We believe that it takes the combined knowledge of multiple disciplines to make truly impactful researchlearn more
To be globally recognized for impactful,
interdisciplinary, forward-looking, cutting-edge research
To steer, enable and oversee an ambitious
research portfolio, and to facilitate its translation to tangible
knowledge-based contributions to the economy and society of the Kingdom and
The following five core commitments illustrate KFUPM dedication to the pursuit of research excellence. We believe that fundamental research extends the boundaries of knowledge so that it can inform problem-focused research and equip us to respond to new challenges as they emerge. There is no single metric that effectively measures the success of research and its impact on society. We recognize that all forms of research outputs advance knowledge and affect society, either directly or indirectly, and contribute to social, economic, environmental, or cultural benefits.
Universities are grounded in a long history of reflection and inquiry in all aspects of the arts and humanities, science and technology, and health. Wherever research may ultimately lead, all advances begin with creative ideas. We strongly believe that universities must continue to be spaces where leading minds are free to pursue discovery and create new knowledge.
Increasing the emphasis on innovation in all its forms – social, pedagogical, and organizational as well as through the development of new products and processes – allows us to play a leading role in a knowledge-based society. We invent and we increase the impact of research by translating the results into social and commercial applications. This translation can take many forms - communicating research discoveries to decision-makers, transferring knowledge and know-how, protecting ideas and inventions, licensing discoveries, and creating new spin-off companies or non-profit organizations.
KFUPM is dedicated to facilitating mutually-rewarding research partnerships across academic fields, both on our campuses and with external partners. Our researchers collaborate with community organizations, citizens’ associations, as well as with government and industry partners. Partnerships and team approaches often require extra organizational effort and special institutional support. These efforts are necessary to deliver benefits of partnerships which may include enriched research endeavours and outputs as well as new opportunities for applied learning experiences for students. Bringing together leaders – regardless of discipline, background, or affiliation – can generate new ideas and approaches. At home and abroad, our faculty and students build bridges with colleagues from other leading research institutions, governments, private industry, and community-based organizations.
Research excellence and equity go hand in hand. The underrepresentation of voices among our researchers and students is an unacceptable loss of human potential that we are striving to overcome. True and full inquiry into all aspects of the arts and humanities, science and technology, and health happens when the visions, experiences, knowledge, traditions, and epistemologies of multiple peoples are embraced.
KFUPM researchers apply their ingenuity and creativity in service to society. Drawing on the strengths and expertise of different stakeholders, they co-create and apply evidence-based research to address shared challenges; guide and develop policies, practices and products; provide innovative learning environments and professional experiences for students at all levels; improve professional practices; and seek out and support initiatives that result in tangible improvements for individuals and communities.