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GUST Hosts Ibtikar Scientific Competition Awards Ceremony for Third Year

3 April 2018

GUST hosted the Ibtikar 2018 Awards Ceremony for the third year in a row, on its campus. The competition stems from Sheikha Fadia Al-Saad Al-Sabah’s various youth initiatives through the HH Sheikh Saad Al-Abdullah Al-Salem Al-Sabah Foundation. Winners of the competition are eligible to compete regionally against candidates from various countries around the gulf.  



GUST Acting President, Dr. Salah Al-Sharhan, said “We are proud to be hosting such an esteemed competition which leavesan imprint on the region as a whole, and creates a spirit of teamwork and positive participation while supporting projects and innovations that could lead to impressive developments in the future.”


The Ibtikar Competition launched in 1999 in Kuwait and expanded to the Gulf countries in 2011. It aims to fulfill the vision of HH The Amir and Humanitarian Leader Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah to make Kuwait a scientific hub and to turn the local economy into a knowledge economy through the investment in the human capital. The competition was held for different divisions and levels of education in Kuwait girls’ public schools.


Chairperson of the Saad Foundation for Knowledge and Scientific Research, Sheikha Fadia Saad Al-Abdullah Al-Salem Al-Sabah, said “Ibtikar seeks to attract Kuwaiti female students and enable them to grow in the sciences. This in turn allows them to apply their capabilities in serving the country in all fields. Ibtikar also seeks to empower Kuwaiti women and encourage them to work in all fields.”



Over the past 15 years, GUST has graduated skilled young professionals that can contribute largely in the driving Kuwait’s development. The university aims to remain the place where generational can build their future.