Open University Helping to Build Knowledge-Based Society
The Arab Open University in Kuwait offers world-class educational opportunities and plays a key role in building a knowledge-based society. The Kuwait campus is part of the non-profit, private Arab Open University network, which has campuses in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, Jordan, Egypt and Lebanon as well as Kuwait. The Arab Open University’s seven campuses now serve a total of some 27,570 students and have awarded degrees to over 12,000 students, more than half of whom are females.
The Arab Open University system grew out of an idea by HRH Prince Talal Bin Abdulaziz, President of the Arab Gulf Development Program. In 1996, Prince Talal announced the planned creation of an open-university system that would support scientific, cultural and social development in the Arab world. Through a partnership with the UK Open University, the new system was launched in 2002.
Dr. Moudi Al-Homoud, Rector of the Arab Open University, explains that the University’s philosophy is to be “a pioneering Arab Open University dedicated to building a knowledge- and science-oriented society in the Arab world. We live up to our motto, ‘Toward a more promising future’.” She adds that the Kuwait campus welcomes students from all over the world and offers state-of-the-art academic programs of the highest quality.
Like all institutions within the Arab Open University system, the Kuwait campus adheres to stringent international standards. The University has four faculties offering programs in the fields of business studies, computer studies, education and languages.
The University plays a crucial role in building a better future for Kuwait and for the Arab world. As Dr. Moudi Al-Homoud points out, “Investment in education is the most powerful thing we can do to support human development in this region. Investing in the Arab Open University and supporting it will play a very important role in the years to come.”