CILIP’s first Arabic course accredited at Kuwait’s national College of Basic Education

Kuwait College of Basic Education Teaching Team with CILIP assessors photo

CILIP are delighted to announce that that the new Bachelor of Arts in Information and Library Science at the College of Basic Education, Kuwait, has gained CILIP accreditation.

Helen Berry, CILIP’s Development Officer for Learning Providers said “We now have a third accredited provider in the Middle East offering our first ever Arabic programme. Our growing family in the Gulf is a key part of the world-wide network of institutions that offer quality programmes for learners seeking careers in the wide range of information and knowledge fields.”

Independent assessor Ann Hindson commented on how the development of the new programme demonstrates how the department has a commitment to continuously improving the student experience and providing excellent opportunities for new professionals in the field.

The first Arabic programme to be accredited by CILIP, the course provides solid preparation for professional practice and a suitable base for anybody entering the library, information and knowledge management profession. Head of the Department of Information Science, Dr Ekbal Al Othaimeen, expressed delight at the outcome which follows investment by the institute in a programme of course development over recent years.

The College of Basic Education is part of the Public Authority for Applied Education and Training (PAAET) - an academic institute in Kuwait comprising four colleges and six training institutes. It is the third CILIP accredited learning provider in the Middle East joining UCL Qatar and Sultan Qaboos University, Oman.

CILIP’s learning provider accreditation is designed to help students choose library and information career programmes that cover the essential skills and knowledge, and have been rigorously assessed. Programmes are assessed using the CILIP PKSB which identifies the core knowledge and skills of the profession. The PKSB is a flexible and practical tool which has been designed to be straight forward and comprehensive in order to capture the many different types of skills and knowledge that are expected of a modern information professional

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About CILIP

CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals is the leading professional body for librarians, information specialists and knowledge managers in the United Kingdom. www.cilip.org.uk

About the College of Basic Education

The College of Basic Education is part of the Public Authority for Applied Education and Training (PAAET) - an academic institute in Kuwait comprising four colleges and six training institutes. It is considered one of the largest institutes in the Middle East in terms of the number of enrolled students and offers a wide variety of programmes. It is the third CILIP accredited learning provider in the Middle East. http://www.paaet.edu.kw/mysite/Default.aspx?tabid=9789&language=en-US

About CILIP Accreditation for Learning Providers

There are currently 21 CILIP accredited Learning Providers offering 72 programmes and 9 stand-alone modules in a broad range of subjects from Information Capability Management to Book History and Material Culture.

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Photo kindly supplied by Dr Hanadi Buarki at The College of Basic Education

Some of the Department of Library and Information Science teaching team with assessor, Ann Hindson (front row 3rd from right), Head of Dept, Dr Ekbal Al Othaimeen (front row 4th from right) and Helen Berry, CILIP development Officer (front row centre).