From 2018-2023, the Global Studies Institute supported a strategic institutional partnership between the University of Oregon and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Our joint programs include a GlobalWorks International Research Internship as part of the KAUST Visiting Student Research Program, support of a year-long KAUST faculty mentorship program developed in partnership with our Global STEM Education Program, and faculty research seminar exchanges. We have paused this partnership pending the results of leadership and organizational changes underway at KAUST.
Know, Understand, Experience*: Islam, Middle East & Global Science
The University of Oregon and KAUST (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology) are seeking nominations of students to participate in a short-term scientific and cross-cultural program.
Program Dates in Saudi Arabia: September 10-19, 2023
Pre-Departure online program: August 21-September 1, 2023
Cost: Program fees, travel, and lodging will be fully-funded at no cost to eligible students.
- Evaluate and dismantle US stereotypes and own cultural biases about Saudi Arabia and the Muslim world.
- Appreciate history, culture, and geopolitics of Saudi Arabia.
- Visit locations of cultural and historical significance, engaging with local communities.
- Learn about scientific research and life at KAUST.
- Practice scientific, communication, and professional skills required for success in graduate school.
The program will be co-led by an University of Oregon faculty member and the KAUST team.
For questions, please contact Elly Vandegrift firstname.lastname@example.org, Program Director Global Science Education Initiatives, University of Oregon.
* The UO’s “Know, Understand, Experience" (KUE) series of study abroad programs open awareness and challenge stereotypes of less well known and often misunderstood places and cultures.
GlobalWorks International Internship at KAUST
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Past KAUST Collaborations
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