Being A Student In Kuwait: 2016 Vs 2017 – What Has Changed?
Being more of a socialist than a capitalist nation, as well as an Arab nation, the government controls a significant portion of the economy and the life of its citizens. However, in terms of education, there are four state-owned higher institutions and nine private higher institutions, making thirteen tertiary institutions in the country.
Overall, there have only been few changes in student life from 2016 to 2017 in Kuwait. The changes recorded in Kuwait from 2016 to 2017 are almost non-existent. Nonetheless, here are a few changes from 2016 recorded in 2017.
The cost of food has risen by only 0.13% from 2016 to 2017, which means there’s not much to be concerned about in that area. This also signifies that there’s no substantial change in the cost of living for students in the country.
Usually, the higher education institutions in Kuwait provide their students with accommodation in dormitories and halls of residence. For those living off campus, however, the prices of flats and private apartments close to the campuses have increased by only a tad of about 10%. This means that from basic accommodation to the luxurious ones, students are now expected to pay a little bit extra for their choice of accommodation.
Work and study conditions
There might not be much improvement in the working conditions of students, but there has been an increase in the number of working students in Kuwait. This could be the result of the government’s aim to see more youth educated by 2030. Students are also free to work during the holidays, and there is good news for those with part-time employment.
According to the new constitutional amendment of article 51 Kuwait labour law, weekends would no longer be counted as part of the annual leave days, which will give them a total of six weeks per year.
Also, of the several forms of employment available to students, students are not allowed to offer tutorial services without a legal certificate from the government. In 2017, the government has promised harsher disciplinary measures for offenders with automatic deportation for non-citizens.
According to statistics from Worldometers, the population density in Kuwait has increased from two-hundred and twenty-five people per square kilometre (225P/Km2) in 2016 to two-hundred and thirty people per square kilometre (230P/Km2) in 2017. Considering the country’s small land mass and already existing traffic congestion problems, the traffic situation in the country has increased and so has the cost of transportation. This means more money spent on transportation for students and more time spent in traffic jams.
According to the world university rankings, the University of Kuwait which is the foremost university in Kuwait has moved a few spots higher in the Webometrics ranking to 1,629th position in 2017.