By Elsa Baxter
New campus at KAU to be built following damage to site by Jeddah floods.
Unlimited funds will be provided to build a new campus at Saudi Arabia’s King Abdulaziz University (KAU) after the Jeddah floods caused serious damage to the site, officials said.
Minister of Higher Education Khaled Al-Anqari told the Saudi Gazette the new 5.7 million sq m camp will include colleges for engineering, health and sciences.
The new campus will be for both male and female students and within the health college plans are for a 200-bed hospital to be built.
“Unlimited funds from the ministry’s budget will be channeled to complete the new campus,” Muhamamd Al-Saleh, secretary general of the Higher Education Council, told the paper.
A committee has been formed to survey the damage caused to existing buildings by the deadly November floods which killed at least 124 people, including 40 people on the KAU campus. Early estimates value the university flood damage to total SR1.6bn ($427m).