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ERIC Number: EJ789001
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar-14
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Despite Doubts, 3 Prominent Universities Sign Deals with a Saudi University
Fischer, Karin
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n27 pA22 Mar 2008
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, the ambitious $10-billion research institution that Saudi Arabia plans to open in 2009, has signed agreements with three leading universities to help it design a curriculum and hire faculty members. The agreements, with Stanford University, the University of California at Berkeley, and the Univeristy of Texas at Austin, are the first of several such deals the institution expects to announce with foreign colleges in the coming weeks. Under the arrangements, the three American universities will each receive $10-million over five years to collaborate on research projects with Saudi faculty members, along with another $10-million apiece that the participating departments can spend as they choose. The deals were signed despite worry among some faculty members at the California institutions about potential limits at the Saudi university on academic freedom and possible discrimination against women and others in Saudi Arabia, a religiously and socially conservative kingdom. Officials at the American universities, however, and their Saudi counterparts play down such concerns, saying that members of the teaching staff at the Saudi institution, known as Kaust, will have the academic and cultural freedoms of professors at other international research universities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California; Saudi Arabia; Texas