Higher education has been evolving at an accelerating rate in recent years to not only meet new expectations from graduates but also anticipate emerging trends and needs of industry and commerce.
At ACK, we listen to what is developing both inside and beyond Kuwait. Through our international learning partners, we have access to the latest methods of experiential learning so that our students not only receive relevant knowledge but also workplace related skills and employability attitudes. At the same time, our Industry Advisory Board enables us to receive direct input from local business and industry leaders so we are aware of employer needs and trends in the Arab region. The college has very close and ongoing collaborations with major local employers and research organizations including the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS), Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR), Kuwait Society of Engineers (KSE), Kuwait Oil Company (KOC), Kuwait Airways Corporation (KAC) and others.
ACK places great importance on offering qualifications that have both industry and professional recognition. As a result, international accreditation has been sought and achieved for engineering programs through Engineers Australia (EU), business courses through the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), English language program through EAQUALS (Evaluation and Accreditation of Quality Language Services), as well as multiple accreditations for Aviation, Maritime and Corporate Training courses. At a college wide level, ACK is the only private university in Kuwait to receive ISO 9001:2015 certification for quality assurance standards as well as holding Investors In People (IIP) accreditation reflecting best practice in people management.
Our pedagogy reflects our vision that to maximize the entry level opportunities for graduates in the increasingly competitive labor market, theoretical underpinnings are but the foundations for evident skills and positive attitude that make ACK students stand out as being job ready. The widely recognized Project Based Learning (PBL) and Conceive, Design, Implement and Operate (CDIO) models have been proven in other countries as effective and engaging frameworks for students to make the connection between classroom theory and workplace practice.
Internships with leading employers create a further opportunity for our students to spend time receiving training and work experience under the guidance and support of industry and business supervisors. Through college membership of the International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE), students also have the opportunity to undertake their internship in other countries. In addition, all graduating students take part in a major research project through which they discuss work related issues with industry/commercial/research organizations and then prepare considered solutions.
A special Innovation and Entrepreneurship course is available for ACK students, in a cross-disciplinary setting, so that learning in this critical field is experienced and shared with others from different programs. This is an important preparation for the workplace where specialists from unrelated areas need to communicate and reach consensus in pursuing organizational goals.
In addition to their teaching roles, faculty are contributing to the growing body of knowledge through research projects with international partners and local industry/commercial/research bodies. Students are also given the opportunity to take part in such research and even to pursue their own with mentoring support.
All programs of study at ACK include not only specific knowledge and skills content related to their discipline but also needed interpersonal and personal competencies and attributes to be effective contributors and emerging leaders in team environments.
ACK endorses the life/career philosophy with a healthy balance between work, personal and community goals, priorities and activities. Accordingly, the five pillars of learning toward student formation are all available at the college for every student. Learning to know and Learning to do are priorities within the curriculum through classroom, workshop, laboratory and workplace activities. Learning to live together is promoted through both academic and extra-curricular team projects, many including community or environmental development purposes. Learning to be is nurtured through a wide range of sporting and club activities for personal enrichment. Learning to transform oneself and society is encouraged and recognized through the ACK Award that is a tiered program of mentored personal goal setting and progress review.
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Prof. Isam Zabalawi
President, Australian College of Kuwait