The Climate Report 2017/18 - Page 56

Long-term R&D / Innovation Strategies:
Overview of KISR
Eng. Mohammed Al-Homoud
Executive Director
Marketing Commercialization Sector
Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research
Kuwait’s scientific activities are distributed among
several units, but mainly between Kuwait University
for academic research and Kuwait Institute for
Scientific Research for applied research. Other
research units perform diagnostic and service-type
research. Despite its short period of engagement in
scientific activities, Kuwait’s achievements can be
placed in four areas: development of scientific
infrastructures, development of skilled human
resources, studies and research projects; and
establishment of scientific databases. All of these
achievements manifest themselves in the form of
maintenance of a sound scientific infrastructure,
solutions for many developmental problems,
production of knowledge systems, attraction of noted
scientists, active participation in conferences and
committees, and publications in a variety of arenas.
The objectives delineated in this decree, which have
helped chart the course of KISR’s work over the
years, were to:
Conduct research for the advancement of industry
and protection of the environment;
Study the utilization of natural resources, water
resources and energy resources;
Improve agricultural methods, develop local
aquaculture, and provide research and technical
services to advise public and private institutions;
Study methods for diversifying national revenues;
Orient research towards social and economic
Conduct research and provide advisory services
for relevant authorities;
Encourage Kuwaiti youth to pursue careers in
Keep abreast of the latest scientific and
technological developments, as well as adaptation
potentials, and provide government bodies with
scientific documentation and information; and
Establish co-operative relations with higher
education institutes and centers for S&T in Kuwait
and abroad (for joint research, and exchange of
information and expertise).
KISR was established in Kuwait in February 1967, by
the Arabian Oil Company Limited (Japan), in
fulfilment of its obligations under an Oil Concession
Agreement with the Kuwait government. In 1973, the
agreement with the Arabian Oil Company of Japan
was revised, as a result of which the government of
Kuwait assumed direct responsibility for development
of S&T in the country. KISR was reorganized under
an Amiri decree issued on July 4, 1973, and the
objectives of the institute were redefined. However,
the program of research laid down earlier was
continued, with the major areas remaining the same,
i.e., agriculture, petroleum and marine biology and
fisheries. New programs were added in the form of
new units to strengthen the existing departments.
In its new vision, KISR aspires to be the leading
institution in the GCC with an international reputation
and the first regional source to go for dependable,
trustworthy advice on innovation solutions. This will
attract the best international organizations to partner
with KISR for mutual benefit, thus increasing KISR’s
technology reach and scope. The visions statement of
KISR is as follows: “By 2030, KISR will be
internationally acknowledged as the region’s most
highly respected S&T institution and knowledge
gateway, and recognized as a driving force for
sustainable economic prosperity and quality of life.”
During the early years of KISR’s development,
another Amiri decree, No. 28 in 1981, granted KISR
its own charter. This decree has served as the major
force guiding the development of KISR’s strategic
programs since that time.


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