First PhD students graduate from KAUST
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, December 13, 2012
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) will confer its inaugural PhD degrees tomorrow (December 14) at a commencement ceremony.
Ten PhD graduates - who are engaged in research in areas from computational modeling of materials systems, Red Sea research, plant stress genomics, to mathematical techniques for geophysical subsurface imaging - are among KAUST's third cohort of graduates.
KAUST is a graduate research university in Saudi Arabia striving for the highest standards in scholarship and service, said a statement.
"Graduating our first PhDs is a significant milestone in our university's journey of global excellence to bring knowledge in service of society," said KAUST president Choon Fong Shih. "KAUST is a young institution and its history is still being written. As our pioneering graduates join the global community of scholars, we hope they will play a part in serving humanity through finding scientific and engineering solutions to the challenges of the kingdom and beyond."
In addition to doctoral degrees, almost 200 master's degrees will also be conferred.
The commencement ceremony will be addressed by Lord Alec Broers, a globally-renowned scientist and engineer and former chairman of the UK House of Lords Science and Technology Committee, past president of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and former Vice-Chancellor of University of Cambridge. - TradeArabia News Service