Umm Al-Qura University

Umm Al-Qura University


- 2019/03/24


To take the lead amongst similar deanships of other Saudi universities by means of creating a new generation of creative students.


The deanship takes upon itself the responsibility for improving intellectual capabilities of the preparatory year students and honing their technological, linguistic, cognitive, and thinking skills through creating a competitive environment, which is capable of stimulating learning and creativity and making an optimal use of technologies and outstanding partnerships. In addition, the department aspires to instill values of loyalty and patriotism amongst students, andhelp them build a balanced character in order to effectively participate in the progress and prosperity of their community, and be ready to live with others in light of values governing the developed societies.


Umm Al-Qura University is one of the oldest universities, which applied the preparatory year system. In 1425H, the system was applied at the College of Engineering and Islamic Architecture, then in 1426H, the system was applied at Medical Colleges under the name “Common Year of Medical Colleges”.

In the preparatory year, students were primarily taught English and other specialized courses in order to determine students, who will be able to continue their study at the college. This objective was successfully accomplished in the first year of the application of the system.

At the beginning of the 1430H/1431H academic year, the university developed the curricula of the preparatory year and introduced new curricula with the aim of honing sills of students in the English Language, computer science and active learning, and determining students who are able to complete studying at the course.

As per a university’s prerequisite, the student was required to undergo all tests of the preparatory year and get a GPA of 1.75 out of 4 in order to successfully pass the tests.

First off, the developed curricula of the preparatory year were taught at three colleges, namely the College of Engineering and Islamic Architecture, the College of Computer Science and the College of Business Administration. By the 1432H/1433H academic year, the curricula of the preparatory year began to be taught in more colleges, i.e.;

  • College of Applied Sciences
  • College of Medicine
  • College of Applied Medical Sciences
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Dentistry
  • College of Health Sciences
  • College of Nursing


  • Continuing, with increasing interest, in the role played by university education in achieving a qualitative leap in the Saudi society, thus allowing it to take its place among the ranks of advanced societies.
  • Taking the lead in providing a distinguished educational service, while remaining committed to enhancement of all administrative and technical aspects within the Joint First Year Deanship.
  • Believing in the importance of strategic planning in helping educational authorities, including the Joint First Year Deanship, to achieve their objectives and address the challenges they face.
  • Mastering the ability to manage changes and play an active role in the development of the Joint First Year Deanship, by applying a strategic vision that is based on the exploitation of all available potentials and capabilities.
  • Appreciating the importance of the human element, and treating the students of the Joint First Year Deanship with respect, since the youth are the greatest assets of our country. Additionally, exerting and using all available efforts to expand students' capabilities and build their personalities, based on a positive vision especially developed for these students.
  • Investing in the experience of university life, and improving the quality of educational outputs as well as student and community activities.
  • Consolidating the principles of discipline, commitment, and a sense of responsibility; promoting the values of self-confidence; and cultivating the spirit of initiative in the Joint First Year deanship students.
  • Showing commitment to building distinctive partnerships with counterpart Joint First Year academic systems, both locally and globally.


  1. Provide students with multiple skills that will help them — inshaa Allah— achieve success and excellence in their academic study and professional life.
  2. Determine the students' capabilities by measuring their performance during the preparatory year and select the college that best suits their capabilities according to the requirements of each college.
  3. Improve the quality of input of the colleges taking part in the preparatory year.
  4. Improve the educational environment, take necessary steps to achieve academic quality and use new teaching techniques.
  5. Develop students' creativity and innovation.
  6. Participate in improving the outcomes of the university.
  7. Engage students in the environment of electronic interactions through digital curricula according to the standards of international companies.