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Science  07 Dec 2012:
Vol. 338, Issue 6112, pp. 1276-1281
DOI: 10.1126/science.338.6112.1276

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The fourth entry in Science's series on global research universities takes a look at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, a 3-year-old graduate research university in Saudi Arabia. Created with a large endowment with the hope of sprouting a global research powerhouse, the faculty is finding that starting from scratch can be at times fabulous and frustrating.