Kuwait Uni­ver­sity cel­e­brates 50th an­niver­sary to­day

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Mark­ing its 50th an­niver­sary of es­tab­lish­ment, Kuwait Uni­ver­sity earned its re­spect as one of the lead­ing re­gional and in­ter­na­tional high-level ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions. The uni­ver­sity, which was in­au­gu­rated by His High­ness the late Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah, has made sev­eral achieve­ments over the years that con­trib­uted to find­ing sci­en­tific so­lu­tions to the so­ci­ety’s is­sues. It has been keen on de­vel­op­ment in ac­cor­dance with a cer­tain plan aim­ing to pre­pare grad­u­ates qual­i­fied enough for re­quire­ments of the mod­ern age.

The uni­ver­sity was es­tab­lished un­der Act No. 29/1966 re­gard­ing the or­ga­ni­za­tion of higher ed­u­ca­tion and its laws, five years af­ter the State of Kuwait gained its in­de­pen­dence. The idea of set­ting up the uni­ver­sity was launched in 1960 as the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion ap­pointed a num­ber of ex­perts to form a com­mis­sion that in­cluded pro­fes­sors So­laiman Hozain, from Egypt’s As­siut Uni­ver­sity, Qus­tantin Zu­raiq, from Amer­i­can Uni­ver­sity in Beirut, and Igor Genges, from Cam­bridge Uni­ver­sity.

The first aca­demic years started in Septem­ber of 1964 at the Fac­ulty of Arts and the Fac­ulty of Sci­ences. The Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion at that time ap­pointed Pro­fes­sor Ab­dul­halim Mon­taser as the Uni­ver­sity’s di­rec­tor. Dur­ing his stay in Kuwait, he made sev­eral stud­ies on the es­tab­lish­ment of KU and its re­quire­ments. The of­fi­cial in­au­gu­ra­tion of the uni­ver­sity co­in­cided with the es­tab­lish­ment of the fac­ul­ties of Arts, Sci­ences, Ed­u­ca­tion and oth­ers.

Kuwait Uni­ver­sity is wit­ness­ing a sig­nif­i­cant ex­pan­sion in the num­ber of sci­en­tific col­leges that reached 17 Col­leges, with the is­suance of the Amiri De­cree to es­tab­lish a Col­lege of Ar­chi­tec­ture and Col­lege of Com­puter Sci­ence and En­gi­neer­ing.

The uni­ver­sity is con­sid­ered the first govern­ment one seek­ing to pro­vide qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion and con­trib­ute to knowl­edge and de­vel­op­ment to achieve de­vel­op­ment goals as well as the needs of the com­mu­nity. The uni­ver­sity’s build­ings, mod­ern equip­ment, high-tech lab­o­ra­to­ries, ad­vanced li­braries and tech­no­log­i­cal re­sources form a suit­able en­vi­ron­ment for learn­ing, de­vel­op­ment and in­no­va­tion, as KU of­fers pro­grams qual­i­fied re­search ex­cel­lence per­for­mance and sci­en­tific in­ter­est to­wards global mod­ern con­cerns and in­ter­na­tional aca­demic ac­cred­i­ta­tion for its pro­grams to achieve a pres­ti­gious sci­en­tific sta­tus.

Some Amiri de­crees were is­sued to set up Col­lege of Law and Sharia, Col­lege of Com­merce, Econ­omy and Po­lit­i­cal sci­ences in 1967, Col­lege of Ad­min­is­tra­tive Sci­ences in 1971, Col­lege of Medicine in 1973 and Col­lege of En­gi­neer­ing and Petroleum in 1974. Upon some Amiri de­crees, it was also agreed to es­tab­lish Col­lege of Grad­u­ate Stud­ies in 1977, Col­lege of Ed­u­ca­tion in 1980, Col­lege of Sharia and Is­lamic Stud­ies in 1981, as well as Col­lege of Al­lied Health Sci­ences and Nurs­ing in 1982.

Un­der Amiri de­crees, Fac­ulty of Phar­macy was es­tab­lished in 1996, Fac­ulty of Den­tistry in 1998 and Fac­ulty of So­cial Sci­ences in 1999.

The Fac­ulty of phar­macy re­lies on skilled and com­mit­ted aca­demic sup­port staff, lab­o­ra­tory and re­search tech­ni­cians, and sup­port staff work­ing in teams and in a friendly at­mos­phere.

The fac­ulty ac­cepted its first class of 32 full-time stu­dents into the first year of the cur­ricu­lum in Septem­ber 1997.

In­no­va­tion

The uni­ver­sity aims to pre­serve and trans­mit knowl­edge through schol­ar­ship, en­cour­age in­no­va­tion and de­vel­op­ment in the arts and the sci­ences through ad­dress­ing is­sues of na­tional, re­gional and global sig­nif­i­cance. It has made sig­nif­i­cant ad­vances since its es­tab­lish­ment 50 years ago, and has evolved into a multi-fac­ulty in­sti­tu­tion of higher learn­ing com­prised of 17 col­leges.

The in­sti­tu­tion’s sci­en­tific cul­ture strives to fur­ther post­grad­u­ate stud­ies, de­velop new pro­grams, and en­hance col­lab­o­ra­tions with world renowned uni­ver­si­ties and re­search cen­ters to at­tain global recog­ni­tion and vis­i­bil­ity.

This pur­pose dy­nam­i­cally in­volves fac­ul­ties in ex­plor­ing new di­men­sions in aca­demic ex­changes and re­search, in bol­ster­ing their in­sti­tu­tions ex­ter­nal pro­files and in­ter­na­tional stand­ing. The KU takes pride in its dis­tin­guished stu­dents and be­stows honors and awards on stu­dents who have demon­strated scholas­tic ex­cel­lence; it also strives to nur­ture tal­ent in rare spe­cial­iza­tions.

Each fac­ulty main­tains a list of its honors stu­dents who achieve a grade point av­er­age of 3.5 and above. Stu­dents who fin­ish their pro­gram’s re­quire­ments within the pre­scribed pe­riod and grad­u­ate with a grade point av­er­age of 3.67 are awarded an honors de­gree in recog­ni­tion of their dis­tin­guished ac­com­plish­ment and aca­demic ex­cel­lence. — KUNA

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