vision and mission


The LMU-MPQ-KSU Collaboration facilitates the partners to establish forefront research and education in one of the key technologies of the 21st century, photonics. Photonics, the science and technology of laser light and its widespread applications, belongs to the fastest growing and developing technologies of the 21st century. Photonics holds promise for dramatically speeding up electron-based information technologies, advancing single-molecule biological imaging to atomic resolution, and revolutionizing techniques for cancer diagnosis and therapy. We aim to attract top-rated talent, who will conduct world-leading research in photonics essential for advancing nano-, bio-, information and medical technologies likewise. Our initiative will create research excellence in a long-lasting fashion.


The partnership between the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics (MPQ), the King Saud University (KSU) and the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universit√§t M√ľnchen (LMU) was established to join forces in the education of top-rated talent. The partners are currently establishing a world-class photonics laboratory at KSU and, on its basis, the King Abdullah Research Center and Graduate School in Photonics (KAP), where outstanding senior and young scientists will work together on the development and application of novel radiation sources for coherent ultrashort intense light pulses.

Among the specific objectives of the collaboration are:

  1. Attracting the best faculty members, staff, and students.
  2. Achieving excellence in scientific research, higher education, and community service.
  3. Establishing effective local and global partnerships.
  4. Advancing existing and inventing new technologies.
  5. Developing and implementing ways to ensure quality performance and output.
  6. The optimal use of resources and modern technology.
  7. Providing a stimulating environment both administratively and academically.