Bahrain Education Minister: We are Seeking to Attract Foreign Universities

Bahrain Education Minister: We are Seeking to Attract Foreign Universities

Thursday, 15 March, 2018 - 09:00
Bahrain’s Minister of Education Dr. Majed bin Ali Al-Nuaimi
Paris - Michel Abou Najm
Bahrain is celebrating this year 100 years since the launch of its first public school. The path the kingdom has taken since the last century is so long and rich and today, the Gulf country is playing a leading role in education as a major investment in the youth and the future generations.
 
In an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, Bahrain’s Education Minister, Dr. Majed bin Ali Al-Nuaimi, talked about challenges facing the education sector in the kingdom and the ministerial plans to meet the aspirations of the youth and the evolving needs of the labor market.
 
Nuaimi noted that the labor market was constantly changing, stressing that 41 percent of the existing jobs would disappear in the coming years, “which necessitates anticipating developments and launching new specializations.”
 
His noted in this regard that his ministry was working to launch a “new university” for current and future specific disciplines such as artificial intelligence, renewable energy and nanotechnology (molecular technology).
 
The university, which will be national, will carry the name of “Al-Hidayya Al-Khalifiyya” in reference to the school founded in 1919, which launched the formal education in the kingdom. Nuaimi also said that the mission of the educational system was to “qualify students” for new jobs.
 
One of the tasks that the minister said he wanted to accomplish was to promote post-secondary applied education. He underlined the importance of establishing a Polytechnic College, which focuses on practical technical education.
 
Among the disciplines offered by this college are logistics, e-learning, electrical engineering, social media and other new disciplines. Its students are selected according to the highest academic standards, which means that only elite students could be enrolled at the Polytechnic College.
 
Bahrain is working to connect industrial schools with the College of Applied Studies at the University of Bahrain, the Training Institute and the Polytechnic College in order to bolster communication and cooperation and develop technical education.
 
Bahrain, like other Arab and Gulf countries, is seeking to attract foreign universities in order to raise the standard of its local universities and promote the kingdom’s openness to international education systems.
 
In this context, the education minister said that contacts were underway with several foreign universities to open in Bahrain on clear terms, so that the programs and certificates granted in Bahrain are equal to those granted abroad.

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