‘Train­ing fe­male engi­neers helps boost their role in pri­vate sec­tor’

Swiss sci­en­tific suc­cess sets ex­am­ple: MP Al-Khodeir

Arab Times - - LOCAL -

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 28, (KUNA): The train­ing pro­gram pre­pared by Turkey’s Li­mak Con­struc­tion, which is car­ry­ing out the Kuwait In­ter­na­tional Air­port’s new ter­mi­nal, for the Kuwaiti fe­male engi­neers is likely to help boost women’s role in the pri­vate sec­tor, Min­is­ter of So­cial Af­fairs and La­bor Hind Al-Sabeeh has said. Al-Sabeeh made the state­ment af­ter she re­ceived the vis­it­ing Turk­ish Min­is­ter of Fam­ily and So­cial Pol­icy Fatma Be­tul on Wed­nes­day.

She said that hu­man cap­i­tal and train­ing is ba­sic in Kuwait’s de­vel­op­ment plan. She also stressed the fact that the Kuwaiti leg­is­la­tions up­hold gen­der equal­ity, say­ing that Kuwaiti women have found their way to the high­est posts in var­i­ous fields.

This is a ma­jor el­e­ment of sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment, Al-Sabeeh noted. Kuwait and Turkey have signed a MoU to ben­e­fit from the Turk­ish ex­pe­ri­ence in car­ing for the ju­ve­niles and the el­derly, as well as the ser­vices of­fered to ben­e­fi­cia­ries of so­cial aid there, the min­is­ter said.

For her part, min­is­ter Be­tul re­ferred to re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries as “his­tor­i­cal,” ex­press­ing hope for pro­mot­ing co­op­er­a­tion in women and so­cial af­fairs to the level of po­lit­i­cal and cultural ties. Dur­ing the Turk­ish min­is­ter’s visit to Kuwait, Be­tul held sev­eral meet­ings that fo­cused on joint projects and how each side can ben­e­fit from other’s ex­pe­ri­ence in the fu­ture.


The train­ing pro­gram which kicks off Thursday is the out­come of co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the Kuwait Univer­sity’s Col­lege of Engineering and Pe­tro­leum and the Life­long Learn­ing Cen­ter at Is­tan­bul’s Bogazici Univer­sity, and Li­mak Con­struc­tion Kuwait. It is part of Li­mak’s projects and ini­tia­tives in the re­gion, seek­ing to pro­vide learn­ing, train­ing and em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for women in fields of build­ing, engineering, ar­chi­tec­ture and man­ag­ing projects.

Mean­while, a Kuwaiti MP said on Wed­nes­day that closer ties with Switzer­land would prove ben­e­fi­cial to both coun­tries in more ways than one. Dr Hu­moud Al-Khodeir made the re­marks to KUNA af­ter the con­clu­sion of a meet­ing be­tween Kuwaiti and Swiss law­mak­ers.

He said that he was im­pressed with the progress the Euro­pean fed­eral repub­lic has made in sci­en­tific re­search, some­thing Kuwaiti sci­en­tists can learn from.

The Kuwaiti par­lia­men­tar­ian hailed Switzer­land as an aca­demic pow­er­house, en­cour­ag­ing his com­pa­triot stu­dents to seek higher ed­u­ca­tion in Switzer­land. Al-Khodeir added that it was im­per­a­tive to al­low both na­tions the op­por­tu­nity to share knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence in var­i­ous ed­u­ca­tional fields.

The Kuwaiti del­e­ga­tion is on an of­fi­cial visit to Switzer­land from Sept 25-27, with a group that in­cludes MPs Askar Al-Anezi, Al-Hu­maidi Al-Subaie, Muham­mad Al-Huwaila and Hamoud Al-Khu­dair.

Kuwait has pro­vided a Jor­da­nian state univer­sity with fi­nan­cial aid worth $33,000 meant to prop up the Hashemite King­dom’s ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor.

Af­ter hand­ing Hashemite Univer­sity pres­i­dent (HU) Dr Ka­maleldin Hani the mon­e­tary sum, given by Kuwait’s Zakat House, Kuwait’s am­bas­sador to Am­man Dr Ha­mad Al-Duaij told KUNA on Tues­day that the aid aims to sup­port stu­dents in ob­tain­ing a col­lege ed­u­ca­tion.


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