Jubail Industrial College has its roots in 1978 when the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu established a skills training center, to develop skilled manpower required by the Kingdom. In 1982, the skills training center was upgraded into an institute named the Royal Commission Jubail Human Resources Development Institute. Jubail Industrial College, the Kingdom’s largest and most sophisticated, is a semi-autonomous’ technical institute governed by the Board of Directors of the Royal Commission. At the college level the activities concerning academic, administrative and student services are administered by the Managing Director along with the College Deputy for Education and Training Affairs, and the College Deputy of Student Affairs according to by-laws and College Council decisions. Jubail Industrial College is an outstanding example of how relevant modern education, in support of technology, transforms a rural society into a modern vibrant one. Academics: The College, in setting up four specialized departments, shows that it has identified major areas of industrial and commercial activity to which it can make a distinct contribution. Department of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering Technology, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technology, Department of Chemical & Process Engineering Technology and Department of Management & Information Technology. Students follow a one-year Preparatory Year program of intensive study before they enter one of the specialization departments. The College Preparatory Year programs are offered mainly by the two support departments which are English Language Center and Department of General Studies. They also offer additional courses to support students during their specialization years. Statistics: The College has an educational building, with well over 133 classrooms, workshops and laboratories, a dormitory complex of 28 buildings with accommodation for 4,192 students and three cafeterias that seat 1,200 along with a 624-seat auditorium. The College environment is very friendly and informal, and reflects warm relationships between staff and students. Over the years student enrolment has increased to over 7,000.