Our mission is to enrich KAUST students, faculty and community members, as well as invited students and faculty from the Kingdom and guests from around the world.
Our speakers include top leaders in the fields of science, business, education and culture. From science and technology lectures, engaging keynotes and workshops to arts and community activities, we have something for everyone. Three programs are produced in the Winter, Spring and Fall focusing on a variety of inspiring themes.
All students (MS & PhD) have to participate in Winter Enrichment Program for credit once during their studies at KAUST.
Credits will only be granted during a single WEP program. You must register for 30 credit offerings and all mandatory keynote lectures. Students who do not complete their attendance requirements for WEP do not graduate.
230 proposals were submitted for the WEP 2018, which is 15% more than last year.
The Speaker Selection Committee has reviewed over 200 proposals. Everyone who submitted a proposal for the WEP 2018 will be informed about the committee’s decision during the summer. Also, invitations to selected speakers will be handled by the Enrichment Office and will be sent during the summer.
Pioneers On-Air consists of a 20-minute live interview and a 10-minute Q&A with the audience on Facebook.
Watch online the interviews of our keynote pioneers’: MIT’s physicist and writer, Alan Lightman; British adventurer and 2012 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, Alastair Humphreys; Dr Eric Fossum, inventor of the CMOS image sensor now used in billions of cameras; plastic surgeon Dr Laurent Lantieri, who performed the first full-face transplant ; South African contemporary artist Mbongeni Buthelezi; and Prof Mike Bruton who talked about the contributions of Muslim scientists during the golden age of Islam.
Enrichment in the Fall 2017
Winter Enrichment Program (WEP) 2018
14-25 January 2018
Speakers (Ed Stone, Voyager Project Scientist) range from Nobel laureates to distinguished local and regional dignitaries who have created a significant impact worldwide through business, science and/or innovation. Read More...
Events such as Poster Competitions, Science Fair, Alumni Lecture Series give the opportunity to the students to share their work and discoveries.
Inspiring in-Kingdom and regional business speakers discuss the trends and opportunities related to business in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East.
We offer signature events like the Film Festival, the Farmers Market, Discover Saudi Arabia program and our special musical performances.