King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) (Arabic: جامعة الملك عبد الله للعلوم و التقنية – كاوست ǧāmiʿat al-malik ʿabd al-Lāh li-l-ʿulūm wa-t-teqniyya – KAUST) is a public research university located in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia.
KAUST was built and operated for the first three years by Saudi Aramco. It has the third largest endowment of any university in the world, following Harvard and Yale, respectively. KAUST is often referred as a new “House of Wisdom” and an “Arab MIT” in the academic world.
With the aim of rekindling science in the Islamic world, 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 Sciences and Engineering; Computer, Electrical, and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering; and Physical Sciences and Engineering. The University achieved significant progress in a very short time and is currently among one of the world’s most productive universities in terms of research.
It was recently announced that KAUST has one of the fastest growing research and citation records in the world right now. As of 2013, QS World University Rankings rated KAUST’s research record as 88.5%, which is almost the same with that of the Ivy League giant Yale University (88.8%) and the University of Michigan (88.7%). With its huge endowment and massive research, the university has established remarkable reputation in many countries and is expected to serve as a model for other universities in the Islamic world.
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