Kuwait to cut list of colleges where Kuwaitis can get postgraduate degrees

February 8, 2010

Kuwait City

Kuwait will further reduce the number of universities and colleges where its students can continue their postgraduate studies.

“The objective is to enhance the academic skills and aptitudes of the Kuwaiti nationals who want to obtain a Masters or a PhD in all fields of study,” MP Ali Al Ameer, a member of the parliament’s education committee, said. “We want to avoid all the colleges and universities that do not offer the required international academic standards and which are in fact commercial shops selling degrees,” Al Ameer was quoted as saying by the Kuwaiti daily Awan on Monday.

Unnamed sources told the paper that the committee would recommend only 200 universities and colleges worldwide where Kuwaiti nationals can earn degrees that will be recognized by the state.

Last year, the higher education ministry published a boycott list of colleges in the Arab world, Europe and Asia, saying that it would not endorse their degrees.

The ministry attributed its decision to a “robust and irreversible” drive to reform education standards in the country and to protect its citizens from exploitation by “commercial colleges” keen on pursuing lucrative businesses at the expense of genuine education.



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