King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals
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| College of Petroleum and Minerals (1963–1975)
University of Petroleum and Minerals (1975–1986)
King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (1986-Now)
|Motto||وقل ربي زدني علما
Wa-Qul Rabb-ī Zid-nī ʿIlman
Say, 'Lord increase my knowledge'
|Established||23 September 1963|
|Endowment||more than $500 million|
|Rector||Khaled S. Al-Sultan|
|Location||Dhahran, Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia|
King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM or UPM) (Arabic: جامعة الملك فهد للبترول و المعادن, Ǧāmiʿat al-Malik Fahd li-l-Bitrūl wa-l-Maʿādin – short: Arabic: جامعة البترول Ǧāmiʿat al-Bitrūl) is a public university in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. Among Saudi universities, its science and engineering programs are highly regarded.
- 1 History
- 2 Academics
- 3 Organization
- 3.1 Colleges
- 3.2 Other academic departments
- 3.3 Rector
- 3.4 International Advisory Board
- 4 Dhahran Techno-Valley
- 5 Research
- 6 Campus life
- 7 KFUPM alumni
- 8 References
- 9 External links
KFUPM was established on 23 September 1963 by a Saudi royal decree as the College of Petroleum and Minerals providing high-level education about petroleum and minerals, two of the most-valuable natural resources in Saudi Arabia. It was elevated to university status in 1975. It was renamed after King Fahd in 1986.
The medium of instruction in KFUPM is English. However, courses on Islamic studies and Arabic language are taught in Arabic. University offers degrees of Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, Master of Engineering and Doctor of Philosophy. The grading system is the standard 0 to 4.0 scale with classes of:
With an acceptance rate of only 10%, it is the most selective in Saudi Arabia. The university's admission policy applies certain criteria to ensure admissions of the most promising students. In 2012, the university accepted the best 2% of high school graduates from all over the Kingdom. comprising 20% for the high school certificate, 30% for the general capabilities test (similar to SAT), and 50% for the collective test performances (test of high school's maths, physics, chemistry and Biology).
KFUPM was ranked 18 among "QS Top 50 Under 50". The QS Top 50 Under 50 is a new ranking that lists the leading universities worldwide founded since 1962. Also, it was ranked as one of the best 400 universities around the world according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities ARWU in 2011 and 2012 by Shanghai Jiaotong University. In 2012, the ARWU ranked the Mathematics subject in top 50 worldwide.
In the academic year 2013-2014, it was awarded the 216th position in the QS World University Rankings.
All programs of the engineering colleges were evaluated for "Substantial-Equivalency" recognition by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). They were found substantially equivalent to similar accredited programs in the U.S. The Master of Business Administration offered by the University is accredited by Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
College of Engineering Sciences
College of Sciences
College of Industrial Management (CIM)
College of Environmental Design (CED)
College of Applied and Supporting Studies (non-degree)
Additionally, there are two active and one defunct community colleges:
Other academic departments
- Preparatory Year Program
- Continuing Education Department: The Department of Continuing Education Programs offers short courses. These courses are designed for engineers, managers, and practitioners who are interested in pursuing further studies in their fields. The courses are open to all applicants who have the desire and the background to participate.
- University Diploma Programs offers Diploma Degrees in Accounting, Computer Applications and Marketing.
Previous rectors of KFUPM
- H.E. Dr. Saleh Ambah
- H.E. Dr. Baker Bin Baker
- H.E. Dr. Abdulaziz Al Dukhayyil
International Advisory Board
King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals organized the International Advisory Board (IAB) in March 2007. The IAB is composed of senior academic and corporate executives.
- Martin C. Jischke: Chairman International Advisory Board, President Emeritus, Purdue University, Indiana, United States
- Khalid A. Al-Falih: Vice chairman International Advisory Board, chief executive officer, Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco), Saudi Arabia
- Khaled S. Al-Sultan: Rector of KFUPM
- Andrew Gould: Chairman and chief executive officer, Schlumberger Limited, U.S.
- Shih Choon Fong: President of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia; former president of the National University of Singapore, Singapore
- Mohamed Al-Mady: Vice chairman and chief executive officer, Saudi Basic Industries Corporation, Saudi Arabia
- John Etchemendy: Provost of Stanford University, California, U.S.
- Hugo F. Sonnenschein: President Emeritus and Adam Smith Distinguished Service Professor, University of Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
- John G. Rice: Vice chairman, General Electric and President and chief executive officer of GE Technology Infrastructure, U.S.
- Charles Elachi: Director of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), located in Pasadena, California.
- Olivier Appert: Chairman and chief executive officer Institut Francais du Petrole (IFP), France
- Nam Pyo Suh: President of Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), South Korea
- Wolfgang A. Herrmann: President, Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM), Germany
- Henry Rosovsky: Lewis P and Linda L Geyser University Professor, Emeritus at Harvard University, Massachusetts, U.S.
- Samir A. Al Baiyat: Secretary of International Advisory Board, and Manager of Research & Innovation Support at KFUPM
Dhahran Techno-Valley, established in 2006, is designed to gather national and international research centers in one location. It is intended that services plus recreational activities will add to the vibrancy and networking among tenants in the Valley Community. Other leading technological and scientific institutions in the area will also be fully used. The Techno-Valley consist of five entities at the KFUPM Dhahran campus: King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Science Park, The Innovation Center, Consulting Services Center, Technology Business Incubator, and Liaison Office. The valley includes a sixth entity of Sultan bin Abdulaziz Science and Technology Center (SciTech), located on the shores of the Persian Gulf at nearby Al-Khobar city.
King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Science Park
Generally referred to as the KASP, the science park was established in 2002 and is located on a 35-hectare site north of the KFUPM campus. The park is closely integrated with the university. With its proximity to the science and engineering colleges, KASP provides interaction between tenant firms and their personnel and university scientists and engineers. At present, Schlumberger, Ciba, Yokogawa, Honeywell, UOP, Baker Hughes and JCCP have joined the park.
Consulting Services Center
The Consulting Services Center facilitate the consulting services for the university faculty to serve the industrial community in Saudi Arabia which contributes to their professional development and helps the outside community to resolve problems that require high intellectual and technological background. It is hoped that such interaction contributes to the professional development of the faculty members and to the university by providing practical applications and state-of-the art course content. The interaction would improve quality of research and design projects and would provide more training and employment opportunities for students.
Technology Business Incubator
The Technology Business Incubator provides a set of logistical, strategic, and operational support for start-up Saudi technology companies and entrepreneurs to help increasing success of their companies.
The mission of the Liaison Office is to facilitate and promote the University capabilities, expertise and services to the local industries and to be the focal point of contact with the industry/business.
Sultan bin AbdulAziz Science & Technology Center (SciTech)
The center is at the corniche of nearby Khobar city on 21,700 m2. The buildings area is 14,100 m2. It consists of seven main show halls, dealing with different sciences and technologies. There are more than 350 scientific exhibited pieces and the IMAX scientific dome (the only IMAX theater in Saudi Arabia), the Astronomic Observatory, Educational Unit, Conference Hall, Temporary Exhibitions Hall and Administrative and Services Facilities. The center aims to cultivate the individuals of the Saudi society, especially teenagers, to let them know more about the principles of science, their application, and explanation; it simplifies them by presenting them in an interactive and interesting style, depending on education through entertainment/education through experiment and observation.
The Research Institute (RI)
Research at the university can be classified into personal, sponsored, and client-funded. The mission of the RI is to serve the nation by conducting client-driven research and development using university resources. Among its objectives are to serve the nation as a professional problem solver; adapt imported technologies to the Saudi environment; serve the needs of government organizations, local industry, and businesses for research and development; develop local expertise; support graduate and undergraduate programs at KFUPM; and contribute to the high-quality education and training of students.
The technical expertise for applied research available in the RI is focused in its seven centers with their sections/labs.
- Center for Applied Physical Sciences: The Metrology and Standards Section and the Central Analytical Laboratory.
- Center for Communications and Computer Research: Computer Technology, and Communications Technology Sections.
- Center for Economics and Management Systems: Business Incubators, Economic Studies, and Management and Quality Control Sections.
- Center for Engineering Research: Materials, Urban Areas Engineering, Engineering Analysis, Energy Systems Sections, and Material Characterization Laboratory.
- Center for Environment and Water: Water, Environment, and Marine Studies Sections.
- Center for Petroleum and Minerals: Petroleum and Gas Engineering, Petroleum Geology and Geophysics, Minerals Resources, and Remote Sensing Sections.
- Center for Refining and Petrochemicals: Refining, Petrochemicals, and Petrochemical Products Development Sections.
The manpower of the RI as of 1 January 2005 was 258 full-time employees, of whom 53 held PhD degrees, 64 held MS degrees, 50 held BS degrees, and 91 held other credentials. Project teams are typically formed of 35% full-time RI researchers, 25% faculty members, 10% students, and 30% support staff.
 The library, centrally located in Building 8 and a short walk from most classrooms and laboratories, has an available floor space of nearly 7,000 square meters. It is an "open-stack" library, allowing users free access to its resources. Reading areas are on the first, third, and fourth floors.
The current collection of books and bound periodicals totals over 328,000 volumes, 32% in science, 21% in engineering, 24% in humanities, and 23% in social sciences. It has over 23,000 volumes in Arabic and over 300,000 volumes in English and subscribes to approximately 1,500 periodicals. In addition, there are some 490,000 research reports on microfiche and 63,000 documents in other media, including more than 25,000 educational films and 38,000 reels of journal back issues on microfilm. Audiovisual materials are provided through a well-equipped audio-visual (AV) department with a collection consisting principally of motion pictures, filmstrips, videotapes, and audio cassettes. These AV materials can be used in the library auditorium which is also used for seminars, lectures, short courses, theses defense, and other presentations.
- Center for Clean Water and Clean Energy at MIT and KFUPM.
It was announced in 2007 that the University will establish an independent administrative body tasked with managing and overseeing donations and the University's industry collaboration activities. The Endowment Fund Office is composed of an independent governing board, with a professional staff that manages the Fund's operations, resembling those of Harvard Investment Group and the Yale Investment Office. The KFUPM Fund is the first in Saudi Arabia to be professionally managed by specialized finance and investment teams. The mission of the Fund is to be able to provide the necessary financing (up to 30%) the University needs in the future, and cover costs that aren't sponsored by the University's main funds source, The Ministry of Education. In just over five years, the Endowment has grown to be the largest university endowment in Saudi Arabia (relative to the size of KFUPM budget) and was able to raise more than $500 million in financial assets along with real estate assets. The Endowment's main investment projects include the establishment of a business park in the north side of the KFUPM campus that includes constructing numerous hotels and office buildings. The University has contracted the UK-based Marts & Lundy to consult on fundraising and managing activities. The Fund's main financing activities include the establishment of specific-purpose research grants and projects. In addition, the Endowment has announced the creation of 8 doctoral fellowships (the first of its kind in the kingdom that is unrelated to governmental constraints in terms of funding).
Government and public service
- Abdulaziz bin Salman, deputy petroleum and mineral resources minister (BSc and MBA, in industrial administration, '85)
- Abdulaziz bin Majid, former governor of Al Medina Al Monawwarah.
- Bandar bin Khalid Al Faisal, chairman of Sama Airlines and member of Arab Thoght Foundation Board of Trustees (BSc, Computer Science, '88)
- Saud bin Khalid Al Faisal, deputy governor of Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority and president of National Competitiveness Center(NCC) (BSc, Finance '01)
- Ghazi Mashal Ajil al-Yawer, was President of Iraq under the Iraqi Interim Government after the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
- Fahd bin Abdul Rahman Balghunaim, Saudi minister of agriculture since May 2003 (BSc, Civil Engineering, '75)
- Abdullatif bin Ahmed Al Othman, current governor of Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority and former senior vice president of Saudi Aramco (BSc, Civil Engineering, '79)
- Khaled S. Al-Sultan, current rector of KFUPM, (BSc and MSc, Systems Engineering, '87)
- Zaghloul El-Naggar, a Muslim scholar and chairman of Committee of Scientific Notions in the Qur'an, Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs, Cairo, Egypt. El-Najjar worked as a Professor of Geology at KFUPM from 1979–1996
- Ali Abdullah Al-Daffa, professor in field of History of Mathematics.
- Abdul-Rahim Ahmad, professor of Information Systems and Decision Sciences at the Faculty of Management, Dalhousie University, Canada.
Oil and gas industry
- Khalid A. Al-Falih, president and CEO of Saudi Aramco, earned M.B.A.in 1991.
- Nadhmi Al-Nasr, former interim president of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology and Saudi Aramco Vice President of KAUST (BSc in Chemical Engineering '79).
Sports and media
- Mohammed Khaleel Ahmed, Transmission Planning Engineer, Saudi Electricity Company
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