Gender reforms may seem slow and lagging at first, but they are definitely underway in Saudi Arabia, as the country finally gave women last year the right to drive cars.
The King Abdulaziz University follows this advancement next, according to Arab News in Feb. 9, as it plans to open its tourism faculty to female students.
“Female student intake will begin in the coming academic year. This wasn’t possible, at least not until we officially begin the female programs,” Ibrahim Alsini, head of the university’s hospital department, told Arab News. He noted that the university has received great interest from students who want to change their major to tourism,
While the university plans to set up a women’s campus by 2019, it is still unknown whether other courses will be offered apart from tourism. In the male campus, for example, culinary arts, heritage resources management, and event management are among other courses available.