ACK Holds World Cancer Day Awareness Event on Campus

The Occupational Health and Safety department at ACK organized an event for World Cancer Day to raise awareness regarding early detection and preventions of cancer.

World Cancer Day highlighted the need for urgent action to increase early stage cancer detection, screening, and diagnosis to significantly improve cancer patients’ chances of survival. Taking place under the theme of “I Am and I Will,” event aimed to inspire and encourage action from individuals and to improve public awareness and access to early detection, screening, and diagnosis.

Among the key attendees to the event were H.E. Mr. Jonathan Gilbert, Australian Ambassador to Kuwait, along with representatives from Al-Ahli Bank of Kuwait and Al-Seef Hospital. Representing Al-Ahli Bank was Ms. Shahad Al Ali, Assistant Manager of Elite Banking, and representing Al Seef Hospital were Anila Nair, Charge Nurse, and Jessy Vargughese, Nursing Supervisor.

Awareness sessions took place to understand cancer from a medical perspective, international; statistics, types of common cancers, risk factors and prevention approaches. These sessions were delivered by Dr. Nadia Al-Mahmoud, Consultant Family Medicine, Head of the Promotion Section of the Ministry of Health, and a member of Cancer Aware Nation (CAN).

A motivational session was also given to the audience by a cancer survivor Ms. Farah Al-Shaikh who told her inspiring story how the health promotion initiatives at the company she works for helped her with early clinical detection.

Besides the sessions with the speakers, various booths were present at the event with various offerings to encourage attendees towards a healthier lifestyle, including a booth by Diet Style with healthy snacks, a booth by CrossFit Forma, and a CAN booth which had giveaway with information booklets on cancer.

Commenting on the purpose of the event and the importance of raising awareness, Mariam Al Maraghi, ACK Health and Safety Business Development Manager, said: “Cancer may have started the fight, but we can finish it together by uniting under one voice to face one of our greatest challenges in history through positive actions, awareness, prevention, early detection, and treatment.”

Posted on Feb. 12, 2020

ACK Wins 2nd and 3rd place in KOC’s Science Innovation Competition

Two teams of engineering students from ACK succeeded in securing the second and third place in the 2nd Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) Science Innovation Competition.

The competition was held on the 27th and 28th of January 2020 at Ahmad al Jaber Oil and Gas Exhibition Center, while bringing together groups of students from different universities around Kuwait to create projects which promote innovation in design and engineering.

The competition witnessed the participation of 14 team projects in total, five of which were from ACK. The second place was won by a project from the Electrical Engineering Department, while the third place was won by a project from the Petroleum Engineering Department. An awarding ceremony was held by KOC to announce the competition winners on Thursday, January 30th 2020 at Ahmad Al Jaber Oil and Gas Exhibition Center.

Second-place winning project was titled “Autonomous Garbage Collector Robot”, supervised by Dr. Alireza Gheitasi, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering, and the students responsible for the project were Fatemah Al Ajmi, Hana Al Mutairi, Maryam Al Qallaf, and Shouq Al Enezy. The project which received third place was titled “Development of an Automated Drilling Fluid Mixer for Laboratory Applications”, supervised by Dr. Mortadha Al Saba, Assistant Professor of Petroleum Engineering, and the students who worked on it were Ali Al Amir, Hasan Al Matrouk, Nour Boshehri, Shahad Al Marhoun, and Shahad Al Saffar.

Commenting on this accomplishment, Dr. Al Saba said: “We are very proud of this achievement which shows clearly the quality and dedication of our students as well as the continuous efforts and commitments made by our faculty.”

ACK would like to thank the Kuwait Oil Company for organizing the competition and for giving its students a priceless opportunity to show their talents.

Posted on Feb. 10, 2020

ACK signs MoU with Huawei to Establish ICT Academy

ACK held a ceremony for signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Huawei Technologies Kuwait. The MoU was signed for the purpose of establishing Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Huawei Academy at ACK. ACK will be the first private higher education institution to establish an ICT Huawei Academy in Kuwait.

Based on its industry leading ICT technologies and global ICT practices, Huawei has developed a full range of ICT career certifications. Huawei Technologies Kuwait aims to train students in the latest technological developments such as Big Data, cloud computing, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and pervasive technologies.

Through the course, students will absorb the knowledge and expertise required to benefit the society and develop solutions for potential challenges. Huawei aims to provide robust technological infrastructure and intellect to nurture future ICT leaders in Kuwait and the region as part of its support of Kuwait’s 2035 vision to create a fully connected and smart city.

Commenting on this cooperation Prof. Isam Zabalawi, ACK President, said, “We believe that ICT in general is reshaping the field of higher education for the present and the future. ACK is keen to make sure that we have the proper environment and facilities in order to prepare our graduates for the workplace. It’s a great opportunity for our students and for Huawei, as we can consider our students and our faculty as ambassadors for Huawei, not only in Kuwait but also in the region.”

From his end, Dr. Mohamed Abdul Niby, ACK Dean of the School of Engineering, commented: “This memorandum of understanding defines the guidelines of a strong cooperation with Huawei. This initial step for developing the Huawei ICT Academy at ACK will reshape and enrich significantly the ICT knowledge and skills of ACK students.”

Posted on Feb. 9, 2020

ACK Honors Huawei ICT Skill Competition Winners

ACK held a ceremony to honor the three students and alumni who won high positions in the national Huawei Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Skill Competition.

The ceremony, which was prepared jointly by the School of Engineering and the Alumni and Career Placement Center, was attended by ACK members including Prof. Isam Zabalawi – President of ACK, Dr. Mohamad Abdul Niby – Dean of the School of Engineering, and Dr. Zeina Nehme – Manager of the Alumni and Placement Center.

The three winners were 1st place winner Mariam Al Qallaf – Alumna, 3rd place winner Afsah Abdullah - Student, and 5th place winner Emad Kebeish - Alumnus. They were honored by receiving medals and certificates provided by Huawei. 1st place winner Mariam was also selected to go to China to compete internationally and represent Kuwait in the Regional Huawei ICT Competition.

The winners expressed their positive feedback regarding the competition and what they learned from it. Afsah Abdullah said that “I really enjoyed the experience; I received immense knowledge about coding from Huawei”. Emad commented that “I learned many things when it came to networks, it was a wonderful experience and I loved the field as a hobby”. Mariam added that “I learned that I don’t have to be only constricted by my major. I am an electrical engineer, while the competition was specific to ICT. I was proud to have been able to achieve 1st place while competing in a field different than my own”.

Dr. Nehme expressed her pride in the students for their hard work and efforts, and also expressed gratitude for Huawei for providing such a wonderful opportunity for students to challenge themselves. “It was very beneficial for our students and fresh graduates to be able to take part in this competition. As an Alumni and Career Placement Center we are very proud that the competition was won by ACK Alumni” said Dr. Nehme.

Dr. Abdul Niby congratulated the students for this great achievement and encouraged them to keep investing in the knowledge, competencies and skills that they acquired during their study at ACK. He also thanked the faculty members at the School of Engineering whose support and advices for the students were crucial for this big success. He particularly thanked Dr. Hassan Salti – Head of Electrical Engineering, Dr. Mohamed Omar – Head of Petroleum Engineering, and Mr. Mohammad Zaki – Senior Instructor of Electrical Engineering.

Furthermore, in recognition of their efforts, ACK received the Excellent Academy Award from Huawei this year for the second year in a row. Also, a collaborative project with Huawei is currently being explored to further improve the performance of ACK students in the ICT sector and is expected to be officialised very soon.

Posted on Jan. 19, 2020