Global Education and Training is hosting a recognition ceremony for this year’s KAUST Gifted Student Program.
The ceremony will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18 at the I Hotel and Conference Center.
The King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) program is wrapping up its fifth foundation year at the University of Illinois.
This year’s cohort consists of 11 students from Saudi Arabia.
Each student has been accepted into various universities across the country so they can pursue their undergraduate degrees.
Those students are:
- Renad Emad A Abulfaraj
- Hassan Mohammed H Al Lail
- Fatimah Anwar A Al Nasfan
- Omar Hashem M Alahdal
- Fares Ibrahim A Alghamdi
- Jood Osama A Ali
- Hitaf Mousa A Alsaffar
- Basil Faisal M Habiballah
- Mohammed Sami A Kattoa
- Fares Ibraheem F Pasuni
- Mohammad Abdulhalim M Qoqandi
What Is the KAUST Foundation Year Program?
The KAUST foundation program is a yearlong partnership between Global Education and Training at Illinois and KAUST for high school graduates from Saudi Arabia.
The program helps students prepare for undergraduate majors in STEM fields and develop competitive college applications. The intensive training improves their English skills, helps them achieve higher scores on the TOEFL and SAT exams, and supports their readiness for U.S. academic studies.
Anna Kasten, the program coordinator said students also receive extensive advising and are provided with a highly immersive cross-cultural experience.
This year marks the first in-person program and ceremony since the pandemic started.
Last year, the program continued virtually.