The University’s KAUST Enrichment Programs were created as a way to draw faculty, students, staff, partners, collaborators, and community members out of their daily routines and into a curated program of expansive thinking. The programs are shaped to educate, inspire, enrich and contribute to the community, the Kingdom and the world.
Under the umbrella of Academic Affairs, the Office of Enrichment Programs produces and delivers three Programs during the year: the two week-long Winter Enrichment Program (WEP) and the Spring and Fall shorter programs. In collaboration with faculty, staff and students, and a nominated KAUST faculty chair, the Enrichment Office decides on a theme for each program and selects content from proposals submitted by the KAUST community. This is immersive, enlightening, challenging and focused work.
The programs make improbable meetings happen, shining the spotlight on great ideas, inspiring people to aim high and supporting learning that empowers curious minds to create new, innovative things.
What are the Enrichment in the Spring and Fall Programs?
It is an academic, entrepreneurial and cultural interlude session in KAUST's academic calendar whose primary purpose is to enrich and inspire the students beyond their normal academic curriculum. Enrichment in the Spring and Fall are shorter programs with no credited events for students, which is hosted annually by KAUST.
These are intended to help deliver a wider array of enrichment activities to our community throughout the year. Both of them create a lively and engaging atmosphere, taking us away from our regular activities and bringing together KAUST speakers, as well as eminent guests from around the world. Internationally renowned attendees range from keynotes speakers, entrepreneurs, academics, as well as distinguished local and regional guests.
The Winter Enrichment Program (WEP) is our flagship enrichment event, featuring two weeks of events held every January, with credits for the new students. WEP takes place during an interlude in the academic semester and although courses are not offered during this period, students are required to stay on campus as completing WEP is part of their graduation requirements. To coordinate our programming and logistics for our events, we partner with numerous KAUST departments, divisions and research centers.
From our prestigious keynote lecture series to entrepreneurship programs, workshops and symposia in science and technology, to art and community activities, our Enrichment programs offer top-notch signature events to a cumulative audience of more than 70,000 people. WEP brings together dynamic speakers from KAUST, as well as prominent guests from around the globe.
These internationally renowned individuals include Nobel Laureates, entrepreneurs and academics, as well as distinguished local and regional dignitaries, whom have created a significant impact worldwide through business, science and innovation. WEP has become a hallmark of not only KAUST’s intellectual and cultural calendar, but that of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.