32,000 engineers working at public, private sectors in Kuwait Dr Mahdi regards trend as the outcome of wrong policy

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 21: Dr. Khaled Mahdi, a professor of the Department of Chemical Engineering at Kuwait University says 32,000 engineers are working at the public and private sectors in Kuwait, which amounts to approximately 10 percent of the population, reports Al-Rai daily.

Dr Mahdi revealed this on the second day of a Conference on Engineering Initiatives held at Radisson Hotel under the patronage of HH the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah.

Moderator of the dialogue at the event was the Vice Dean for Planning and Development at the College of Engineering and Petroleum Dr Bader Al-Mulla.

Dr Mahdi declared that Kuwait is number one in the world in terms of the number of engineers compared to the population.

He regarded the large number of engineers as the outcome of a wrong policy governing the engineering education in the country, adding that a study carried out by the Ministry of Education revealed that 6,422 engineering certificates were received outside the country.

Meanwhile, Dr Fawaz Al-Anzi stressed engineering as a field of specialization amidst market needs and quality assurance, adding that engineering education is workshop-based rather than theoretical.
He indicated that there are totally 1,014 students in all engineering departments in the college, while the Architecture Department has only 29 students.

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