Kuwait - In response to the increasing demand for English language education in Kuwait, the British Council has taken proactive measures by establishing new English teaching delivery partnership locations to better cater to the needs of the local population.
This week, a significant collaboration was unveiled as the British Council joined forces with the Kuwait College of Science and Technology (KCST) to announce a partnership agreement aimed at expanding access to English language education. The signing ceremony was graced by the presence of notable figures, including Tony Skinner, the Director of the British Council, and Professor Khalid Al-Begain, the President of KCST Kuwait College of Science and Technology, along with distinguished guests.
Starting from October 2023, individuals, including students from KCST and adults residing in the vicinity who are eager to pursue English language studies, can enroll in British Council English courses offered at Kuwait College of Science and Technology. Young Learner (YL) classes are scheduled to begin in January 2024.
Equipped with modern facilities and teaching tools, this partner institution is ideally placed to support the British Council’s UK-developed communicative learning offer, which uses materials and content developed especially by the organization for its global network. Courses for adults have been completely refreshed over the recent period and now offer flexible attendance and the ability to choose themes that best meet individual needs on the MyClass program, while courses for children use the evolved Primary Plus and Secondary Plus programs, which ensure engaging lessons that develop confidence, soft skills, and life skills alongside the core language skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
Professor Khalid Al Begain, President of the Kuwait College of Science and Technology, expressed his delight at signing the MOU with the British Council in Kuwait. He emphasized the university's readiness to open its doors to various education programs to maximize the benefits for the areas surrounding the university campus. Specifically, he welcomed the British Council's programs aimed at teaching and strengthening the English language, with the KCST campus serving as one of the centers. Al Begain highlighted that offering university facilities to benefit the local community, in collaboration with the British Council, reflects the university's commitment to social responsibility. He also emphasized that the university has recently launched the Centre of Innovation, Continuing Education and Training (CICET) to expand its services throughout Kuwait."
Tony Skinner, British Council Kuwait Director, emphasizes that “I am delighted that we are signing this agreement with KCST. At the British Council, we always look for ways that we can work with partners. Through this agreement with KCST, we hope to be able to make our English courses more easily accessible to the community. I am very grateful to the KCST management for their support, and I look forward to a long and mutually beneficial partnership with them.”
British Council courses are delivered by professionals and draw on over 80 years of global leadership experience in English teaching to make learning engaging, effective, and relevant. With younger children, there is a complementary focus on literacy, confidence, and communicative skills, while courses for older children also incorporate academic skills development, soft skills, and exam technique elements. Courses for adults provide flexible attendance models to suit busy lifestyles and allow participants to build their own study program by choosing from a catalogue of class themes which cover everything from preparing to take an IELTS test to workplace language skills, with regular progress checks, a digital learning hub, and feedback and guidance from English experts.