King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) opened its doors in September 2009 in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia as an international, graduate-level research university dedicated to inspiring a new age of scientific achievement in the Kingdom that will also benefit the region and the world. KAUST is the realization of a decades-long vision of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.
- a graduate-level research university
- supported by a multi-billion dollar endowment
- governed by an independent, self-perpetuating Board of Trustees
- merit-based and open to men and women from around the world
KAUST's core campus is located on more than 36 million square meters on the Red Sea at Thuwal – approximately 80 kilometers north of Saudi Arabia's second largest city, Jeddah.
KAUST will pursue its research agenda through four strategic research thrusts focused on areas of science and technology that are important to Saudi Arabia, the region, and the world.
- Resources, Energy and Environment;
- Biosciences and Bioengineering;
- Materials Science and Engineering;
- Applied Mathematics and Computational Science.
To support these thrusts, KAUST has established multi-disciplinary Research Centers.
The University opened in September 2009 with degrees in 11 fields of study.
Please review KAUST's list of frequently asked questions to learn more about the University, its location and programs.