PNU at a Glance:
The education of women in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has received a great deal of attention and this has allowed Saudi women to make definite strides towards achieving their ambitions and unveiling their uniqueness in different fields. The Saudi woman has emerged, not only at the local level, but at the international level as well. We see examples of Saudi women in the fields of culture and specialized research, examples who are respected and acknowledged in international arenas and in the various fields of science, proving their success and their worthiness that rivals that of their peers in other advanced countries.
PNU is one of the outcomes of the attention given to the higher education of women. This attention started early, when the General Presidency for the Education of Girls established the first college for women in 1390 AH, corresponding to 1970 CE. The inauguration of more colleges followed, reaching 102, and ranging from university colleges to intermediary colleges and community colleges. These were distributed over 72 Saudi cities and included 600,000 students. In Riyadh alone there are six colleges; namely the College of Education for Liberal Arts Disciplines, the College of Education for Scientific Disciplines, the College of Education for the Development of Teachers, the College of Social Services, the College of Home Economics and the College of Fine Arts.
In 1427 AH, a royal order was issued for the establishment of the first university for women in Riyadh, under the supervision of the Ministry of Higher Education. This included the six colleges located in Riyadh, in addition to a number of new colleges established for the purpose of the development of the Kingdom. The university was inaugurated in 1428 AH with the appointment of its first rector, H.H. Dr. Al-Jawhara bint Fahd Al-Saud.
On Wednesday, 29/10/1429 AH, the university was honored with the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques placing the cornerstone for the university campus. His Majesty at that time saw it best to change the name to Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University (PNU); Princess Nourah being the sister of the founder of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the late King Abdul Aziz bin Abdulrahman.
Scholarships at PNU:
A scholarship is an opportunity for non-Saudi students to study in higher education institutions in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
There are two types of scholarships:
- Internal scholarships for students residing in Saudi Arabia.
- External scholarships for students from abroad.
Benefits offered to external scholarship students:
1. Students are reimbursed for the value of the ticket purchased to come to Saudi Arabia at the beginning of their scholarships, provided that the amount does not exceed the compensation received by their colleagues arriving from the same country.
2. A two-month relocation allowance is disbursed to newcomers.
3. An annual return ticket is disbursed for students registered for at least one academic semester. Students can benefit from the annual ticket any time throughout the year, provided that they receive it only once/year and that they do not receive tickets from any other entity.
4. Students receive a three-month allowance for shipping their books.
5. Students who obtain the overall grade of “excellent” receive an annual reward of SR1, 000, provided that they maintain their grade.
6. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia provides residence visas to students free of charge.
7. A one-month annual allowance is disbursed for books and references. This disbursement is limited to the specific duration of study without extensions.
8. Health care is provided to students throughout the duration of their studies.
9. Discounted meals are provided.
10. Students are provided with on-campus residence, and suitable academic, social, cultural, guidance and training.
11. Students who do not wish to travel to their homeland during their annual breaks are entitled to half the amount of the ticket each year.