Kuwait University recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with US-based General Electric (GE) to open a specialized center to provide training, research and development in power generation in the country.
The 6,000-square meter new facility, which will be located in Sulaibiya and is the first GE facility of its kind outside of the United States, received a foreign investment license last year from the Kuwait Direct Investment Promotion Authority (KDIPA).
Named the GE Kuwait Technology Centre (GEKTC), the flagship facility includes a training center supporting over 900 students and technical professionals each year, a tooling center to offer repair and maintenance services, and an engineering center for cutting-edge research and development. The center will also work with Kuwaiti researchers, industry and software developers to co-create digital industrial solutions for the power industry.
Commenting on the launch of the center, the Minister of Electricity and Water (MEW) Ahmed Al Jassar, said: “This center reflects the commitment that both the MEW and GE have to promote, develop and sustain future Kuwaiti and international talents to serve the power industry in the Middle East region with future prospects to serve the world.”
Speaking at the event, the Director-General of KDIPA Sheikh Dr. Meshaal Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah said that the investment by GE, one of the world’s leading companies, highlights the strong competitiveness of the Kuwaiti economy. He noted that apart from serving as a key pillar in supporting the country’s energy sector, it will also support the goals of Kuwait Vision 2035, to nurture talent and create high quality jobs in the technical sector.