Al-Su­mait Univer­sity in Zanz­ibar: A re­spect­ful ed­u­ca­tion fa­cil­ity

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

ZANZ­IBAR:

It is well known that knowl­edge and ed­u­ca­tion are im­por­tant tools for the progress and pros­per­ity of any na­tion and with that fact in mind, Kuwait con­tin­ues to pro­vide ed­u­ca­tional as­sis­tance to the African con­ti­nent.

One of the most im­por­tant Kuwaiti in­sti­tutes that prop­a­gated the cause of ed­u­ca­tion in Africa was Al-Su­mait Univer­sity in Zanz­ibar, Tan­za­nia, which is named af­ter the late Kuwaiti phi­lan­thropist Dr Ab­dul­rah­man Al-Su­mait.

Deputy head of the Univer­sity Dr Adel Hus­sain said that the univer­sity, es­tab­lished in 1998, only housed one fa­cil­ity that taught the Ara­bic lan­guage and Is­lamic stud­ies with a mere 25 stu­dents re­ceiv­ing ed­u­ca­tion back then.

From 2001 on­wards, the univer­sity con­tin­ued to grow un­til it re­ceived recog­ni­tion from the supreme Tan­za­nian ed­u­ca­tional au­thor­i­ties, said Dr Hus­sain who re­vealed that the in­sti­tute now has some 1,000 stu­dents en­rolled.

Dr Hus­sain said that the univer­sity, which has an aca­demic staff of 50 lec­tur­ers, of­fered now some 14 ma­jors for stu­dents to pur­sue their ed­u­ca­tion, af­firm­ing that this would not have hap­pened with­out the gen­er­ous aid of the Kuwaiti lead­er­ship and peo­ple.

Some 3,400 stu­dents have grad­u­ated from Al-Su­mait Univer­sity so far and that is all thanks to late Dr Ab­dul­rah­man Al-Su­mait who first planted the seeds of this suc­cess­ful univer­sity, said Dr Hus­sain. Al-Su­mait Univer­sity falls un­der the ju­ris­dic­tion of the Di­rect Aid So­ci­ety which be­gan its op­er­a­tions in 1981. It is a Non-Gov­ern­ment Or­ga­ni­za­tion (NGO). — KUNA

DUBAI: Kuwaiti as­tronomer hon­ored

The Is­lamic Af­fairs and Char­i­ta­ble Ac­tiv­i­ties Depart­ment (IACAD) of the Gov­ern­ment of Dubai awarded Dr Saleh Al-Ajiri, a Kuwait as­tronomer, for his ef­forts in set­ting the ex­act tim­ings of prayers. The hon­or­ing took place on the fringes of a fo­rum on the stan­dards of the tim­ings of prayers in the pres­ence of Khaled Al-Jom’an - an as­tronomer at Saleh Al-Ajiri’s ob­ser­va­tory, and IACAD Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral Dr Ha­mad Al-Shaibani. Jom’an who re­ceived the award on be­half of Dr Al-Ajizi, said Dr Al-Ajiri ded­i­cated nearly 70 years of his life­time in set­ting the Hi­gri (Ara­bic lu­nar) calendar in a pre­cise and sci­en­tific way. “Dr Al-Ajiri’s pro­fes­sion­al­ism en­riched the astro­nom­i­cal tech­niques in the Ara­bian Gulf re­gion,” Jom’an said. — KUNA

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