KAUST Community Advisory Committee (KCAC)

[This information was written in 2009, and may not be the most up-to-date information available]

The committee is charged with gathering information about issues of importance to the community and advocating ways to improve the quality of community life. Initially appointed by leadership to ensure diversity, the committee will eventually become an elected body. The challenges we all face in creating, from scratch, a culture and a community out of our shared ambitions and dreams for ourselves and KAUST can be as daunting as they are exciting. We hope to do so by celebrating our commonality as much as our diversity. We intend to draw with enthusiasm and respect on the rich culture and deep roots of the broader Saudi community in which we are privileged to live.

During the first meeting [2009] we discussed how we should operate as well as identified, in a preliminary way, the first issues we intend to address. They are, in no particular order of importance, the following:

  • Road, cycle, playground and pedestrian safety
  • Ensuring the quality of the KAUST Schools, with every student’s potential fully explored
  • Improving the overall quality of our community life
  • Improving the dissemination of information
  • Ensuring security of the individual & his/her property
  • Improving the quality of the beach experience

Our names, community affiliations, telephones and emails are listed below. We urge you to contact any one of us to share your thoughts about the above, or any other, issues. We hope to act as sort of ombudsmen for the community as a whole, and to do so, we will need a healthy dialogue with you all. We intend to establish several suggestion boxes at convenient places around the community and campus for your use, and anonymity if desired, as well as a dedicated email address. [Edit, 11/19/2012. As of this date, contact the KCAC only through the email address below]