The University of Tulsa is proud to announce the formalization of a new institutional partnership with King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) during the recent visit of Andreas A. Polycarpou, dean of TU’s College of Engineering & Computer Science, and Vice Provost Vivian Wang. This collaboration marks a significant milestone, ushering in a new era of academic cooperation and fostering a deeper connection between the universities.
A key highlight of this partnership is the introduction of a student exchange and internship program. This initiative aims to strengthen the ties between the two institutions, promoting a collaborative spirit that transcends borders. Notably, Aramco, a key player in the global energy sector, will generously sponsor paid internships for TU students studying at KFUPM for one semester, adding an extra layer of excitement and benefit to the collaboration.
The student exchange program Is expected to build on the existing collaboration, in which faculty from both institutions have been actively engaged in joint research and teaching endeavors. This new initiative seeks to create a cadre of globally minded professionals ready to address challenges and opportunities in the dynamic energy, including the energy transition landscape. Aramco’s involvement underscores the industry’s recognition of the importance of nurturing talent through international experiences. TU students participating in the program will benefit not only from academic immersion but also from hands-on experience in the heart of the petroleum industry that aspires to expand beyond conventional energy sources.
Polycarpou highlighted the importance of the international internship, stating, “Our partnership with KFUPM is not just about collaboration between institutions; it’s about creating enriching opportunities for our students. The student exchange program, backed by Aramco’s internship opportunities, is a testament to our commitment to providing a global perspective and practical experiences that will shape the leaders of tomorrow.”
Wang further emphasized the program’s significance: “The Aramco-sponsored student exchange program is a unique chance for TU students to engage in a semester of academic and cultural immersion at KFUPM. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is undergoing transformative changes as part of its Vision 2030. It is an exciting time for our students to be there! Our goal is to nurture cross-cultural understanding and international collaboration – essential skills in today’s interconnected world.”
Founded in 1963, KFUPM is one of the most prestigious universities in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East. Renowned for its academic excellence, innovative curriculum, and industry partnerships, KFUPM has established itself as a global leader in energy studies. President Muhammad Al-Saggaf has spearheaded initiatives such as the AI+X curriculum and the MX industry-focused master’s degree and established The Dhahran Techno Valley and Research Innovation centers. KFUPM is located in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, adjacent to Aramco and approximately a three-hour train ride from Riyadh, the capital city.