The college of Applied and Supporting Studies oversees two programs; the Preparatory Year Program (PYP), and the Skills Development Programs each run by an Assistant Dean.
The Preparatory Year Program
The Preparatory Year Program (PYP) has been an icon, and a critical component of the University's approach to higher education since the formation of KFUPM in 1963. The Program aims at preparing newly admitted students for their undergraduate studies at the University. The specific objectives of the program are:
- Improving students’ English language proficiency to prepare them for University studies.
- Reviewing and reinforcing students’ knowledge of Mathematical and analytical techniques through problem solving and their ability to relate to various Math concepts.
- Consolidating students’ knowledge of basic sciences, providing necessary skills for effective learning, assisting students in choosing their academic majors through career guidance, as well as promoting student’s physical well-being.
The Skills Development Program
The Skills Development Program aims at supporting the University in accomplishing its objectives with respect to designing programs and creating opportunities for students to enhance and develop their skills and attributes that are essential for success in their future professional careers.
The importance of such a program rises from the findings of scientific research showing that the success of an individual and his efficiency in social life and job do not rely mainly on his education and/or intelligence. However, an individual personal skill plays an important role in determining his success and efficiency.
In order to identify the required skills, a research work has been conducted and as a result a number of 26 different skills have been approved to be the most important and needed skills for students for their academic and future work success.
Students are offered various opportunities to develop these skills, including Online training courses, ICDL exam, specialized workshops, public lecture by leading figures, embedding skills in academic curriculum, involvement in voluntary activities and developing relevant reading materials.