Building a research university in the Arab region

E. N. (Mootaz) Elnozahy

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THE ESTABLISHMENT OF King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in 2009 was the fulfillment of a lifelong dream of its founder, the late King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. His vision for the university was deeply rooted in the historical and cultural contexts of the Middle East. He intended the university to be seen as a revival of the old “house of wisdom,” which was a premier institution of learning in Baghdad from the 9th century until the 13th century. Starting as a private library of the fabled Caliph Harun Al-Rasheed, it developed quickly into the 9th century equivalent of a research laboratory and a university. The house of wisdom was the birthplace of algebra.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)46-49
Number of pages4
JournalCommunications of the ACM
Issue number4
StatePublished - Mar 22 2021

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2021-03-25

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  • General Computer Science


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