In the Name of Allah, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful
Praise to Allah alone, and peace be upon Prophet Muhammad, his family and companions
The Department of Curricula and Teaching Methods at Umm Al-Qura University (UQU) is an important source of cognitive enrichment and excellence in the field of curricula and teaching methods in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Since its establishment, almost 40 years ago, the department has been conducting its pioneering mission in preparing the teachers at the bachelor's level. Moreover, it plays its prominent role in qualifying researchers at both MA and PhD stages in different disciplines that the educational field needs, they are: Islamic studies, Arabic language, sciences, mathematics, social studies, English Language, physical education, arts, educational technologies and educational supervision. Besides, the department offers many courses and training programs to teachers, school leaders and educational supervisors. Many of curricula professors at Saudi universities, along with educational leaders, have made the most of the programs offered by the department.
Since its establishment, the Department has been offering programs characterized by specialization, comprehensiveness, practical treatment and enrichment of educational values according to the highest standards of quality. That has helped its graduates and all the beneficiaries to make the most of its programs, including educational understanding, depth of knowledge and skillful proficiency through which they achieved excellence in the practice and the theory of the curriculum.
The Department still carries out its national mission that fulfills the objectives of the university: academic teaching, scientific research and the service of the university and the society through its human cadres prepared in a distinguished manner locally, at the Arab level and internationally. This has enabled them to know the skills and values necessary to perform their tasks with the highest educational, scientific, academic and research competence, according to international standards.
In continuation of the development and improvement efforts, the Department completed during the past year (1439 AH) the update of its MA and PhD programs to meet the vision of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Vision 2030, under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and HRH the Crown Prince- May Allah protect them. The Department, however, took into account all the local and international scientific, educational and technical variables, and the philosophy of Saudi society’s noble values, hopes and aspirations. We hope this will have a direct reflection – in Allah’s willing - on improving the outputs at all levels; to be helper that keep up and support the comprehensive renaissance of our beloved homeland under our wise leadership.
Finally, I would like to express thanks and appreciation to the members of the Department, who have established and implemented the programs of the Department, to my current colleagues that have faithfully and distinctly were loyal, to my dear graduates of the Department who have painted a bright palette of authentic values, knowledge and academic skills, and to the students of the Department who receive the knowledge of the science with passion and diligence.
I pray to Allah- the Almighty- to reward everyone for the efforts had done and are being done, and to contribute to the further progress of our country.
Head of the Department
Prof. Awad bin Saleh Al-Maleki