KAUST is an international graduate-level research university located on the shores of the Red Sea in Saudi Arabia. With a student body representing over 70 nations, the university attracts world-class faculty and top international scientists, engineers and students to
conduct fundamental and goal-oriented research to address the world's pressing scientific and technological problems. The university's new facilities and state-of-the-art technology offer an ideal setting to study and conduct high-impact research.
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Surrounded by the beauty of the Red Sea, the university campus neighbors the fishing village of Thuwal. The academic environment features a well-planned and landscaped academic core and research laboratories, along with community facilities and services.
Shopping, services and support are all easily accessible on campus.

KAUST offers a variety of community resources to help students enjoy active, healthy lives by balancing their studies with satisfying leisure opportunities. The Harbor District commercial center offers services and conveniences to members of the university community, including a grocery store, a dry cleaner, a travel agent, a post office, a bank, a theater, a beauty salon and a variety of restaurants and cafes.

The university also provides a variety of community resources to help students and their family members enjoy active, healthy lives and balance their professional and family commitments with satisfying leisure opportunities. Community and residential services provided include:
  • Schooling for students from the age of three through to grade 12
  • Home maintenance
  • High-speed wireless Internet
  • Free to air television
  • Waste removal and recycling
  • Local telephone service
The university campus also includes extensive athletic facilities: swimming pools, a rock climbing wall, tennis courts, squash courts, a bowling alley, soccer, badminton courts, a 9 hole grass golf course, a beach, baseball and athletic fields, and a marina with full sailing and diving activities.
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Students & Alumni

All admitted students receive the benefits of the KAUST Fellowship, which includes: full tuition support, competitive monthly living allowance, private medical and dental coverage, housing, and relocation support.

  • member Home Country: US

    Undergraduate University: University of Wisconsin Madison
    Research Interests: Solid Mechanics

    Currently works in Research and Development in a battery company back in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Michelle Gatz
  • member Home Country: Saudi Arabia

    Undergraduate University: King Fahd university of Petroleum and Minerals
    Research Interests: Membrane Science

    Currently working for SABIC as a researcher in Riyadh. In the future, he hopes to continue his graduate studies and pursue his PhD at KAUST. "KAUST is a wonderful place", he says "I wish I could be here all my life".
  • Bander Bawareth
  • member Home Country: China

    Undergraduate University: University of Science and Technology

    Research Interests: Organic electronics.
    Currently working as an engineer for SABIC in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia.
  • Ding Ding Ren
  • member Home Country: Switzerland

    Research Interests: coral reproduction and connectivity in the Red Sea. She has also published two journal papers on the subject.
  • Jessica Bouwemester
  • member Home Country: Saudi Arabia

    Research Interests: Solar and Photovoltaic Engineering. Ahmed is investigating a cost effective way to industrialize the process of making solar cells, especially in Saudi Arabia using a roll to roll printer.
  • Ahmed Al Saggaf


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  • member Professor, Electrical Engineering
    Research interests: modeling, design, and performance analysis of wireless communication systems; cognitive radio systems; cooperative/ collaborative communication systems; multi-hop communication.
  • Mohamed Slim Alouini
  • member Distinguished Professor, Applied Mathematics

    Research interests: partial differential equations in applications; mathematical analysis; numerical analysis; computational mathematics; mathematical modeling
  • Peter Markowich
  • member Associate Professor, Environmental Science and Engineering
    Research interests: polymeric materials and membranes; synthesis and morphology control of copolymers; nanofiller functionalization; nanofiltration; forward osmosis; membrane reactors.
  • Suzana Nunes