The government’s current higher education strategy calls for increasing the number of scholarships for overseas study, an arena that has traditionally received generous government support from the Ministry of Higher Education, the Public Authority for Applied Education and Training, the Civil Service Commission and the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research.
There are a significant number of Kuwaiti students abroad, pegged as high as 50,000, according to ‘official figures’ cited by a 2012 University World News article. The main push factor for Kuwaitis studying abroad, according to this article, is the shortage of domestic universities and the perceived prestige of overseas credentials.
The Kuwaiti government had awarded 4,500 scholarships for Kuwaiti students to study abroad in 2013-14, under an initiative designed to upgrade domestic labor skills in line with the needs of the labor market.
According to the 2014 Open Doors Report, there were 7,288 students from Kuwait studying in the United States during the 2013/14 academic year. This number shows a 340% increase from the 2006/7 academic year and puts Kuwait in the 21st spot of the top 25 countries of origin sending international students to study in US universities.