Umm Al-Qura University

Umm Al-Qura University


- 2016/06/06


In 1402H, a separate department for Islamic architecture was inaugurated at the College of Applied and Medical Sciences to be the starting point for the College of Engineering and Islamic Architecture in its current form.
Later on, four other departments of electrical, computer, civil and mechanical engineering were opened. They constituted the nucleus of the College of Engineering and Islamic Architecture, which was established pursuant to a decision by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques in 1409H to start a new phase of bestowal under a separate entity.
Within the general trend towards the separation of duties and paying due regard to the labor market, a royal decision was issued in 1421H to separate the department of computer engineering from the department of electrical and computer engineering.
By the 1425/1426H academic year, the preparatory year program was introduced to the departments of electrical, civil, computer and mechanical engineering for the first time. As of the second semester of the 1426/1427H academic year, the College of Computers and Information Systems was established and included the Department of Computer Engineering.


The UQU College of Engineering and Islamic Architecture seeks to realize the following ultimate objectives:
• Develop the methods and approaches of engineering and its supporting sciences;
• Achieve the national sustainable development depending on effective approaches, most notably transfer and development of the proper engineering technologies; 
• Achieve national self-sufficiency in engineering; and
• Reinforce the national creativity atmosphere;
The college takes upon itself graduating highly qualified engineers and researchers, as well as innovating efficient engineering solutions and alternatives, by means of:
• Competent cadres, and highly efficient educational and research approaches,
• Distinctive engineering research and consultancy,
• Professional partnerships with the public and private sectors,
• Integrated, developed equipment and infrastructure, and
• Adoption of the Islamic principles and values in planning and designing.


To assume, by 1436H  (corresponding to 2016), a pioneering position amidst the colleges of engineering and architecture across the Middle East, taking advantage of the college's unique location in Makkah.

Core Values:

Internal Ethics of the UQU College of  Engineering and Islamic Architecture:
1- Faith-inspired values, serving as an overall umbrella for the college's ethic: Our values emanate from genuine, authentic principles, all inspired by the fear of Allah, and the deep-rooted comprehension of the Islamic teachings, and the profound sense of honor towards the holy place embracing the university.
2- Professional Ethics
• Honesty,
• Engineering and architecture ethics, 
• Human aspects of engineering and architecture,
• Embrace the ethics of the educator and the educated,
• Respect the research principles and ethics, 
• Equality in distributing educational, research, and developmental opportunities,
• Respect the intellectual property,
• Graduate students and architects with a high level of awareness,
• Set a good example, 
• Maintain the property, and
• Liability and respect for responsibility.  
3- Quality and Efficiency:
• Good time-management,
• Adherence to the criteria of quality and proficiency,
• Respect for the environment, laws and regulations of educational and engineering institutions,
• Appreciating and encouraging creativity and innovation, and
• Transparency.


The College of Engineering and Islamic Architecture seeks roots of its ultimate objectives in principles inspired by our noble religion, which prompts people towards knowledge and work, thereby building the human and nation, intellectually and behaviorally. A society that clings to Islam as an approach, philosophy and worldview would be in a better position for cultivation, good-doing, and prosperity. 
As its first and foremost objective, the college seeks to prepare a highly-qualified generation of Saudis specialized in all engineering, able to keep up with the ever growing knowledge in the world around them, an act in conformity with the Islamic principles and teachings, meanwhile keep armed with science and technology, to be ready for assuming the responsibility of building both our homeland, and the Islamic nation at large.  
Besides, the college targets qualifying students and reinforcing them with the necessary skills for the basic engineering sciences, as well as honing their practical skills, and fostering their competitiveness in their career. 
One of the college's objectives, also, is within the framework of engineering colleges in KSA universities as an integral part that plays a discernible role in satisfying the demand on Saudi engineers, in line with the KSA developmental plans. In so doing, the UQU College of Engineering and Islamic Architecture spares no effort to maintain distinctive educational and professional output, and graduate engineers who take pride in serving their religion, king, and country.