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KISR leading Kuwait’s efforts for optimal use of renewable energy

KUWAIT CITY, Oct 25, (KUNA): Director of the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research Dr Samira Omar said Monday that KISR has been leading the country’s efforts to expand the use of renewable energy in various sectors. Speaking at a symposium organized by the American University of Kuwait (AUK) in cooperation with KISR, she emphasized KISR’s eagerness to cooperate with all scientific and energy institutions for the optimal use of renewable energy in Kuwait. In this regard, she signaled out the fruitful cooperation between KISR and the national petroleum sector. She viewed that the collaboration between KISR, as a scientific body, the government and the private sector would lead to great results in this domain.

She recalled His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al- Sabah Al-Sabah announcement in the climate change conference in Doha 2012 about Kuwait’s plan to generate 15 percent of its energy needs from renewable energy sources. for his part, President of AUK Dr Nizar Hamza underlined the need for a real change in people’s behavior in terms of energy consumption. He added that the two-day conference would tackle the technical, administrative and economic challenges facing the wider use of renewable energy and the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation’s vision for renewable energy production.

Meanwhile, the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) is interested in boosting cooperation with the prestigious the USbased Harvard University, a KFAS official has stated. In a statement following a meeting with Dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University Douglas Elmendorf, Director of KFAS International Programs Yusuf Al-Mazeedi said that the meeting focused on efforts to further development scientific cooperation between the two entities. He pointed out that they also touched upon the Kuwait Program at Harvard Kennedy School which serves the leaders and decision-makers of various institutions in Kuwait, the GCC, and the wider Arab world through unique opportunities for cooperation on advanced research, teaching, training and outreach on critical issues of importance to Kuwait and the region.

The Kuwait Program was launched in 2000 and renewed for five years in 2012. From 2000 to 2012, this program has provided support for 32 research grants; hosted visiting scholars on campus conducted 13 customized executive education programs graduating 332 alumni; and granted 83 executive education fellowships, allowing participants from Kuwait to train not only at HKS but also at Harvard Business School, Harvard School of Public Health, and Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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