ACK Management Meets UNHCR Representatives Following Successful Fundraiser

ACK represented by the President Professor Isam Zabalawi hosted the Head of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Kuwait, Dr. Samer Hadaddin, in appreciation of ACK’s efforts towards UNHCR “winterization” cause. During his visit, Dr. Samer stressed on their strong appreciation to ACK and thanked the College for their contribution in trying to make a change in the lives of disadvantaged refugees.

As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility strategy, the Teaching and learning Center at ACK organized a successful fundraising event back in February, which aimed to assist the “winterization” cause to help refugees from around the world prepare for the hardships of winter.

The UNHCR is a United Nations agency mandated to aiding and protecting refugees and forcibly displaced communities. It is dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for those affected by wars and displacements. Since its establishment in 1950, it has helped well over 50 million refugees to successfully restart their lives.

ACK is always keen to take on opportunities with positive effects on society in order to create educated, healthy and sustainable communities. The College would also like to thank UNHCR for their collaboration and is looking forward to future cooperation.

ACK is the Only Educational Institution in Kuwait Hosting Blood Drive During COVID-19 Pandemic

As a part of its corporate social responsibility, the Occupational Health and Safety Department (OHS) at ACK organized the 4th annual blood drive. Donating blood has always been crucial; however, in the time of COVID-19, donating blood is more essential than ever where people may be less inclined to donate blood; therefore, ACK continued to host its annual Blood Donation Campaign under the theme of “Donate Blood, Donate Life” to help save the lives of others.

It is worth mentioning that ACK is the only educational entity, in both private and public education sectors, that hosted a blood drive during the pandemic.

Following with the new COVID-19 Safety precautions and in order to meet the demand, this year’s blood drive took place in the Central Blood Bank of Kuwait. The objective of this initiative, like every year, was to propagate the significance of blood donation in saving lives, and to generate awareness about receiving and donating blood from different blood types.

“At a time of crisis, when social distancing is the new norm, we need to remind ourselves of the importance of unity and generosity. A small gesture like donating blood can make a big difference to the life of people” said Mrs. Mariam Al-Maraghi, Manager of Health and Safety Department at ACK.

ACK would like to thank its community for their participation. The drive would not have been a success without the collaboration of departments and volunteering students and staff who added value to the drive.

The Australian College of Kuwait Sheds light on the Australian Education Success at MENA Connection 2020 Series

Prof. Isam Zabalawi, President of the Australian College of Kuwait (ACK), representing the College, participated in one of the MENA Connections 2020 webinar series focused on Education and Skills agenda.The MENA Connection 2020 Series, is a joint initiative between Australia Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AACCI)- Austrade and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). The MENA Connections 2020 webinar series includes four industry sector webinars focusing on the GCC markets and potential opportunities for greater engagement between Australia and the Middle East with regard to the education and training sector. The successful annual initiative is in its eighth year, but was hosted online for the very first time this year in 2020.

Professor Zabalawi’s participation in the second webinar focused on the importance of the experiential learning to nurture an environment of immersive learning, while highlighting ACK’s Vision: “To generate human capital equipped with practical knowledge and employability skills that contribute to the economic development and welfare of Kuwait.”

During his presentation, Prof. Zabalawi stressed ACK’s close ties with industry to receive invaluable input, insight and feedback. He explained how the College, in 2014, established an Industrial Advisory Board, at different levels (College and School). The Board which is comprised of industry professionals in the private and government sectors provides strategic advice on areas of curriculum development, research, and outreach. Alliances with the industry ensure that ACK delivers industry-aligned skills and knowledge required now and for the future so students are work-ready from day one.

In addition, Prof. Zabalawi shared information on the collaborations that the College has with other institutions locally, regionally, and internationally. Such partnerships provide the College with access to resources, network, and research opportunities, and also allow ACK to have an international dimension. For instance, as part of its strategic partnership with CQUniversity in Australia, ACK’s programs of study are audited annually by its respective partner to ensure they are delivered in line with international standards.

Prof. Zabalawi further explained that ACK’s strategic partnership with CQUniversity in Australia has resulted in the formation of a joint research committee that aims to enhance research collaborations, capacity building, and knowledge exchange.

ACK’s Maritime Department Renews ISO9001:2015 Certification

ACK’s Maritime Department Renews ISO9001:2015 Certification
The Maritime Department at ACK underwent a virtual audit to ensure the effectiveness of its Quality Management System ISO 9001: 2015.

In light of the current circumstances that swept the world, ACK continues its commitment to provide the best educational programs and training services in accordance with international standards; hence, ACK’s Maritime Department underwent a virtual external audit on its Quality Management System ISO 9001:2015, by Lloyd's Register Professional Auditors to renew its certification.

The ISO standard is based on a number of quality management principles including a leadership focus, risk-based thinking, process approach and continual improvement. Applying ISO 9001:2015 helps ACK to ensure that pertinent stakeholders get consistent and good quality services.

The effectiveness of ACK Quality Management System confirms the commitment of the Executive, Academic and Administrative staff to meet the needs of all relevant bodies, including students, graduates, trainees, and the labor market, in addition to the quality assurance and continuous improvement.

ACK’s Maritime Department provides programs that are conducted by experienced and professional staff using a wide range of modern teaching methods which helps maritime industries ensure that their personnel have the required knowledge, skills and attitudes to preform safely and efficiently in the workplace.