New University Breaks Scientific Social Barriers

By Dialogo
January 01, 2010

Boasting one of the fastest supercomputers in the world, a team of top scientists and a campus at which female and male students can mingle freely, Saudi Arabia’s new multibillion-dollar university aims to break both scientific and social barriers. Classrooms are integrated, women are allowed to drive on campus and, as the photo shows, they aren’t required to shroud themselves in the black abaya. King Abdullah University of Science and Technology was officially launched in September 2009 and is expected to propel the kingdom into the top ranks of technological research, reported Agence France-Presse. The master’s and doctorate degree students represent more than 60 countries, with 15 percent from Saudi Arabia.