With a mission to turn out competent professionals in the fields of pharmacy, nursing, medicine, respiratory therapy, computer science and information systems, Al Maarefa College for Science and Technology (MCST) has made significant contributions to the development of Saudi Arabia.
Its academic programmes have received accreditation from the National Commission for Assessment and Academic Accreditation (NCAAA) and noted international universities. The Saudi Ministry of Higher Education has also licensed and accredited MCST.
The curriculum taught at the institute for each discipline was formulated by King Abdullah Institute for Research and Consulting Studies (KAI-RCS).
The admission process of the college has three to four standard steps. It starts by providing the Saudi Secondary School Certificate or an equivalent certificate to the college administration. Then the candidates are expected to submit their Qiyas scores, an assessment test conducted by the Ministry of Higher Education for high school graduates. After this the candidates are supposed to clear the MCST admission test followed by the MCST comprehensive interview.
The courses at the college are refined from time to time in order to achieve its mission as smoothly as possible. The curricula’s main emphasis is on making students realise the importance of quality education, helping them understand the global market, developing the ability to analyse and resolve ethical dilemmas, legal concerns and issues of cultural diversity.
The key competencies that the college tries to develop in its students are critical thinking, ethical sensitivity, leadership, technological understanding and teamwork. The aspect of effective oral and written communication is also not forgotten.
To make all this possible, about 100 full-time and part-time faculty members put their backs into educating the students. All of them are either PhD or masters degree holders in their respective fields.