Kuwait University

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Kuwait University
Motto Rabee Zidnee 'Ilman (Lord, Increase My Knowledge)
Established 8 October 1966; 47 years ago (1966-10-08)
Type Public
President Abdul-Latif Ahmad Al-Bader
Academic staff 1,052
Undergraduates 36,340
Postgraduates 1,362
Location Kuwait City, Kuwait
Campus Urban, 380 acres (1.5 km2)
Website http://www.kuniv.edu/ , http://ku.edu.kw

Kuwait University (Arabic: جامعة الكويت‎, abbreviated in English as Kuniv) is one of the public universities in Kuwait.Entrance is restricted for non-Arab residents


Kuwait University was established in October 1966.[1] It started with only two faculties, namely the Faculty of Science, Arts and Education; and a Women's College.[2]

On 5 July 1993, Emir Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah issued a decree appointing Faiza Al-Kharafi as rector of the University,[3] making her the first woman to head a major university in the Middle East.[4] 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.[citation needed] The University is spread over four campuses: Khaldiya, Adailiah, Keyfan, and Shuwaikh. The latter is the largest and houses many faculties.[citation needed]

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)
  • College of Computing Sciences & Engineering (est. 2011)


  1. ^ Imad M. Al Atiqi; Lafi M. Alharbi (2009). "Meeting the Challenge: Quality Systems in Private Higher Education in Kuwait". Quality in Higher Education 15 (1). Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  2. ^ Miriam Joyce (1998). Kuwait, 1945-1996: an Anglo-American perspective. Routledge. ISBN 0-7146-4863-9. 
  3. ^ "This day of Kuwait's history". Kuwait News Agency. 5 July 2009. 
  4. ^ "Middle Eastern Women To Watch". Forbes. 26 July 2005. 

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