The President of the Kuwaiti Engineers Association, Engineer Faisal Duaih Al-Ateil, has been granted honorary membership by the British Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). This distinction marks a historic moment as Al-Ateil becomes the first Gulf and Arab engineer to receive this prestigious recognition.
The announcement of this remarkable accolade came following a signing ceremony between the two esteemed organizations. The event, held in the presence of the UK Ambassador, H.E Belinda Lewis, solidified a collaborative partnership that promises to elevate the field of engineering in Kuwait.
Séan Harris, ICE director of membership, lauded this milestone as a significant achievement, emphasizing the importance of sustained collaboration between the Kuwaiti Engineers Association and ICE.
For Engineer Al-Ateil, this recognition is a symbol of Kuwaiti and Arab engineering prowess. He expressed his hope that the partnership would yield opportunities for Kuwaiti engineers to leverage British expertise and enhance their skills.
The signed agreement outlines a comprehensive collaboration that includes Kuwait University’s College of Engineering and Petroleum and ICE. Among its key provisions are professional examinations and the reclassification of Kuwaiti engineers as consultants and professionals. Furthermore, it opens doors for student training in the latest technical methodologies available at ICE, renowned as the world’s oldest engineering institution.
Ambassador Lewis underscored the significance of this agreement, particularly for the numerous Kuwaiti students studying in the UK, particularly in fields like engineering and science. She emphasized the deep-rooted historical ties between the two nations.
Séan Harris, ICE director of membership highlighted the opportunities for enhanced cooperation. The agreement’s broader aim is to strengthen the partnership between civil societies in both countries, offering mutual benefits and progress.
The collaboration encompasses joint sponsorship of seminars, conferences, and meetings of shared interest. Both institutions will foster knowledge exchange in civil engineering, with a strong emphasis on sustainability. Marketing and promotional efforts will include referencing the agreement, subject to mutual discussion and approval, with provisions for immediate withdrawal of promotional materials not adhering to the agreement.
This historic partnership signifies a new chapter in the advancement of engineering in Kuwait, bridging the expertise of two respected institutions for the betterment of the engineering community and society at large.