King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM or UPM) (Arabic: جامعة الملك فهد للبترول و المعادن - short:(جامعة البترول ) is a public university in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia (). It was established on 23 September 1963 by a Saudi Royal Decree as the "College of Petroleum and Minerals," providing high-level education about two of the most valuable natural resources in Saudi Arabia. It was given university status in 1975.
Unlike the nearby King Faisal University, the University is a male only institution. Its acceptance rate is only 15%, making it the toughest to get into in Saudi Arabia. Among Saudi universities, KFUPM is highest regarded for its excellence in the science & engineering programs. The university offers some programs that are not offered anywhere else in Saudi Arabia.
The Academic Complex consists of many major buildings, all of them completed and in use. The facilities available include: faculty/staff offices; shops and laboratory buildings, which include the Heavy Equipment Laboratory building and the Energy Research Laboratory building; the Information Technology Center; classrooms; the Administration Building; Library; the Faculty/Student Center, which includes the Faculty Dining Hall, the Post Office, and the Stationery Shop; Auditorium, which seats 850 people and is equipped for simultaneous translation in three languages; Gymnasium; a Mosque; the Research Institute; the Stadium, which seats 10,000 people; the Medical Center; the Conference Center; and multi-story parking garages. The facilities also include a natural outdoor amphitheater, playing fields and indoor courts for intercollegiate and intramural sports, and the distinctive KFUPM water tower with circulatory water systems.
Wireless Service: The Wireless Connectivity (WiFi) Service is deployed within the university campus. This KFUPM Wireless LAN service is now available in all Academic and Administrative buildings.
This Smart Card is an all-in-one card and is designed to make life easier for students, faculty and staff inside KFUPM campus. This single card can be used for a whole range of campus services and access control. You can use the card for:
There are other services that can be included and are kept as future extensions.
KFUPM is the highest ranked university in Saudi Arabia, with about 9,000 full-time undergraduate and 2,600 full-time graduate students.
Preparatory Orientation (1st) year is mandatory for all students before being truly enrolled in the university, i.e., beginning freshman year. In the Prep year, only Mathematics, intensive English, Introductory Physical Sciences, Computer Skills and workshop courses are given. Those who pass the prep year, or are exempted from it, become full students. A student must select a major by the end of the orientation year. The GPA of that year does, to some extent, affect the choices he may have; for example, the engineering, science and MIS programs have a high (above 2.0) prep year GPA requirement, whereas other majors are open to those who have somewhat lower GPAs, especially in the mathematical courses.
KFUPM has five main colleges:
1) College of Engineering Sciences Website
2) College of Computer Science & Engineering Website
3) College of Sciences Website
offers Social, Islamic & Arabic courses
4) College of Industrial Management Website
5) College of Environmental Design Website
6) Community Colleges Additionally, there are three more community colleges:
Recently Damman community college(DCC)was inaugurated by King Abdullah.
The Department of Continuing Education Programs offers shortcourses. These courses are designed for engineers, managers, and practitioners who are interested in pursuing further studies in their fields of specialization. The courses are open to all applicants who have the desire and the background to participate.
Dhahran Techno-Valley is destined to gather national and international research centers in one location. It is expected that outstanding services plus recreational activities will add to the vibrancy and networking amongst tenants in the Valley Community. Academic support from KFUPM is a commitment that can be counted upon. Other leading technological and scientific institutions in the area will also be fully utilized.
KASP was established in 2002. Located on a 35-hectare site in the north of the KFUPM campus, the park is closely integrated with the university. The location, with its proximity to the science and engineering colleges, provides for considerable interaction between tenant firms and their personnel and university scientists and engineers. At present, there are few companies that have joined the park. These are Schlumberger, Ciba, Yokogawa and JCCP presently share research interests with the university and are located in its Research Institute.
Research at the university can be classified into personal, sponsored, and client-funded. The mission of the RI is to serve the nation by conducting client-driven research and development utilizing university resources. Among its objectives are: serve the nation as a professional problem solver; adapt imported technologies to the Saudi environment; serve the needs of government organizations, local industry, and businesses for research and development; develop local expertise; support graduate and undergraduate programs at KFUPM, and contribute to the high quality education and training of students.
The technical expertise for applied research available in the RI is focused in its seven centers with their sections/labs.
• Center for Applied Physical Sciences: The Metrology & Standards Section and the Central Analytical Laboratory.
• Center for Communications & Computer Research: Computer Technology, and Communications Technology Sections.
• Center for Economics & Management Systems: Business Incubators, Economic Studies, and Management & Quality Control Sections.
• Center for Engineering Research: Materials, Urban Areas Engineering, Engineering Analysis, Energy Systems Sections, and Material Characterization Laboratory.
• Center for Environment & Water: Water, Environment, and Marine Studies Sections.
• Center for Petroleum & Minerals: Petroleum & Gas Engineering, Petroleum Geology & Geophysics, Minerals Resources, and Remote Sensing Sections.
• Center for Refining & Petrochemicals:Refining, Petrochemicals, and Petrochemical Products Development Sections.
The manpower of the RI as of 1 January 2005 was 258 full-time employees, of whom 53 held PhD degrees, 64 held MS degrees, 50 held BS degrees, and 91 held other credentials. Project teams are typically formed of 35% full time RI researchers, 25% faculty members, 10% students, and 30% support staff.
It is centrally located in Building 8, within a short walking distance from most classrooms and laboratories. It has an available floor space of nearly 7000 square meters. It is an "open stack" library, allowing users free access to its resources. Reading areas are provided on the first, third, and fourth floors. To encourage maximum utilization, the University Library operates with a minimum of regulations and restrictions. The current collection of books and bound periodicals totals over 328,000 volumes, 32% in Science, 21% in Engineering, 24% in Humanities, and 23% in Social Sciences. The Library has over 23,000 volumes in Arabic and over 300,000 volumes in English, and also subscribes to approximately 1,500 periodical titles. In addition, there are some 490,000 research reports on microfiche and 63,000 documents in other media, including more than 25,000 educational films and 38,000 reels of journal back issues on microfilm. Audiovisual materials are provided through a well-equipped AV department with a collection consisting principally of motion pictures, filmstrips, videotapes, and audiocassettes. These AV materials can be used in the Library Auditorium which is also used for seminars, lectures, short courses, theses defense, and other presentations
Previous Rectors of KFUPM
Studies from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals Update Current Data on Nanotechnology - Nanoparticles.
Apr 18, 2011; A new study, 'Laser-induced efficient reduction of Cr(VI) catalyzed by ZnO nanoparticles,' is now available. "The present study...