Under the umbrella of the VP for Academic Affairs, our mission is to enrich with our programs KAUST students, faculty, community members and guests as well as contributing to the Kingdom and the world.
- High-caliber and engaging events
- Events that have an impact in the Kingdom
- Going green and promoting sustainability
- Creative events
- Interconnecting arts, culture, and science
Under the umbrella of the VP for Academic Affairs, the Office of Enrichment Programs produces and delivers at KAUST the two-week-long hallmark event Winter Enrichment Program (WEP) and co-sponsors TEDx KAUST 2019 and the Artists-in-Labs programs. The Office of Enrichment Programs puts on festival-style events designed to enrich and inspire participants through lectures, workshops, entrepreneurial, cultural, and recreational activities that are not typically found in academic programs.
Since 2010, the Office has produced a total of 1,717 events, invited 1,382 international and in-Kingdom speakers and attracted a cumulative audience of 111,450 attendees from the KAUST community and the Kingdom. Everybody can experience WEP online on YouTube or our social media channels Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
A selection of past keynote speakers includes Abdullatif A. Al Othman, Governor, and Chairman of the Board of the SAGIA, Dirk Ahlborn, CEO at Hyperloop, Carolyn Porco, Imaging Science Team Leader of the NASA Cassini Mission, artist Theo Jansen and Kip Thorne, Nobel Laureate in Physics, Caltech or Lando Norris, McLaren Formula 1 driver.