King Abdulaziz University was founded in 1967 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Designed by English architect John Elliott, it had 2,000 faculty and more than 37,000 students in 2000/2001. Established initially as a private university by a group of businessmen led by Sheikh Muhammad Abu Bakr Bakhashab Pasha and including the writer Hamza Bogary. in 1974 King Abdulaziz University was converted to a public university by a resolution of the Council Ministers of Saudi Arabia.Faculty of EngineeringCollege departments:These programs are accredited by ABET as Substantially Equivalent Programs since 2003.College of Earth Sciences, University of King Abdul AzizCollege of Marine Sciences at the University of King Abdul AzizNotable Alumni Abdallah Bin Bayyah, Muslim scholar, teaches in the university. Bin Bayyah holds a Mauritanian citizenship Amr Dabbagh, Saudi economist and businessman. Member of World Economic Forum and founder of Jeddah Economic Forum Mahfouz Marei Mubarak bin Mahfouz, Saudi businessman and philanthropist. Nahed Taher, Saudi economist, chief executive officer of Gulf One Investment Bank. Ranked 72nd in Forbes magazine's list of The World's 100 Most Powerful Women in 2006 Sulaiman Abdul Aziz Al Rajhi, Saudi economist, owner of Al Rajhi Bank, the 38th richest person in the world Adel Al-Hussain, BS, Bachelor Degree in Accounting with honer. (1992).