|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.