Alumni Ambassadors

Since our first cohort of 202 graduates completed their studies in 2006, each of our alumni has their own special memories of their time at the college and their subsequent life-career journeys. Below is just a small cross-section of their stories.

Sarah Faleh Mehawesh

Education:
  • 2012 Graduate, Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Mechanical)
  • 2010 Graduate, Diploma of Mechanical Engineering
Work Place:  MEW - Shuwaikh Power Generation and Water Desalination Station - Mechanical Maintenance Section - Desalination Engineer
I have graduated with a bachelor in Mechanical Engineering from ACK. I still cannot believe I have uttered those very words. I am truly proud to share that I have learned and accomplished some amazing things like to inspiring and to take risks. ACK has also taught me that if you keep learning from your successes, to follow your heart - often this means doing what is hard - and to stay true to your values, your life will be rich, satisfying, and deeply rewarding. In honor of being a former student at ACK, I would like thank to the Alumni Center. To them, I owe my sincerest appreciation as they have shown me plenty of ways to connect with my colleagues and friends. The Alumni Center has also allowed me to stay up to date with all the events and bazaars that have taken place at ACK. From this, I can proudly walk away as an ACK graduate knowing I will always be part of ACK family and friends.

Soud Naser Al Juwaiyann

Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering - 2011
Diploma of Mechanical Engineering - 2009
Work Place:  Founder of a community organization - OX Adventure
"After finishing my studies and graduating as a Mechanical Engineer with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering at the Australian College of Kuwait, I spent time at a leading oil service company, Schlumberger, in Kuwait. I spent most of my time in the oil field as an oil engineer. I learned so many things while I was away in the field from my society, friends, and family. I quit my job after that to backpack around the world to learn more about the world and expand my mind to the unknown. I lost myself amongst the beauty of nature and in the different experiences I gained, I learned from cultures and religions. I stayed in cheap guesthouses to save money, ate local food to shock my taste palate and I enjoyed meeting the locals to absorb their culture and apply it in my life. I donated my time and money to help others to help themselves, and so that we can give back a little to the places who have given so much to us. Traveling reminds me that I'm alive. For me, it's the ultimate freedom from typical society and mundane responsibilities. Then I founded OX Adventure (community organization) to inspire youth through different experiences. The purpose of OX Adventure is to provide experiences with the aim to inspire people to make positive changes in our lives. We encourage people to be themselves and embrace other’s differences, find their passion, chase their dreams, broaden their horizons, and open up their minds. My Bachelor degree and academic studies at the Australian College of Kuwait (ACK) gave me the confidence and knowledge to run my community organization in a professional way.

Nada Magdy Soliman

2012 Graduate, Bachelor of Business Management
2009 Graduate, Diploma of Management
Work Place:  PR Executive for H&M MENA at M.H. Al Shaya Company
I know the title is a bit cliché, but this is the truth. I spent way more time at ACK than I ever did at home, amongst my friends and my teachers. I was able to first experience my music on stage among people that support me and love me and to be given that chance from an educational structure is a huge step forward in the field of learning in Kuwait. I was able to get my first job as a Marketing and PR Coordinator because of the experience I received from my Marketing Diploma, so I found a job way before anyone else in my class. By the time I graduated, I was already at work for a year. Now fast forward after four years, I am working as a PR Executive for H&M MENA at M.H. Al Shaya Company. I can't believe it's been nine years since I first joined ACK.

Maali Yousef Hussain Salmeen

2011 Gradate, Diploma of Aircraft Maintenance
Work Place: Kuwait Airways – Aircraft Maintenance Engineer
My time at ACK didn't only change my life, it changed my entire outlook on life and the future. The short amount of time I spent here taking me from being great, to being invincible. I learned that engineering was my destiny, and now, I am the first female engineer working in the Kuwait Airways hangar. I certainly owe ACK a lot for making me love doing what I do and because of this, I am more driven and motivated in all other aspects of my life. As a professional fighter and coach, I push myself and my students to the highest levels of potential, and the way I manage that is to constantly remind myself why I do what I do, that reason is passion.

Manayer Yousef Salmeen

2011 Graduate, Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Petroleum)
2009 Graduate, Diploma of Petroleum Engineering
Work Place:
  • KOC (Kuwait Oil Company) as a Reservoir Engineer (May 2013 – Present)
  • Business Owner “Condition Combat “
  • Halliburton as a Petroleum Engineer (March 2012 – May 2013)
ACK taught me not to be afraid of the world, to grab opportunities, and drag my dreams down the road with me wherever I am going. These are the things that cannot be learnt through reading books, and that is what makes ACK different. I am proud to call myself an ACK Graduate.

Salah Makki Hajji Al-Shatti

2012 graduate, Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Mechanical)
2010 graduate, Diploma of Mechanical Engineering
Work Place:
  • KOC (Kuwait Oil Company) Construction Engineer - Mechanical (Technical Support Team)
  • Co –Founder of Vitality Fitness Club
It is a great feeling when you fly to a new place where you can find a beautiful atmosphere and amazing people that always make you happy and support you. This place is called “ACK” where you can make your dreams come true. My dream is to be an Engineer but not any Engineer, a special Engineer where I can always keep my eyes focused on my goals. I had achieved my goal to work with one of the top ten companies in oil and gas in the world. By the skills, knowledge and culture which I had learned, ACK made a difference. Believe it or not, ACK has its own atmosphere. ACK has unique instructors and ACK has lovely staff.

Ghalia Abdulaziz Kamal

2010 graduate, Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Mechanical)
2008 graduate, Diploma of Mechanical Engineering
Work Place:
  • Fluor Kuwait as a Mechanical Engineer (Construction)
ACK had been the right first step that I’ve taken to plan my career. It fulfilled my desire in mechanical engineering with theory, science and technology. It made me see the world and feel everything around me from a professional engineering point of view. It’s where I’ve established my personality and developed my potential. It’s where I’ve boosted my skills and improved my talents. ACK had given me all the weapons that I needed to be a specialist in my field and the opportunity to start a successful career and life outside its campus. I’ve been so lucky to be taught, surrounded and supervised by experienced professional instructors from all over the world. Those who inspired me with their knowledge, values, ethics and support to be always on top of everything and to “keep going” all the way and challenging every obstacle that I have faced. I’m very confident to say that ACK had the greatest impact which made me who and what I am today. I’m so proud and grateful to have ACK as a loving and supporting family through my education, career and life path.

Rawiah Alateeqi

2011 graduate, Bachelor Degree of Marketing
2009 graduate, Diploma of Marketing
Work Place:
  • EPR for Advertising and Publicity - General Manager
My degree and academic studies at the Australian College of Kuwait (ACK) have given me the right experience, knowledge and the chance to present myself as a professional marketer in the business industry. Working at EPR for Advertising and Publicity has enabled me to apply those studies at work; especially as EPR is a small private local company. I perform a wide range of tasks in Marketing, Public Relations, Sponsorship and Events. As the General Manager of EPR, I am responsible for managing the company events and activities, come up with innovative concepts, and plan the annual marketing and PR plan. My academic background at ACK and practical experience allows me to further enhance my personal and professional experience.

Shawaf Mohamed Al-Shawaf

2012 graduate, Bachelor Degree of Marketing
2009 graduate, Diploma of Marketing
Work Place:
  • Founder & CEO of Dolsten (2012-present)
A college education is the foundation to unlock human potential and make a positive impact in the community that prospers society. The best investment one can make is in a high quality education. ACK provided a world-class degree with a challenging curriculum designed to prepare students with the skills they need to improve their lives like problem solving and critical thinking. I’m applying these skills to my small business and they are contributing to making better decisions and proper planning. Research skills are another important requirement for continuing my graduate studies which I developed during my bachelor course.

Madonna Ghanem

2011 graduate, Bachelor of Business Management
2007 graduate, Diploma of Management
Work Place:
  • Biosphere Spa Manager
  • Business Consultant
My degree and academic studies at the Australian College of Kuwait (ACK) have given me the ability to plan, manage, and lead four branches of a ladies’ spa with more than 150 Staff. ACK equipped me with the skills and the knowledge needed to be a successful proactive manager and entrepreneur in a very competitive spa and wellness market in Kuwait. The practical experience we gained in Diploma gave me the chance to sharpen my skills and the academic studies helped me to manage daily operations and plan for Biosphere Spa’s success and expansion among Kuwait and the GCC countries. In the end, I am simply proud of being an ACK graduate.

Hanadi Jassim Alhouli

Bachelor of Engineering Technology (civil)
Education:
  • Bachelor of Engineering Technology (civil), Australian College of Kuwait, December 2017
  • Diploma of Civil Construction Engineering, Australian College of Kuwait, December 2015
  • Diploma of Applied Chemistry, College of Technical Studies, Public Authority of Applied Education and Training Kuwait, August 2012
Booker T. Washington once said: “Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome”. Everyone who is graduating or studying at ACK today has unique stories that lead them to this moment. I would like to take this opportunity to share a little of my own journey. Six years ago I was a girl who had a Diploma in Applied Chemistry, a field that I wasn’t interested in and I decided to start over and become an Engineer. I was lost, it took me a while to find a suitable college that would provide me with the best education I need to fulfill my dream and as I was starting all over again I didn’t want to jeopardize my future. After I started searching for many engineering programs I decided to join ACK. I can’t tell you how happy I was when I received my acceptance letter. In February 21st, 2014 the beginning of Spring Semester, my first semester in college and I was both excited and worried. Right after my first semester in Diploma of Civil Construction Engineering I received an Academic Achiever Scholarship from PUC in October 2015. I was very happy when I was informed that I was rewarded the scholarship, I couldn’t believe it actually because when I was studying Diploma of Applied Chemistry my grades and GPA were very low and that made me question my abilities. I thought that I am not smart or intelligent enough but when I got my scholarship I realized that I wasn’t unintelligent I was simply not on the right path. After graduating with my Diploma of Civil Construction Engineering I was yet granted another PUC scholarship for Bachelor of Engineering Technology (civil), and right after that in October 2016 I was selected by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to join the young leaders in sustainable development goals program. As you all know majoring in engineering is challenging, we all struggled with the intensity of our classes and spent many sleepless nights preparing for midterms, finals, PBL projects, group meetings, endless espresso shots and early mornings in the library, labs and workshops. To be more specific ACK Campus has become our second home. Having that said, how can we forget completing the ultimate long challenge, our graduation project planning and implementation? Despite all the multiple challenges that we went through none of us gave up. Right after Graduation I joined the Engineers without Borders (EWB) National Challenge in designing sustainable cabins for refugees and I was the team leader of amazing team members who are also ACK graduates were we won the first place and I had the honor to represent my team in the Global Engineering conference in London, UK in October 2018. As I went through the EWB and UNDP experiences I was really grateful for the PBL courses that played a major part in developing my ability in leadership, research and negotiation and also in using personal and professional strategies and plans to enhance professional growth and competence. During this long exhausting, humbling and gratifying journey, I learned that it’s okay to say I don’t know, being wrong is not a bad thing, it is an opportunity to learn something and as Richard Feynman once said: “No idea is true just because someone says so! Test ideas by evidence gained from observation and experiment. If a favorite idea fails a well-designed test, it’s wrong!” Finally I just want to remind my fellow classmates and students currently studying at ACK, this is not the end of my journey or the end of yours, whether you will go to work in the Government Sector, Private Sector or Industrial Sector, continue higher studies or pursuit a different direction. Moreover, to all female students, there are no limits on what you can achieve with your life, except the limits you accept in your mind. Don’t let anyone convince you that some majors are better for girls than others. Whatever path you choose never give up! I urge you to take risks and follow your passion because at the end of the day you and only you have to be satisfied with who you are.