The establishment of Gulf University for Science and Technology (GUST) was initially facilitated the Private Universities Decree, No. 34, issued by the State of Kuwait in 2000. In 2002, through the issuance of Emiri Decree, No. 156, this completed the legal establishment of GUST as the first private university in the State of Kuwait and the start of the first academic year in 2002-2003.

Since then, 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.