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

ACK Holds First HR Symposium on Training and Development in Kuwaiti Organizations

The School of Business at ACK organized the first Human Resources Symposium on Training and Development in Kuwaiti Organizations: Challenges and Opportunities on Wednesday December 4, 2019. This symposium was sponsored by Kuwait Foundations for Science and Advancement. This symposium allowed participants to evaluate the challenges facing Kuwaiti organizations in relation to training design and effectiveness, and how organizations prepare themselves to address future training needs. In the global market competition, training and development can shape future practices including innovation, creativity and performance, thereby providing a great platform to debate the role of employees training to quality of learning, talent and leadership development, and diversity enhancement.

The Symposium began with a welcome speech from the President of ACK, Prof. Isam Zabalawi and followed by the Chair Committee, Dr. Hussain Alhejji, who welcomed the audience and invited the international keynote speakers Prof. Thomas Garavan, Dr. Valerie Anderson and Dr. Ronan Carbery to the stage. Each keynote speaker presented various challenges in relation to learning and development in the organizational context and provided several recommendations for research and practice.

After the break, two panel discussions were held consisting of HR and training managers from different companies in Kuwait which were chaired by Dr. Hussain Alhejji and Ms. Sapheya Aftimos, respectively. The panelists included Mr. Husain Sanasiri, Ms. Ghada Aref El Kadi, Mr. Mohammed Alhadad, Mr. Mostafa Nassef, Ms. Dalal Dawwas, and Mr. Najem Mhawsh. These experts shared with the audience their experiences with regards to the challenges and opportunities encountering Kuwaiti organizations while implementing and designing training and development practices. Both panel discussions were followed by question and answer session.

Upon the conclusion of the HR symposium, the attendees had the opportunity to network with the speakers and ask further questions. ACK students and alumni were very interested in the information they gained from the international speakers and local managers.

Posted on Jan. 14, 2020

Australian Students Visit ACK as Part of Cultural Exchange Program

As a part of the Ministry of Information (MoI) program for cultural exchange, six Australian university Master’s and PHD students visited Kuwait for three weeks. During their tour, visiting students were taken to the ACK for a day to learn about its offerings and get introduced to its facilities closely.

H.E. the Australian Ambassador to Kuwait Mr. Jonathan Gilbert joined Prof. Isam Zabalawi President of ACK along with members of ACK’s management to welcome the students to ACK.

The students were graduates of both the Australian National University and the University of Canberra. Students were Mr. Matthew Longworth, Mr. Riyadh Aldaqa, Mr. John Norling, Mr. Mitchell Launder, Ms. Jaid Hayron, and Ms. Hellen Sellers. The purpose of the program was to introduce the students to the developments in the country, and to foster the bond and understanding between Kuwait and Australia.

The students were familiarized with the College’s offerings and teaching disciplines. Afterwards they were given a tour of the campus and were shown what facilities the College has to offer.

Commenting on the success of the visit, H.E. Mr. Gilbert said: “Thank you ACK for recently hosting a group of six Australian students from the Australian National University and the University of Canberra. I received extremely positive feedback on their tour of the campus, interaction with the students and ACK’s educational philosophy and goals. Grateful to Kuwait’s Embassy in Canberra and the Ministry of Information for undertaking this initiative to bring the six students to Kuwait and to show them firsthand the warm and longstanding relationship between our two countries, especially in regard to education. I look forward to further exchanges of Kuwaiti and Australian students in the future.”

Posted on Dec. 31, 2019

ACK President Participates in New Kuwait Summit 2019

Under the patronage of His Highness Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al Khaled Al Hamad Al Sabah, the Supreme Council of Planning and Development and the Ministry of Information; the New Kuwait Summit 2019 was held on the 10th and 11th of December as a two-day event at Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Cultural Centre with various panels of experts discussing issues that affect Kuwait and its society.

Prof. Isam Zabalawi, President of the Australian College of Kuwait (ACK), took part in the 9th panel in the series, which was titled “A Focus on Human Capital”. The panel was moderated by Dr. Eric Champagne, Associate Professor in Public Administration and School of Political Studies and Director Center on Governance at the University of Ottawa. The panelists were Dr. Mishaal Al Rubaie – Undersecretary of the Ministry of Youth, Prof. Laila Maarouf – Assistant Vice President for Research at Kuwait University, Dr. Sameh El-Saharty – Program Leader for Human Development at World Bank Kuwait, and Dr. Amir Zeid – Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the American University of Kuwait.

The panel’s discussion focused on human capital and how to improve the quality of future generations of Kuwait’s employees. Prof. Zabalawi emphasized on the importance of finding talented students and encouraging them to work hard to translate their talent into marketable skills. By maximizing the potential of students in ACK, new students are attracted to the university when seeing their success.
“We consider our graduates as our ambassadors, we get our new talent through them.” said Prof. Zabalawi.

“To make sure new graduates are prepared for the workforce, ACK seeks to create well-rounded graduates by focusing on different aspects of learning; theoretical, practical and technological learning. Over the course of their studies, students work on projects in order to apply what they learn, along with working with various organizations to give students internships, hands-on experiences and prepare them for their future careers” added Prof. Zabalawi.

Posted on Dec. 30, 2019