The mission of the Jameel Abdul Latif World Education Lab (J-WEL) is to spark a global renaissance in education for all learners.

Launched in May 2017 by MIT and Community Jameel, J-WEL is an incubator for change in education at MIT and around the world. Our approach is to bring together educators, technologists, policy makers, and societal leaders to address global challenges in education.  Key priorities for J-WEL are learners in the developing world, populations underserved by education such as women and girls, and a workforce in need of STEM knowledge and skills.

J-WEL focuses on three core levels of education: pK-12, higher education, and workforce learning, organized as membership-based collaboratives in a living, learning lab. The potential for diffusion across these three realms under one roof is the great promise of the Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab.


J-WEL pK-12

Reinventing pre-school, elementary, middle, and high school education to develop future thinkers and doers, by engaging growing numbers of diverse learners and educators through design, research, and implementation of educational innovations.

J-WEL Higher Education

Renewing higher education to prepare the next generation of professionals who are employable, and who can create employment, while also becoming critical thinkers and leaders for the world.

J-WEL Workforce Learning

Revitalizing workforce learning to fulfill the potential of the next generation for the industries of tomorrow, while also keeping today’s workforce nimble, productive, and engaged.


Membership in the Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab provides structured engagements for change focused on educational challenges of local concern and global impact. Through J-WEL, MIT invites universities, schools, governments, companies, foundations, and other organizations to join its Collaborative networks to incubate and build capacity for educational innovation at scale. We welcome organizations that believe in learning and sharing with one another and recognize that the diversity and dynamism of our members is what makes J-WEL so unique.

At J-WEL member events, held throughout the  year, members work alongside each other and MIT faculty to develop high-impact, sustainable solutions to educational challenges. Members have early access to, and possible participation in, new research and projects in the area of learning, and also receive discounts to MIT learning content and certificates.

Upcoming Events

J-WEL is holding its next J-WEL Week from March 30 - April 2, 2020, at MIT.

J-WEL Weeks are signature, goal-oriented programs that provide members with first-hand access to MIT’s educational resources and practice. Members address challenges in their organizations, by defining goals and considering next steps that will allow implementation.

J-WEL Weeks set the stage for ‘deeper dive’ J-WEL Exchanges—bootcamps and workshops focusing on key topics in education, as well as for specific membership programs including those for innovative institutional design.