Kuwait – Dr Peter Sluglett, director of the Middle East Institute at National University of Singapore (NUS), recently delivered a lecture at the Global Studies Center (GSC), which was recently established in a partnership between Gulf University for Science and Technology (GUST) and NUS – through the efforts of Dr Fahad Al Sumait, chair of the university’s Mass Communication Department at the College of Arts and Sciences.
The lecture was entitled “An Improvement on Colonialism? The ‘A’ Mandates and their Legacy in the Middle East” delivered by one of the foremost experts on Middle Eastern history”.
The collaboration between GUST and NUS envisages developing the GSC into a leading research centre on global studies, and a vehicle for engaging internal and external communities through stimulating events and lectures about global issues. The centre conducts cutting-edge research on cross-national political, economic, social, cultural, and environmental issues of critical importance, and shares its research output and information regionally and globally. It also fosters public understanding of global issues, and supports the policy-making processes of concerned states.
The university has also conceived a Kuwait-wide Al Shakoor Award for Corporate Social Responsibility. The award comes as part of the CAUSE campaign, a student-faculty project which divides 130 students and volunteers into three teams, each focusing on a specific charitable cause, with the goal of creating stimulating campaigns to generate awareness and procure donations from the public over a period of one month. Each team is paired together with a charitable organisation and an advertising and PR company in order to “compete for causes”.
Recently, the three teams helped collect US$63,000 in donations, and they were all honoured during the Al Shakoor Award Ceremony. In addition, ten companies were shortlisted for the Al Shakoor Lifetime Achievement Award in Social Responsibility in the categories of environment, culture and education, charity and social welfare, and public health.