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Missouri State Students Travel to Kuwait

Seven students, a professor and a dean from Missouri State University leave tomorrow for a 10 day trip to Kuwait. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

Seven students, a professor and a dean from Missouri State University leave tomorrow for a 10 day trip to Kuwait.

The trip is part of an intersession course on American-Kuwait relations.

Students must pay tuition for taking the course but their travel expenses are being covered by the Kuwait Information Office in Washington, D.C.

Muhamad Olimat is a visiting professor of political science at Missouri State...He organized the academic course and the Kuwait trip.

He explains why the Kuwait Information Office is picking up the tab for the students.

The students going on the trip have varied interests in the Middle East.

Some hope to learn about the culture while others want to learn more about the language and government.

For most, this will be the first time they've visited that part of the world.

Jared Wenninger is a second year graduate student studying political science.

The students who leave for Kuwait tomorrow say this will be a chance to test their perceptions of what life is like in the Middle East.

Graduate student Christine Biondo says she hopes to have a career with the Central Intelligence Agency someday...She says this trip will help her better understand an important part of the world.

The organizer of the trip, Muhamad Olimat says he and the students will have a busy itinerary during their stay in Kuwait.

Olimat says he hopes visiting Kuwait will encourage students to consider a career in diplomacy or Middle East relations.

Olimat, the Dean of the College of Humanities and Public Affairs Lorene Stone and the seven Missouri State students will head to Kuwait tomorrow morning and will return December 23rd.