The symposium aims at providing a platform for exchanging experiences with Project Based Learning (PBL) in Higher Education.
It will facilitate communication between engineering practitioners and educators related to expectations and the application of PBL.
|Prof. Anette Kolmos||Dr. Ronald Ulseth|
|Aalborg Centre for Problem Based Learning in Engineering Science and Sustainability, Aalborg University, Denmark||Director of Academics and Research, Iron Range Engineering / Minnesota State University, USA|
|Date||5th March 2017|
|Location||Australian College of Kuwait, Mishref, building 1, auditorium|
|Symposium program (preliminary)|
|09:00 - 09:30||Opening Session|
|09:30 - 10:30||1. Keynote Speech “PBL – history, cases and evidence ”, Prof. Anette Kolmos, Aalborg University|
|10:30 - 10:45||Coffee Break|
|10:45 - 11:00||Presentation “Project Based Learning in the School of Engineering, Australian College of Kuwait (ACK)”, Dr. Martin Jaeger, ACK|
|11:00 - 12:00||2. Keynote Speech “Industry-based development of student competences in PBL”, Dr. Ronald Ulseth, Minnesota State University|
|12:00 – 12:30||Panel Discussion “Potential and Challenges of Project Based Learning”|
|12:30 – 13:30||Lunch|
|13:30 - 14:15||“PBL Principles – from teaching to learning – a shift in the paradigm”, Prof. Anette Kolmos, Aalborg University|
|14:15 - 15:00||“Students’ Learning”, Dr. Ronald Ulseth, Minnesota State University|
|15:00 - 15:15||Closing Ceremony|
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For questions, please send an email to PBL-Symposium@ack.edu.kw
The internship program worked very closely with some of Kuwait’s top institutions, such as the Kuwait Oil Company, Kuwait National Petroleum Company, Schlumberger, Kuwait Airways, The Ministry of Electricity and Water, Gulf Consult, Al Argan International Real Estate Company, Al Ahlia Contracting Group, Al Bahar Company, Al Sanea Chemical Products, Kuwait Aviation Fuelling Company, Cargo Transport System and Pencil Design.
In this collaborative effort between ACK and industry, a well formulated internship training plan is developed to enable students to grasp how businesses operate and the role their profession plays relative to the workplace.
The School of Engineering at ACK is committed to growing its internship program to ensure its students develop the skills and knowledge necessary for success in their future careers.
Kuwait Airways internship students left to right: Yousef Al Tourah, Faisal Alkhadhari, Hussain Al Jazzaf, Abdullah Mansour, Mubarak Al Sultan, Saqer Al Harbi, Saud Al Rashidi, Majed Al Meedi, Abdullah Al Hasan, Yousef Boushehri.
ACK’s School of Business students attended the “Choice Theory” Course from the William Glasser Institute (WGI), USA. The course, founded by Dr. William Glasser in 1967, helps people understand themselves and better manage the events and people in their lives, providing a strong foundation for Leadership Management.
Over 10 ACK students participated in the course as an extracurricular activity to provide them with skills and competitive edge in the field of Management, proudly receiving certifications from WGI. After completing the 27- hour course, they continued to the Basic Practicum Course in preparation for the Advanced Level.
ACK participated in Kuwait’s “First Conference on Strategic Financial Management” organized by Infinity International Company and held at The Regency Hotel. ACK was represented by Dr. Mohamad Atyeh - Assistant Professor in the School of Business - who delivered a workshop entitled “The Relationship between Risk & Returns and Its Effects on Financial Market”.
During his workshop, Dr. Atyeh discussed the corporate governance and its importance in various financial institutions. In addition, he recommended reviewing the corporate governance rules and regulations on a continuous basis to avoid any risks that might negatively affect the shareholders and the organizational financial performance, which would lead to breakdown of the financial market and the economy in general.
ACK hosted a seminar, featuring guest speaker Mr. Fawzi Al Aradi, a Bahraini Enterpriser Strategist, entitled: “Distributive Innovation and Return on Investment”.
Mr. Fawzi focused on two key aspects which were finding innovative people for our nation and how to provide them with the right tools and environment to make them innovate, while expressing thoughts on the contemporary challenges overcoming the region, the possible causes associated with the chain effect of these key driving forces on a number of key industries within the GCC, including oil, power and building development.
In addition, Al Aradi presented a Harvard Business Review study, discussing what differentiates innovators from the rest: the ability to engage both left and right sides of their brain gives them leverage in the fine skills needed to innovate: associations , questioning, observing, experimenting and networking.
ACK students had the experience of a lifetime as they completed an internship program with the National Bank of Kuwait (NBK).
As a part of ACK's continuous efforts to improve the skills of its students and in preparing them for the real-world corporate responsibilities, ACK has collaborated with NBK to provide training to its students through a 3-week internship program. Over the years, NBK has remained the leading and largest financial institution in Kuwait with effective market dominance in the commercial banking market.
ACK delivers a unique mix of practical and theoretical learning, therefore the College strongly believes in providing internship opportunities to its students, such as this, to experience things taught in the classroom and how they are applied in a professional setting. In turn, this provides ACK graduates with invaluable skills and knowledge to further their development and prepare them for their professional careers.
ACK students had the experience of a lifetime as they completed an internship program with “Ameed Plaza”, a company specialized in the fields of trade, food & beverage, marketing solutions, advertising and real estate consultation.
As a part of ACK's continuous efforts to improve the skills of its students and in preparing them for the real-world corporate responsibilities, ACK has collaborated with Ameed Plaza to provide training to its students through an internship program.
ACK delivers a unique mix of practical and theoretical learning. Therefore, the College strongly believes in providing internship opportunities to its students, such as this, to experience things taught in the classroom and how they are applied in a professional setting. In turn, this provides ACK graduates with invaluable skills and knowledge to further their development and prepare them for their professional careers.
ACK has won the 2016 University Athletics Association of Kuwait (UAAK) Basketball League’s Championship Cup outperforming other university teams, including AUM, GUST, AUK, and AOU.
The UAAK tournament is known for its competitive atmosphere, whereby university teams face each other in a grueling schedule over several months with the leader crowned Champion and holder of the cup until the following season.
ACK participated in the Second “World InterUniversities Championship – EuroRoma 2016” held in Rome, Italy. The tournament witnessed participation from all over Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, North and South America in the four day championship with approximately 2,500 university students!
For the consecutive second year, ACK was the only university participating from Kuwait and it was represented by its male football team, female futsal team and the table tennis team.
ACK congratulates all its athletes while encouraging them to participate in sports and health-related activities, only benefiting them in their pursuit of achieving their academic and non-academic goals.
ACK held its 2nd Health Day for students, staff, Alumni and families. The objective of the event was to raise awareness on Prostate Cancer and the importance of its early detection.
ACK’s Business Management students played an integral role in organizing the Health Day, as students have been studying Event Management this semester and relished the opportunity to put their new-found event skills into real life practice. They were responsible for planning and implementing a large number of activities for the children’s program, as well as creating a diverse program that included parkour, bubble ball football, slippery slides, magic shows and educational games in line with the event’s ‘Movember’ theme.
Organized by the Office of the Dean, a Decathlon was also set up for students, staff and graduates of ACK, including different sports activities, such as football, basketball, tennis and volleyball. Winning teams were awarded gold medals and trophies.
The event was concluded by a donation of KD/1,000 to the representatives of the Cancer Awareness National Campaign (CAN) on behalf of ACK students, staff and Alumni as a sign of support to the cause.