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|Motto||Rabee Zidnee 'Ilman (Lord, Increase My Knowledge)|
|Established||8 October 1966|
|President||Abdul-Latif Ahmad Al-Bader|
|Location||Kuwait City, Kuwait|
|Campus||Urban, 380 acres (1.54 km2)|
|Website||http://www.kuniv.edu/ , http://ku.edu.kw|
Kuwait University (Arabic: جامعة الكويت, abbreviated in English as KU) was established in October 1966, five years after Kuwait's independence in 1961. KU started with only two faculties, namely the Faculty of Science, Arts and Education; and a Women's College.
On 5 July 1993, Emir Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah issued a decree appointing Faiza Al-Kharafi as rector of the University, making her the first woman to head a major university in the Middle East. She stayed in that role until 2002.
The university had 418 students enrolled and 31 faculty members. By (2005), the university grew to more than 19,000 students and over 1,000 faculty. The University is spread over four campuses: Khaldiya, Adailiah, Keyfan, and Shuwaikh. The latter is the largest and houses many faculties.
KU has the following faculties:
- College of Applied Health Sciences (separated from College of Medicine in June 1982)
- College of Arts (separated on October 1967)
- College of Business administration (est. as College of Economics and Political Science in April 1967) (Accredited by the AACSB)
- College of Dentistry (est. May 1996)
- College of Education (est. May 1980)
- College of Engineering and Petroleum (est. December 1974 ) - approved by ABET
- College of Law (est. April 1967)
- College of Medicine (est. July 1973)
- College of Pharmacy (est. February 1996)
- College of Sciences (separated on October 1967)
- College of Shari'a & Islamic Studies (est. 16 August 1977)
- College for Woman (est 2004)