News and Events

  • Thank You to Our Amazing Alumni

    • KAUST is grateful to alumni who have given their time to various volunteering activities for Alumni Affairs in the last three months. From advising students, to mentoring and being interviewed for alumni stories, your time and expertise is warmly appreciated. Our thanks goes to the following alumni:

      Eric Martin
      Julia Spaet
      Mayadah AlHashem
      Imran Shafique Ansari​
      Ahmed Shibl
      Hussain Shibli
      Abdullah Khamis
      Noura Chehab
      Edward Canepa
      Mustafa Mousa 
      Alejandra Ortega
      Matt Debont
      Bingmu Xiao
      Gustavo Quino Quispe
      Mahmoud Ouda
      Eriko Padron Regalado
      Umer Samin
      Bin Zheng
      Yu Wang
      Meixia Shi
      Baoyuan Wu
      Marie-Jean Thoraval
      Jacky NG Kai Cheung
      Tuoyuan Cheng
      Qianyi Zhao
      Joachim Azzi
      Yuhan Chen

      If you’re interested in volunteering contact the Alumni Affairs team alumni@kaust.edu.sa or sign-up to Rapport www.alumnirapport.com​​
  • Renewal plan for the China Alumni Chapter

    • ​A renewal plan for KAUST's China Alumni Chapter is underway, which sees development of the University's first borderless alumni chapter.​

      "The China Alumni Chapter was initially established three years ago with terms of reference requiring its members to live in China. However, with the majority of our Chinese alumni now living, working or studying outside of China, a more modern Chapter that enables membership wherever alumni live is needed," said Lea Sublett, Manager, Alumni Affairs. 

      Rapport (alumnirapport.com) will be used to manage the Chapter and connect its members. Implementation of the project will see the Chapter's relaunch before the end of 2017, including the recruitment of a new leadership team.

      "Based on feedback, support and interest from students and alumni, we are also planning networks of the Chapter in China, at KAUST and in the US, as well as online through Rapport," said Lea.

      The new Chapter will be launched in November. 

  • Alumni Volunteering Opportunities

    • There are many ways for you to stay connected to KAUST and pay-it-forward. Volunteering your time, talent and expertise at KAUST and across the globe will cultivate our community of future alumni, as well as keep you connected. Regardless of where you live, you can tap into one or more of our opportunities, or come up with your own ideas!

      Benefits of volunteering:

      • Gained experience
      • New learning opportunities
      • Networking opportunities
      • Potential of reciprocity
      • Enhanced CV.

      The following opportunities are currently available, so register your interest now​.​

      • Alumni living internationally to speak as ambassadors about KAUST to prospective students.
      • Social media ambassadors to lead career conversation via R​apport
      • Alumni to share their professional stories and to be interviewed for University publications and videos. Send your CV and a good quality photograph.
      • Help Alumni Affairs reach 250 alumni stories in 2017 by submitting your bio

      Register your interest

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  • Welcome new graduates!

    • ​Welcome to the KAUST alumni community, a network of more than 1,500 alumni across the globe.

      Your membership to this community is automatic, it's free and it opens up a world of opportunities and benefits to help build your career and professional networks, and stay informed and connected.

      Where to from here?​
      Ensure your contact details are correct:
      To keep you connected and up-to-date, we need to know where you are to ensure you hear about opportunities and are invited to events in your region.

      Already graduated? You can login here to check your details are correct or update your contacts.

      Completed your studies but still waiting to graduate? You'll need to wait until after your graduation ceremony to update your contact details through our portal.  You can contact a member of the Alumni Affairs team at any time to assist you alumni@kaust.edu.sa

      Join our online and regional networks:
      Connect with the KAUST Alumni Community on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/groups/7067201​ 

      KAUST has alumni chapters in Saudi Arabia and China. For information on how to become involved, contact us alumni@kaust.edu.sa

      Remember, no matter where you go or what you do, KAUST will always be a part of who you are.
  • Spring graduation luncheon, May 25

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      KAUST congratulated spring graduates today at a formal luncheon as they become the newest class of University alumni.

      Professor James Calvin, vice president for Academic Affairs, also congratulated graduates on their academic achievement, persistance and passion, remarking “you are the generation charged with finding solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing the world.” 

      Celebrating with family, fellow graduates and the academic community, our newest alumni were invited to stay in touch and always think of KAUST as home. Lea Sublett, manager of Alumni Affairs, told alumni, “no matter where you go or what you do, KAUST will always be a part of who you are.” 
  • KAUST has launched new community for alumni

    • ​​An exciting networking and news portal, designed exclusively for alumni, was launched earlier this year.

      ​"Rapport offers alumni a range of features they've been asking for, including an online directory, allowing the global alumni community to stay connected with one another and with KAUST," said Lea Sublett, Manager Alumni Affairs.

      The portal offers alumni, who include graduates, student alumni and KAUST's former postdoctoral fellows, the opportunity to network online, post or find jobs, lead a discussion, start a group, and identify a mentor.

      "Rapport will provide alumni with far greater access to each other and to KAUST, which the community identified as priorities in the recent Alumni Survey," Lea said.

      Alumni can log-in to Rapport at https://alumnirapport.com/ using Facebook or LinkedIn credentials, or you can establish a unique identity. The mobile app will be launched to alumni later this year.


  • Appointments Confirmed for the 2017 Saudi Arabian Alumni Chapter Executive and Board

    • ​Sarah Al-Aqeel PhD ‘15 has been appointed the 2017 Saudi Arabian Alumni Chapter President.  Sarah will oversee a new governance structure of the Executive and Board, with support from her deputy and President Elect (2018) Noura Shehab PhD ’14.

      Manager, Alumni Affairs, Lea Sublett, said the eight executive appointees were selected from over 30 exceptional nominations from KAUST’s Saudi Arabian alumni community.  “Alumni were selected following a rigorous recruitment process by a selection committee.”
      Dr Al-Aqeel has actively served KAUST as a volunteer since graduating with her PhD in 2015, and works as a scientist with Saudi Aramco in Dhahran.  “It is my great honor and pleasure to serve the Saudi Arabian Alumni Chapter in 2017 as President,” she said.
      The 2017 appointees to the Executive and Board represent a cross-section of alumni in industry, research, innovation and academia:

      • President – Sarah Al-Aqeel, PhD ‘15
      • President Elect 2018 – Noura Shehab, PhD ‘14
      • Treasurer – Hassan Al-Ismail, MS ‘14
      • Representative of Postdoctoral Fellow Alumni – Manuel Aranda Lastra
      • VP Communications – Nadia Siddiqui, MS ‘10
      • Deputy VP Communications – Zesheng Dong, MS ‘11
      • VP Programs – Syed Abrar Ahmed, MS ‘11
      • Deputy VP Programs – Muna Khushaim, PhD ‘15

      Communications Committee:

      1. Shaikhah Laradhi, MS ‘12
      2. Mona Alsomali, PhD ‘16
      3. Fatemah AlZayer, MS ‘15

      Programs Committee:

      1. Abdullah Khamis, PhD ‘16
      2. Umesh Patil
      3. Abdullah AlShuaibi, MS ‘16​​
  • KAUST celebrates seventh Commencement

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      KAUST welcomed 181 graduates into its global alumni community at the University’s seventh Commencement ceremony on December 16, 2016.

      ​Attended by members of the University’s board of trustees, senior leadership, faculty, students and the KAUST community, the ceremony saw 87 Ph.D. graduates and 94 master’s degree graduates receive their diplomas and congratulations from KAUST President Jean-Lou Chameau and other distinguished guests, including His Excellency Ali Ibrahim Al-Naimi, chairman of the KAUST board of trustees, and Commencement speaker Andrew N. Liveris, chairman and chief executive officer of The Dow Chemical Company​.​


      President Jean-Lou Chameau speaks during the 2016 Commencement ceremony. ​

      Liveris, a 40-year veteran of Dow, has served in diverse roles in marketing, manufacturing, engineering, sales and management in the company around the world, and helped orchestrate the creation of the Sadara Chemical Company, a joint venture between Dow and Saudi Aramco. He has also been part of KAUST since its inception, partnering with the University to invest in local talent and develop solutions to regional and global challenges, for example through Dow’s expanding facilities at the KAUST Research & Technology Park​.


      Andrew N. Liveris, CEO of The Dow Chemical Company, speaks during the 2016 Commencement ceremony.​

      Find your ‘North Star’

      “I can tell you from experience—40 years of experience—that your path forward from here will not be direct,” Liveris told the graduates. “I am a great believer in seeking, as I have come to call it, your North Star, and really looking for a purpose that will motivate you, guide you and give your career and life a sense of direction.​

      “Perhaps some of you already have a North Star in sight, but for most of you, be confident that it may take some time to find. As you seek it—and once you find it—it will be your lifetime pursuit to navigate towards it. You won’t find it in a straight line, for there will be choppy waters, but if you have that purpose and you fulfill it, you will achieve your amazing potential.”

      “KAUST was founded on the understanding that humans are at our best when we innovate together towards a better world for everyone, a vision of the honorable King Abdullah whose name KAUST bears,” he continued. “As you search for your North Star even in the dark of night, that philosophy is going to point you in the right way.”

      ‘Develop resilience’
      Class of 2016 student speaker Hessa Al-Quwaiee, a Ph.D. graduate in electrical engineering​, echoed Liveris’ words in her remarks.

      “If KAUST has taught us one thing, it is to develop resilience,” she said. “As students, we have been through challenges like paper rejections and failed experiments, and we’ve learned to be strong, keep going and to persevere.”

      Al-Quwaiee shared a personal story with the audience of her brother’s death in 2015, just 10 days before her Ph.D. proposal.

      “At that time, I felt the world had ended. I wanted to quit everything,” she said. “But after three days of the loss, I had a serious self talk. In short, if I quit, he would not be happy. With support from my family, my professor Mohamed-Slim Alouini and my committee members, I did the proposal and attended two international conferences abroad to present my research work.”​

      Dean of the Physical Science and Engineering Division, Yves Gnanou, leads his division's graduates during the opening of the 2016 Commencement ceremony.​

      Life lessons learned

      “I’m not sharing this story of loss with you to make you sad,” Al-Quwaiee said. “I share it because the loss taught me three life lessons the hard way. First, never leave work to the last minute. Second, express gratitude to family, friends, faculty members and colleagues—to everyone who supported you to reach this point. Finally, life goes on—maybe not the way you hoped or planned, but tomorrow will come, and with it a new set of challenges and opportunities.

      “As we graduate, we head into a new chapter of our own lives. There will be a lot of happy moments, and when a challenge strikes, we should be prepared. Before we leave this place, I would like to remind you to stay inspired, stay curious and stay strong.”

      ‘Be a force for unity’

      In his closing remarks, Liveris told the graduates to “continue to collaborate as you have done here at KAUST. Break out of silos and work together across the boundaries of cultures, languages and disciplines—be a force for unity, not for division. Don’t belong to one tribe, be a member of ‘team Earth.’

      “You can do well by doing good and do good by doing well,” he said. “You have incredible tools at hand through the education you’ve gained here by keeping your eye on the big picture. Now search for your North Star, but search for it on the global stage. Take yourself through laboratories, board rooms and government offices—set yourself no boundaries—and pursue it with zeal and enthusiasm, but make sure you are not the only one who benefits. Make sure all of us benefit.”

      ‘Build bridges between people and cultures’

      In his charge to the Class of 2016, Chameau encouraged graduates to carry the KAUST culture of excellence with them in everything they do.

      “Graduates, as you leave here to join the influencers, thinkers and innovators around the Kingdom and the world, I encourage you to remember the leadership lessons you have learned at KAUST,” he said. “Use your ideas, talents and compassion for others to build bridges between people and cultures—always look for opportunities to apply what you have learned to the benefit of society and the world…and most importantly, stay humble.”

      By Caitlin Clark, KAUST News​​