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About the Saudi Student Conference

The Saudi Student Conference is a unique event highlighting the ground-breaking work and accomplishments of Saudi students at all levels of study at universities throughout the UK. The talented participants represent potential future thinkers, leaders, innovators and scientists, for Saudi Arabia and for the world. This Conference serves as a key forum in which their significant work is communicated and acknowledged.

The conference brings together these top students to stimulate discussion and develop interest in a wide spectrum of research fields in the Arts and Sciences. Embracing international standards of excellence, the papers and posters selected for participation in the Conference represent some of the most innovative work currently being done in ‘Medicine & Medical Sciences’, ‘Engineering & Computer Science’, ‘Natural Sciences’, ‘Legal Studies & Management Sciences’, ‘Humanities & Social Sciences’ and ‘Media & Arts’. The flagship two-day forum will showcase research achievements in these disciplines and fields, accompanied by a number of parallel activities to encourage networking and exchange of ideas.

The 9th Saudi Student Conference (13 -14 February, 2016) is sponsored by Umm Al-Qura University in Saudi Arabia and hosted by University of Birmingham in the UK. It is organized by the Scientific Society for Saudi Students in the UK with the collaboration of the Saudi Arabian Cultural Bureau in London.















Umm Al-Qura University is considered to be the first higher education institution in Saudi Arabia after its establishment in 1949 by King Abdul Aziz. Located in the Holy City of Makkah, it is no surprise that the university has a high academic reputation in Islamic Studies and Science.

The Development of Umm Al-Qura University

Umm Al-Qura University has developed through three historical phases: 

The first phase (1949 -1971): 

The start was in 1949 when the College of Shari'a was established, followed by the establishment of the Teachers' College In 1952 which continued until 1959 when the College of Shari'a took the responsibility of teachers' preparation and became the College of Shari'a and Education. In 1962 the College of Education was established as an independent college. 

The second phase (1971 -1981): 

In 1971 the Colleges of Shari'a and Education became part of King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah and constituted its branch in Makkah. The College of Education in Taif was established towards the end of this period, followed by the establishment of other academic departments and centers. 

The third phase (Umm Al-Qura University): 

The University of Umm Al-Qura was established in 1981 by the royal decree number 39 on 30/7/1981 . During the first decade of the fifteenth Higri century the Colleges of Da'wa (Call to Islam), Arabic Language, Applied Sciences, Social Sciences, Engineering and Islamic Architecture were established, beside the College of Education in Taif which was established in 1981.

For more information about Umm Al-Qura University, please visit https://uqu.edu.sa




The University of Birmingham was established by Queen Victoria by Royal Charter in 1900 and was the UK’s first civic university. The first phase of building work on the campus was completed in 1909 under the auspices of the esteemed architect Sir Aston Webb. 


The University of Birmingham has a fundamental commitment to rigorous academic curiosity, forming ideas through the crucible of debate and opening them to challenge. This ensures that we produce exceptional graduates and impactful research, thereby making a significant contribution to society and the global economy.


To become a leading global university. recognised by their peers as being both a dominant intellectual force and the destination of choice nationally and internationally Birmingham has continued to be a university unafraid to do things a little differently, and in response to the challenges of the day. It was a founder member of the National Union of Students and the first university in the country to:

  • be built on a campus model
  • establish a faculty of commerce
  • incorporate a medical school
  • offer degrees in dentistry
  • create a women’s hall of residence
  • have a purpose-built students’ union building


For further information, please visit http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/university/about/history/index.aspx.