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KFAS and the John F. Kennedy School of Government have renewed the Kuwait program at Harvard university for an additional five years

Apr 08, 2018

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Following a successful 15-year partnership, the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) and the John F. Kennedy School of Government (HKS) have extended the Kuwait Program at Harvard University for an additional 5 years through signing an agreement at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts on 21 February 2018. The new agreement affirms the commitment of both institutions to achieve their common objectives and to build bridges between the Harvard University and the State of Kuwait.

The new agreement offers customized executive education programs and fellowships for senior executives from Kuwait shareholding companies and supports collaborative research between Kuwait researchers and Harvard faculty in areas of critical importance to Kuwait and the Gulf.  The agreement enables Kuwaiti researchers to conduct short-term assignments at Harvard with the goal of expanding Kuwait’s global academic visibility and supporting the existing efforts of cross-cultural exchange.  Furthermore, the program provides limited support for students from Kuwait and the region to obtain graduate degrees from HKS.

The signing ceremony was attended by Dr. Adnan Shihab-Eldin, Director General of KFAS, Dr. Amani Albedah, Deputy Director General for Support Programs and Functions at KFAS, Prof. Douglas W. Elmendorf, Dean of Harvard Kennedy School, Prof. Nicholas Burns, Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations at HKS, Hilary Rantisi, the Director of the Middle East Initiative (MEI) at HKS, and Tarek Masoud, the Sultan of Oman Chair in International Relations at HKS.

“Building on the strong historical relationship with Harvard, KFAS is proud to be leading the efforts of expanding Kuwait’s academic and research visibility on a global scale,” said Dr. Shihab-Eldin. “The valuable feedback from our stakeholders in Kuwait was critical in informing this new phase which I am confident will maximize capacity-building opportunities in social science research and public policy in Kuwait over the next five years.”

The new agreement was designed to serve new priorities that KFAS has identified for its international engagements, and is aligned with KFAS’s new strategy and vision.

On this occasion, Dr. Amani Albedah stated that, “KFAS new international agreements modality widens the scope of local impact of these agreements and provides more opportunities for local researchers to diversify their collaborative research portfolios with centres of excellence around the world.”

The Kuwait Program is a strategic partnership between the two institutions that started in the year 2001. The program, administered by the Middle East Initiative at Harvard, serves the leaders and decision-makers of various institutions in Kuwait and the wider region through unique opportunities for cooperation on advanced research, teaching, training, and outreach on critical issues of importance to Kuwait. During the past 15 years, the program funded 42 research projects on topics directly related to Kuwait and the region, offered executive training to 739 senior executives from Kuwait’s private and public sectors, and hosted 10 policymakers and scholars with research focused on policy and development in Kuwait and the region.