As a fast growing institution of higher learning, Prince Mohammad bin Fahd University (PMU) has created history since it was launched. This university, with its highly innovative student-centred approach to impart education, offers a chance to students to explore genuine paths to learn and innovate when being groomed for their future roles as hardcore professionals.
PMU concentrates on the needs, interests and abilities of students for sustainable nourishing. The feedback, as well as inputs of students, are valued by PMU Faculty members who evaluate the knowledge level of each and every student thoroughly. Such steps are to train them by a genuine learning system.
This university welcomed the latest technology since its inception. It implemented them in the teaching methodology and curriculum development. Some technological advancements are all-time internet connectivity which makes e-library access easier, online courseware (Blackboard), Dyned – labs, online registration.
Today PMU is equipped with advanced technologies such as smart boards, TV Streaming and Video Conferencing etc. which are beneficial for students to get registered in specific courses and avail regular advice or guidance from the respective instructors online by sitting in the privacy of homes.
Students avail state of the art facilities at PMU. Such facilities are solely meant to guide them to groom and stand up while accepting the global challenges that they would have to counter as professionals. They would have better employment avenues after graduating from PMU which offers exclusive facilities.
As English has become the only medium of communication internationally PMU offers this language as a primary medium of instruction. Several clubs and extracurricular activities inside the PMU campus are best tools to hone the competency of its students. Well planned facilities to groom students in communication, teamwork, critical thinking / problem solving, technology, professional and leadership skills are the core skills which PMU prioritizes for overall growth of students.
PMU is instrumental to guide students’ community to choose better career path for brighter future. Theoretical curriculums and their practical evaluation through orientation and practical training prepare them to feel at home while hired. The self-confidence developed by training and advanced knowledge prepares students to sell themselves with well-crafted and impressive resumes of theirs.
Various innovative learning outcome assessments are used to assess the skill development tools which track performance and overall progress of students during their stay in the university.
The e-portfolio of graduating students at PMU is accessible online hence future employers can make best use of them for hiring. Such steps offer both earning of degree and at the same juncture attaining work experience at par.
PMU offers many personal services including financial aid to the deserving students besides health and counseling services. These initiatives are to offer best possible comfort in an atmosphere for personal and professional growth. PMU equally expects to impart excellence in education in the students enrolled while providing such services to them.
Overall credibility of PMU which it attained since inception became possible due to the strong workforce – administrative team, diverse faculty strength involved in designing an advanced academic scene and the supporting staffs who assist the authorities to assist the university administration in its systematic move.
TIEC (Texas International Education Consortium), as Educational Consultant of PMU, involved topmost experts from 32 American universities for PMU academic structuring. Of course PMU is now at a position to promise and impart excellent education to nourish the future leaders in their areas of study. It is the sign for a globalized point of view on education which PMU adopts.
Culture of Saudi Arabia
There are many aspects of life here that are very different from the country and culture you have left. We believe that the most important step in adjusting to your life in Saudi Arabia is to learn some of the customs and laws. Then you will become more comfortable in your new environment. Once you become familiar with the cultural differences life can be very exciting here.
Here are some suggested “do’s and don’ts” for your own comfort and well-being.
Keep an open mind regarding the cultural and social differences you observe. Be flexible and open to change. You will appreciate the new experiences. Accept the challenge of living in a wonderful, ancient country with a rich and exciting history.
- Attempt to learn and use the Arabic language.
- Remain flexible and try to adapt to local customs. For example:
- Attire: women should wear conservative, loose fitting clothing. If you feel better when wearing the Abaya, then do so.
- Ramadan: is an Islamic Holy month during which Muslims observe a fast between sunrise and sunset. Please respect this religious holiday by refraining from eating, chewing gum, drinking or smoking in public during daylight hours.
- Try to impose your western values on the Saudi society. Don’t expect life to be just the same as it was in your home country.
- Photograph people or any area of national security such as airports, military installations, and refineries.
Traditional Arab Etiquette
Conversational good manners and considerations for the customs and beliefs of others prevail in Saudi Arabia as elsewhere. The Saudis themselves are good humoured, kind and informal as they expect others to be.
Memorize and carry the correct name and telephone numbers of your organization (employer), or spouse’s organization (employer). Know the correct names, numbers and locations of the schools your children attend.
Make sure your children have the name and phone number of your compound, your telephone number, and a trusted neighbour in case of an emergency. This is especially important for the emergency information file at your children’s school.
Voltage in the kingdom can be either 110v or 220v. Know your voltage and choose your appliances accordingly. Check out the various types of equipment, for example, there are several different types of VCR’s in the Kingdom. If you have a computer, a voltage regulator may be necessary. A surge protector for computers and other electronic equipment is highly recommended.
You are an invited guest in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. You were not forced to come here. You are subject to their local laws. It is prudent for your family to make itself aware of the relevant laws and customs
Dhahran, Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia