Abdulaziz Al-Babtain

KUWAIT: The Abdulaziz Saud Al-Babtain Cultural Foundation, and the Center for the Study and Practice of Conflict Resolution at the University of Malta signed a memorandum of understanding to establish Abdulaziz Saud Al-Babtain Peace Chair at the university to promote and teach a culture of peace.

A press release issued by the foundation Sunday said that the signing came within the keenness of the President of Malta Dr George Villa, and the Chairman of the Foundation's Board of Trustees Abdulaziz Saud Al-Babtain, to develop cooperative relations with institutions, organizations, research centers and regional as well as international universities.

Dr George Villa

The statement emphasized the foundation's endeavor to spread a culture of just peace worldwide and to establish the rules of peaceful coexistence among people, as it had previously established many scientific centers in universities in several countries, including England, Italy, Holland and Spain. The chair's activities include a scholarship for one student to enroll in a master's program in Mediterranean Conflict Resolution and Security at the university, it explained.

Successful candidates will receive a master's degree in Conflict Resolution and Mediterranean Security from the University of Malta and a master's degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University, it added. The statement referred to other activities of the chair, including organizing an annual academic symposium entitled "Building a Culture of Just Peace," which brings together academic experts to discuss issues related to peacebuilding from various perspectives.

The chair offers an academic exchange program to provide support for a lecturer from the University of Malta to visit Kuwait University and universities in the Arab world to carry out research and give lectures on issues related to peace for 4-5 days, as well as for a lecturer from Kuwait or the Arab world to visit the University of Malta.

Meanwhile, Babtain said on this occasion that the establishment is a necessary step in order to instill and develop a culture of peace and activate "the foundations of our institution and completing its approach that seeks to popularize a culture of just peace. "It is worth noting that the foundation is holding the Second Edition of the World Forum for Culture of Peace in Malta under the auspices of Dr Villa, which will be held next March under the title "Leadership for Peace." - KUNA