Min­is­ter at­tends con­tract sign­ing to es­tab­lish TUM Kuwait branch

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KUWAIT: Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion and Min­is­ter of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Dr Mo­ham­mad Al-Fares reaf­firmed Kuwait’s keen­ness on sup­port­ing sci­en­tists and adop­tion of mod­ern and in­no­va­tive tech­niques to pro­mote sci­en­tific re­search. Science is key to build­ing a knowl­edge­based so­ci­ety, find­ing so­lu­tions to the prob­lems fac­ing the improvement of in­fras­truc­ture and re­al­iza­tion of de­vel­op­ment tar­gets, he said Tues­day evening.

The min­is­ter made the com­ments dur­ing the sign­ing cer­e­mony of a con­tract to launch Kuwait branch of the Tech­ni­cal Univer­sity of Mu­nich (TUM) in the pres­ence of Ger­man Ambassador to Kuwait Karl­fried Bergner and TUM Pres­i­dent Wolf­gang A Her­rmann.

Dr Fares at­tended the cer­e­mony on be­half of His High­ness the Prime Min­is­ter Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Ha­mad Al-Sabah, the spon­sor of the event. He said the pa­tron­age of the event by His High­ness the Prime Min­is­ter sig­nals that Kuwait at­taches great im­por­tance to science and sci­en­tists, re­call­ing the Amiri de­crees to ap­prove the launch­ing of pri­vate uni­ver­si­ties.

He voiced hope that the new TUM sub­sidiary will pro­vide a plat­form for schol­ars to keep abreast with the lat­est de­vel­op­ments in the hi-tech fields and find ef­fec­tive so­lu­tions to the eco­nomic, po­lit­i­cal and so­cial chal­lenges fac­ing the nowa­days world. “The ac­cel­er­ated changes in the world of tech­nol­ogy and the re­quire­ments of the la­bor market prompted Kuwait’s po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship to pri­or­i­tize the strate­gies for pro­vi­sion of qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion and mod­ern­iza­tion of aca­demic pro­grams,” Dr Fares pointed out.

He praised the TUM as one of the world’s top uni­ver­si­ties that is com­mit­ted to ex­cel­lence in re­search and teach­ing, in­ter­dis­ci­plinary ed­u­ca­tion and the ac­tive pro­mo­tion of promis­ing young sci­en­tists. The univer­sity was one of the first uni­ver­si­ties in Germany to be named a Univer­sity of Ex­cel­lence; it is reg­u­larly ranks among the best Euro­pean uni­ver­si­ties, he added.

Mean­while, Ambassador Bergner com­mended as ex­em­plary the Ger­man-Kuwaiti re­la­tion­ships in the po­lit­i­cal, eco­nomic, cul­tural and ed­u­ca­tional ar­eas. The launch­ing of TUM branch in Kuwait will give mo­men­tum to bi­lat­eral ties in all these fields, he said. Bergner noted that the num­ber of Kuwaiti stu­dents study­ing in Germany lags be­hind the po­ten­tials of the close re­la­tion­ship be­tween the two coun­tries, voic­ing hope for in­creas­ing this num­ber in the com­ing years. On his part, TUM Pres­i­dent spoke of the his­tory of the TUM, say­ing it goes back to the found­ing year of 1868.

The idea TUM em­bod­ies has de­servedly made it fa­mous for ex­cel­lent ed­u­ca­tion in the sci­en­tific and tech­ni­cal dis­ci­plines, en­er­gized by the al­lure and ad­ven­ture of re­search, cul­ti­vat­ing both per­sonal char­ac­ter and a shared cul­ture, Wolf­gang A Her­rmann said.

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