ACK’s Health, Safety and Security Protocols success story shared with KAS

The Occupational Health and Safety department at ACK visited the Kuwait American School (KAS) in order to assist them in preparing their campus and facilities according to the health safety and security protocols for the return of their students.

ACK’s initiative with KAS was initiated by conducting a safety audit of the school campus and developing a comprehensive guide booklet for them with all needed health, safety, and security protocols for the school to adopt for anticipated students return to school campus in September 2021.

On another note, ACK’s journey with COVID had many milestones and landmarks including being the first College to have students on campus to continue their practical sessions in 2020. The setup for these practical classes took a lot of preplanning, safety auditing and effort to embed all needed protocols ensuring the risk of cross-infection is minimal.

The implemented strategy resulted in the success of their efforts, hence, the College wanted to take that experience and learning curve of having students on campus at a time of COVID and help assist schools in preparing their campuses with all needed health, safety, and security protocols.

On this occasion, Ms. Mariam Al Maraghi, ACK’s Health and Safety Manager, highlighted that educational sectors have an important role in the development of society and community involvement.

Ms. Maraghi further added: “It is both our moral duty and work ethic as an educational sector to continue embedding a positive safety culture, not only for our College, but also to branch this positive safety culture in our beloved country.”

ACK Held Teaching and Learning Excellence Virtual Forum

The Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) at the Australian College of Kuwait (ACK), held the Teaching and Learning Excellence in the E-Era Forum on June 2nd 2021. The Forum was held virtually aiming to strengthen post-pandemic practical teaching strategies and reflection in real-life situations, to yield effective contributors to the job market and society that empower deeper reasoning, thinking out of the box, and long-term retention of information.

The Forum focused on tackling the subjects of distance learning and the changes brought upon the teaching and learning process because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Following keynote speeches, the Forum consisted of two panels. The first panel’s discussion focused on practicality in online teaching, while the second panel highlighted the role of technology in shaping the future of higher education.

The Teaching and Learning Forum takes place every year with topics that help enhance the teaching and learning experience of educators and invites local and international speakers with panel discussions and workshops to ensure educators are updated on new teaching and learning pedagogies.

Commenting on the importance of the forum, Ms. Rola Mourdaa, Manager of TLC, said: “I believe in the important role that us as educators play to contribute to the development of a nation and it is our responsibility to work in alignment with Kuwait’s 2035 ambitious economic vision. This forum served as a platform for educators to implement post-pandemic practical teaching strategies. Teachers make a difference every day, and we want this difference to count.”

ACK Renews Cooperation Agreement with MOD

The Australian College of Kuwait (ACK) has renewed a Cooperation Agreement with the Ministry of Defense (MOD). This significant agreement was signed by Eng. Sager Al-Sharhan – Assistant to the President for Support Services at ACK and on the Ministry of Defense’s side, Head of the Military Education Authority Major General Fahd Mohammed Al-Tariji.

The Agreement included the providing of training, where the College uses its expertise and specialized competencies to introduce educational and technical programs, whether in the establishment of training courses or the preparation of specialized curricula and consultations.

Commenting on this success, Eng. Sager Al-Sharhan, said: “The relationship between ACK and MOD has always been solid and we are so happy to collaborate closely with them again and strengthen it. We are fully equipped to support them in the field of education and training and we are looking forward to constant cooperation with other official entities in the country, for the favor of our beloved country and our students.”

It is worth mentioning that the School of Aviation at ACK had successfully introduced the B1.1+B2 combined course providing its B1.1 graduates additional progressive path, which also allows them to pursue their education and earn recognition locally, regionally and internationally. Upon course completion, students may then apply for B1.1 and B2 AME licenses. This combined course will grant ACK’s students an advantage and priority in the job market.

ACK Successfully Held Its First Virtual Career Fair

The Alumni and Career Placement Center at the Australian College of Kuwait (ACK) successfully held its first Virtual Career Fair on the 26th and 27th of May 2021. The Fair witnessed the participation of more than 50 companies from different sectors in Kuwait, and served as a great platform for networking, career, and internship opportunities for its students and alumni. The Fair was also successful because of the generous contribution and sponsorship of its Platinum Sponsors such as Kuwait Finance House, Boubyan Bank, National Bank of Kuwait, The Kuwaiti Danish Dairy Company, Gulf Bank, and AlSayer Facilities Company and Gold Sponsors AlAhli Bank of Kuwait, Khibra, Commercial Bank of Kuwait, and Alargan International Real Estate Company.

Continuing on the footsteps of the Annual Career Fair, this year’s Virtual Career Fair sought to give students and alumni the same opportunity to be in touch with companies and recruiters despite the challenges presented by the global pandemic and the shift from a traditional fair to a digital platform.

The move in platforms has provided many benefits to both students and employers, and streamlined the career application process. Students were able to easily submit their resumes online and get in touch with recruiters directly, and recruiters were able to update their vacancies in real time. Besides the tools to ease the application process, the Fair also included various workshops and webinars to further enrich attendees. The Virtual Career Fair Platform will remain online until 30 June 2021 for students and employers to continue benefiting from it.

Commenting on the success of the Fair, Dr. Ayad Salhieh, Assistant to the President for Student Relations, said: “I am utterly pleased with the positive feedback we received from the companies and attendees on how we did despite the unprecedented challenges of the global pandemic, which required outstanding dedication and innovative efforts from the Alumni and Career Placement team who has never failed to continuously improve their services”.