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Enrichment in the Spring is coming!

Get ready to explore innovation this spring with nine days filled with lectures, tours, workshops and our first ever jazz festival! Enrichment in the Spring is open to all members of the KAUST community and invited guests. Look at the schedule below to register and get ready to be inspired...

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Enrichment in the Spring is coming!

Jazz Festival Concert: Dhahran Big Band

Ready yourself for the classy and classic swing stylings of the 23-piece Dhahran Big Band!...

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Jazz Festival Concert: Dhahran Big Band

Keynote: Innovation Ecosystems for a Creative Economy

Join Paul G. Allen Family Foundation Executive Director Tom Skalak as he looks at the ecosystems that produce the innovations that propel a modern creative economy...

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Keynote: Innovation Ecosystems for a Creative Economy

Jazz Festival Movie: The Blues Brothers

Grab your sunglasses and hats and join Jake and Elwood for this blues, jazz, soul and funk cult classic masterpiece...

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Jazz Festival Movie: The Blues Brothers

Celebrate World Intellectual Property Day

Join us as we celebrate World Intellectual Property Day with a two-day symposium, keynote lecture and technology showcase...

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Celebrate World Intellectual Property Day

Innovation Movie: Slingshot

Follow Segway inventor and multiple patent holder Dean Kamen as he works to solve the world’s water crisis with Slingshot...

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Innovation Movie: Slingshot

Enrichment Office


The Office of Enrichment Programs, under the umbrella of the office of Academic Affairs and led by Marie-Laure Boulot, produces three exciting programs during the year: the two week-long Winter Enrichment Program (WEP) and the Enrichment in the Spring and Enrichment in the Fall shorter programs.

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. 


Students for Credits

All students (MS & PhD) have to participate in the KAUST Winter Enrichment Program (WEP) for credits once during their studies at KAUST.

Credits will only be granted during a single WEP program and students must register for 30 credit offerings and all mandatory keynote lectures.

Students who do not complete their attendance requirements for WEP do not graduate. Learn more about how to register and fulfill credits. 

KAUST Winter Enrichment Program (WEP)

KAUST's Winter Enrichment Program (known as WEP) is a two-weeks innovative interlude program that offers academic lectures and workshops, skills & entrepreneurial training, and cultural & recreational events, not normally found in the academic program. 

WEP 2018 will return from January 14-25 under the leadership of the new Chair Prof. Omar Knio and will have the theme of "Human-Machine Future."  WEP 2018 will be unveiled in October 24, 2017 and the final schedule of the program will be released in early November. Read our new booklet to discover more about WEP. 

WEP Undergraduate Poster Competition

 Share your abstract and join us for a week of inspiration this January 2018!

If you have amazing ideas and would like to visit one of the world’s leading science and technology research universities, we would like to hear from you. Last year we received over 600 applications in total. Out of which 52 were selected to participate in the poster competition. For more details please visit: http://studentopportunities.kaust.edu.sa/WEP/


WEP Opportunities

Be Part of Something Big

The Enrichment programs are shaped to educate, inspire, enrich and contribute to the KAUST community, the Kingdom and the world. Since 2010, the Office of Enrichment Programs has organized more than 1,244 events, invited more than 1,100 international and national speakers, counted with more than 86,550 participants, and reached more than 2,800,000 people during WEP 2017. Partner with us and become part of something big. 

Pioneers On-Air Interviews

Watch online Pioneers On-Air interviews to the Enrichment in the Spring keynote speakers. 

MIT physicist and writer Alan Lightman; British adventurer and 2012 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Alastair Humphreys; Eric Fossum, inventor of the CMOS image sensor now used in billions of cameras; plastic surgeon Laurent Lantieri, who performed the first full-face transplantation; South African contemporary artist Mbongeni Buthelezi; and Mike Bruton who talked about the contributions of Muslim scientists to the golden age of Islam.



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.


Catch Up on Past Events

WEP On-Air
WEP 2017 Keynotes
Tom Skalak, Allen Family Foundation
Science of Storytelling - Winning film
Chef Bernd Arold – Interview
STEAM – Two-Day Innovation Challenge