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The Arab Open University in Kuwait seeks, through distance learning by using new information and communication technologies, to make higher education and continuing education accessible to every willing and capable Arab citizen, whether residing in urban, rural, or remote areas, particularly Arab women, while holding costs to society within reasonable bounds, to contribute to the training of highly qualified Arab workforce in fields which are essential for national and regional development, conducting research, studies, and consultations in these fields and generally contributing to enhancing the Arab citizen's cultural, social and scientific knowledge.
The Arab World is witnessing a rise in blended higher education venues and is constantly assessing their viability and impact on our development. The Arab Open University (AOU) takes pride in being the pioneer of this ambitious project. It stands ready to nurture the new concept in university education delivery at the highest standards. Since its inception in 2002, AOU has strived to offer blended higher learning programs in strategic partnership with the Open University in the United Kingdom. The Board of Trustees has created AOU's mandate on the premise of offering unique educational quality and assurance of equal learning opportunities for all eligible students.
AOU cherishes its social contribution, which we strive to achieve through a team spirit in our work environment and an attitude of being one family in serving our students. With that quality, we endeavor to facilitate the students' relevant affairs and assist them in overcoming challenges they might face in their studies. AOU is excited to inform its community that it has started offering new graduate and post-graduate programs to accommodate needs and requests. In doing so, we will enrich our alumni database with professionals in all disciplines and thus further fulfill our corporate social responsibility.
The Board of the Arab Open University (AOU) held its 58th meeting on 6 March 2017 at the AOU-HQ building. The meeting was headed by Prof. Moudi Al-Humoud, President of the AOU, and attended by Prof. Mohammad Hamadan, Advisor of the AOU, Vice Presidents, Deans, AOU branch Directors, several department directors, and representatives of AOU faculty members.
The initiative taken by AOU Board of Trustees, chaired by HRH Prince Talal Bin Abdulaziz, in adopting the new learning concept of "blended learning" reflects his HRH great interest in advancing Arab youth Arab future generations. Blended learning is considered one of the advanced learning systems. AOU has been accredited with this system by British Open University since 2001. AOU, with headquarters in the State of Kuwait, established several branches and learning centers in seven Arab states. The Kuwait branch is considered one of the essential branches as it provides its learning services to nearly five thousand students.
In the process of developing the AOU Board of Trustees had initiated and approved the "Master Program" for MBA, English Literature, Software development, and Education. Furthermore, a new premise for Campus of Kuwait Branch is in its final stages, which will be furnished with all necessary and up-to-date equipment, including learning resources to serve our students.
AOU is a non-profit university that has eight branches in the Arab World. These branches are located in Kuwait, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Jordan, Bahrain, Oman, and Sudan. Dual degrees accredited by the Open University in the UK and equated by the Supreme Council of Universities in Kuwait. A flexible learning system, since AOU, adopts a combination of face to face and distance learning education. Full scholarship for academically superior students.
Students receive academic probations if their GPA is lower than 2.00 in each separate semester. Students do not receive academic probations in summer courses. Students who have applied for postponement of studies will not receive academic probations in the postponed semester. Students that exceed five academic probations in a row are suspended from the university.
Students may postpone their studies for four separate semesters. Students should provide reasons for their postponements. Students who exceed their four-time postponement chances will be suspended. Postponement of study is not permitted for newly admitted students in the first semester of their studies. Students that do not register for a semester without applying for postponement will be regarded as non-continuous. Students that receive three non-continuous statuses in a row will be suspended.

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