Crown Prince and Prime Minister Mohammed Bin Salman, who’s additionally the chairman of KAUST Board of Trustees, launched on Sunday the brand new technique of the College. The technique goals to rework analysis into economically productive improvements by specializing in the nationwide priorities for analysis, improvement, and innovation: Well being and Wellness, Sustainable Atmosphere and Important Wants, Vitality and Industrial Management, and Economies of the Future. Moreover, the technique goals to strengthen KAUST’s partnerships with each the private and non-private sectors, which is able to contribute to attaining the goals of Imaginative and prescient 2030.
The Crown Prince stated: “For the reason that basis of KAUST, it has distinguished itself with its analysis, improvements, and school, to develop into one of many main analysis universities on the planet. The brand new technique builds on KAUST’s scientific and educational achievements and represents a brand new period for the College to develop into a beacon of data and a supply of inspiration and innovation consistent with Imaginative and prescient 2030 aspirations for the betterment of the Kingdom and the world.”
The brand new technique focuses on rising the probability of turning analysis into economically helpful improvements. This ambition can be achieved by way of three main initiatives: the launch of the Nationwide Transformation Institute for Utilized Analysis (NTI) to speed up expertise improvement and commercialization to help the Kingdom’s financial diversification aspirations; the restructuring of analysis facilities to align with nationwide priorities for analysis, improvement, and innovation; and the creation of a $200m fund (SR750 million) to ship unmet funding in native and worldwide corporations specializing in high-tech, which is able to improve financial diversification and contribute to the creation of top quality technical jobs.
The technique additionally goals to supply high quality alternatives for researchers, school employees, and college students, supporting them to use science and analysis to create a sustainable international influence by strengthening worldwide and native partnerships.
Among the many most essential initiatives ensuing from these partnerships is the KAUST Reefscape Restoration Initiative, in partnership with NEOM, which is able to concentrate on cultivating and restoring tons of of hundreds of coral reefs on an space of 100 hectares, on Shushah Island within the Purple Sea.
Moreover, KAUST will proceed collaboration with a number of the largest firms within the Kingdom and the world, akin to Aramco, SABIC, ACWA Energy, IBM, Dow, and Boeing. Some of the distinguished initiatives of the technique is to strengthen worldwide partnerships and develop cooperation frameworks with main educational establishments and expertise pioneers on the planet.
This consists of forging strategic cooperation agreements with main educational and industrial institutes within the Chinese language metropolis of Shenzhen to collaborate on utilized analysis throughout cutting-edge fields like aerospace, robotics, and microelectronics.
By these initiatives and partnerships, KAUST will contribute to creating the upper schooling ecosystem, nurturing the long run scientific analysis pioneers within the Kingdom, selling analysis and international innovation, and stimulating the expansion of superior expertise startups. This may improve the competitiveness of the Kingdom’s economic system and its international place as a pacesetter in innovation.
KAUST’s technique is constructed upon its legacy and international educational standing, because the College boasts a exceptional historical past adorned with quite a few world-leading achievements since its basis. It ranked first on the planet when it comes to “citations per school”, in accordance with the (QS) 2021 classification.
The college’s analysis manufacturing can also be included in an important 25% of the highest-ranked scientific journals worldwide, surpassing its peer prestigious universities. By its expertise outputs, KAUST has contributed to the world by offering extremely expert professionals who now maintain management positions and work as CEOs and researchers in numerous main worldwide establishments, akin to NASA, the Massachusetts Institute of Know-how, and NEOM, amongst others.
Imaginative and prescient
KAUST aspires to be a vacation spot for scientific and technological schooling and analysis. By inspiring discoveries to handle international challenges, we try to function a beacon of data that bridges individuals and cultures for the betterment of humanity.
We exist for the pursuit and development of scientific information and its broad dissemination and benevolent utility. By distinctive and collaborative analysis built-in with graduate schooling, we try to boost the welfare of society with a particular concentrate on 4 areas of worldwide significance – meals, water, vitality and the setting.
A brand new period for KAUST
Our unrelenting dedication to analysis, innovation and expertise, has seen KAUST set up itself as one of many main analysis universities on the planet, rating #1 for citations per school globally, with a popularity for impact-driven analysis that contributes to the betterment of the world. This new-era of KAUST and our new technique builds on our many successes, achievements and powerful foundations, and represents an evolution that brings us nearer to the pursuits of the Kingdom.
Re-focusing analysis to align with new RDI priorities
By re-focusing our analysis in alignment with the Kingdom’s 2022 RDI priorities, KAUST will play a extra lively position in supporting Imaginative and prescient 2030 and accelerating influence.
KAUST Nationwide Transformation Institute
Creating the brand new KAUST Nationwide Transformation Institute (NTI) will speed up our expertise improvement and commercialization to help the Kingdom’s financial diversification aspirations.
Worldwide collaboration & partnerships
Synergistic partnerships with top-tier educational establishments and main worldwide innovation hubs in USA, China and different areas will create alternatives and networks for our individuals to drive international influence at unprecedented velocity and scale.
deep tech innovation fund, Capital Ok, will make investments $200 million (SR750 million) over five-to-eight years into early-stage applied sciences from KAUST, KSA or world wide that can contribute to the financial improvement and job creation ambitions of the Kingdom.
KAUST Reefscape Restoration Initiative
KAUST will lead innovation on main initiatives of nationwide significance, together with the world’s largest coral reef restoration undertaking at Shushah Island in NEOM.
This initiative provides KAUST a stake within the creation of a landmark and world-first marine vacation spot centered on coral propagation, conservation, and enhancement, with nurseries producing 500,000 coral fragments per yr.