Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Informational resources about KAUST on the web

As a soon-to-be faculty member of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), I get a lot of questions from colleagues, friends, and family about the remarkable undertaking that is KAUST. I don't know all the answers, but I'll try to provide as much information as I can through this blog. To get things started, here are some resources available on the web regarding KAUST.

The first place to learn about KAUST is of course KAUST's own web page. Here's the basic description of KAUST found there:

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is being built in 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.

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News articles on the web

Most of the following are not linked from KAUST's page with news articles above. They're listed in reverse chronological order.

  • has an excellent and detailed (i.e. long) article about KAUST that reveals some of the initial planning that went into KAUST, as well as some reactions from academics in the United States.

Blog posts about KAUST:
  • Here's an article on the 'Crossroads Arabia' blog.
  • A post about KAUST on the 'Dried Pages' blog.
  • News blog MideastPress has a post about KAUST.
Magazine Articles:
This list is, of course, far from complete. If you know of other useful informational resources, please send me a link and I'll add them.