Nature Index ranks KAUST first in Saudi Arabia, 119 globally

Established in 2009, KAUST is a graduate research university devoted to finding solutions for some of the world’s most pressing scientific challenges.
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Updated 07 June 2020

Nature Index ranks KAUST first in Saudi Arabia, 119 globally

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) has been ranked 119 among 500 academic institutions globally in the Nature Index table for 2020. This places KAUST first in Saudi Arabia, as the university obtains 84 percent of the Kingdom’s fractional count share. The recent ranking also places KAUST globally at 69 in physical sciences, 87 in chemistry, and 89 in earth and environmental sciences.

“We are delighted to see the strength of our research outputs recognized by the latest Nature Index table,” said KAUST Vice President for Research and Distinguished Professor of Materials Physics and Device Engineering Donal Bradley. “The ability and dedication of our faculty members, research staff and students allow KAUST to successfully contribute, alongside world-class academic peers, to pushing the boundaries of knowledge to address the critical challenges facing the Kingdom and the world.”

The Nature Index Annual Tables showcase institutions with the highest outputs of top-quality research. The index tracks the output of the top 50 countries globally showing that KAUST’s Nature Index FC output is greater than the entire FC output of 17 countries, including Argentina, Colombia, Croatia, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine and the UAE.

In 2019, the Nature Index Normalized Ranking ranked KAUST first in Saudi Arabia and 18 among world leaders in natural sciences, considering the number of high-quality articles published as a proportion of an institute’s overall output.

Established in 2009, KAUST is a graduate research university devoted to finding solutions for some of the world’s most pressing scientific and technological challenges in the areas of food, water, energy and the environment. With 19 research areas related to these themes and state-of-the art labs, KAUST has created a collaborative and interdisciplinary problem-solving environment, which has resulted in more than 11,000 published papers to date. 

With more than 100 different nationalities living, working and studying on campus, KAUST has brought together the best minds and ideas from around the world with the goal of advancing science and technology through distinctive and collaborative research. The university has proved to be a catalyst for innovation, economic development and social prosperity in Saudi Arabia and the world.


5th MITEF Saudi Startup Competition kicks off

Updated 17 September 2020

5th MITEF Saudi Startup Competition kicks off

The MIT Enterprise Forum Saudi Arabia, part of MIT Enterprise Forum global network, announced the launch of registration for the MITEF Saudi Startup Competition under the slogan “Innovate, Inspire, Connect.” A fully digital version that simulates a real event, this year’s competition is held in challenging atmospheres in light of the global health crisis, and the competition’s commitment to continue supporting entrepreneurs in Saudi Arabia to overcome the current challenges, and promoting innovation processes in the Kingdom.

Registration for the 5th edition opened on Sept. 15 through the competition website, and will continue until Dec. 10. Saudi and non-Saudi entrepreneurs of all ages and economic sectors can apply to participate within one of the three contest tracks: Ideas track, startups track, and the social enterprises track, according to the terms of the competition.

Hassan Jameel, president Saudi Arabia, Community Jameel, said: “The MITEF Saudi Startup Competition continues to be a hugely significant annual event, attracting thousands of entrepreneurs from across the Kingdom. Given the current global challenges, our mission to support young Saudi talent and to help small businesses develop, is now more important than ever. I would strongly encourage entrepreneurs from all sectors to register for what promises to be another outstanding event.”

Since its launch in 2015, the MITEF Saudi Startup Competition has succeeded in attracting more than 7,500 participants from all over the Kingdom, establishing more than 45 startup projects, training more than 260 entrepreneurs and creating more than 110 job opportunities through the startups. The winners received a total of SR1.6 million ($426,500) in the form of free investments. In the Startup Investment Forum, which was held during the 4th edition of the MITEF Saudi Startup Competition over a period of three days, the event hosted 65 innovative startups from around the world, including the UAE, Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey, Greece, and Poland, in addition to 27 innovative startups participating in the MITEF Saudi Startup Competition 2019-2020.

The MITEF Saudi Startup Competition is organized by the MIT Enterprise Forum (MITEF) Saudi Arabia, a branch of MIT Enterprise Forum global network, in collaboration with Bab Rizq Jameel, an initiative of Community Jameel. The competition aims to promote and enrich the entrepreneurial environment in Saudi Arabia by supporting and celebrating all startups and entrepreneurs in the Kingdom.