The goals of the program are to bolster scholarly exchange, create opportunities for shared research on cultural and urban development, and create opportunities for Kuwaiti professionals to pursue advanced post-professional engagement. 

Components of the Program

The Teaching Excellence Component

  • Teaching workshop(s),   each with a duration of one to three days, are held annually at Kuwait Universities. These workshops focus on methods and approaches to teaching. The workshops will cover all faculty groups, including junior staff, mid-career staff, senior faculty, and teaching assistants

  • Teaching Excellence Colloquium and/or capacity-building workshop(s) at UC Berkeley are also offered for capacity building and is specially designed for the Kuwaiti faculty visiting Berkeley.                                                 


The Research Component 

  •  A visiting-scholar/postdoctoral fellowship  enables recent Kuwaiti graduates with doctoral degrees to spend one week, one semester, or one academic year at UC Berkeley pursuing their own research.

  • One  research fellowship each year  allows UC Berkeley faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and advanced Ph.D. candidates to do one to two weeks of fieldwork in Kuwait or to organize an academic event about Kuwait at UC Berkeley.

  • An opportunity for a mid-career or a senior faculty member  from Kuwait Universities may be selected to spend a sabbatical year at UC Berkeley in a department to be agreed upon by the parties. 

The Publication Component

This provides a training opportunity for junior faculty at Kuwait Universities seeking to publish their work in refereed journals. Workshops conducted at UC Berkeley match individual faculty members from Kuwait University  and other Kuwaiti academic institutions with faculty members at UC Berkeley who act as mentor-hosts during the writing of research papers.

The Professional Component

 This is intended to enhance the interaction between UC Berkeley and the professional schools in Kuwait University in such areas as architecture, engineering, and related applied fields. It offers tailored collaborative initiatives between similar units at the respective institutions. 

  • Semester Abroad: The program may afford undergraduate students of architecture at Kuwaiti universities the opportunity to spend a semester or a year at UC Berkeley taking courses toward their degrees.

  • Design Workshops:  The component further includes design workshops of up to two days for participants who may be architecture teaching assistants, graduate students, and undergraduate students.
  • Joint Studios:   Architecture students from UC Berkeley may travel to Kuwaiti universities accompanied by UC Berkeley faculty during the academic year to spend a week with their counterparts pursuing a joint design studio in which both groups of students collaborate and produce designs to be assessed and compared.

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Contact - Professor Nezar AlSayyad- Faculty Director

Victoria Duong - Program Manager:

At KFAS - Office of International Programs :

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