ACK visits ABS as part of Smoking Awareness Campaign

The Australian College of Kuwait (ACK), as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility, conducted a smoking awareness program at the American Baccalaureate School (ABS).

The visit to ABS was the fifth in a series of visits to different schools in order to showcase the negative effects of smoking. The program involves a PowerPoint presentation on the effects of smoking with an experiment designed by ACK students from the School of Engineering, followed by a series of fun activities for the children that highlight the smoking awareness theme. Afterwards each student is given a “Thank You” certificate for becoming members of the ACK Smoke Busters.

Starting in 2014, ACK identified Smoking Awareness as an area of importance that not only impacted on the health of its students and staff, but also their families and the entire community. An ACK Healthy Living Committee of students and staff was established to consider ways to raise awareness with regard to the effects of smoking on people and the environment.

Initially, students within the Engineering School were asked to design and construct models to demonstrate the effects of smoking on the body and surroundings. This project was undertaken with the guidance of Engineering faculty and was completed during the 2014/2015 academic year. After trial demonstrations of the models to children of ACK staff members, the Business School students were tasked with the development of presentations for delivery to local schools.

The presentation left a strong impression on ABS students according to Ms. Alicia Szydlowski, Principal of ABS.

“Our team really appreciated the high-quality presentation and activity that you provided for our students,” said Ms. Szydlowski. “Your team is dynamic and left memorable impressions on our young learners.”

The ACK students who volunteered to conduct the program were: Sara Naji Dawara, Rahma Mohammed, Hamad Mohammad Alhariri, Abdalaziz Farhan Rashed, Mahsa Mohammad Rahimi, Shahd Naji Dawara, Zainab Huseni Jabla, Ali Khaled Hasan, Zahrah Hasan Aljaafar, Yasin Yaseen Issa, Afsah Abdullah Abdullah, and Zahra Ahmad Alhaddad.

Posted on May. 5, 2019

ACK holds its 10th exhibition of Engineering Projects

ACK hosted its 10th Engineering Students’ Graduation Project Exhibition at Salwa Sabah Al-Ahmad Theater and Hall in Salmiya, where students from four engineering programs - mechanical, electrical, civil and petroleum - showcased their final graduation projects.

The exhibition was developed as a platform to provide students with the opportunity to present their innovative concepts, reflecting their knowledge, competency and special technical skills acquired during their studies at the School of Engineering.

Dr. Mohammed Abdul-Niby, Dean of the School of Engineering, said that the exhibition has 47 outstanding projects conducted by 181 students this semester. “We are proud of the results achieved by our students who joined forces in teams to fulfill the projects’ requirements under the supervision and guidance of our faculty members. Our students’ projects are from different engineering departments including civil, electrical, mechanical, and petroleum specializations,” he said. “These projects are amazing and can be improved by time with the right experience. Many companies can adopt some projects and turn them into reality, which may save millions of dinars for Kuwait. Also, we are cooperating with Sabah Al-Ahmad Center for Giftedness and Creativity to apply for patents for some of the ideas and projects,” Abdul-Niby added."

Posted on April. 29, 2019

ACK Students Win IEEE 2nd Students and Young Professional GCC Competitions

ACK took part in the Second Students and Young Professional (SYP) competitions held by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE) and won in two competitions.

The IEEE 2nd SYPC GCC competition was held in Kuwait and brought together students from around the Arabian Gulf to compete against each other in various competitions. Two groups of students from ACK took part in the competitions which were held on the 19th and 20th of April 2019. The groups competed in and were selected amongst the winners for the Robotics competition and the Projects competition.

During the Robotics competition, the ACK team competed against 14 other teams. The competition involved designing robots to go through five arenas that the students prepared for along with a surprise 6th arena for which the students had to design a robot to work through on the spot. The Robotics team consisted of Othman AlMatrouk, Alaa Bouomar and Afsah Abdullah. The team was supervised by Mr. Mohammed Zaki, Senior Instructor of Industrial Practice.

As for the Projects competition, the ACK team competed against 80 other teams. The group worked to design a medical device that would detect the vital signs of the wearer to catch any abnormalities such as heart attacks and diabetes strokes. The Projects team members were Anoud AlShammari, Azari AlYasin, Maha Fatehallah, and Shurooq AlKandari. This team was also supervised by Mr. Mohammed Zaki.

Posted on April. 29, 2019

ACK Holds First Teaching and Learning Excellence Forum

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