Kuwaiti Minister of Education and Minister of Higher Education Dr. Bader Al-Issa called on students studying abroad to focus on gaining knowledge in order to be more able to contribute to the progress and development of their nation. "The Kuwaiti government pins high hopes on all students particularly those studying abroad who act as our ambassadors," he said.
"The government made arrangements for setting aside 6,000 seats for internships at prestigious colleges worldwide, in addition to 50 to students with special needs," the minister noted. On the ratio of Kuwaiti dropouts from North American colleges, he said it hit 20 percent of the total number of students in the United States mainly due to linguistic difficulties but the percentage is lower in Canada.
Dr. Al-Isa added that his ministry is working with the US embassy in Kuwait to overcome this problem with a view to qualifying the students to studying in the US and making them better acquainted with the US laws and culture. The minister is on a visit to Washington after a trip to Ottawa where he attended the second annual conference of the National Union of Kuwait Students-Canada on May 1-3, and opening the new Hq of Kuwait's cultural office; he will be leaving for home tomorrow, Thursday.