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GUST Students Praised for taking Silver

11 May 2021



Kuwait City, 11 May 2021:

Associate Professor of Business Administration at GUST, Dr. Michel Zaitouni and the Dean of the College of Business Administration, Dr. Jean-Paul Arnaout, awarded four students who placed second in “The Universities Entrepreneurship Competition”, organized by the Ministry of Youth Affairs, with an award ceremony which took place on GUSTs campus.


This marked the first edition of “Universities Entrepreneurship Competition”, which was held on MS teams in March. Teams that participated were asked to provide innovative sustainable solutions to modern day challenges, and were judged for their innovation, financial sustainability, expansion, and social impact. Other universities that participated included Kuwait University, The American University of the Middle East, The Australian College of Kuwait, The Arab Open University, Kuwait Technical College, and The Public Authority for Applied Education and Training.


The four students from GUST were Zahraa Aljuraidan, Zeinab Talal Baydoun, Sarah Alkhabbaz, and Sarah AlSemael competing under the team’s name, “The Green Visioners”, and were led by Associate Professor of Business Administration, Dr. Michel Zaitouni. Their proposal is to grant every individual with the ability to grow their own food in the simplest way possible while contributing to help the environment by adopting a complete sustainable & eco-friendly approach. Their project, titled El Jardín, which means “the garden” in Spanish, provides consumers with a simple, fun, and organic gardening experience in their own homes. Whether they are beginners or have a general knowledge about gardening, consumers of all experiences can enjoy this practice. It aims to tackle different environmental issues by granting the consumer the ability to grow their own fresh food and further simplifying the process with a tutorial embedded in a QR code, with optional SMS updates.


The Green Visioners were celebrated and commended for their success in an award ceremony, with each member presented with a “certificate of achievement” by the Dean himself, while Dr. Michel Zaitouni presented the second-place trophy to the Dean of the College of Business Administration.


Dean of the College of Business Administration, Dr. Jean-Paul Arnaout, said, “This is a great achievement for GUST and for the students involved. As a first edition to the competition, it is impressive the team showed up so well prepared in such a short period of time. I am proud to call them students of the College of Business Administration but more importantly students of GUST. I hope we can go back again next year and achieve the same success.”


The achievement of the “The Green Visioners” in the “The Universities Entrepreneurship Competiton” is a testament to the outstanding quality and dedication of the students from the College of Business Administration. Recently another group of students also achieved second place in the local CFA challenge in Kuwait, showcasing great academic mastery as young students.