The King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)

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King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is a private research university in Saudi Arabia. The University’s core campus, located on the Red Sea at Thuwal, is sited on more than 36 square kilometres (14 sq mi), encompassing a marine sanctuary and research facility. The university is 20 km away north of the King Abdullah Economic City. KAUST is part of a small number of highly planned, specialized, research and technology-intensive municipalities in the world that incorporate a living environment, similar to Masdar City in the United Arab Emirates or Tsukuba Science City in Japan.

KAUST has 1200 students in total. The student population comes from over 60 nationalities from all continents. KAUST students, faculty and staff live in one of three residential areas: Safaa Gardens, Harbor District and Safaa Island neighborhood. Areas of community activity include Discovery Square, multiple gym facilities, libraries, and coffee shops. Discovery Square includes a movie theater, a grocery store, and several restaurants. KAUST is the first mixed-gender university campus in Saudi Arabia. Saudi authorities hope the mixed-gender center will help modernize the Kingdom’s deeply conservative society. The religious police do not operate on-site. Women are allowed to mix freely with men and to drive on campus, and they are not required to wear veils in the coeducational classes.

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) laboratory buildings and town mosque © A. T. Service/cc-by-sa-3.0 Yacht club © Arbitrarily0/cc-by-sa-3.0 Student housing apartments © Arbitrarily0/cc-by-sa-3.0 Residential street with outdoor sculpture © A. T. Service/cc-by-sa-3.0 King Abdullah Grand Mosque © Arbitrarily0/cc-by-sa-3.0 Graduate student offices © Arbitrarily0/cc-by-sa-3.0 © Aboluay/cc-by-sa-4.0 KAUST Campus © Arbitrarily0/cc-by-sa-3.0 A pontoon boat at a KAUST dock © Arbitrarily0/cc-by-sa-3.0 The KAUST beacon © Arbitrarily0/cc-by-sa-3.0
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King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) laboratory buildings and town mosque © A. T. Service/cc-by-sa-3.0
KAUST was founded in 2009 and focuses exclusively on graduate education and research, using English as the official language of instruction. It offers programs in Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering; Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Science and Engineering; and Physical Science and Engineering. It was announced in 2013 that KAUST had one of the fastest growing research and citation records in the world.

KAUST was Saudi Arabia’s first LEED certified project and is the world’s largest LEED Platinum campus. Designed by international architecture firm HOK, it was also chosen by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on the Environment (COTE) as one of the 2010 Top Ten Green Projects. The University Library received the 2011 AIA/ALA Library Building Award for accomplishments in library architecture.

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