Al Maarefa University (UM) is a private establishment of higher education, designed to fulfill a recognized public function, by meeting clearly identified needs in important domains for national development. Besides that, UM adopts an innovative approach to teaching and learning, by making intensive use of cutting-edge educational technologies. It attracts students from a broadly targeted clientele, namely high school graduates (both male and female) from the Riyadh region, from other regions of Saudi Arabia and from the GCC states. It is also envisioned to attract expatriates’ sons and daughters who wish to pursue college studies. Also, UM attracts Diploma graduates from various health specialties through a bridging program.

Since its establishment (1999), UM has admitted 6000 students and graduated 1500 students as of 2019/2020 academic year.


UM is devoted to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through restructuring the institution, effectively manage, and mobilize institutional resources to foster the spirit of innovative teaching and learning, research initiatives, national and international partnership. UM shall strength internal and external sources of resource mobilization through private, national, international agencies and explore any other means of financial support to finance academic and research activities at the national and international levels. UM comprises of three colleges (College of Applied Sciences, College of Medicine and College of Pharmacy). UM shall encourage teamwork approach to obtain credible information from the colleges’ councils and departmental committees, and setup a clearly defined channel of communication between the male and female sections. It launches community outreach campaigns to reach all the stakeholders served by the UM. There shall be a sustainability department reasonable for identifying the SDGs assigned to each college, program, course, and other sectors related to the UM. The aim is to enhance national and international partnership for sustainable development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnership that encourage and share knowledge and experiences, expertise, technology and financial resources, eventually implement the SDGs based on innovation capacity-building strategy.


UM COVID-19 Response

UM COVID-19 Response


We are together: UM  students supporting the national effort against (COVID-19) pandemic

The pandemic is much more than a health crisis. It requires a whole-of-government and whole-of-society response, matching the resolve and sacrifice of frontline health workers.

Staff and students at UM university have played a vital role in fighting Covid-19 through research and supporting their local communities.




The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings

Impact Rankings 2021


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