مدير جامعة الطائف يشكر خادم الحرمين لتدشينه مشروع "الطائف الجديد"2019-02-24
1 October 2017
TU President Dr. Husam Zaman expressed his gratitude and appreciation to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud for launching the New Taif projects, including the new University City project in Saisad. In a press statement, Dr. Zaman said that the new University City is but one important project among many in the New Taif project, noting the keenness of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques on following up on new development projects.
He stressed that the inauguration of the New Taif project is a culmination of the efforts made by Prince Khalid Al Faisal, Advisor to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Prince of Makkah Region, to launch the project and transform Taif into a modern city, which includes mega development projects, soon to be seen, boundlessly supported by the wise leadership, the concerted efforts of the ministries, and other government bodies concerned with the project.
Dr. Zaman explained that TU has started laying the foundations of its new University City in Saisad, on an area of about 17 million square meters, according to a modern developmental engineering vision aiming at "building man and developing the place," and in order to be line with Saudi Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Program 2020.
TU President explained that the new University City project is a major part of the New Taif project, which is a major development project on an area of 1250 square kilometers, with a capacity to accommodate 750,000 people, and is supervised by the Center for Development Integration in the Emirate of Makkah. The project includes the establishment of a modern university, a city for the Okaz festival, parts of which are already underway, building the infrastructure of the new international airport, the Techno Park, the Ministry of Housing project on an area of about 12 square kilometers, and the industrial city.
Dr. Zaman pointed out that currently 16 projects, divided into three phases, are being implemented in the University City. The total value of the project is SR 2.908 billion. The city will house educational facilities including all colleges, institutes and centers, as well as ancillary deanships, university hospital, laboratories and accessories. It is expected that it will serve approximately 90,000 male and female students. It will also house faculty, students, sports, and cultural facilities.
TU President said that the construction of the University City will include two housing projects for faculty, the College of Pharmacy project (Phase I), the College of Administrative and Financial Sciences project (Phase I), the University Hospital project, the Faculty of Medicine project (Phases I and II), College of Community Service project, College of Education project (Phase I), College of Science project (Phase I), College of Applied Medical Sciences project (Phase I), the two general location projects (Phases I and II), College of Engineering project (Phase I), and the College of Computer project (Phase I).
He pointed out that the construction work of several projects in the University City has made high progress rates, most notably the Student Housing Project, the College of Medicine project (Phase I), the College of Computer project (Phase I). TU administration is also accelerating the pace of achievement in the rest of the projects and addressing any challenges that arise.
He stressed that the University City is a strategic location for TU in terms of its centrality between the city of Taif and the rest of the New Taif project such as the New Airport, Techno Park, and Okaz Festival City, not to mention its proximity to Makkah. That’s why the location is vital in supporting the University's efforts to implement many ambitious and strategic projects TU plans to implement, such as activating educational tourism programs, organizing conferences and forums, and recreational activities.
"From this perspective,” said TU President, “Taif University has been keen to adapt its ambitious strategic plan, which includes the launch of its first executive initiative (Taif Again), to the engineering plans of the University City projects, in order to optimize the leverage of the place in order to serve human needs.”
TU President stressed the University's keenness on having effective partnerships with all government bodies to achieve their common objectives for the success of the New Taif project and other developmental projects. He pointed out that the University has such excellent scientific and academic qualifications as to make it an advisory house of expertise to support all governmental bodies to implement their new development projects.
He pointed out that TU is planning to utilize part of its new University City in Saisad, as well as the existing buildings and equipment in its current location in Al-Hawiyyah, in the implementation of investment projects that can generate lucrative financial returns for the University and boost its own resources, including the investment of land and university-owned properties, the establishment of facilities and commercial markets, and providing consultancy services.