KU ready to re­ceive stu­dents as new aca­demic year starts

Arab Times - - LOCAL -

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 16: Kuwait Univer­sity has af­firmed that its fac­ul­ties, de­part­ments and var­i­ous work cen­ters have com­pleted their prepa­ra­tions for re­ceiv­ing about 37,000 stu­dents (new and cur­rent) to kick­start the aca­demic year of 2017/2018 on Sun­day, re­ports Al-Seyas­sah daily.

In a press state­ment on Satur­day, Act­ing Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral and of­fi­cial spokesper­son of Kuwait Univer­sity Dr Adam Al-Mulla ex­pressed his hap­pi­ness over the prepa­ra­tions for the new aca­demic year, which he hoped will be full of achieve­ments, co­or­di­nated ef­forts and co­op­er­a­tion among the de­part­ments of the univer­sity to pro­vide bet­ter ed­u­ca­tional ser­vices to stu­dents.

Dr Al-Mulla con­grat­u­lated all, and be­seeched Al­lah to crown the ef­forts of all with suc­cess in or­der to el­e­vate and ad­vance this great ed­u­ca­tional ed­i­fice.

He urged all stu­dents to ad­here to the timetable of lec­tures and en­sure their early at­ten­dance to the cam­puses in or­der to avoid traf­fic con­ges­tion on the roads lead­ing to the var­i­ous sites of Kuwait Univer­sity.

A time­frame be­tween 2018 and 2020 has been set for the plans, he said, which have been praised by US coun­ter­parts, whom have pledged to meet with the Kuwaitis on an an­nual ba­sis and of­fer work­shops and ex­per­tise ex­change fo­rums.

Ex­per­tise de­liv­ered at th­ese fo­rums will fo­cus on four ma­jor top­ics, said Al-Saraawi, in­clud­ing IT au­dit­ing, oil and gas ex­ca­va­tion, risk as­sess­ment and per­for­mance mea­sure­ment in­di­ca­tors.

This ex­change will bring Kuwait up on par with ad­vanced coun­tries in the field of au­dit­ing, he men­tioned.

On the con­clu­sion of his two-day visit, he said he met with World Bank rep­re­sen­ta­tives, whom he briefed on Kuwait’s am­bi­tions and the chal­lenges fac­ing the coun­try’s au­dit­ing body in train­ing its em­ploy­ees.

Act­ing Chair­man of State Au­dit Bureau Al-Saraawi dur­ing the visit to US

au­dit and ac­count­ing ap­pa­ra­tuses.

Mean­while, Head of Safety and Se­cu­rity Af­fairs in the Stu­dent As­so­ci­a­tions Elec­tion Com­mit­tee for the year 2017/2018 Khalid Al-Yaqout dis­closed that the com­mit­tee is well pre­pared in terms of all se­cu­rity as­pects for con­duct­ing the demo­cratic stu­dents’ elec­tions through dis­tri­bu­tion of se­cu­ri­ty­men in all sites. He ex­plained that the Se­cu­rity and Safety De­part­ment has asked for the help of Gen­eral Traf­fic De­part­ment to or­ga­nize the traf­fic out­side cam­puses in or­der to avoid the con­ges­tion and traf­fic jams that are preva­lent at the be­gin­ning of each aca­demic year. Am­bu­lance ser­vices will be availed in co­or­di­na­tion with Min­istry of Health es­pe­cially in all elec­tion sites.

Al-Yaqout af­firmed that the Safety and Se­cu­rity De­part­ment is work­ing round the clock to en­sure safety of the cam­puses and up­keep the safety and se­cu­rity of the stu­dents.

He re­vealed that ma­chines have been al­lo­cated in all cam­puses for is­suance of stu­dent IDs to all new stu­dents.

He urged the cur­rent stu­dents to hurry in re­plac­ing their lost IDs.

Readi­ness

For its part, the World Bank ex­pressed readi­ness to pro­vide Kuwait with many as­pects of its own ex­per­tise on the mat­ter, he said.

Al-Saraawi’s trip to the US also saw him visit the US Gov­ern­ment Ac­count­abil­ity Of­fice (GAO), where he was wit­ness to the body’s role in con­duct­ing the High Risk List — a bi­en­nial re­port which high­lights state bod­ies and pro­grammes that face the risk of fraud, waste, abuse or mis­man­age­ment.

Kuwait’s State Au­dit Bureau is ex­tremely keen to ben­e­fit from global ex­per­tise, and has in­creased its in­ter­ac­tions with other coun­tries.

This month alone, Al-Saraawi said Kuwaiti rep­re­sen­ta­tives held meet­ings, in the aim of tech­ni­cal co­op­er­a­tion, with their coun­ter­parts from China, In­dia and South Korea.

In China, they dis­cussed de­vel­op­ing staff po­ten­tials, while talks in In­dia fo­cused on IT au­dit­ing and the Orange Book eval­u­a­tion sys­tem along with dis­cus­sions in South Korea on au­dit­ing re­lated to con­struc­tion projects.

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