|The School of Engineering’s Center for Project Based Learning (PBL) at ACK successfully wrapped up its first PBL Symposium in collaboration with the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS). Under the theme of “Preparing Students for the Workplace”, the symposium brought together industry employers, educators and students to share experiences and insights related to PBL in engineering education.
Keynote speaker, Prof. Alex Stojcevski - RMIT University, shared his wealth of international experiences and knowledge in PBL, while highlighting PBL as a strategy to achieve innovation in engineering education. He presented evidence for PBL leading to higher academic performance and higher overall quality of education.
PBL at ACK’s School of Engineering has been continually enhanced over the years in order to accommodate local and regional needs. The accumulated expertise in PBL is based on both research, related to active learning approaches, and practical experience. As a result, a comprehensive variety of topics was presented during the paper presentations of the symposium, ranging from team formation aspects to application of PBL to differential calculus. Presentations from Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR), Mohamed Abdulrahman Al-Bahar Company, WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff and Kuwait Oil Company (KOC), covering skills that are expected from young engineering professionals and graduates, provided further evidence that the PBL approach as practiced in ACK’s School of Engineering is capable of producing engineering graduates who are ready for the workplace and future challenges.
Posted on March 27, 2016