AGU’s students win “Kanoo” award for scientific research


Six research papers done by graduate students from the Colleges of Graduate Studies and Medicine and Medical Sciences of the Arabian Gulf University (AGU) won the Yusuf bin Ahmed Kanoo Award in its ninth edition, in the scientific research category.

The award, given annually to the best scientific university research was won by graduate of AGU Nawaf Buaijan Al-Mutairi from Kuwait for his master’s thesis presented to the Department of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resources, entitled “Spatial Assessment of Water Quality in Kuwait’s Atmosphere Using the Water Quality Guide, Statistical Analysis and Geographic Information Systems”.

Dr Moda Isa Al-Nashmi, Kuwaiti PhD holder in Molecular Medicine from AGU, also received an award for her PhD thesis “Differential Gene Expression and White Blood Cell Antibodies in Bahraini MS Patients.” In the field of open learning and distance learning, graduate of the distance learning programme at AGU, researcher Aisha Mohammed Al-Foudri, won for her thesis “Designing an Interconnective Environment for Mobile Learning and its Impact on Developing Higher Thinking Skills and Students’ Satisfaction with Learning”.

While the gifted education specialist, Kuwaiti researcher Reema Hussain Al-Mutairi won for master’s thesis “Building a Development Readiness Test to Diagnose Learning Difficulties Among Primary School Students in the Kingdom of Bahrain”. In the field of Gifted Education, researcher Muna Hamad Al-Tarif from Saudi Arabia won for her master’s thesis “Effectiveness of the Future Leadership Programme in Developing Transformational Leadership Behaviour Among Talented Students in the First Intermediate Grade In Riyadh”. From the Department of Innovation and Technology Management, Muna Faisal Al-Otaibi won for her thesis entitled “Evaluating Factors Affecting the Adoption and Usage of Electronic Employment in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia”.

The Yusuf Bin Ahmed Kanoo Award aims to incentivise individual or group work that contributes to a qualitative addition to Arab societies, especially in the GCC countries, honouring scientists, authors, researchers and creators, and contributing to the development of a scientific environment that encourages thinking and creativity. The Kanoo family has allocated a financial sum to be invested, the profits of which are given as awards in various fields.

For the first time this edition of the award presented five new fields: economics, short films, visual arts, entrepreneurship, and scientific university research, for which AGU was chosen as a model.

It’s worth noting that AGU had formed a selection committee of academics to nominate the best scientific research presented in the master’s and doctorate theses from the College of Medicine and College of Graduate Studies, in its technical and educational fields. The committee decided to nominate the six award winning names after a wide search and careful evaluation of the outputs of its students and research graduates.