King Khalid University (KKU) was the eighth government-created university in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which operates 28 universities.
Located in Abha, KKU was founded on May 05,1998 (09/01/1419 AH), on a royal visit to the Aseer region by late Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques king Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz, the then Crown Prince. He ordered to merge the campuses of Imam Mohammed bin Saud University with those of King Saud University in the region.
The merger led to the foundation of KKU.
Since its foundation, KKU has witnessed atangible and marvelous development; it was recently deemed one of the biggest universities in terms of enrollment.
Over 72,000 students have enrolled in KKU, 70% of them female who study at scientific, theoretical, and medical schools.
Located across the Aseer region, the schools hire 3,500 demonstrators, lecturers, and faculties.
KKU's role is not confined to offering high-caliber services, providing an outstanding academic environment, or enlarging its geographic sphere to serveall areas of the Aseer region.
In addition, its new university city, being executed in Al-Fara’h, 15km south of Abha, will be a mega academic complex in the world.
It is extends over 8,000,000m2 of which buildings and facilities occupy 3,000,000m2.
The new city capacity will hold 100,000 people, and comprise a variety of schools, deanships, research centers, faculty housing compounds, and student dormitories as well as a sport city for 20,000 spectators and a state of the art, 800-bed university hospital handling all medical specializations with an additional 240-outpatient clinics.
KKU Mass Communication Department is established with the aim of meeting the academic accreditation standards, though it is the most fledgling department in mass communication Pan-Saudi universities.
Drafted to fulfill the academic accreditation requirements and to meet the domestic mass communication needs, the department plan is based upon teaching English language intensively to the freshmen. In addition, the freshmen will study customized Arabic-focused syllabuses to hone up their writing skills.
Providing three majors, the department is tailored on studying the modern-day trends in mass communication teaching adopted in benchmark universities in the U.S. and Europe. In addition, it serves the domestic labor market in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The Mass Communication Department plan stands out as it fulfills standards set by the domestic and international accreditation agencies, particularly those pertaining to restructuring the syllabuses by the department on and off campus, including the supporting syllabuses. This serves the approach that media men should have the deep knowhow on various majors and spheres of media action.
There are some other training programs not in the crux of Mass Communication Department; however, they are set to earn the degree. In-house training, for example, is a requirement that helps train undergrads on various on-the-job skills, and enriches practice for course books. This is in addition to scheduling visits for the undergraduates to media agencies in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and overseas.
Thanks to the KKU rector’s directives, an attention to Mass Communication Department is paid to activate the mass communication paradigm on campus, including, developing Afaq, the weekly campus newspaper – the first campus newspaper nationwide and in the region. This is in addition to establishing a sophisticated media center, including studios, to be labs for training the undergrads to meet the KKU needs from media perspective.