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Trinity Signs New Agreement with the Ministry of Higher Education of Kuwait

Posted on 29 May 2017

Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, has signed agreements with the Ministry of Higher Education of Kuwait to increase the places for Kuwaiti sponsored students to complete the Trinity International Foundation programme (at Marino Institute of Education). The new agreements will allow high performing students from Kuwait to enter the programme in September 2017. On successful completion of the Foundation programme, these students will be able to commence undergraduate programmes in September 2018 in all the faculties, including the Faculty of Health Sciences in the schools of Medicine, Dental Science, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy, the Faculty of Engineering, Mathematics and Science, and the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Dr. Al Othman, Head of the Kuwait Cultural Office in Dublin, stated that: “these agreements mark a significant milestone on the development of the relationship between Kuwait and Trinity. Since my arrival in Dublin as the new Head of Office, my vision was to lay a strong foundation for this relationship and to ensure that we are in constant contact with Trinity to explore all possibilities of enhancing our collaborations and engagements.”

Trinity is identified as having a distinguished university status within the Kuwait Ministry of Higher Education framework and is the Irish university with most programmes listed under their merit scholarship status. Students who successfully complete the Trinity International Foundation Programme and then progress into any of these programmes will have a number of advantages, including up to 50% additional monthly allowances and double salaries when they return to their home country. The favoured programmes include:  Medicine, Pharmacy, Biological Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, Engineering and Technology, Social Sciences, Management Account, Finance, Economics and Econometrics.

Professor Juliette Hussey, Vice President for Global Relations at Trinity College Dublin, commented: “We are delighted to welcome highly qualified students from Kuwait. These agreements help to attract academically excellent students from Kuwait to Trinity. The Trinity International Foundation Programme will prepare these ambitious and capable students for their undergraduate programmes”. Professor Juliette Hussey also commented on her recent visit to Kuwait along with a delegation from Trinity: “We recently had a very successful visit to Kuwait with the support of the Kuwait Cultural Office in Dublin where we met with senior officials in a number of academic and research institutions including the Ministry of Higher Education. Kuwait is a priority country for Trinity, and another visit is planned by the Provost-President of the University later in the year”.

Dr. Al Othman is very keen to build a strategic relationship with Trinity that extends beyond sponsoring students in Trinity, to include other collaborations activities with specific focus on world-class joint research projects between academic institutions in Kuwait and Trinity.