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.
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”.
ACK held its graduation ceremony on Wednesday 26th of May 2021, virtually under the Patronage of his Excellency Dr. Mohammed Abdullatif AlFaris, the Minister of Oil and Minister of Higher Education.
The traditional graduation ceremony was shifted due to the Pandemic and scheduled to a virtual celebration with the attendance of ACK’s Board of Trustees, International Partners, ACK academic and administrative employees, Alumni, families and friends of graduating students.
The Pandemic has not stopped ACK Students learning nor helping their peers and the community during the challenging days. At the ceremony, a short film was screened; giving ACK community a trip down memory lane about the obstacles and the challenges that we had to overcome from the beginning of the pandemic in order to pursue our Mission.
The ceremony began with speeches given by Eng. Omar Ali Al-Kandari – Acting Secretary General of the General Secretariat of the Private Universities Council – on behalf of the Minister of Oil and Minister of Higher Education, Dr. Sa’ad Al Omari – Chairman of Board of Trustees, Mr. Alastair Dawson – Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor and Vice President (International and Services Division) at Central Queensland University, and Prof Isam Zabalawi – President of ACK. Two of ACK honor graduates Shahad Dawara, and Ahmad Ashkanany also gave their speeches.
Prof. Zabalawi said, “Today marks a special day as we are celebrating the graduation of a new cohort of the Australian College of Kuwait students. We gathered to confer upon them the degrees they deserve. This is to acknowledge and endorse their dedicated work during the past few years. We are here to honor their achievements and to say to them congratulation we are proud of you.”
“Over the years, I have presided over many graduations. While each ceremony is special, this year’s graduation is incomparable and a remarkable one. You were determined and resilient. You adapted to difficult circumstances and succeeded. You realized the skills you will need to navigate your career and become acquainted. You have sought to do something and have done it. You overcame all the barriers and completed the founding phase in your career with success. I have every confidence that you are ready for the next journey ahead.”
In his speech, Dr. Saad Al Omari thanked The Private Universities Council for their guidance, support, and Prof. Isam for his exemplary leadership of the institution. “We are obliged tonight to celebrate the graduation of the class of 2020 virtually, one of the many adjustments we’ve had to make to our lives during these trying times. Indeed, we have had to respond with speed and flexibility to profound uncertainty since the pandemic struck. We adopted E-learning quickly and efficiently to provide a student-centered learning experience that is effective, adaptable and well suited to the needs of all learners and partners. Ensuring that our current graduates are well prepared with the skills they need to take their place in a brave new world. Our students, faculty, and staff have adapted quickly to enormous and a times surreal change with speed and agility and this is very much appreciated. To the entire ACK community… I salute you and I am proud to be one of you.” he added.
In her speech, Bachelor Graduate Shahad Dawara said: “Looking further back on my journey, entering ACK was exciting and strange for me all at the same time. At the beginning, I always wanted to achieve more as a student and ACK thankfully gave me the opportunity to do exactly that. ACK has empowered us by giving us the opportunity to participate in competitions, volunteer and work as part timers, which has increased our experience in life.”
From his part, Diploma graduate Ahmad Ashkanany stressed on the importance of the dedication and addressing to fellow graduates concluded: “I would just like to say that if I can stand here today and address you all as valedictorian, you most definitely can accomplish great things and to a much larger extent. I am not exceptional. I am not a genius, however, dedication and focus was key throughout my journey here at ACK and I intend to carry these qualities forward with me in my next chapter. And so, to end this speech, I hope you all take advantage of what you have and I wish you a wonderful, successful and fulfilling life.”
The Alumni and Career Placement Center at ACK is organizing its very first Virtual Career Fair which is scheduled to be held over the span of two days. The Fair will last from Wednesday, May 26 to Thursday, May 27, 2021. The Virtual Career Fair aims to provide ACK graduates and students great networking and recruitment opportunities similar to the annual in-person ACK Career Fairs but due to the recent Pandemic challenges, the fair is now moved to a digital platform.
The Career Fair will give both students and alumni a valuable opportunity to get in touch with over 46 recruiters directly, and will include various workshops and seminars prior to the fair days in order to maximize the benefits and enrich ACK graduates and students with lots of recruitment hints and tips.
On this occasion, ACK would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous contribution and participation. The Platinum Sponsors are: Kuwait Finance House, Boubyan Bank, National Bank of Kuwait, The Kuwaiti Danish Dairy Company, Gulf Bank, and AlSayer Facilities Company. Gold Sponsors are: AlAhli Bank of Kuwait, Khibra, Commercial Bank of Kuwait, and Alargan International Real Estate Company.