London (March 10, 2008) King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and Imperial College London today announced their partnership in KAUSTs Academic Excellence Alliance (AEA), designed to establish joint research, collaborate in the design of the academic curriculum, and identify and nominate the founding faculty in chemical engineering and materials science and engineering for the new University.
KAUST is a new international, graduate-level research university opening in Saudi Arabia in 2009. The innovative new approach to institutional partnership and faculty nomination will enable KAUST to build its academic foundation during the Universitys first several years of operation.
The partnership will push forward research in a range of areas including carbon capture, hydrogen-rich fuels, membranes, materials for high-stress environments, structural ceramics including fuel cell materials, energy engineering, process systems engineering, materials for clean power generation, fluid mechanics, and biomaterials.
KAUST President-designate Choon Fong Shih said, Imperial College is a renowned international institution with a stellar record for the development of world-class research and academic development. KAUST and Imperial will work together to develop the tools and faculty we need to build our intellectual capital and to establish our institution as one of the finest in the world.
Sir Richard Sykes, Rector of Imperial and member of KAUSTs International Advisory Council, welcomed the agreement, saying:
High-quality scientific research and teaching knows no borders it is a global aspiration and has the potential to improve quality of life worldwide. Because of that, we are delighted
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King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST)