​​​​​​​Media Relations​

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The Marketing Communications team at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is here to assist local, national and international media organizations by:

  • Providing background on research and general facts about KAUST
  • Developing briefs related to our research areas—food, water, energy and the environment
  • Facilitating interviews with faculty, researchers and staff


​King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), established in 2009, is an international graduate research university dedicated to advancing science and technology through interdisciplinary research, education and innovation.

Located on the shores of the Red Sea in Saudi Arabia, KAUST seeks to advance scientific research and collaboration, transcending disciplines and boundaries for the benefit of science. Breakthrough research is conducted to address grand challenges of global significance, in the areas of water, food, energy and the environment.

KAUST is a private university committed to the highest standards of research and academic excellence; attracting and developing top global talents based on merit; and fostering a spirit of enterprise encompassing innovation and opportunity to catalyze the Kingdom's economic development. 

Academic Divisions

Research Centers 
Core Labs
Innovation and Economic Development

KAUST Quick Facts (as of 2016)

Our University 

150 Faculty 
940 Students 
  • 17% M.S. students                  83% Ph.D. students
  • 63% Male students               ​​  37% Female students 
  • 69% International students     31% Saudi students 
1200 Alumni 
400 Postdocs
310 Research Scientists and Staff
2200 Workforce 

Our Community

6700 Community Members 
1460 K-12 School Children 
100 Total nations represented among our community 

Our Impact

Ranked #1 in Citations per Faculty by QS World University Rankings
8300 scholarly publications 
10:1 ratio of publications per faculty per year
375 patent applications
38 patents 
29 incorporated startups 
547 invention disclosures

If you are part of a news organization and need assistance, please contact the appropriate media relations representative listed below.

Michelle D'Antoni
Senior Advisor for Research and Innovation Marketing
Phone: +966 (12) 808-3178

Salah Sindi
Senior In-Kingdom Media Advisor
Phone: +966 (12) 808-3221