By Merfat Abdeldayem
KUWAIT, Aug 3 (KUNA) -- The expansion of the Scientific Center of Kuwait will contribute to the advancing of science and knowledge in the country in accordance with His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah's vision.
The expansion -- supported by the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science (KFAS) -- aims at encouraging current and future generations to continue pursuing knowledge, science and education.
Speaking to KUNA on the issue, Deputy KFAS Director Dr. Salem Al-Hajraf said that the center, established in 2000 under the auspices and attendance of the late Amir Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, was a cornerstone in Kuwait's scientific education.
KFAS, a non-profit instituted founded in 1976, will use all of its resources to back all efforts for advancing science, affirmed Al-Hajraf.
On her part, General Manager of the Scientific Center Rana Al-Nibari said that the expansion project would include a three-stories building at a space of 30,000 square meters in addition to outer renovations to the old building.
The new facility will cater to the needs of visitors and will include classrooms, training halls, and new intriguing facilities, she indicated, revealing that the initial expansion process began on June 2018 with a budget of KD 36 million. The expansion project is expected to finish on June 30, 2021.
In regards to the original center building, Al-Nibari revealed that in 2018, the facility hosted some 500,000 visitors of which 20 percent were from schools and various education facilities.
The center also offer internship programs for volunteers during the summer season, she indicated.
In April 2013, the Scientific Center inked the initial agreement to develop the expansion project, which will include new and interesting facilities.
The Scientific Center was the brainchild of late Amir Sheikh Jaber. It was built at a cost of KD 25 million. (end) mrf.gta