|Under the patronage of Professor Habib Abul, Secretary General of Private Universities Council (PUC), The Teaching and Learning Center at ACK held its First Teaching and Learning Excellence Forum at the ACK Auditorium.
ACK’s President, Prof. Islam Zabalawi, reflected on the challenges facing the education sector in the region and stressed on the importance of equipping graduates with the skills required for working in the professional world.
Prof. Zabalawi added that on a global scale, many companies are not satisfied with university graduates. “International companies start to make their own universities with programs to meet their needs for experienced graduates such as Apple, Microsoft, McDonalds and many more. That is why I believe that teaching must develop and change to meet graduates’ needs as an employer. If you do not change - you will be changed.”
For his part, Mr. Jonathan Gilbert, Australian Ambassador to Kuwait, said that the Australian embassy has a long history of collaborative partnerships with ACK, where ACK signed a Strategic Partnering Agreement with the Engineers Australia Association that consents ACK to become EA’s Primary Partner in the Middle East and North African countries as well as Cyprus and Turkey. He added “Australia and Kuwait has a long history in terms of education with around 800 to 900 students studying in Australia. I’m also keen to do more with the many thousands of Kuwaiti Alumni that come back to Kuwait to make a meaning and productive contribution to the Kuwait’s economy and society.”
Other keynote speakers form main institutions in Kuwait had rich contributions to the forum from KFAS Academy, World Bank, Kuwait University, and professors from many universities in Kuwait as well as industry (employers) representatives.
The forum concluded to important recommendations under 5 main areas such as, Research, Collaboration between Universities and Industry, Government, Universities and Schools.
Posted on April. 21, 2019