ACK Industrial Advisory Board

Scope:

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  • Provide networking support with business leaders in the community allowing the college to develop strong industry partnerships and engagement with key industry decision makers.
  • Provide trends and scenarios for the medium term development of industry sectors needs with respect to:
  1. Professional abilities or competencies.
  2. Market forces.
  3. Structural changes that affect human capital.
  • The depiction of the trends of the industry needs are achieved for the above attributes and sectors through the development, and subsequent regular revision, of graduate attributes and Program-specific knowledge and skills (Program Educational Objectives), that fulfills industry requirements.
  • Provide a platform that can support and enhance ACK student internship and mentoring programs, by facilitating access to industry members’ organizations.
  • Facilitate sponsorship of academic and student activities
  • Provide a platform for industry contribution to the development and review of ACK strategic vision, growth and development, and conducting research.
  • Facilitate scholarships and funding applied research activities relevant to ACK mission and national strategy.
  • Provide advice on general activities to support the realization of the College mission and strategic plan.

Membership:

Internal Members:

Professor Isam Zabalawi

President

Mr. Sager Al Sharhan

Assistant to the President for Support Services

Prof. Hussein Abdullah

Vice President for Academic Affairs Acting & Dean - School of Business

Dr. Mohammed Abdul Niby

Dean - School of Engineering

Dr. Usameh Jamali

Board of Trustees Member

External Members:

Dr. Hamad Al-Hasawi

Kuwait Banking Association

General Secretary

Mrs. Huda Al-Baqshi

Kuwait Industries Union

General Manager

Mr. Faisal Mansour Sarkhou

KAMCO INVEST

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Al-Ajeel

Burgan Bank

Chairman

Mr. Ahmed Aqeel

Kuwait Business Town Real Estate Co. KSC

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Yaser Al-Kulaib

The Energy House Holding Company

Board of Trustees Member and Chairman of Audit Committee

Mr. Omran Hayat

Al-Mehan Holding Company

Managing Partner

Eng. Faisal Al-Atel

Kuwait Society of Engineers

Chairman

Achievements:

Academic Year 2017/2018
The Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) met several times and investigated the ACK Research Policy in order to take measurable steps in supporting faculty members to develop research projects in cooperation with industry. In addition, the IAB has opened the door to activate field visits for our students to industrial physical plants and to facilitate first-hand information regarding workplace environment. Furthermore, the IAB assisted in arranging host employers for student internships, and suitable placements after graduation. At the final IAB meeting for this year in April 2018, the following main outcomes were achieved:

  • Expanded internship placements. Further opportunities were arranged for ACK students   to benefit from internship placements as well as field trips at the IAB members’ workplaces.
  • International training and employment opportunities. It has now been agreed to provide opportunities for ACK students to undertake internships in IAB member organizations’ international branches and subsidiaries as well as possibilities for recruitment of ACK graduates in their international branches and subsidiaries.
  • Guest speaker program. Industry and business experts contributed toward the learning process of ACK students by their support with the weekly guest speaker program to share their professional and career experiences with ACK students and faculty.
  • Teaching and learning. Industry feedback regarding ACK interns and alumni in their industries was collected through the Industry Advisory Board committee and subcommittees. This input has been used toward the enhancement of teaching and learning.
  • Curriculum. A special exercise was undertaken with industry representatives to receive their feedback concerning the attributes and skills required for entry level114 positions. This information was then used to review and strengthen ACK curriculum and associated learning outcomes for improved employability of ACK alumni.
  • Research. In line with the ACK Research Strategy, further cooperation with industry was made to identify priority areas for research and availability of local facilities and resources for such purposes. Further, support from industry was forthcoming to enable ACK faculty members to expand research as well as potential sources of funding.
Academic Year 2018/2019
The Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) met several times and investigated the ACK Research Grant Policy in order to take measurable steps in supporting faculty members to develop research projects in cooperation with industry. In addition, the IAB has opened the door to activate field visits for our students to industrial physical plants and to facilitate first-hand information regarding workplace environment. Furthermore, the IAB assisted in arranging host employers for student internships, and suitable placements after graduation. At the final (IAB) meeting for this year in October 2018, the following main outcomes were achieved:

  • Expanded internship placements. Further opportunities were arranged for ACK students to benefit from internship placements as well as field trips at IAB members’ workplaces.
  • International training and employment opportunities. It has now been agreed to provide opportunities for ACK students to undertake internships in IAB member organizations’ international branches and subsidiaries as well as possibilities for recruitment of ACK graduates in their international branches and subsidiaries.
  • Guest speaker program. Industry and business experts contributed toward the learning process of ACK students by their support with the weekly guest speaker program to share their professional and career experiences with ACK students and faculty.
  • Teaching and learning. Industry feedback regarding ACK interns and alumni in their industries was collected through the Industry Advisory Board committee and subcommittees. This input has been used toward the enhancement of teaching and learning.
  • Curriculum. A special exercise was undertaken with industry representatives to receive their feedback concerning the attributes and skills required for entry level positions. This information was then used to review and strengthen ACK curriculum and associated learning outcomes for improved employability of ACK alumni.
  • Research. In line with the ACK Research Strategy, further cooperation with industry was made to identify priority areas for research and availability of local facilities and resources for such purposes. Further, support from industry was forthcoming to enable ACK faculty members to expand research as well as potential sources of funding.
  • Initiation of Sub Industry Advisory Board at each School and department level.
Academic Year 2019/2020
The Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) serves to make recommendations and provide advice about trends and changes in the industry that will employ our current and prospective students. The Industrial Advisory Board also provides practical feedback with the view of enhancing the curricula of various majors taught at the College. The Board not only plays an important public relations role by creating opportunities for industrial placements though internships and sourcing research projects for project-problem based learning units, but also provides staff with a fresh perspective on relevant business issues. The School of Engineering conducted a meeting on November 13, 2019 to discuss the curriculum development proposals in all disciplines with different representatives from the industry such as: GE Kuwait Technology Center (GEKTC), Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR), Kuwait Integrated Petroleum Industries Company (KIPIC), Al-Bahar CO. W.L.L and ABB Engineering Technologies Co.

As for the School of Business, the meeting was scheduled to be held during Spring 2019-2020; and got cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic.
Academic Year 2020/2021

1.1. Office of the President

1.1.1.  ACK Industry Advisory Board

The Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) met twice during the Academic Year 2020/2021 and discussed the following:

  • ACK’s Distance Learning Plan : The Bored commended ACK’s response to the
    COVID-19 Pandemic and its commitment to the academic progress of the students by providing an alternative education delivery system that utilized existing and emerging technologies to enhance the students learning experience while maintaining the flexibility, convenience and quality of the content delivered.
  • E-Internship Initiative: The IAB encouraged the development of the E-Internship initiative and provided some directions to guarantee the quality of the implementation. The internship unit was able to secure 33 virtual internships with 20 filled positions in six companies, in which 14 students took a virtual internship and 6 students attended physically twice a week. In Spring 2021, the unit secured 25 internships – filled 10 positions in five companies.
  • ACK’s Industrial Partnership Initiative. This is a joint initiative that ACK designed with Kuwait Industries Union (KIU) to establish a collaboration with local industries, in matters related to production, services, finance, etc. in order to achieve the following goals:
    • Bring industry to ACK’s campus and classrooms.
    • Enhance ACK’s Academic Programs.
    • Internship opportunities for ACK students.
    • Consultation
    • Support the Research projects.
    • Employment opportunities for ACK Alumni.
    • Workshop and activities
    • Donation and philanthropy Fellowships (Student Support)

 

  • As a result of this initiative, several visits were conducted by representatives from School of Engineering (SOE) and School of Business(SOB) that led to positive outcomes such as: 
    • Gulf Bank assisted the School of Business during ACK’s first and subsequent online semesters by providing an online internship program for our students, while ACK provided training for Gulf Bank representatives and guidance on Training Needs Analysis (TNA) to HR employees via Microsoft Teams.
    • Asnan Tower supported ACK School of Business students during the pandemic. The company placed 15 students within their branches.
    • Great Portland which is a Real Estate Development company, dealing in investment properties abroad. It placed two interns during the Fall 2020 semester.
    • ORP which is a young, dynamic company established in 2007 providing off-road and camping solutions, was able to host an intern in the Fall 2020 semester.
    • Harvard Training Center Kuwait which is a company established by a group of young Kuwaiti Entrepreneurs, supported School of Business by placing 10 interns during the two semesters.
    • Kuwait Flour Mills hosted an intern within their factory during the Fall 2020 semester.
    • Virtual guest speaker program. Industry and business experts were able to share their knowledge and expertise with ACK students and faculty members by participating in the virtual guest speaker program.

 

The ACK IAB members supported the establishment of specified Boards for the School of Engineering, School of Business and the School of Aviation.