King Abdullah University of Science and Technology Launches Worldwide Scholarship Program

    Discovery Scholarship Recipients Will Receive Full Financial Support for
    Current First Degree Programs and for KAUST Graduate Programs

    DHAHRAN, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Sept. 7 /CNW/ -- King Abdullah
University of Science and Technology (KAUST), a new world-class graduate
research university under development in Saudi Arabia, today launched its
scholarship program.  Recruitment for qualified students is now underway
around the world.
    The KAUST Discovery Scholarship will provide full tuition, a living
stipend, book and computer allowances, and summer and career enrichment
programs to qualified science and technology students at their home
institutions prior to the University's opening in September 2009. Upon
graduation, these students will enter KAUST as master's degree students in
September 2009 and 2010 and complete their studies on a fully funded
    "The launch of the KAUST Discovery Scholarship program is another
important step in turning King Abdullah's vision of a world-class research
university in Saudi Arabia into reality," said Nadhmi Al-Nasr, interim
president of KAUST. "We are looking for exceptionally talented and motivated
students -- led by an equally extraordinary roster of faculty -- who have a
thirst for knowledge and an adventurous and creative spirit."
    Mr. Al-Nasr also explained that the scholarship program is one part of a
three-pronged strategy to build the University's intellectual capital. A
second cornerstone KAUST initiative includes its Global Research Partnership,
a new program that will provide a significant source of support to and
collaboration with leading scientific research centers and individual
scientists around the globe, along with research and educational
collaborations with leading institutions. So far, KAUST has entered into
formal partnerships with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), Institut
Francais du Petrole in France, the National University of Singapore, the
Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IITB) and, most recently, the American
University in Cairo.
    The third part of the recruitment strategy is the Academic Excellence
Alliances, an arrangement in which KAUST will bring faculty to its campus by
offering them contracts through other leading research universities
    When at KAUST, scholarship recipients will be able to focus on any of
four main areas of research: resources, energy and environment; biosciences
and engineering; materials science and engineering; and applied mathematics
and computational science. The first cohort of between 250 and 350 students
will grow to no more than 2,000 students at the University's maturity.
    "KAUST students will become the next generation of scientists who will
work to solve the world's increasingly complex needs," continued Mr. Al-Nasr.
    "And they will set a firm foundation for what we believe will be one of
the most important centers of learning and discovery."
    Students may apply for a KAUST Discovery Scholarship directly, or they
may be nominated by a professor or administrator at their institution. All
applicants must complete their online application and send or attach all
required documents by November 9, 2007. Applications, scholarship criteria and
additional information can be found on the KAUST Web site:
    About KAUST
    The 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, the
region and around the globe.  As an independent, merit-based institution,
KAUST will employ many of the best practices from leading research
universities and enable top researchers from around the globe and across all
cultures to work together to solve challenging scientific and technological
issues.  The KAUST global research and education network will support diverse
talents, both on its campus and at other premier universities and research
institutions, through collaborative research agreements, grants, and student
scholarship programs.  The core campus, located on more than 36 million square
meters on the Red Sea near Rabigh, is set to open in September 2009.  For more
information about KAUST, visit

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