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Posted: July 13, 2009
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) sets date for inaugural ceremony
(Nanowerk News) King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia is opening its 36-million-square meter (8,900-acre) campus on September 23, 2009, welcoming a founding faculty of more than 60 accomplished scientists and engineers from around the world and an equally diverse inaugural class of 345 graduate students to the shores of the Red Sea.
This independent, merit-based university has already formed research collaborations with leading academic institutions and companies, and houses some of the world’s most sophisticated research equipment and facilities, including the region’s fastest supercomputer.
While the KAUST research program is a robust and diverse curriculum which will match the world’s sharpest minds with the world’s greatest facilities, the university will also have a specific research center focusing on nanochemistry, and nanocomposites and nanomaterials.
As the Inauguration will show, KAUST is a global gathering point of some of the best minds to solve challenging scientific and technological problems.
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, who conceived and supported the development of the University, is hosting the event.
Invited guests include:
Heads of state
Presidents and leadership of the world’s top universities
Distinguished scientists, including Nobel Laureates in physics and chemistry
Global business leaders
KAUST administrators, faculty, students, staff, and international research collaborators
The Inauguration will be held on the KAUST campus in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia.