Sunday, September 27, 2009

A Sliver of Social Change in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Saudi's first mixed sex university where women are free to dress as they please, and where they are able to drive? This seems like a definite step in the right direction for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Maybe it will be the precursor to a shift in the Saudi society's view of women and foreigners?

Saudi's deeply conservative society is looking to modernize, and I think King Abdullah's idea of a university being where change happens is a grand one because it is the young of today who initiate social change in society. King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) will be one of the most modern in the world, boasting the world's fastest supercomputer, state of the art technology, and most importantly for Saudi Arabia, an environment that fosters equal opportunity for both males and females. We can only hope that more institutions like this one are set up in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
A classroom at KAUST
The KAUST campus
And if the following video serves to show how gender and interracial relations are treated in this university, I am bubbling with happiness.

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