The School of Engineering at ACK has officially welcomed back Engineering students back on campus for their practical sessions. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the College had to make some changes and apply the combination of online and in-person training classes.
“This semester was special for all of us due to the unprecedented circumstances of COVID-19 pandemic in the state of Kuwait and the whole world. However, our students and faculty members did their best to proceed in their learning process during this challenging period.” Said Dr. Mohammed Abdul Niby, Dean of the School of Engineering.
The re-opening strategy is in compliance with guidelines set by the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Higher Education, and upon the approval of the Private Universities Council (PUC) to physically attend only selected practical lab session for the engineering. In addition, the College has set lots of precautionary measures to ensure everyone’s safety.
The Health and Safety Department at ACK prepared the health, safety and security guidelines and procedures for the safe return of the students and faculty members. Mandatory protocols are placed on ground to reduce the transmission of the communicable disease at the College, and a fully detailed booklet was shared with ACK community to enlighten them with the steps taken for reassurance.
The precautionary plan includes a mandatory temperature check and mandatory personal protective equipment. All students entering the campus must be wearing masks and students were given their own personal protection equipment on their first day of resumption that will be mandatory to have when attending the on-campus practical sessions. In addition, students were asked to practice social distancing and wash their hands regularly. To further raise awareness and ensure the safety of ACK’s community, awareness signages were placed around campus, regular sterilization of ACK’s buildings, increase supplies of sanitizer and increase the frequency of cleaning.
From his end, Dr. Mortadha Alsaba, School of Engineering Labs Manager commented: “We, the School of Engineering, along with Health & Safety Department tried our best to ensure a safe environment for our students. At ACK, we strongly believe that students should graduate with not only academic knowledge but also with the required practical hands-on experience.”