‘Training female engineers helps boost their role in private sector’
Swiss scientific success sets example: MP Al-Khodeir
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.