As a condition of matriculation, KAUST requires that doctoral students submit an electronic copy of their dissertation to the KAUST Library for inclusion in the KAUST Research Repository. Similarly, masters students whose program requires a thesis must deposit it in the KAUST Research Repository.
KAUST makes no claim of ownership of student dissertations or theses; however, the university retains a non-exclusive license to make copies of dissertations or theses as needed for the academic or archival purposes of the institution. This includes providing open access to the work on the Internet. If necessary to protect legitimate proprietary interests (such as patent rights), students may opt to delay temporarily the public display of their dissertation or thesis.
Institutional Research Repository of theses and dissertations is consistent with international best practice. KAUST’s purpose is to increase the visibility and discoverability of student works via web search engines, showcase the high caliber of studies underway at KAUST, increase overall education and research productivity through effective sharing, and harness the intellectual capital of the university.