Outstanding Kuwaiti students encouraged to attend German universities

May 25, 2010
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A German school is to be built in Kuwait for the German-speaking community, the Kuwaiti education ministry said.

The school is part of an accord between the ministry and the German embassy to boost education cooperation and to help German-speaking children who currently rely on international schools that teach according to the British, American or French systems.

Under the deal, Kuwaiti government scholarships will be extended to outstanding Kuwaiti students to allow them to study in German universities.

Moodhi Al Hmood, Kuwait’s education minister, and Michael Worbs, the German ambassador to Kuwait, agreed that the students would be taking courses in engineering and sciences.

Germany has been pushing for the recognition of its universities as commendable places of higher learning by Gulf citizens traditionally attracted by US and British education institutions.

According to German officials in Manama, Germany ranks third in the world, after the USA and UK, in the number of international students and in a bid to boost their strive to be among the best in the world in teaching and research, German Universities offer around 600 Bachelor, Master and PhD programmes in English.

Germany’s efforts to attract Gulf students have been boosted by a new tendency among graduates in the region to look for new places to pursue their education.

Gulf students have been recently eyeing more frequently colleges and universities in Australia and New Zealand as options despite the geographical distance.

France, keen on promoting its own universities, education and culture, has been offering special facilities to attract students and has recently opened a branch of its prestigious Sorbonne University in Abu Dhabi.

 

         

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