King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

Saudi Arabia


King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is a private research university located in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia. Founded in 2009, the University provides research and graduate training programs in English as the official language of instruction.


KAUST is the first mixed-gender university campus in Saudi Arabia. In 2013, the University was among the 500 fastest growing research and citation records in the world. In the 2016 Nature Index Rising Stars, the University ranked #19 in the world of the fastest rising universities for high quality research output.

KAUST aspires to be a destination for scientific and technological education and research. By inspiring discoveries to address global challenges, they strive to serve as a beacon of knowledge that bridges people and cultures for the betterment of humanity. KAUST advances science and technology through distinctive and collaborative research integrated with graduate education.

KAUST exists for the pursuit and advancement of scientific knowledge and its broad dissemination and benevolent application. They strive to enhance the welfare of society with a special focus on four areas of global significance – food, water, energy and the environment.


President Chan assumed his role as the third president of KAUST as of September 1, 2018. Chan joined KAUST after nearly a decade as president of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST).


Chan assumed the presidency of HKUST on 1 September 2009. Under his leadership, HKUST's global visibility and recognition significantly increased, with wide international media coverage, strategic partnerships established with world-renowned institutions and invitations to global platforms such as the World Economic Forum in Davos. The University's global ranking also improved consistently. In 2018 it ranked 36th in the world (QS), 4th in Asia (QS), 2nd in young universities globally (QS & THE) and 13th in the Global Employability University Ranking. 

Dr. Tony F. Chang, President