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What is the Winter Enrichment Program?

The annual Winter Enrichment Program (WEP) is one of the hallmarks of KAUST. WEP is a three- week program whose primary purpose is to enrich and inspire the University's students and KAUST community members, as well as academic and industrial partners who are all invited to join. It is mandatory for KAUST students to register for WEP once during their degree studies.​

The whole University becomes involved in one of the most exciting programs of the year, including lectures, courses, workshops, seminars, field trips, and special events in the main categories of Academic, Skills, Personal & Professional Development, Cultural and Recreational. The program hosts KAUST speakers, eminent international guest speakers, Nobel Laureates, entrepreneurs, academics, as well as distinguished local and regional leaders and decision-makers.

WEP is built in collaboration with KAUST Students, Faculty, Community Members, Alumni and Industrial Partners who are invited to submit proposals each year. During a very competitive selection process the WEP Review Committee, considers the scientific and technological aspects of the proposals, as well as their enriching and inspiring nature.

In addition, KAUST Industrial Partners, WEP Sponsors, Undergraduates from around the world (through Undergraduate Poster Competition) and In-Kingdom students from leading universities in Saudi Arabia are invited to join through a specific program.

If you are interested in volunteering for WEP 2018, please fill out this online form or contact the WEP team, email contactwep@kaust.edu.sa.

What kind of events are being offered?

From evening keynotes lectures, lunchtime lectures, to workshops, performances and other special events, this week will offer something for everyone!  

There are 4 main categories of events that you can attend:

  • Academic
  • Cultural
  • Entrepreunerial
  • Personal and Professional Development

Our Winter Enrichment Program is scheduled for your convenience, with events held at lunchtimes, mornings, evenings and weekends.


Who can attend?

WEP is open to anyone at KAUST – faculty, researchers, community members and Economic Development partners.

Personal visitors may attend keynote lectures only as long as they are accompanied by their KAUST sponsor.

We may grant special passes to visitors from outside the KAUST community by invitation from our partners Saudi Initiatives and Innovation & Economic Development


How can I register my children and spouse to this website?

If you have dependents under the age of 12, you can register them for this website by visiting 'my profile' at the top-right of the navigation bar. Once you are at 'my profile', click on 'Register Dependents' on the left-hand column and your dependents will appear for you to register.

Note that spouses are included in this list but anyone over the age of 12 with a KAUST ID can register themselves.


Is there a babysitting service during the events?

To help parents enjoy evening keynote lectures and events during te program, a babysitting service will be organized. 


How can I add events to my calendar?

You want to be sure you won't forget to attend the events you registered for? In order to get automatic reminders popping up in your professional calendar, you can visit 'my schedule' on the navigation bar. Once you are at 'my schedule', click on 'Download iCalendar (ICS) file'.


What are the Enrichment in the Spring and Fall Programs?

Winter Enrichment Program (WEP) is our flagship enrichment event, featuring two weeks of events held every January, with credits for the new students.

Enrichment in the Spring and Fall is a shorter program with no credited events for students, which is hosted annually by KAUST. 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.

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. 


Are there any more Enrichment Programs coming up?

The dates and theme of the Enrichment in the Fall 2018 will be announced soon.