Message from the King
The Holy Quran states, "Say thou how would those who know would be equal to those
who do not know?" This sound principle exalts the place of knowledge as the ultimate
tool for enlightenment and exhorts all human beings to gain knowledge.
Mohammed (Peace Be Upon Him) also said, "The most righteous of people is the one who
brings the greater good to the community." Because of this, the most beneficial of all
deeds is one that continues to bear fruit for generations to come. Waqf(endowment) has been
an essential component in the building of Islamic civilization.
Wishing to rekindle
and spread the great and noble virtue of learning that has marked the Arab and Muslim worlds
in earlier times, I am establishing King Abdullah University of Science and Technology on
the Red Sea in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
As a new "House of Wisdom," the
University shall be a beacon for peace, hope, and reconciliation and shall serve the people
of the Kingdom and benefit all the peoples of the world in keeping with the teachings of the
Holy Quran, which explains that God created mankind in order for us to come to know each
It is my desire that this new University become one of the world's great institutions of
research; that it educate and train future generations of scientists, engineers and
technologists; and that it foster, on the basis of merit and excellence, collaboration and
cooperation with other great research universities and the private sector.
University shall have all the resources that it needs to pursue these goals. A perpetual
waqf (endowment) is being established and shall be managed for its benefit by an independent
Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees shall embody wise and responsible governance in
support of the spirit of creativity that the University represents.
locale of the University is an area of great natural beauty and cultural significance. In
its design, construction and operations the University will conserve natural resources and
demonstrate by precept and example the value of responsible environmental
Since universities striving for excellence depend on an atmosphere of
exploration and initiative, nurturing and protecting freedom of research, thought and
discourse related to scholarly work will be among the primary objectives of King Abdullah
University of Science and Technology.
Our intention is to create an enduring model
for advanced education and scientific research. A complete residential and academic compound
will permit the faculty, staff, students, associates and their families to enjoy a rich and
broad range of educational programs and social amenities. In providing a strong foundation
for all aspects of life and work in the University, we aim to ensure its success in
promoting the economic development and social prosperity of the people of the Kingdom and of
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques
King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al