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AUK Students Represent Kuwait and AUK at the Diwaniya Project in the Netherlands

A group of 8 Students from the American University of Kuwait (AUK) attended the Diwaniya Project in The Hague, Netherlands. Upon paper presentations and personal interviews, the students- Ibrahim Al-Buraidi, Bandar Al-Enezi, Hamad Al-Mutairi, Ali Al-Khuraibet, Fatemah Almazyad, Mejren Al-Loughani, Saba Al-Sulaiti, and Ali Al-Qallaf were selected by the Kuwait Diplomatic Institute to represent Kuwait in discussions with the Kuwaiti and Dutch Ministries of Foreign Affairs.

The Diwaniya Project, organized by the Kuwaiti Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in cooperation with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, aims to enrich cultural and academic relations and to increase communication between Kuwait and the Netherlands. The program has been introduced alongside the non-permanent membership status of the two countries in the Security Council (the Netherlands in 2018 and Kuwait during the period 2018-2019).

Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. Hanan Muzaffar commended the student participants from AUK, "Our students showed commitment and great initiative in planning for their participation in this. They were quick to take action and further enhanced my belief in the excellence often associated with the AUK student in the classroom and beyond. I am happy for them and have no doubt they will make us all proud" she said.

The program was open to all universities in Kuwait based on research paper submissions and interviews. We proudly announce that only students from the American University of Kuwait were selected to represent Kuwait. This international representation not only endorses the university’s commitment to academic success but also to the holistic development of the students.

The program was attended by sixteen graduates and students from Kuwait and the Netherlands to brainstorm, discuss and make recommendations to the Dutch and Kuwaiti government about ideas and means to mutually strengthen cooperation at the UN Security Council.

The discussion points that were covered during the Diwaniya Project were International Humanitarian Law: Ensuring Effective Compliance in a Polarized World, followed by the Water-Energy-Food Nexus: Challenge and Opportunity.

One of the 8 participants from AUK, Bandar al Enezi said, "It was a truly exceptional experience, where we shared our perspectives with fellow Dutch students, on cases that both our countries are concerned about, including Humanitarian assistance; food, water, energy nexus and the Security Council. We finalized discussions with solutions that both our countries could work on collectively."

The group of students from AUK that represented the university and Kuwait with The Ambassador of Kuwait to the Netherlands, Mr. Shamlan Al Roumi, Advisor at the Embassy of Kuwait to the Netherlands, Mr. Ali AlThaidi and Secretary of the Board of Directors at the Kuwait Diplomatic Institute, Mr. Abdullah AlYahya, at the Ambassador of Kuwait to the Netherlands' house.

Released by the Office of Public Affairs on the 5th March 2018


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