GUST Hosts Ibtikar Competition Awards Ceremony

Feb 19, 2017

GUST hosted the Ibtikar 2017 Awards Ceremony for the second year in a row, on its campus. The competition, held under the patronage of the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) and ASAS Holding, stems from Sheikha Fadia Al-Saad Al-Sabah’s various youth initiatives through the HH Sheikh Saad Al-Abdullah Al-Salem Al-Sabah Foundation. Winners of the competition are eligible to compete regionally against candidates from various countries around the gulf.  


GUST President, Professor Donald Bates, said, “The university is proud to host such an event that supports Kuwait youth’s innovations and inventions, especially those of young Kuwaiti women who work hard to bring solutions to scientific challenges we face each day. With the announcement of the New Kuwait vision for 2035, the students in this competition are without a doubt pillars to the achieving the vision.”


The Ibtikar Competition launched in 1999 in Kuwait and expanded to the Gulf countries in 2011. It aims to fulfill the vision of HH The Amir and Humanitarian Leader Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah to make Kuwait a scientific hub and to turn the local economy into a knowledge economy through the investment in the human capital.


Assistant Undersecretary of Information Affairs at the Ministry of Information, Youssef Mostafa, said, “We are eternally grateful for initiatives such as Ibtikar that benefit the local community, raise Kuwait’s name, and support its development by encouraging its youth to compete, innovate, and grow. All the projects we’ve come across are achievements to be proud of. We appreciate all the time and efforts that the students’ parents and teachers have invested in instilling the love of learning and innovation in the hearts of our youth.”


The competition was held for different divisions and levels of education in Kuwait girls’ public schools. For the primary school division, students Noor Al Dunya Mohammad Al-Azmi and Aisha Nafee Al-Yaseen from Al Adaliya Primary School for Girls, came in first place under the theme of “Stories from Scientific Imagination”.


In the middle school division, students Shouq Mohammad Al-Shehoumi and SalwaMuhanna Al-Rashed from  Al-Qibla Middle School for Girls, came in first place with their project “Electronic Waste Recycle”.


As for the high school division, students Joumana Abdul Aziz Sharhan, Nour Abdul Aziz Taher, and Zahraa Adel Al-Qallaf, from the Jabriya High School for Girls, came in first place.


Chairperson of the Saad Foundation for Knowledge and Scientific Research, Sheikha Fadia Saad Al-Abdullah Al-Salem Al-Sabah, said “Ibtikar seeks to attract Kuwaiti female students and enable them to grow in the sciences. This in turn allows them to apply their capabilities in serving the country in all fields. Ibtikar also seeks to empower Kuwaiti women and encourage them to work in all fields.”


Over the past 15 years, GUST has graduated skilled young professionals that can contribute largely in the driving Kuwait’s development. The university aims to remain the place where generational can build their future. 


For photos of the event the GT Gallery.