5 years of experience mandatory for engineers seeking professional licenses in Kuwait

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M. Faisal Al-Atl during the meeting with Egyptian Ambassador Osama Shaltout and Ambassador Dr. Heba Zaki

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 9: The Society of Engineers has reached an agreement with the Egyptian Embassy to encourage Egyptian universities to enhance and sustain their academic accreditation. The accord also emphasizes the need for ongoing coordination and the development of mechanisms for accrediting engineers in alignment with the profession’s requirements on local, regional, and global scales.

This collaborative effort unfolded during the visit of the Egyptian Ambassador to Kuwait, Osama Shaltout, along with Consul General Ambassador Dr. Heba Zaki and other embassy members to the association. Discussions during the meeting centered on issues related to professional engineering accreditation.

Present at the meeting were Vice President of the Association, Eng. Muhammad Al-Subaie, Assistant Secretary and Board Member, Eng. Hammoud Al-Hadiya, as well as Board of Directors members Dr. Shorouk Al-Jasser and M. Ali Abbas Mohseni. Ambassador Shaltout, in concluding remarks, emphasized the significance of the visit as part of ongoing communication with the Society of Engineers, praising it as Kuwait’s oldest public benefit society. He expressed confidence in the continuous development of accreditation systems to benefit both parties.

Ambassador Shaltout lauded the Society of Engineers for its role in accrediting both Egyptian and non-Egyptian engineers, expressing happiness in cooperating with the Society in accreditation matters. Eng. Faisal Al-Atl, President of the Society of Engineers, affirmed the association’s commitment to international and Arab engineering standards, citing adherence to European, American, and Arab academic accreditation lists.

Al-Atl appreciated the embassy’s interest in learning about the accreditation mechanisms for engineers in Kuwait, underscoring the association’s commitment to regular accreditation renewal in coordination with the Arab Engineering Education Committee. He clarified that engineers in the government sector are accredited through the Service Bureau, not the Kuwait Society of Engineers.

Addressing developments in the accreditation of Egyptian engineers, Al-Attal stressed the association’s dedication to supporting all engineers and the importance of ongoing improvements to accommodate global changes. He endorsed recent efforts by Kuwait’s First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, Sheikh Talal Al-Khaled, to amend the demographic composition, expressing support for initiatives that align with Kuwait’s development and population goals.

Al-Attal highlighted the evolving global requirements for practicing engineers, emphasizing the urgent need for skilled workers, especially in engineering professions. He expressed the hope to reconsider the hiring of recent graduates without work experience, drawing parallels with medical professionals who require five years of experience before obtaining a license.

Regarding electronic certificates, Al-Attal confirmed the association’s commitment to continuous improvement, offering electronic certificates promptly upon issuance. The visit concluded with an inspection tour of the Engineers Service Center and testing centers, where the Society’s leaders expressed satisfaction with the electronic services witnessed.

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