Saudi Arabia - King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and King Abdul Aziz University (KAU) signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate and fund scientific research in areas that are strategically instrumental to achieving the goals of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.

The areas of collaboration include cancer research, energy harvesting and storage, solar technology, CO2 valorization, renewable energy and desert agriculture.

Donal Bradley, KAUST vice president for research, and Yusuf Al-Turki, KAU vice president for graduate studies and scientific research, signed the MoU during a ceremony at KAU on Sunday, attended by KAUST President Tony Chan and KAU President Abdulrahman AI-Youbi.

“KAUST and KAU are long-standing partners whose missions complement each other,” said Chan. “Today’s MoU cements an ongoing collaboration between the two universities, which has been designed to support the Kingdom, particularly in these transformative times. The collaborative research efforts shared by KAUST and KAU will help drive innovation for a better future,” he added.

Bradley explained that this agreement provides the best opportunity to develop effective and impactful research projects.

“Today’s MoU reflects ongoing collaboration with one of Saudi Arabia’s leading universities,” he said. “It offers both institutions the opportunity to develop impactful projects that are both broader and deeper in scope. We look forward to seeing the fruits of this interaction grow over time.”

AI-Youbi said the agreement is a continuation of KAU’s strategy to expand its partnerships and exchange expertise and that it will provide an opportunity to benefit from the vast research experience of faculty members at KAU and KAUST.

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