In the mid-1990s, a group of distinguished Kuwaiti academicians and businessmen realized the vital importance of establishing a modern university in Kuwait equal in quality to other prestigious universities abroad and to serve the ever-increasing educational demands of the local society and the Gulf region. Its primary purpose was to prepare generations of young leaders and professionals for the demands of a new global technological era.
In January 1997, Kuwaiti Academic Group, comprised of 41 faculty members from Kuwait University, was established to lay the foundation for the proposed "University of the Future." Their studies culminated in the vision of "Gulf University for Science and Technology" (GUST).
A strategic partnership was established with the University of Missouri at St. Louis (UMSL), the international counterpart university chosen to help bring the visualization of the projected university to fruition. The development was facilitated and shaped by the Private Universities Decree, No. 34, issued by the State of Kuwait in 2000, resulting in the establishment of a temporary campus with the necessary infrastructure in Hawally. In 2002, the issuance of Emiri Decree, No. 156, completed the legal establishment of GUST as the first private university in the State of Kuwait and permitted the start of the first academic year in 2002-2003.
GUST has continually improved and expanded its educational and organizational capacities while steadily increasing its enrollments. At its first commencement ceremony in June 2007, GUST conferred diplomas on approximately four hundred graduates, many of whom were eagerly received by the leading business sectors in the state of Kuwait.
GUST faculty is comprised of members from esteemed national academies who are considered experts in many disciplines. Our faculty is a special blend which brings both a local and international touch to the University. One matter, that is not taken lightly, is access to faculty. After all, students need time with their professors, time to learn, time to ask, and time to be inspired; and so the faculty devotes a great deal of time to students, whether during classes or office hours.
With its high-tech facilities and modern architecture, GUST’s beautiful campus houses all of its activities: from student life, athletics, and academics, to cultural and social events. Many external organizations seek GUST’s unparalleled conference halls and high-tech classrooms to host their events and activities, and they always receive a warm welcome.