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Title Fit for a King? The King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia’s new research institution, opens its doors
Author The Observatory on Borderless Higher Education


Saudi Arabia’s new billion dollar research institution, the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), officially opened its doors towards the end of last month. A postgraduate institution with an emphasis on interdisciplinary research, in what may appear an overly ambitious goal, the university aims to become one of the world’s great research institutions in short time. Yet given that the university has already formed a series of key partnerships with world-renowned institutions such as US-based Harvard University and the United Kingdom’s Imperial College, the institution, generously supported by private endowment, appears to be making quick stride. Indeed, with as many as 3,000 dignitaries having reportedly attended the university’s bilingual Arabic/English inauguration, worldwide interest in KAUST is palpable, on the part of both the academic and industrial sectors, perhaps with good reason. What is the history behind the launch of KAUST, and where does student and faculty recruitment currently stand? How is the international academic community responding to its progress already made, and why? This article provides an update on the development of KAUST while considering the university’s potential effect on regional higher education.

Date 23/10/2009
Region(s) Middle East & Gulf States
Countries Saudi Arabia
Theme(s) Transnational Education (TNE) Models, Public Private Partnerships
Topic(s) Funding Models, Stakeholders, International Collaborative Programmes

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