The State of Kuwait is one of the richest countries in the Arabian Gulf region. Neighbouring Saudi Arabia to the South and Iraq to the North, Kuwait sits on an estimated 9% of global oil reserves, of which a high percentage is easily extracted.
By the late 1990s, there were 300,000 students in state schools across Kuwait. By 2006, the Government of Kuwait spent almost 14% of government revenue on education, a figure that amounts to around 4% of GDP.
Kuwait is an important trading partner of the UK – visible exports reached £457 million in 2007 – and this relationship is further highlighted through outbound trends in student mobility.
With Kuwait’s expatriate community forming almost 60% of the population, a majority of the international student recruitment market are not native Kuwaitis. Expat incomes are high in Kuwait, outperforming most – if not all – Middle Eastern states for a range of managerial roles. In fact, according to the Middle East Expat Salary Survey, Kuwait equalled or outperformed the Middle East average in each of the 14 job roles studied.
In October 2015, BMI will hold its Global Education Fairs across the Middle East and will be visiting Kuwait City on October 30 and 31.