Beyond the Classroom: Discover the Vibrant Pulse of PMU

Prince Mohammad Bind Fahd University

Endless Possibilities for Growth and Fun: Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University Creates a Dynamic Campus Environment

Our campus life is reflective of our broad academic foundation, allowing students to be all that they can be.”

— Dr. Issa Al Ansari, President (PMU)

AL-KHOBAR, EASTERN PROVINCE, SAUDI ARABIA, February 21, 2024 / — With academics serving as a foundation, campus life can build up a student’s university experience into a grand structure of skills, competencies, and worldly knowledge. The campus life at Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University (PMU) reflects this goal of complementing and enhancing students’ educational experiences, forging well-rounded individuals who go on to find success both locally in Saudi Arabia and around the globe.

“Campus life is integral to the journey that PMU students go on as they learn the knowledge, develop the skills, and hone their abilities to become important contributors to society and human progress overall,” said Dr. Issa Al Ansari, President of PMU. “We place the utmost emphasis on cultivating a unique and vibrant student experience at PMU so our students may strive, thrive, and enjoy their time on our campus and beyond.”

The richly stimulating student experience at PMU starts with academic excellence through innovative teaching methods in state-of-the-art classrooms. From there, the student experience extends campuswide to exceptional facilities, including laboratories, libraries, and recreational spaces.

Throughout all of PMU, a diverse range of clubs, organizations, and activities are available to students, providing ample opportunities for personal growth, leadership development, and community engagement. A full calendar of events, including cultural festivals, sports competitions, academic conferences, and guest lectures, fosters a sense of community, promotes diversity, and encourages active participation.

The university’s dedication to nurturing talent is additionally highlighted by the comprehensive student support services offered, which include counseling, academic advising, career guidance, and health and wellness programs.

“PMU is committed to ensuring the wellbeing and success of its students,” said Dr. Omar J. El-Moussa, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs. “PMU emphasizes the importance of global competencies so our students can work locally or internationally. The support services we have help our students with their personal and professional development, bringing their dreams within reach.”

Living to Learn, Learning to Live:

When not in the classroom, PMU students have a vast array of options for mental and physical exercise. These options further their education and health attainment, all the while making friendships and business connections that can last a lifetime.

The determination and group cooperation skills learned in academia also naturally develop through recreational pursuits such as sports. Some of the team sports offered in recent years on campus at PMU include soccer and volleyball, along with more individually driven activities such as table tennis, yoga, running, and diving.

The student club scene at PMU is similarly diverse. A partial list of the topics explored at PMU clubs currently or in recent years includes finance, public speaking, books, law, media, technology, chess, community service volunteering, sustainability, traffic safety, and arts & athletics.

Student organizations at PMU likewise highlight the links between academics and the student experience created by campus life. Some of the organizations include Student Council, a branch of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and student chapters of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

The inclusion in particular of these international professional organizations in campus life demonstrates collaborative efforts by PMU administrators and the student body to stay on the cutting edge of advances in academic fields and the post-graduate working world.

Many of those club- and organization-level areas mirror the specialized studies available to PMU students, who may choose to enroll in one of six colleges: the College of Engineering, the College of Computer Engineering and Sciences, the College of Business Administration, the College of Law, the College of Architecture and Design, and the College of Sciences & Human Studies.

“PMU is committed from day one to enriching our students’ experience by ensuring that whatever happens on the industry side is aligned with what happens in the classroom and in campus life,” said Dr. El-Moussa. “We strive to break all those walls and barriers between the industry and the classroom, so we have lots of activities that happen on campus involving industry initiatives, workshops, and programs.”

Inculcating Success through Industry and Alumni Connections:

Also keeping campus life robust are the efforts of PMU staffers in career services and other departments to stay in regular contact with PMU alumni in industry. In this way, staffers conduct visits and surveys to align the learning outcomes of PMU’s curriculum with the latest industry developments. Staffers solicit ideas about how to enhance competencies and identify which skills should continue to be instilled in students via academic coursework and campus life activities.

Scientific research and technological entrepreneurship are additionally of major importance to the PMU student experience. Events and activities at PMU, as well as off-campus field trips to scientific and technological conferences, broaden students’ horizons. Attending students often present research papers or develop their own innovations, supported by the Prince Turki Bin Mohammad Bin Fahd Center for Creativity & Entrepreneurship at PMU.

Ultimately, courtesy of this approach of combining rigorous academics, vibrant campus life, and opportunities for hands-on experiential activities, students build up a unique graduate portfolio, highlighting their well-rounded skillset and broad knowledge base for prospective employers. “The student success stories at PMU showcase achievement and project undertaking that serves to inspire and motivate other students within the community,” said Dr. El-Moussa.

Overall, the remarkable campus life at PMU is clearly integral to the university as an institution of higher learning and of immense benefit to the student body.

“PMU is diverse in its offerings so that we may educate the next generation of leaders and innovators in many of the vital fields for global citizens of the 21st century,” said Dr. Al Ansari.

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