Enrichment Program Office


Enrichment Programs

Inspiring, Entertaining and Enriching

Under the umbrella of the VP for Academic Affairs, the Office of Enrichment Programs produces and delivers the two-week-long hallmark event at KAUST, the Winter Enrichment Program (WEP); the Artists-in-Labs program; and sponsors TEDx KAUST. The Office of Enrichment Programs puts on festival-style events designed to enrich and inspire participants through lectures, workshops, entrepreneurial, cultural, and recreational events 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. The events can also be experienced online, and the 2019 WEP program reached two million people. The keynote lectures, lunch-time lectures and KAUST Live interviews are available online.

A selection of past keynote speakers includes Michael Young, Nobel Laureate; Lando Norris, McLaren Formula 1 driver; Abdullatif A. Al Othman, governor and chairman of the board of SAGIA; Dirk Ahlborn, CEO at Hyperloop; Carolyn Porco, Imaging Science team leader of the NASA Cassini Mission; artist Theo Jansen; and Kip Thorne, a Nobel laureate in physics from Caltech.

Highlights of WEP 2019 

Visit our Enrichment Website to learn more about three annual Programs:

Enrichment in the Fall – October
Winter Enrichment Program (WEP) – January
Enrichment in the Spring – April 

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