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KAUST: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

KAUST aspires to be a destination for scientific and technological education and research. By inspiring discoveries to address global challenges, we strive to serve as a beacon of knowledge that bridges people and cultures for the betterment of humanity.

Master's Programmes

Engineering & Technology (2)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (2)
Agriculture & Forestry (1)
Computer Science & IT (1)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)



KAUST began as a vision, perceived across a great expanse of dry, unremarkable desert sand. Five years – and some key ingredients later it is growing into a global force of academics, and is a proud pillar of light to its native nation. Of those key ingredients, none were more vital than the people who helped KAUST rise from the sands. They added water, and they added stone.


Research Centers

  • Advanced Membrances and Porous Materials
  • Catalysis
  • Clean Combustion
  • Computational Bioscience
  • Desert Agriculture
  • Extreme Computing
  • Red Sea
  • Solar and Photovoltaics Engineering
  • Upstream Petroleum Engineering
  • Visual Computing
  • Water Desalination and Reuse


Professional Development and Career Counseling (PDCC) prepares graduate students in developing lifelong career management skills. The office provides direction for future student decision-making as it regards their passions and interests in industry, research, or academia. Students are coached on how to negotiate and successfully promote themselves in the job market.

The office furthermore promotes employment and internship opportunities worldwide, facilitates on-campus networking opportunities with employers, and informs graduate students of the latest employment trends in science and technology.

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University Ranking

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Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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Student services

The Offices of Development and Support and Graduate Services support graduate student success by managing the delivery of services and resources of several offices. These offices work closely with the Graduate Student Council and collaborate with other KAUST offices and departments to enhance the overall quality of experience for graduate students.

Housing services

The housing at KAUST is designed in modern Arabesque style. The Community offers a variety of housing options to eligible students, faculty and staff. These options include villas, detached houses, townhouses and apartments which are obtainable for nominal rental expense. Housing types vary in size from one to four bedrooms.

ICT services

The technology infrastructure of the school is sophisticated and wireless, incorporating a broad spectrum of equipment. All learning spaces are equipped with 21st century classroom tools such as an interactive whiteboard system and 1:1 computing environment.

Medical services

The University provides medical and dental benefits, retirement and savings plans, paid annual leave and much more for eligible personnel.Prospective members of faculty and staff will receive an employment offer outlining their comprehensive benefits package.

Student Life

Campus life

The Discovery Square area is an important community space connecting the academic campus with the Harbor District commercial center. Discovery Square is active throughout the day and acts as a grand plaza representing a center of activity. Discovery Square and the adjacent Harbor district is home to several commercial enterprises on campus – including mail and courier services, banking, fast food and eateries, cafes, bakery, beauty salon and barber shop, as well as a convenience store.

Sports facilities

KAUST community members enjoy a vast array of sports and fitness activities and facilities. In addition to providing amenities such as two pools, exercise rooms, squash and tennis courts, as well as an outdoor football field and track, the Harbor Sport Center acts as a vibrant community meeting ground offering various social activities and group fitness programming. Popular events include weekly social tennis, trivia quiz nights and summer camp for kids.

Student clubs

Residents of the KAUST community have many opportunities to interact socially through a variety of activities. Calendars of activities targeted to all age groups are regularly available at the Harbor community library, Harbor Sports Center and on outdoor display screens located around the campus. Karaoke bowling nights, group language lessons (such as Arabic, French and Chinese), trivia quiz nights, and after-school programs are popular examples.

Student Reviews

Seeking wisdom
Anonymous rated 1 out of 5 stars

I am very much interested in the areas of my studies to gain more knowledge to work for the betterment of the humanity.

NASIRUDEEN AYOBAMI rated 5 out of 5 stars

Despite its theological focus, Islamic Studies deals with social and cultural aspects behind the Muslim belief. Within my study, I learn to comprehend and analyse the Islamic religion, while shedding light upon the religious practice and culture immediately connected with it. I develop a feeling for why Islamic societies have developed the way they did, as their Muslim...

Bioremediation for removal of metals from water
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I have graduated from King Saud University as Bachelor degree in 2013, in Microbiology then joined to Master degree program in the same specialty in King Abdul Aziz University and graduated in 2014 with a research topic under the title of removal of heavy metals from polluted sewage industrial water by using biomass of bacteria in a new techniques named Bioremediation