First co-educational university opened in Saudi Arabia

First co-educational university opened in Saudi Arabia
# 23 September 2009 20:42 (UTC +04:00)
Baku – APA. Saudi Arabia opened its first co-educational university on Wednesday, a high-tech campus with massive funds which reformers hope will spearhead change in the Islamic state, Reuters reported.
Western diplomats hope the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), which has attracted more than 70 professors and 800 students from abroad, will usher reform after recent setbacks such as shelving municipal elections planned for this year and cancelling cultural events opposed by clerics.
"There is truly no other university in the world so well-equipped. Anywhere. The issue is, of course, what is to be done with the equipment and that remains to be seen," former U.S. diplomat John Burgess wrote in his Saudi blog "Crossroads Arabia."
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