One of the major challenge for the education sector in Kuwait is demographics. Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) estimates the 1.1 mn strong Kuwaiti population to grow at an average 3% over the next 3 years. Meaning that for the foreseeable future, there will be large numbers of young people coming into an educational system that has not yet been geared up to prepare sufficiently for that increase in student population.
Bader Al-Humaidhi, former minister of finance argues that in the next ten years, Kuwait will have 350,000 Kuwaitis seeking jobs. If no jobs are found for those people, there will be sever social problems in the future.
Kuwait University, the largest publicly owned university in Kuwait, is undergoing a massive expansion. In addition to that number of private universtities such as American University of Kuwait and Australian College of Kuwait has sprunged up as a response for the growth in the number of students entering the university age.
Top Universities in Kuwait
Abdullatif Ahmad Al-Bader | Chairman
The number of students at KU has reached 32875 as they undergo intensive learning process, seeking advanced knowledge and personal fulfillment through enormous choices and opportunities for improvement and self-development. Facilitating this process are the institutional exceptional resources, e-systems and state-of-the-art technologies, providing a world class educational exposure which is necessary for strengthening the students scholastic foundations, as well as their educational, personal and social evolvement as refined, cultured and knowledgeable human beings. The administrative faculties of Kuwait University include 3723 employees qualified and trained regularly to enhance performance level.
Gulf University for Science and Technology (GUST)
Kuwait Institute for Medical Specialization (KIMS)
American University of Kuwait
Dr. Winfred Thompson | President
The American University of Kuwait (AUK) is an independent, private, equal opportunity, and coeducational liberal arts institution of higher education. The educational, cultural, and administrative structure, methods and standards of AUK are based on the American model of higher learning. The language of instruction is English. Established by Amiri Decree 139 in 2003, AUK was accredited in 2006 and re-accredited in 2008, by the Private Universities Council, Ministry of Higher Education - State of Kuwait.
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The Australian College of Kuwait
Abdullah Abdul Mohsen Al Sharhan | President
The Australian College of Kuwait has been established under Kuwait Law 34/2000, governing private universities in Kuwait, to provide internationally recognized and accredited education and training to the Business, Engineering, and Maritime sectors. It was licensed by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education under Amiri Decree 141/2003 and commenced operation in October 2004.
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Private Universities' Council
Private universities' council is a government institution chaired by Minister of Higher Education and membership of 8 of experts and specialized in high education of those who shall have no direct or indirect contribution to any educational institution throughout the period of their membership . Such Members shall be appointed by an order of Council of Ministers upon presentation of Minister of High Education. Their appointment's period shall be for three years renewable for a similar one.