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Strategic Planning for Saudi Arabia’s KAUST

To determine the optimal focus for the new university, SRI assessed the technology and educational needs and resources of the Kingdom's industry and society.

In 2006, Saudi Arabia began planning a graduate-level research university based on King Abdullah's vision of creating a world-class university that could advance regional and global development of research and technology. Saudi Aramco, the national oil company, was tasked with formulating the King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST). 

To bring that about, Aramco sought to determine focus areas that would attract world-class talent and contribute to the country’s needs.

SRI partnered with Saudi Aramco, contributing expertise in designing S&T programs to fit regional and national needs, as well as extensive experience working in the Kingdom and region.

In forming its recommendations for the university’s key technology research centers, SRI assessed needs and resources for focus areas that would complement and build on existing R&D in the Kingdom.

Incorporating these recommendations, KAUST opened in September 2009. It is an international, co-educational, 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.