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The Professional Development Initiative (PDI) is a signature program developed by the Embassy of Kuwait in the United States, the Ministry of Higher Education in Kuwait, the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS), and the National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce (NUSACC). It is an important success story in promoting capacity-building in the Arab world. On a competitive basis, Kuwaiti graduates of universities in the United States are selected semi-annually to participate in the PDI program. Now starting its fourth year, PDI Fellows have been placed in yearlong fellowships with companies across the United States, such forms as Boeing Company, DOW Chemical Company, GE, Intel, MetLife, Onward Engineering, Philadelphia International Medicine, and others.
Promoting Knowledge Transfer
The PDI is designed to benefit U.S. host companies and Kuwaiti graduates of U.S. universities. It is a corporate social responsibility (CSR) opportunity for U.S. companies to support education and cross-cultural exchange with the purpose of establishing stronger commercial relations between the United States and the State of Kuwait. U.S. companies tap into highly motivated Kuwaiti graduates who bring the latest academic knowledge, specialized training, international experience, and understanding of the Kuwaiti market to these American companies. PDI Fellows have an opportunity to gain valuable on-the-job experience in an American professional work environment, thereby laying groundwork for Kuwait – U.S. leadership development, economic growth, and productive job creation.
For more information about the structure of the Professional Development Initiative, its stakeholders, and the benefits that this program offers to U.S. host companies, click HERE.