King Abdulaziz University (KAU) bears the name of the founder of Saudi Arabia, King Abdulaziz Al-Saud. It was founded in 1967 as the first private institution in the Kingdom and later became a public university in 1971. KAU has witnessed tremendous quantitative and qualitative progress in terms of enrollment, diversity of academic programs in both social and natuaral sciences. It is recognized as a prestigious university in Saudi Arabia with unique professional disciplines and specializations. Some of these are Marine Sciences, Meteorology, Earth Sciences, Nuclear Engineering, Mining, Medical Engineering and Aeronautical Engineering which distinguishes it from other universities in the Kingdom.
The strategic plan of the university states its mission "The advancement of society through pioneering research, and encouraging academic and scientific excellence". Its vision is that "KAU will be known as a beacon of knowledge, islamic values, rich university tradition, curricular comperhensiveness, professional excellence, unique specializations, ethical convictions, pioneering development, inventiveness, scientific diversity, applied research and collaborations for the advancement of society".
King AbdulAziz University is one of the largest educational institutions in Saudi Arabia. The goal of the IT Dean was to convert the university into Smart Campus by providing 6 million square meters of Data, Voice, and Locaion Tracking, indoor and outdoor wireless access for its faculty, students, contractors, and guests through laptops, smart phones, and voice over wireless services.