SDG1: No Poverty

In 2013, an estimated 385 million children lived on less than US$1.90 per day. These figures are unreliable due to huge gaps in data on the status of children worldwide. On average, 97 percent of countries have insufficient data to determine the state of impoverished children and make projections towards SDG Goal 1, and 63 percent of countries have no data on child poverty at all. Since 1990, countries around the world have taken various measures to reduce poverty and achieved remarkable results. The number of people living in Extreme poverty decreased from 1.8 billion to 776 million in 2013. Still, people continue to live in poverty with the World Bank estimating that 40 million to 60 million people will fall into extreme poverty in 2020. A very low poverty threshold is justified by highlighting the need of those people who are in the least favourable position. That target may not be adequate for human subsistence and basic needs, however, it is for this reason that changes relative to higher poverty lines are also commonly tracked.

Poverty is more than the lack of income or resources: People live in poverty if they lack basic services such as healthcare, security, and education. They also experience hunger, social discrimination, and exclusion from decision-making processes.

GUST considers it essential to eradicate poverty and the effects that the pandemic has caused at an economic level, in this sense, it has developed different strategies in which it offers students, staff and the general community opportunities for study, employment and knowledge that help generate new resources for people and thus reduce the poverty rate in the country.

GUST Scholarships

Every semester, GUST offers a limited number of internal GUST scholarships. GUST Scholarships cover full payment of tuition fees (maximum KD 2250 per semester) or a specific percentage of tuition fees. Please note that selection for a GUST scholarship is highly competitive and only a limited number of students will be awarded scholarships. In order to apply for a GUST Scholarship, students must meet the following criteria:1- Completion of 30 credit hours or more2- Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.53- Current registration for a minimum of 15 credits4- No pending disciplinary action.

GUST Scholarships are valid for one academic term. Students who maintain the criteria outlined above are eligible to reapply for a GUST Scholarship. Applications for GUST Scholarships may be found in the Counselor's Office.

Students Volunteering Clubs

GUST Cares

Kuwait City, June 2021: Student-led clubs at Gulf University for Science and Technology were highly active during the 2020/21 Academic Year, showcasing great organizational skills and progressing activity with meaningful events despite obstacles set by the global pandemic. Due to health and safety protocols set by the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education, clubs performed all their events virtually and used social media platforms to their advantage by presenting highly interactive events.

Since the 2019/20 summer semester and including the 2020/21 academic year, clubs have produced a total of 153 events. Consisting of virtual panel discussions, interviews, musical performances, academic lectures, cultural events/activities, and much more. There were also competitions and raffles where students got the chance to win prizes and awards. Clubs also worked together on collaborative events by offering their help to the Office of Student Life's (OSL) "GUST Cares" initiative which took place during the holy month of Ramadan. Where they provided their own food and necessity boxes for families in need.

Moreover, OSL promotes competition amongst clubs to allow for greater innovation and creativity by awarding one club every year with the title of "Club of the Year". For the 2020/21 academic year they awarded the Bayan Cultural Club with the title of "Best (Outstanding) Virtual Club of the Year" due to their exceptionally active and well received programs."

Student Clubs Officer for the Office of Student Life, Noor Al-Huda Al-Azzawi said "Despite the conditions and obstacles laid out by the current global pandemic, our student clubs did not hide from the challenge of organizing events and activities from a distance. All clubs deserve to be awarded for their constant efforts for the GUST community."

Currently, GUST has more than 12 active student clubs that constantly serve as a great example of GUST's extraordinary student life and environment. For those interested in following all club activities and events, visit GUST Student Clubs Page which showcases all past and upcoming events.

IFC Ramadan Basket

GUST Collaborated with Al-Najat charity society and distributed donations and food baskets to families with low income.
Related SDGs: SDG1 No poverty and SDG2 Zero Hunger

Syrian Refugees Seminar

The Human Rights Club at GUST conducted a seminar with Aisha AlQassar: Advocate for refugees' rights & war affected women. The seminar was online and Aisha talked about the Syrian refugees situation, their difficult living conditions and what can we do to give help.
Related SDGs: SDG1: No Poverty, SDG2: Zero Hunger, SDG3: Good Health and Well Being, and SDG10: Reduces Inequalities.

Haya Al-Shatti seminar about hope and faith

A seminar about hope and faith by Haya Al-Shatti talking about human rights and low-to-no income, and how to provide help.
Related SDGs: SDG1: No Poverty, SDG2: Zero Hunger, SDG3: Good Health and Well Being, and SDG10: Reduces Inequalities.


The Human Rights Club and Students Association of GUST are collaborating with Basta Kuwait (Nonprofit organization) on The Wall of Kindness. Donate 1 or 2 small winter clothing items for passerby who need them!
Related SDGs: SDG1: No Poverty and SDG3: Good Health and Well Being.

Education is a right for all

The Human Rights Club managed to gather donations to help students pay their educational fees around the region.
Related SDGs: SDG1: No Poverty, SDG3: Good Health and Well Being, SDG4: Quality Education, and SDG10: Reduces Inequalities.

Education for SDGs specific courses on sustainability

Have dedicated courses (full degrees, or electives) that address sustainability and the SDGs.

Courses Related To SDGs
CAS = Collage of Arts and Sciences, CBA = Collage of Business Administration

SDG College Course
SDG 1 - No Poverty CAS SOC 301 Population, Society & Development in the GCC 3.00 Prerequisite: Any course in SOC, POLI, HIST Population, Society & Development in the GCC
SDG 1 - No Poverty CBA ECON 101 Principles of Microeconomics Topics: Externalities and Public Goods This course is an introduction to the determinants of household demand, production and cost, and market prices. The principles of individual decision-making behavior in relation to understanding goods, services, and resource markets will be examined.