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KISR is a pioneering, independent, national institute of scientific excellence. It was established in 1967 by Japan's Arabian Oil Company Limited, in partial fulfillment of its obligations under an oil concession agreement with the government of the State of Kuwait. KISR's initial role was dedicated to developing three fields of national importance: petroleum, desert agriculture, and marine biology. Since then, KISR's role and responsibilities have expanded greatly to include the advancement of national industry and the undertaking of studies to address key challenges, such as the preservation of the environment, sustainable management of Kuwait's natural resources, responsible management of water and energy, and development of innovative methods of agriculture.

KISR was restructured by an Amiri decree issued in 1973, under which it became directly responsible, via its Board of Trustees, to the Council of Ministers. The main objectives of the institute, as specified in the decree, were to carry out applied scientific research. In 1981, KISR's status was further reviewed, and its role reconfirmed in the development of scientific research and technology in the country. In addition, the law broadened the mission and entrusted the institute with undertaking research and scientific and technological consultations for both the governmental and the private sectors in Kuwait, the Arabian Gulf region and the Arab world, and encouraged collaboration with international institutes.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), founded in 1861, is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and is one of the foremost U.S. institutions in science and technology. It is comprised of five schools and one college, including the renowned School of Engineering and Sloan School of Management, offering Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate degrees.Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) is the best university in the world according to the QS World University Rankings 2016-2017, a title it has regularly claimed over the last few years. Rated 5+ QS stars, it's achieved the maximum score across all categories, including research, employability, teaching, facilities, internationalization, innovation, specialist criteria and inclusiveness.

MIT is also the best university in the world for a number of subjects including, but not limited to, architecture, linguistics, computer science and information systems, engineering and technology, chemistry, mathematics, economics and econometrics. Based in Cambridge, MIT's labs and classroom continue to deliver pioneering research into the world's most pressing issues, such as cancer therapy, identity politics, global engagement, energy, public service and industry.

Kuwait university is the first public research university in the State of Kuwait and was established in 1966, under Act N. 29/1966. Its vision is to provide world-class education, and committed to advancing, preserving, and disseminating knowledge, in addition to preparing educated, enlightened and qualified human resources in order to realize the society developmental needs. The university aims to preserve and transmit knowledge through scholarship, and encourage innovation and development in the arts and the sciences. It comprises 17 colleges offering 76 undergraduate, 71 graduate programs.

The university facilities are spread over six campuses, offering programs in the sciences, engineering, humanities, medical and social sciences. Students are awarded Bachelor, Master and Doctoral degrees.