Imperial launches Saudi links

Imperial College London and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology have signed a £25m Academic Excellence Alliance for joint academic collaborations


ImperialCollegeLondon and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) have signed a £25m Academic Excellence Alliance for joint academic collaborations.



Imperial will partner KAUST, a new international, post-graduate research university opening in Saudi Arabia in 2009, during its first years of operation to enable it to build up its academic staff and curriculum in materials science and chemical engineering.



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 will work with Imperial to jointly organise the graduate course curriculum and monitor performance and create and conduct joint research projects at ImperialCollege and at KAUST. The institutions will also collaborate on the design and acquisition of research equipment and facilities .