Introduction

King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences (KSAU-HS) is one of the Governmental Universities that has its uniqueness by being specialized in health sciences education and provide access to Saudi nationals for well-selected academic programs. The umbrella of The Ministry of National Guard Health Affairs (MNGHA) has given the KSAU-HS students access to King Abdulaziz Medical Cities in Riyadh, Jeddah and Al-Ahsa which are considered to be one of the most advanced health systems in the region. Furthermore, it has enabled KSAU-HS to enhance its curricula and academic programs with clinical applications and training under the supervision of highly competent healthcare professionals. Moreover, KSAU-HS is affiliated with a research arm, King Abdullah International Medical Research Center (KAIMRC), which allows KSAU-HS to have an access to high standard research facilities.

KSAU-HS was announced by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz on 16 March 2005 (5th of Safar, 1426H).  In 2004, the nucleus of the University was formed by merging three academic entities under the Ministry of National Guard-Health Affairs that was named King Abdulaziz Medical City-Riyadh Academy for Health Sciences. These academic entities were the Deanship of Postgraduate Studies (created 1985), the College of Nursing-Riyadh (created 2001) and the College of Medicine-Riyadh (created 2004).  On 13 May 2008 (7 Jumada I, 1429H), Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz laid the corner stone of the state-of-the-art three University Campuses at Riyadh, Jeddah, and Al-Ahsa. These campuses were inaugurated on 23 April 2013 (12 Jumada II, 1434H) and faculty and students moved there on the first semester of the academic year 2013/2014. 

KSAU-HS’s main campus is in Riyadh with two branches in Jeddah and Al-Ahsa. The main campus offers effective and equal communication and involvement in planning and decision-making in a collaborative approach with the other campuses. KSAU-HS integrates multiple layers of planning and evaluation activity into its governance model that is reflected at departments, colleges, and deanships levels. These efforts are continuous rather than periodic.

Scope of the Governance and Organization Document:

Governance is a multi-level concept including several different bodies and processes with different decision making function. It works to coordinate the relation between governing bodies and authorities with the institutional organization. This governance and organization document includes, but not limited to the following:

  • Description of the effective development of the institution in the interest of its students, faculty, and the communities it serves.
  • Fulfillment of the requirement of regulating bodies.
  • Description of the role of the governing body.
  • Description of integrity, ethical behavior, accountability and transparency throughout KSAU-HS.
  • The organizational structure of KSAU-HS.

The organization and governance document includes the following section:

University Governance

University Organization

University Bylaws