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From left to right: Dr John Duncan, Professor Jane den Hollander, Dr Ahmad Al-Athari, Dr Ammar Alhusaini and Ms Hala Botros.
Deakin University has further strengthened its long-term commitment to the Middle East with a recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Kuwaiti Cultural Office.
As part of Deakin University’s broader internationalisation strategy, Deakin will continue to develop sustainable relationships with Middle Eastern government, institutions and Non-Government Organisations (NGOs).
This MoU sees Deakin University working alongside Kuwait’s Ministry of Higher Education through the Kuwaiti Cultural Office, to increase educational opportunities for Kuwaiti students at the University.
Deakin is strongly committed and engaged in the Middle East, offering one of the largest Arabic language programs in Australia. Deakin teaches a Middle East Studies sequence at the undergraduate, postgraduate and research levels.
This agreement adds to the University’s existing partnerships in the region which also includes; Koc University (Turkey), Higher Colleges of Technology (United Arab Emirates) and the Sultan Qaboos College for Teaching Arabic Language to Non-native Speakers (Oman).
The MoU was signed by Deakin University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Jane den Hollander and Cultural Counsellor and Director of the Cultural Office of the Kuwaiti Embassy, Dr Ahmad Al-Athari. Also present at the signing ceremony was; Kuwaiti Cultural Attaché, Dr Ammar Alhusaini and from the Kuwaiti Cultural Office: Student Advising Manager, Ms Hala Botros. Deakin International Manager, Mr Greg Slatcher and MIBT College Principal, Dr John Duncan also attended.
The University hosts many students from across the region, and similarly, many Deakin students elect to study in the Middle East each year as part of a study abroad program.