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KFAS Academy and Honeywell drive development of Kuwait’s next generation through integrated learning

Apr 18, 2019

In line with the New Kuwait 2035 vision to drive human capital development, KFAS Academy, a fully owned subsidiary of the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) and Honeywell, have signed a collaboration agreement aimed at training fresh graduates and boosting their technical skills in Kuwait’s energy sector, from water and electricity, to oil, gas, petrochemical and automation industries.

The signing ceremony was attended by delegates from several organizations including Director General of KFAS Dr. Adnan Shihab-Eldin, Dr. Ziad Najem, CEO of KFAS Academy, Deputy Director General of Kuwait Direct Investment Promotion Authority (KDIPA) Sheikh Abdullah Al Sabah, Deputy Director General of KFAS Dr. Salem Al Hajraf and George Bou Mitri, vice president and general manager for Honeywell Building Technologies, Middle East, Turkey and Africa. The automation modules are expected to go live by August this year.

Through uniquely designed educational modules delivered through KFAS Academy’s Fresh Graduate Online Program, graduates will learn a series of soft and technical skills that will help prepare them for careers in the automation industry and in the wider energy sector.

 These programs will help develop the next generation of young Kuwaitis to become the future leaders of the country’s automation industries. The skills and knowledge gained will also help drive the future development of Kuwait’s power and water projects.  Graduates who complete the online modules with high scores will have the opportunity to sign up for courses at the Honeywell Automation College near Mina Abdullah.

Dr. Ziad Najem, CEO of KFAS Academy, said: “We are extremely proud of the partnership with Honeywell. Our courses and programs at KFAS Academy aim to serve and address nationwide challenges. Collaborating with the private and public sector is a key process to ensure those challenges are being addressed and to have high impact and tangible results.”

George Bou Mitri, vice president and general manager for Honeywell Building Technologies, Middle East, Turkey and Africa, added: “The energy industry requires new skillsets, capabilities and knowledge in this era of digital transformation. It is our responsibility to support the youth and teach them about data analytics and the impact that Internet of Things (IoT) technology has across various industrial sectors. Honeywell will continue to work with KFAS and other key educational institutes to inspire young people, educate them and equip them with the right skills to become the future leaders of Kuwait’s critical industries and drive future growth and sustainable development.”

Honeywell has had a presence in Kuwait for more than half a century, and has played a key role in many of Kuwait’s major oil and gas projects, driving sustainability, energy efficiency, productivity and improving safety through cutting-edge technology.

About KFAS Academy

KFAS Academy is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing online, self-paced, high-quality university, and professional development courses. Its primary focus is to empower excellence through quality learning in Kuwait and in the region, by providing a holistic, personalized, and adaptive self-learning experience. KFAS Academy aims to become the pioneer of unconventional online education by reinventing self-learning. Understanding that everyone’s learning journey is different, The Academy has identified the obstacles hindering that journey, and is tackling them head on, providing its learners with a unique and engaging e-learning experience.

Established in 2017, the Academy is wholly owned by Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS). please visit

About Honeywell

Honeywell ( is a Fortune 100 technology company that delivers industry specific solutions that include aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings and industry; and performance materials globally. Our technologies help everything from aircraft, buildings, manufacturing plants, supply chains, and workers become more connected to make our world smarter, safer, and more sustainable.  For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit