Education is free for Kuwaiti citizens. Students who seek programs not offered at the public university can get scholarships to study abroad.
Kuwait, one of the world’s leading producers of oil, is located on the Persian Gulf, alongside larger, considerably more powerful countries. One of them, Iraq, invaded and occupied Kuwait in 1990. The Iraqi forces were ousted in a U.S.-led military campaign, but not after they destroyed much of the country’s petroleum-industry infrastructure. Kuwait was the first Arab country in the region to elect a parliament. In 2005 women were granted the right to vote and to run for public office. In 2009 four women were elected to the National Assembly, which has become increasingly assertive within the government. The capital, Kuwait City, is a relatively cosmopolitan oasis.
The Shamal, a strong sand and dust storm occurs frequently in summer. Average temperature ranges in Kuwait City range from 8 to 18 degrees Celsius (46 to 64 degrees Fahrenheit) in winter to 29 to 45 degrees Celsius (84 to 113 degrees Fahrenheit) in summer. Kuwait has an arid subtropical climate characterized by extremely hot and dry conditions during summer from May to October. Winter from November to April is generally pleasant with occasional night temperatures nearing freezing point
Average annual precipitation varies from 30 mm (1 inch) to 220 mm (9 inches) with most rainfall occurring between November and April. Averages: Jan ~ 25mm ; Apr ~15mm ; July ~0 ; Nov ~ 15mm
Overview of Higher Education
Kuwait has one public university and three private universities. Kuwait University, the public institution, was founded in 1962 and serves about 20,000 students. Students who wish to enroll in courses not offered there can get scholarships to study abroad.
Undergraduate study is based on a credit system similar to that in the United States. A bachelor’s degree generally requires four years of study; professional programs, like engineering and medicine, typically require five to seven years. Master’s degrees are awarded after two years of study.
Education is free for Kuwaiti citizens.
(Sources: BBC, The Europa World of Learning)
Number of Colleges, Universities, Technical Institutes
Number of Colleges, Universities, and Technical Institutes (total): 8
Number of Higher Education Students
Number of students enrolled: 38,000
Ministry of Higher Education
The Cultural Office of the Embassy of the State of Kuwait
3500 International Drive, NW, Washington, DC, 20008. USA.
Web site: http://www.mohe.edu.kw/moheweb/main.aspx
Contact: Dr. Hasan A Nasrallah, Cultural Counselor/Director