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Top Australian university seeks academic cooperation with Kuwait
September 18, 2017, 5:30 pm

Australia's top-ranked research university hopes to cooperate with Kuwait in creating a lectureship focused on Arab culture and civilization as part of its centre focused on Arab and Islamic studies.

Ahead of talks with Kuwaiti Ministry of Education officials on Monday, Chancellor of Australian National University (ANU) Gareth Evans said the move would "give an opportunity to showcase Kuwait." ANU's Arab and Islamic Centre, which he described as "the biggest of its kind in the southern hemisphere," teaches history, international relations, politics and culture to about 1,000 undergraduates a year.

It includes two programmes for Turkish and Persian culture and civilization, but does not yet have one dedicated to Arabic. Cooperation between Kuwait and ANU could also involve lectureships, student and staff exchanges or the creation, for example of an annual lecture named after Kuwait.

"It would be an opportunity to get serious dialogue and understanding going of major Middle East-related issues," he said. On Sunday, Evans met Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Al-Jarallah, who both discussed several regional issues.

He also attended an exhibition hosted by Dar Al-Athar Al-Islamiyyah, where he met the Kuwaiti cultural organisation's director-general Sheikha Hussah Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah. 

Source: KUNA

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