"Kenzo Tange's work reflects and crystallizes the changing political and economic climate of Japan in a quarter century, from the nationalism of World War II, through defeat and reconstruction, to the renewed search for national identity and growth in confidence. Despite finers distinctions to be made in his changing concerns, it is possible to divide his career into two parts, whose major interests are the synthesis of Japanese traditions and modern architectureand the realization of a metabolist vision of the city."
Hiroshi Watanabe Contemporary Architects, 1987, p. 891
The programme statement calls for the design of a mixed-use university campus accomodating 8,000 students. The University was founded by the Gulf Cooperation Council comprising seven Arab nations. The main facilities consist of academic, administration, and student buildings. This is the first mixed university for men and women in the Arab gulf.