Accrediting Agencies and Quality Assurance in Kuwait

Being the aware state that it is in the educational field, Kuwait ensures the quality of the education imparted in the country is top-notch. According to the practice followed in the country a recognized higher education institution in Kuwait one that is legally licensed under the supervision of Ministry of Higher Education via an Amiri decree.
Kuwait has a number of accrediting agencies that ensure the quality of education in the country.

Private Universities Council (PUC)

For higher education it has the Private Universities Council (PUC) as the Quality Assurance Agency. For the last few decades, governmental agencies in Kuwait solely conducted education. However, in recent years private universities were licensed and allowed to recruit students by a new decree. Now there are at least seven licensed private schools in Kuwait.

The PUC not only safeguards the quality of education in all private institutions in Kuwait through the licensing and after operation stages, but also accords institutional accreditation to institutions in operation. It makes sure that all rules and stipulations for licensing private educational institutions are in compliance.

The Private Universities Council, chaired by the Minister of Higher Education, is a government body that comprises 8 experts and those specialized in high education having no direct or indirect contribution to any educational institution throughout the period of their membership. These members are appointed for a period of three years that can be renewed for a similar period.

Contact Details of Educational Bodies in Kuwait

The higher education institutions recognized by competent authorities in Kuwait:
  1. List of state-supported higher education institutions in Kuwait:

    a. Kuwait University
    Kuwait University is the only public university in Kuwait, which has 14 colleges under it offering a variety of programs in sciences and arts stream at undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels. The university has a globally well-known and socially diverse community of professors and academics that provides the highest level of teaching and research.

    Ext: 3333
    Direct: 24983333

    KU President

     Position Ext DirectFax
     President 5000 2484583924848648
     Secretaries 5669 5670 24845839 
     President’s Office, Director 5666 2481313224848648
     Secretaries 5668 

    KU Secretary General

     Position Ext Direct
     Secretary General   24832768
     Secretaries 5001 5002  
     Director, Office of the Secretary General 5090 24836636 24832768

    Dean of Admission and Registration

     Position ExtDirect 
     Dean of Admission and Registration 
     24842040 24842660
     Secretaries 4270 24842310 

    Department of Administrative Affairs

     5400 24811773 24819373
     Secretaries 5454  

    Department of Faculty Members

     Director 7229 24844189
     Secretaries 7231 24844189

    b. The Public Authority for Applied Education & Training (PAAET)
    The Public Authority for Applied Education and Training is a vocational and technical training institution that provides for and develops the skills of the national labor force to meet the demands of a developing nation. It also provides training to students to have careers beyond the oil industry.
    Adailiya, Block 4- Opposite The 3rd Ring Road
    PO Box 23167 Safat, 13092
    Telephone: 965 - 22564960

    c. Higher Institute of Music Arts
    The aim of this institute is to develop music and musical arts in Kuwaiti society.
    PO Box 27130, Safat 13132, Kuwait
    Telephone: 965 572 4100

    d. Higher Institute for Theater Arts

  2. List of private recognized higher education institutions in Kuwait:

    a. Civil Universities in Kuwait

     Name Phone Number/Email Address
     American University of Kuwait
     Gulf University for Science and Technology (GUST) 25307000
     American University of the Middle East (AUM) 22251400
     Arab Open University (AOU) - Kuwait 24767294
     American University of Medical Sciences
    b. Civil Colleges in Kuwait

     Name Phone Number/Website
     Australian College of Kuwait (ACK) 25376111
     American College of the Middle East (ACM) 22448127
     Box Hill College Kuwait - Higher Education for Women 1842425
     College of Aviation Technology
     Kuwait-Maastricht Business School 22517091-22517093
     Kuwait Technical College
     Kuwait International Law College


The various other bodies responsible for education in Kuwait are listed below with their contact details:

Ministry of Education
National Center for Education Development. Floor 32, Sanabel Sharq 13001, Kuwait
Telephone: 965 483 5721/ 4839727/4837890
Fax: 965 483 7292/ 965 4837601

Ministry of Higher Education
Shuwaikh Industrial Area 27130, East - next to Amiri Hospital, Kuwait City, Kuwait    
Telephone: 1882020/ 965-22257501

Private Universities Council (PUC)
Sharq- Sanabel Towers, Opposite to Sharq mall, Next to Amiri Hospital. Levels:34/ 35

National Centre for Education Development
Middle Street - Jaber Al-Mubarak, Tower ears - Round 32-31    
Telephone: 965 22277711
Fax: 965 22275488

Kuwaiti Association for Learning Differences
Kuwait, Al Surra Block 4, Street 14. Centre for Child Evaluation and Teaching, Second Floor
Office No. 9, 10
Phone: 965- 25353681/ 2/ 3 – Extension: 301
Fax: 965-25358914
Mobile: 965- 94427262
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