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Engineering Education In Bahrain

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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Engineers & Engineering Education in Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, and Turkey

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9.547.1 - 9.547.5



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Hisham Abdulmallik Al-Shahabi

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Session No 3460, Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Engineering Education in Bahrain

Hisham Shihaby

Bahrain Society of Engineers

Role of Bahrain Society of Engineers in Continuing Education


One of the main objectives of the Bahrain Society of Engineers is to serve engineers, the profession and the community at large. The society started offering its members financial assistance to attend conferences outside Bahrain and went further to partly- finance members applying for graduate studies. More recently, The society has established a training centre offering a variety of courses not only to its members but also to the engineering community throughout the gulf region. This paper will outline the contribution of the Society to continuing engineering education.


Formal primary education was launched in 1919 through the initiative of a group of enlightened Bahrainis who formed what was then known as the National Committee for Education.

Prior to that there were a few private schools with a small student intake & traditional Quoran Learning Centres which offered a limited number of places for both male & female attendees.

To start with formal primary education was limited to male students, females had to wait until 1928 when the first all females primary school was inaugurated.

By 1930, the duties and responsibilities of the National Committee for Education were taken over by the government of Bahrain.

The first batch of the primary school graduates, six male students, were sent to Beirut –Lebanon- to continue their education.

Secondary education for males was started in 1940 & for females in 1951.

The government, recognizing the need for trained technicians, established the first technical school in 1937. Students were offered courses in auto- repairs, plumbing & carpentry. However

“Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright ©, American Society for Engineering Education”

Abdulmallik Al-Shahabi, H. (2004, June), Engineering Education In Bahrain Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--12762

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