means, and college officials are constantly working to develop these laboratories and provide them with the latest equipment to make them able to meet the needs of students and faculty alike.

The College focuses on research activity through many chairs, centers and specialized research institutes that it hosts, as well as the College Research Center, which is the first research center to be established at King Saud University.


To be a world class college and a pioneer in engineering education, innovative research and building knowledge economy.


To provide high quality education programs that address the changing needs of future engineers, serve the profession and contribute to the advancement and well-being of the society by creating and disseminating knowledge and technology to future generations through teaching, research and partnership with industry and government.

Strategic Objectives



  • Provide Distinguished and Accredited Academic Programs that Meet Development Requirements and the Needs of the job Market According to the Vision of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 2030.


  • Provide Attractive and Stimulating Work Environment for Teaching Staff and Researchers.


  • Prepare Competitive Engineers at both National and International Levels.


  • Guide the Scientific Research System to Meet the Needs of Development, and to Create New Economic Opportunities.


  • Expand Partnership with Government Agencies, Academic Institutions and Industry to Strengthen Sources of Support and Funding.


  • Improve the Quality of Support Services Related to Human Resources and Facilities.
Last updated on : March 13, 2023 1:10pm