Center Industry Affiliates Program (CIAP) Partners  



KAUST was built with the mission of having strong industry-academic collaboration to transform Saudi Arabia into a more innovative, knowledge-based economy. To create and develop technologies in benefitting the kingdom and beyond. Industry is invited to join KAUST in fulfilling its mission in two ways—as a partner at the university level or at the research center level (CIAP) Center Industry Affiliates Program to link our research with selected groups from industry.



Government and Industry Partners



Memoranda of Understanding (MOU)  



Since its inception, the WDRC has been very active to establish an in-kingdom, regional (GCC/MENA), and global network of stakeholders (e.g. government, industry, and academia). Either directly or through KAUST, the WDRC has entered several important memoranda of understanding with the Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC, KSA), the National Water Company (NWC, KSA), the Korean Institute of Science and Technology (KIST, Korea), the Public Utilities Board (PUB, Singapore) and the Saudi Geologic Survey (SGS, KSA). In the last year this has been expanded to include the Middle East Desalination Research Center (MEDRC, Oman), the Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas (CIEMAT, Spain), the Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology (KICT, Korea), the Institut de la Filtration et des Techniques Séparatives (IFTS, France), and the City University of Hong Kong (CityU, Hong Kong). In addition to these MoU’s we are continuously assessing and discussing joint activities and collaboration with other key universities and research institutes that are globally recognized and active in the areas as defined by the Center strategic research plan.





Industry Meet and Greet: Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC)

17 October, 2021



On October 14th, the WDRC participated in the "Industry Meet and Greet: SWCC" event hosted and organized by the I&ED, KAUST. Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) is responsible for desalinating seawater and supplying vast regions throughout the Kingdom. The event aims to foster a robust KAUST- industry relationship and identify opportunities for collaboration with SWCC through understanding the challenges facing the water industry in the Kingdom. SWCC and IED gave presentations revolving around topics on renewable energy and desalination, membrane materials and fouling prevention, pre-treatment and post-treatment, and digital plant operations.

An exciting and fruitful discussion on the topic "SWCC Water Research Collaborations and AI Digital Transformation Challenges" were participated by the following panelists:

› Dr. Mohammed Al Namazi, Deputy Executive Director of Desalination Technologies Research Institute,  SWCC
› Friedrich Alt, Senior Expert, DTRI, SWCC
› Essam Al bishi, AI Unit Head, SWCC
› Noreddine Ghaffour, Professor, Environmental Science and Engineering
› Luca Fortunato, Research Scientist, Water Desalination & Reuse Center

Annual CIAP Events

10th CIAP Meeting 2019
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9th CIAP Meeting 2018
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8th CIAP Meeting 2017
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7th CIAP Meeting 2016
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6th CIAP Meeting 2015
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