GUST Welcomes Freshmen at Annual Orientation
GUST hosted its annual student orientation at its conference center on Wednesday. Organized before the start of every Fall Semester, the orientation allows new students to get all the information they need to start their academic year with confidence, and to ensure a smooth transition into university life.
The program began with a meet and greet reception, where new students got together in one of the university halls, and got a chance to enjoy a snack and mingle with different student clubs and some current students. This was followed by a screening of GUST’s orientation video in the campus theater hall, which was prepared for the students to introduce them to the key people they will interact with throughout their time at GUST. The orientation video briefed the students on the various support departments they can make use of during their time at the university, such as the Student Success Center, the Foundation Program Unit, the Office of Student Life, the One Stop Advising Center, and the Athletics Department.
GUST President, Professor Donald Bates said, “The students we welcome today are the future of this country. It is our responsibility to take care, guide, and nurture them in every way possible – mentally and physically. With this orientation, we send a clear message that even before day 1, we are by their sides and ready to help them achieve any dream they want to realize.”
Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. Raghad Al Kazemi, also added, “As Dean of Student Affairs it is my duty to ensure a seamless transition for our new students into university life. This is why it is our duty our priority is to provide all the guidance and support they need to be successful here, and later on in life.”
The event was also attended by GUST senior management members and distinguished Private University Council representatives.
The orientation concluded with a campus tour where students visited lecture theatres, computer labs, science labs, the Fitness Center, the TV & radio studios, and the university’s state of the art Gulf Financial Center, which is an advanced trading room simulation. During the tour, students got the opportunity to meet GUST faculty and staff members, ask questions, and familiarize themselves with the university.
Head of OSL, Anwar Al Sabah, said, “Our mission is to provide a platform, the tools, and the stimulation to promote social intelligence, which complements the academic excellence our students strive for. Student life here is very dynamic, and healthily competitive in such a way that the skills they acquire are highly sought after in the job market.”
The orientation welcomes GUST’s 16th batch of freshman, since it was founded in 2002. The university, which is affiliated with University of Saint Louis of Missouri in the US, holds 5 international accreditations, and is ranked as the number one private university in Kuwait. It houses two colleges, offers 8 unique degrees, and an MBA program. Its faculty is sourced from the world’s leading academic institutions, and many of its graduates have gone on to establish successful businesses while others enjoy fulfilling professional careers.