King Abdullah University of Science and Technology announced yesterday that the Massachusetts-based Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution will be the first partner in its global collaborative research program.
Representatives from Woods Hole visited the KAUST site near Jeddah on June 15 and concluded the initial Memorandum of Understanding that had previously been signed in April 2007, according to a press release issued yesterday.
Expected to open in September 2009, KAUST aims to be a world-class graduate research university that will support scientific discovery and human advancement.
Ocean research is especially important to KAUST because its campus north of Jeddah includes 19 million square meters of protected marine sanctuary. As part of the partnership with Woods Hole, three initial areas of research will be established at KAUST: coral reefs; coastal hydrography; and fisheries and aquaculture. Woods Hole will also consult on the design of laboratory support and dock facilities for the KAUST Marine and Ocean Research Center.
Established in 1930, Woods Hole is a private, independent organization in Falmouth, Massachusetts that is dedicated to marine research, engineering and higher education. Its main mission is to understand the oceans and their interaction with the Earth.