King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is a public research university located in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia established in 5 September 2009. It has the third largest endowment of any university in the world following Harvard and Yale, respectively. It offers programs in Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering; Computer, Electrical, and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering; and Physical Sciences and Engineering. The University achieved significant progress in a very short time and is currently among one of the world's most productive universities in terms of research. QS World University Rankings rated KAUST's research record as 99.9%, which is higher than that of the other Universities.
KAUST researchers have discovered that human saliva has the potential to power fuel cellsand research which can lead to the cultivation and genomic investigation of pioneer halophilic methanogens in some of the most extreme and remote environments on Earth.
KAUST established multidisciplinary Research Centers focused on catalysis, clean combustion, computational bioscience, geometric modeling and scientific visualization, membranes, desert agriculture, Red Sea science and engineering, solar and alternative energy science and engineering, and water desalination and reuse. KAUST focuses on research that applies science and technology to problems of human need, social advancement, and economic development. Four strategic research thrusts build KAUST’s research agenda: Resources, Energy and Environment; Biosciences and Bioengineering; Materials Science and Engineering; Applied Mathematics and Computational Science.