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 30, 2020, at MIT.

For J-WEL members - invitation only

Due to the continued uncertainty and travel disruption caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, we are announcing that the upcoming J-WEL Week will be a virtual event using webcast and webinar approaches with no in-person component. As much as we value the in-person interaction amongst our members, the health and well-being of our community is our first priority.

In order to provide the opportunity for high-quality online engagement for all and to make it as widely accessible to our members as possible, we are expanding the timeframe of the J-WEL Week throughout the month of April in a format we are calling “J-WEL Connections,” which will include both synchronous and asynchronous events to ensure that wherever you are in the world, you have access to the expertise and interactivity that are the hallmark of J-WEL events. More details will follow on specific formats and schedules.

J-WEL Connections:

  • The pK-12 Collaborative will continue to facilitate an agenda around leadership and curriculum design through hands-on virtual sessions, group design and sharing.
  • The Higher Education Collaborative will explore the process of reimagining curriculum from the lens of senior university leadership.
  • The Workforce Learning Collaborative is going to take a deeper dive into human skills and career advice.

Registration Information

Please register using the registration link provided in your email invitation. If you have questions regarding participation in J-WEL Connections 2020 please email us at jwc_2020 AT mit DOT edu.