GUST Celebrates the Commencement of their 13th Graduating Class
GUST today announced the commencement of its 13th undergraduate class, consisting of 586 students, and ninth graduate class, consisting of 64 students for the 2017-2018 academic year. The ceremony was held at the outdoor amphitheater on campus, under the patronage of the Minister of Education and Minister of Higher Education, Dr. Hamid Al Azmi, with Dr. Habib Abul, General Secretary of the Private Universities Council (PUC), attending and speaking on behalf of the Minister of Education.
The commencement ceremony was attended by prominent local figures, including U.S. Ambassador to Kuwait, HE Ambassador Lawrence R. Silverman, German Ambassador to Kuwait, HE Ambassador Karl Bergner, and Bahraini Ambassador to Kuwait, HE Ambassador Shaikh Khalifa bin Hamad Al Khalifa. Also in attendance were GUST’s Chairman of the Board of Trustees (BOT) Mr. Mohammed Al Bahar, Vice-Chairman, Professor Jasem Mohammed AbdulSalam, and BOT member, Nawaf A. Arhamah, Eyas for Higher & Technical Education BOT Chairman, Ahmed Al Gumar, and GUST President, Professor Walid Bouhamra.
The ceremony began with a speech by the ceremony’s keynote speaker, Dr. Habib Abul, followed by GUST President Prof. Walid Bouhamra. This was then followed by valedictorians, Luluwa Al Enizi and Tareq Al Muhanna who reflected on their times at GUST, and inspired their classmates to aspire to be the best they can be in life.
With distinctive, internationally accredited programs, GUST equips its graduates with knowledge and confidence to face any obstacles including a degree that is recognized worldwide. Recently, the university’s Mass Communication and Media Department was accredited by the American Communications Association, and the university earned its place as the number one private university in the country.
Professor Walid Bouhamra, GUST President also commented, “The growth we have achieved to reach where we are today is a testament to the hard work and determination of everyone here at GUST. In 2002 we started with temporary facilities in Hawally with 398 students – today we have close to 3600. In 2008 the beautiful facility we now operate from, was opened, and, that year we had grown to 2,446 students. 2008 was also the year we launched the MBA program, which began with an initial batch of 107 students. Today we have close to 300.”
Just last year, Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranked GUST as 49th best university in the Arab world, out of a total of nearly 1000 universities. This marks a jump of 24 places in just one year.
The night ended with a grand display of fireworks, dinner, and other forms of entertainment to ensure that the joyous occasion is memorable and special for graduates, families, and their friends.