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Academic Overview

Academic Program Structure

The structure of PMU academic programs follows the North America model that utilizes the credit hour system as measure of course weight, an intensive bridge program to prepare entering students for university study, a common academic core curriculum that forms a common basis for all degree programs, and individual degree majors that provide the academic specialization and the name of the degree awarded

Language of Instruction

English is the language of instruction in all degree programs and courses except those devoted to the study of the Arabic Language and Islamic Studies.

Learning Modes

Consistent with the commitment to developing student learning outcomes and competencies, PMU emphasizes “student oriented” teaching and learning methodologies throughout all academic programs. Courses utilize independent learning tasks, group and team based projects, and capstone projects, among other techniques. Information technology based resources and methods are an important part of the learning process.

Student to Faculty Ratio

PMU is characterized by a learner-centered rather than a teacher-centered approach to education. The overall student to faculty ration is about 18/1. Class sizes vary with programs and courses.

The average numbers of students per class are as follows:
Preparation Program Core Curriculum
Math 25 Natural Sciences 24 lecture, 20 lab
Learning Skills 25 Social Sciences 30 lecture

Computer Engineering & Sciences Engineering Interior Design
Lecture 20 Lecture 25 Lecture 18
Lab 16 Lab 20 Lab 25

Lecture 30
Lab 16
Executive MBA 20
Certain introductory courses in all programs may be taught via large lectures or a combination of large and smaller sections.