Najran is a province located in southwestern Saudi Arabia near the border with Yemen. Being one of the fastest-growing cities in the kingdom, Najran population has risen from 90,983 in 1992 to 500,000 in 2017. Najran used to be a trading area known as Abu As-Su’ud in past. Later, the authorities developed it as a city by providing facilities for education, healthcare, defense and more. Najran was the Yemeni center of cloth making and originally, the kiswah or the cloth of the Kaaba was made there (the clothing of the Kaaba was first started by the Yemeni kings of Saba). Najran is rich in greenery as per the initiation of the tree-planting program there.
The kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been investing heavily in the research and the establishment of new and more specialized universities in every region. The kingdom's aim is to boost tertiary enrollments and accommodate surging demand, which is driven by population growth and other factors.
The second-largest governmental spending in Saudi Arabia goes for education. Saudi Arabia spends 8.8% of its gross domestic product on education, compared with the global average of 4.6%, which is nearly double the global average on education. Islamic studies are part of the education system alongside scientific and social studies that vary from an educational institution to another. Here are colleges and universities in Najran that serve both Saudi and Non-Saudi students.
Began as a community college of King Khalid University, Najran University was converted into an independent self-sustaining university in 2006.
Najran University is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the medium city of Najran. Officially recognized by the Ministry of Education of Saudi Arabia, Najran University (NU) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation), bachelor degrees, and master degrees in several areas of study. The university has 15 colleges that serve Saudi students.
Najran University is a Saudi public university that provides an education that meets the needs of the community and the labor market. It also contributes actively to sustainable development through applied research, using the best technology and activates the partnership at the local, regional and global levels.
This 13-year-old Saudi Arabian higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on students' past academic records and grades. The admission rate range is 0-10% making this Saudi Arabian higher education organization a most selective institution.
Najran College of Technology is divided into Najran College of Technology for Men and Najran College of Technology for Women. Najran College of Technology for Men offers majors in software, technical support, marketing, office management, accounting, production mechanics, and auto mechanics. While Najran College of Technology for Women offers the specializations of fashion design, sewing and clothing production, decorating and cosmetic techniques such as skincare, make-up and haircare, in addition to the Department of Administrative and Accounting Technology, and the Department of Computer, Information Technology and Technical Support.
The college focuses on training students professionally in order to meet the requirements of the local market and serve the community. It also aims at achieving economic and social development effectively, through elaborate training and qualification and providing the best services and training programs with the latest methods and technologies.
Admission requirements are that the applicant must be a Saudi national or of a Saudi mother. The applicant must hold a high school degree or its equivalent from inside or outside the Kingdom. Age for males should not exceed 25 years and for females 30 years. The applicant's score in the ability and achievement tests shall not be less than 50. In addition to that, the applicant must not have been previously dismissed academically or disciplinarily from any other university, nor registered in any other educational institution.
The climate for Najran is a hot desert climate type, typical of the Arabian Peninsula. The rainfall is very sporadic in occurrence and consists of light individual rainfalls. The yearly average high temperatures are lower than Riyadh, despite being further south, due to Najran's elevation.
The distance between Dammam and Najran is 1131 km. The most popular airlines for this route are Saudi Arabian Airlines, flynas, and Flyadeal. There is Najran Airport which is a domestic airport served by Saudia Airline. Najran Airport operates scheduled flights to destinations like Dammam, Jeddah and Riyadh.