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GUST Hosts KFAS Kuwait Prize Recipients for ‘KFAS Talks’ Event

3 February 2020

GUST welcomed five recipients of the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) Kuwait Prize, which was held under the patronage and presence of H.H. the Amir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. The recipients met with the senior management at the university and gave lectures that summarize their research endeavors to GUST faculty and students. This event comes as part of the university’s efforts in extending its international network of academic research. 


The recipients of the KFAS Kuwait Prize included Professor Amaney Jamal, Economics & Social Sciences prize category winner, Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Politics at Princeton University and Director of the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice.Her talk provided an overview of the Arab Barometer Project, the largest public opinion project in the Arab region. Project results highlighted trends in attitudes about social, political, and economic life across several countries in the region.




Professor Mohamad Shahine, Studies in Foreign Languages & Literature prize category winner and Honorary Professor at the University of Jordan, discussed The Portrait of Othello in Said's Discourse and Tayeb Saleh's Season of Migration to the North.




The event also welcomed Professor Nader Masmoudi, Basic Science prize category winner, Professor at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University and Affiliate Professor at NYU-Abu Dhabi. Prof. Masmoudi dove into the subject of recent progress in the study fluid dynamics, more precisely, on the Prandtl system and the zero-viscosity limit.




Professor Omar Farha, Environmental Science prize category winner and Professor of Chemistry at Northwestern University shed light on potential collaboration initiatives.


And finally, Professor Ali Omlil, Economics & Social Sciences category winner, the former Moroccan Ambassador in Lebanon, discussed references of the Arab renaissance.



The awardees were also able to participate in a leadership meeting with GUST’s senior management including: GUST President, Professor Walid Bouhamra, Academic Consultant Professor Jasem Abdulsalam, Dr. Fahad Al-Sumait, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Ahmad Al-Darbas, Vice President for Professional Development and Community Services, and Director of the Graduate Studies and Research Office, Professor Bassam Alameddine. Both sides discussed ideas for future potential collaboration as well as ways in order to strengthen and develop research and educational initiatives that benefit GUST.




KFAS’s Kuwait Prize aims at recognizing the lifetime achievements of Arab scientists across the globe, this prestigious prize was introduced in 1979. The Kuwait prize has witnessed a surge of applications from Arab researchers everywhere, and is awarded in five fields: Basic Sciences, Applied Sciences, Economics and Social Sciences, Art and Literature, and Arabic & Islamic Scientific Heritage. The prizes are awarded to the most innovative work published within the last twenty years.


Bringing these great minds together to share their knowledge in ‘KFAS Prize Talks’ is part of GUST strategic objectives to enhance its research in order to position the university as a leading academic institute and a flagship research hub locally, regionally, and internationally.