Saudi Clerics voice opposition to coeducation at KAUST

Princeton University President Shirley Tilghman sits on the board of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), a secular, coeducational graduate-level research school that opened in Saudi-Arabia in September: students have not yet completed their first semester of classes, but the university is already facing heavy criticism from Muslim clerics, led publicly by Sheik Saad Bin Naser al-Shatri, who criticized the university in September, calling its co-ed classes “evil.” “In order for the university to rise to its full potential, it will have to stick to its guns, especially in terms of women’s rights,” Tilghman added.