June 26, 2011
Saudi Arabia's $10-Billion Experiment Is Ready for Results
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology could become a global player—if it can find the right talent
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
Facing a beautiful cove on the Red Sea—about an hour and a half's drive from the town of Jeddah—King Abdullah University of Science and Technology is an anomaly many times over: a spectacular campus in the middle of nowhere; an international, co-ed institution in a gender-segregated society; and an aspiring world-class research graduate university created virtually overnight.
Kaust, as it is known, also faces a unique challenge. It must convince the world that through a