FaceOf: Prof. Jean M.J. Frechet, former senior VP at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

Updated 12 January 2019
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FaceOf: Prof. Jean M.J. Frechet, former senior VP at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

  • Prof. Frechet’s specialties lie in chemical and biological science and engineering
  • Prof. Frechet received his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Institut de Chimie et Physique Industrielles de Lyon in 1967

Prof. Jean M.J. Frechet is a former senior vice president for research, innovation, and economic development at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Jeddah. He started in June 2010 and retired early January 2019.

On Wednesday, Prince Khaled Al-Faisal revealed the winners of the 2019 King Faisal Prize, recognizing individuals and institutions for significant contributions to their field.

The winners included Prof. Abdelali Mohamed Oudrhiri from Morocco and Prof. Mahmoud Fahmy Hegazi from Egypt for Arabic language and literature, Prof. Bjorn Reino Olsen and Prof. Steven L. Teitelbaum from the US for medicine. Prof. Allen Joseph Bard for science, and Prof. Frechet from the US for outstanding contributions in the field of chemistry.

Prof. Frechet’s specialties lie in chemical and biological science and engineering, including polymer science, microfluidics, and nanotechnology. He has written for more than 800 publications, holds over 200 patents, and was also the recipient of the 2007 Dickson Prize and Arthur C. Cope Award, as well as the 2013 Japan Prize for chemistry.

He received his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Institut de Chimie et Physique Industrielles de Lyon in 1967, and in 1969 received a master’s in organic and polymer chemistry from Syracuse University and State University of New York. He obtained his doctorate from the same university in 1971.

Becoming a faculty member in the field of chemistry at the University of Ottawa in Canada in 1973, Frechet left for the role of IBM Professor of Polymer Chemistry at Cornell University in 1987. 


Jeddah to host first global village in Saudi Arabia

The marketing plan of the village has been put in place to target private and international schools to ensure high attendance. (Shutterstock)
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Jeddah to host first global village in Saudi Arabia

  • “Participants from some 50 countries have so far confirmed their interest in taking part in the festival, which will be held on an area of more than 45,000 square meters,” Suzan Eskander said

JEDDAH: For the first time in Saudi Arabia, Jeddah will host a multicultural festival that takes visitors on a virtual tour of 50 countries.
The global village will be set up inside Atallah Happy Land Park along the city’s famous waterfront every day from 5 p.m. to midnight between Feb. 28 and March 29.
The event is one of many aiming to enhance tourism, as well as the local economy.
Suzan Eskander, director-general of International Image, the organizing company, told Arab News that the village is expected to attract 1 million visitors.
“Participants from some 50 countries have so far confirmed their interest in taking part in the festival, which will be held on an area of more than 45,000 square meters,” she said.
“There will be pavilions for participants from five Gulf Cooperation Council states, 10 Arab countries, 18 African countries, 10 European countries and four countries from the Americas.”
She added that folkloric dances would be performed by bands from each country.
“Performers will be dressed in traditional costumes,” she said. “Visitors can also enjoy dishes and traditional products from different countries.”
Eskander also said paintings portraying heritage and culture in the different countries would be on display.
“In addition, we are hopeful that the children’s zone will wow young visitors,” she said. “Little guests can develop their skills in drawing and games, as well as play zones.”
Eskander said the village was timed to coincide with the city’s good weather season, adding that a marketing plan has been put in place to target private and international schools to ensure high attendance. Eskander expressed her gratitude to the General Entertainment Authority for their continued support and cooperation.
“They have not only provided us instructions for obtaining the festival’s license, but are still following up to ensure that everything is going smoothly,” she said.