King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM) is a public university in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. It was established in 1963 by a Saudi royal decree as the College of Petroleum and Minerals providing high-level education about petroleum and minerals, two of the most-valuable natural resources in Saudi Arabia. It was elevated to university status in 1975. Among Saudi universities, it is highest regarded for excellence in its science and engineering programs. It offers some programs that are not offered elsewhere in Saudi Arabia. It is named after King Fahd. It was renamed to its current name in 1986.
The campus is between the headquarters of the Saudi Arabian oil company, Saudi Aramco and the Dhahran Air Base. It is near the coast of the Persian Gulf and is 7 kilometers from Khobar city. The port city of Dammam is 20 kilometres away. The oil-producing town of Abqaiq is 70 kilometres west, and the oasis city of Al-Hasa is about 130 kilometers south of the campus. The Kingdom of Bahrain is 35 kilometres from the Saudi coastline accessed via King Fahd Causeway.
The 900 acres of the campus are divided into three sections: North, Central, and South. The North section consists of the Preparatory Year Campus, the North Faculty/Staff housing compound, and the student dormitories. The Central section contains all the academic other facilities such as classrooms, laboratories, faculty offices, the University administration, the Research Institute, the Library, the Information Technology Center, and many support facilities. The South section contains faculty and senior staff housing.
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