KUWAIT: Sheikh Mubarak Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah announced the launch of a new scholarships grant’s program that enables outstanding students to complete their higher studies in the United Kingdom, pointing out that this new initiative includes Kuwaiti and Arab students, and paving the way for them to complete their bachelor's and master's studies at the University of Buckingham in the UK.

Sheikh Mubarak said that the launch of this scholarships grant’s program comes in line with our eagerness to sponsor and support outstanding students, and to invest in education to qualify Kuwaiti and Arab students to excel in their scientific and professional careers, and to develop and upgrade the skills necessary for the labor market. In a statement, Sheikh Mubarak said, after signing the scholarships grant’s agreement with Professor Dr James Tooley, Vice Chancellor of the University of Buckingham, that the launch of the new initiative coincided with University of Buckingham’s ceremony celebration of its fortieth anniversary of its royal charter granted by the late British Queen Elizabeth II in 1983.

Sheikh Mubarak pointed to the special place that the University of Buckingham occupies in his heart and the cherished memories it evokes, as it is the university from which he personally graduated with a BA in economics and political science, before joining the University of Cambridge to complete postgraduate studies, graduating with a master's degree in international relations. On the sidelines of the ceremony, Sheikh Mubarak affirmed that his sponsorship of the new scholarship grant’s program embodies the depth of partnership and friendship between Kuwait and Britain and their joint commitment toward economic prosperity through the education sector.

The new scholarships grant’s program sponsored by Sheikh Mubarak Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah comes on Kuwait remembrance of the Iraqi brutal invasion on the August 2. Kuwait marks this day by paying tribute to all the martyrs, in the honor of all who lost their lives and those who participated in the international coalition alliance for liberation of Kuwait. Moreover, we do not forget that then, the British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, was key figure in defending the rights of Kuwait sovereignty, she upheld principles of democracy, freedom, justice and rule of law.

Baroness Thatcher was a true loyal friend of Kuwait, and the most prominent advocate and supporter of Kuwait’s just cause of its liberation from treachery, injustice and aggression, and thus she well deserved the title The Iron Lady. It is noteworthy that the University of Buckingham has a close association with the former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, when she was Minister of Education, she oversaw the establishment of the university in 1973 as the first private university in the United Kingdom, and it was also, after becoming Prime Minister, the primary role she played in obtaining the university’s royal charter by the late Queen Elizabeth II in 1983. Thatcher's close relationship with the university continued after her retirement from politics, where she held the position of Chancellor of the University of Buckingham from 1992 until 1998.