Nature Index ranks KAUST among world leaders

Updated 24 June 2019
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Nature Index ranks KAUST among world leaders

The Nature Index Annual Tables showcase institutions with the highest outputs of top-quality research. For the first time, this includes a normalized ranking — placing King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) as first in Saudi Arabia and in the global top 20.

“It is fitting that as KAUST celebrates 10 years of scientific discovery we are ranked by Nature to be among the top institutions in the world for the quality of our research. This is proof that with the right people, facilities, networks and opportunities even a young university can be considered world-class,” said KAUST President Dr. Tony Chan. 

The new ranking considers the number of high-quality articles published as a proportion of an institute’s overall output in the natural sciences, as opposed to a simple raw number of articles. This reveals a very different set of leaders among academic institutions.

“This achievement is a clear demonstration that KAUST punches well above its weight for a university of our size and age in terms of the proportion of our research output published in the world’s top science journals,” said Distinguished Professor Donal Bradley, vice president for research at KAUST.

“It is also a great recognition of the dedication of our researchers in pushing the boundaries of fundamental science while simultaneously addressing the pressing societal needs of today and tomorrow.”

The top 100 Nature Index ranking draws on metrics known as the article count (AC) and fractional count (FC), which measure the number of articles and the contribution an institution makes to an article, respectively.

In contrast, the new normalized ranking is derived by considering the ratio of FC to the institution’s total article output in natural sciences as tracked by the Dimensions Database of Digital Science. The normalization calculation allows institutions of different sizes to be compared on the same basis.

“The inclusion this year of a normalized ranking draws to light some smaller institutes that are proportionally outstripping research powerhouses,” said David Swinbanks, founder of the Nature Index on announcement of the new rankings. 

“The smallest institutions in the top 10 have some common features: Ambition, as disclosed by mission statements about striving to be the best in the world, interdisciplinarity, with the strong embrace of collaboration across fields, and in several cases, the backing of Nobel laureates.”


Container terminals to boost annual capacity

Updated 21 July 2019
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Container terminals to boost annual capacity

In the largest commercial operation of its kind in the history of Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah Port has received 28 state-of-the-art Liebherr cranes to start the expansion of the container terminals. 

The latter was decided through a memorandum of understanding signed with National Container Terminal on the day the port was officially inaugurated in the presence of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman last February.

The technical teams are currently assembling the cranes and they are expected to begin operating at the beginning of next year as part of the first phase of the expansion of the container terminals, which will help raise the port’s annual capacity to 5 million TEU — effectively serving trade movement in Saudi Arabia and the Red Sea, the most important maritime trade corridor in the world.

The new cranes include 20 gantry cranes and 8 ship-to-shore (STS) cranes, which are the largest of their kind, with an outreach of 70 m (25 rows) and a safe working load of 65 t. 

The cranes that were supplied in this deal will join their operational counterparts in the port. 

They are the largest cranes exported by Liebherr and can serve mega container ships easily and seamlessly.

The gantry cranes can handle seven containers’ height and are characterized by a unique eight-rope reeving system as well as built-in, anti-sway and anti-skew features resulting in unparalleled rigidity and optimum productivity.

King Abdullah Port was established based on an ambitious vision that stemmed from Saudi Arabia’s need for a world-class port capable of receiving modern megaships to accommodate the increasing number of imports, the growing needs of residents, and the increasing exports to global markets. 

The concept of King Abdullah Port is in full harmony with Vision 2030, which was launched by the government to drive a competitive, non-oil-dependent economy.

King Abdullah Port was ranked the second fastest-growing port in the world in 2018 by Alphaliner, the global leader in marine data analysis, port capabilities, and the future of developing vessels and maritime routes around the world. The port’s throughput increased from 1.7 million TEU in 2017 to 2.3 million TEU in 2018.

Run by the Ports Development Company, King Abdullah Port is the region’s first port to be fully owned, developed and operated by the private sector. 

It has been listed as the fastest-growing container port and one of the world’s 100 largest ports after less than four years of operation. Eight of the largest shipping lines work at the port to offer integrated services to importers and exporters. 

The port’s development plan is proceeding at a steady pace and a clear vision to become one of the world’s leading ports, utilizing its advanced facilities and proximity to the Bonded and Re-export Zone and the logistics park, offering clients logistics support that can enable them to achieve their desired growth.

Strategically located on the Red Sea coast on one of the world’s busiest maritime shipping lanes and with direct access to extensive transportation networks and urban centers, King Abdullah Port is the first privately owned, developed and operated commercial port in Saudi Arabia and the region.

King Abdullah Port occupies a total area of 17.4 sq. km and enjoys close proximity to King Abdullah Economic City’s Industrial Valley and the bonded zone. 

The port is making an increasingly important contribution to the Kingdom’s regional and global role in trade, logistics and shipping. 

Once fully built, King Abdullah Port will be able to handle 20 million TEU, 1.5 million CEU and 15 million t of clean bulk cargo every year.

With state-of-the-art processing facilities, the world’s deepest 18-meter water berths, expanding roll-on/roll-off operations, and a fully-integrated Port Community System, King Abdullah Port is capable of receiving today’s diverse mega cargo ships, fulfilling the growing needs of the young and fast-growing population of the Kingdom and the region.

King Abdullah Port is testament to the important role of the private sector in realizing Saudi Vision 2030 and is well on its way to meeting its goal of becoming one of the top ports worldwide.