January 12, 2022 government

Kuwait University Council suspends Kuwaitization for 4 years

The Kuwait University Council has agreed to stop Kuwaitization for four years, due to the increasing number of students accepted who have been enrolled during the current academic year and to meet the academic requirements.

Al-Qabas has learned the Human Resources Department had submitted a memorandum to the University Council at its last meeting, on December 29, 2021, which included items previously approved by the University Council, such as, the non-compliance with what was included in the Civil Service Commission Resolution No. 11 of 2017 regarding the preparation and specific percentages for Kuwaitization of jobs.

The Kuwaitization of jobs at the university should be in a manner that is commensurate with the nature of work and the needs of work centers, and in a manner that is commensurate with achieving a balance between Kuwaitization and technical and administrative experiences to protect the level of university education.

The memorandum stipulated that the University Council had requested last August to provide the requirements to meet the increase in student seats, by supporting the budget and approving an additional budget, stopping the university’s replacement policy for four years, and allowing the appointment of experienced Kuwaiti and non-Kuwaiti employees to fill the shortages in employees in administrative and technical colleges and work centers, while providing the necessary degrees and increasing the salaries of university employees.

The University Council, in its approval of the postponement of Kuwaitization, relied on the Public Universities Law 76 of 2019, which stipulates that the University Council shall assume the competencies of the Civil Service Commission in the affairs of the academic body or its employees set by the Council of Public Universities.

The CSC had approached the Kuwait University to terminate the service of 391 non-Kuwaiti employees out of 534, in order to achieve the percentage of Kuwaitization mentioned in the replacement decision, most of them in the group of administrative support jobs (92 employees) and in engineering jobs (58) employees and 22 employees in each of the information systems and technology and science jobs, and 14 employees each in literature, media, arts and public relations jobs, and 17 employees each in finance, economics and trade, while the rest of the numbers were distributed among the totals of other jobs.

Moreover, responsible sources indicated to Al-Qabas that the University Council’s decision to postpone Kuwaitization came in the interest of the educational process, especially since the university is in a transitional phase from its current headquarters to its new buildings in the Sabah Al-Salem University City of Shaddadiah, and the university has also enrolled students that has exceed its capacity, which requires providing more employees to run the educational process.

The sources indicated that the university decided to postpone Kuwaitization for a period of four years, which is the expected period for the graduation of the batch accepted for the current academic year 2021-2022.


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