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KUWAIT CITY, Dec 5: The Kuwait Foundation for Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) recently held their 27th Annual Scientific Achievement Award at the Salwa Sabah Hall under the auspices of the Amir, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al Sabah with the attendance of the National Assembly Chairman Marzouq Ali Al-Ghanim, Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid Al- Sabah, Acting Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Sheikh Nawaf Al- Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah Crown Prince as well as other government ministers. In fulfillment of the objectives of KFAS in supporting scientific research and encouraging Arab scholars and researchers, the foundation has dedicated Prizes in the fields of Sciences, Arts and Literature, Economics and Social Sciences as per its annual programs.
The prizes are designed to recognize intellectual achievements that contribute to scientific advancement and raise the standard of academic dialogue in various fields. Fifteen people from across the world received awards in various fields of endeavor.
“Here we meet again, on the territory of the State of Kuwait under the auspices of the leadership who have always believed in the importance of science and the role of knowledge in the prosperity of society and advancement”, said KFAS Director General Dr Ahmad Adnan Shihab Eldin in his opening speech at the event. He welcomed the scientists to Kuwait, stating that “The foundation and the scientific community which serves as the beacon of creativity and innovation looks forward to this opportunity to honor each year under the Amir’s auspices distinguished scientists from the sons of Kuwait and all Arab countries, to continue the march of Arab scientists pioneers who made their contributions to the foundations of modern science that led to what we are seeing. From a knowledge revolution that is reflected in the amazing technical applications that have affected human civilization, mankind is blessed with greater well-being and prosperity”. The Foundation’s Awards have been able to occupy a regional and global prestige because it is proven objectivity in granting standards, and is proud of the institution that it has honored since the launch of Kuwait Prize in 1979. Since then there have been 106 Kuwaiti and Arab scientists who have made outstanding contributions to the world and have been duly honored. There has also been 145 Kuwaiti researchers who have won Scientific Production Awards since its launch in 1988 to encourage them to full-time research and writing. “In the name of the Foundation and its Board of Directors I extend my sincere congratulations to the winners of the awards for the years 2014 and 2015, calling on the Lord to crown their success, and their home countries to serve humanity”.
The foundation launched a few weeks ago the Sumait Prize for African Development in which a prize is to be awarded to individuals or institutions who through their research projects or initiatives have made significant advancement within the field of Health. The prize has a value of $1,000,000 (one million US Dollars). The cash sum is awarded along with a gold medal, shield and certificate of recognition. The initiative was announced on behalf of the State of Kuwait at the Arab- African Summit in order to entrench the role of Kuwait in humanitarian work worth millions of dollars a year. . The Foundation is preparing to launch the Anwar Al-Nouri Prize for the best doctoral thesis in education in the Arab world funded by the orphanage Anwar Al-Nouri and comes in recognition of the major role played by the deceased in the field of education at the level of the State of Kuwait and the Arab world, and in the Service Corporation as a member of its Board of Directors.
By Iddris Seidu Arab Times Staff