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GUST's Center for Teaching, Learning & Research hosts STEM Education Workshop

  • 10-Dec-2018
  • Gulf University For Science And Technology

GUST’s Center for Teaching, Learning & Research (CTLR) is hosting Tatweer Company for Educational Services, a leading KSA company in the field of education development. Tatweer will be holding a week long STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Education Workshop. It was attended by the Dr. Fatimah Al Hashem, Director of CTLR, and Hussain Al Harithi, Deputy-General Manager of Tatweer Company for Educational Services. The workshop, which is sponsored by the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS), will benefit more than 30 public school teachers from around Kuwait. CTLR is dedicated to assist educators in their professional development, provide educators and scholars with new educational methodologies, techniques and technologies, and serve as a research hub for educators, teachers & students. The center further cements GUST as a leading institution for higher education in Kuwait that supports and contributes to its community.

The College of Business Administration at Kuwait University honors Kuwait Prize winners in the field of economic and social sciences

  • 09-Dec-2018
  • Kuwait University

Under the patronage and attendance of the Dean of the College of Business Administration at Kuwait University Dr. Mishari Al-Hajri, in the presence of the assistant deans and a number of faculty members in the College of Business Administration, the College honored the winners of the Kuwait Prize in the field of economic and social sciences on the subject of economy for 2018, organized by the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences From His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, to the Professor of Finance and Economics at the Royal Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. Emad Ahmed Musa and Professor of Economics, Syracuse University, USA. Badi Hadi Baltah Ji. For his part, Prof. Imad Mousa delivered a lecture titled "Selection Bias of Empirical Results in Economics and Finance". And also Prof. Badi Baltah Ji delivered a Lecture entitled "Forecasting with Panel Data".". At the end of the seminar, a general discussion was opened between lecturers and faculty members on the subjects of the Seminars.

GUST Debate Team Wins Gold

  • 09-Dec-2018
  • Gulf University For Science And Technology

Four GUST students won 1st place at the 2018 National Championship of Universities and Colleges that took place at Kuwait International Law School. Computer Science student Salem Al Mutari, International Business student Fatma Al Kandari, and Public Relations students Abdullah Al Sharbati and Fatma Al Fahad, debated and won against 16 teams from 10 univerisities including KU, AUK, PAAET, KCST, K-Tech, and KiLAW. For the final round, our debate team, which is led by Associate Professor at the English dept. Dr. Hussain Sharoufi, discussed the topic: Will this parliament force companies responsible for the infrastructure to compensate citizens affected by the heavy rains? The top four teams will participate in the 5th International Universities Debating Championship taking place in Doha, Qatar.

ACK Sponsoring KIU’s Exhibition

  • 09-Dec-2018
  • Australian College Of Kuwait

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, ACK sponsored Kuwait Industries Union’s Expo 2018. Through this sponsorship, ACK aspires to strengthen cooperation and coordination among Kuwait’s industrial organizations, as well as familiarize the public with the majors and programs offered by the College. Kuwait Industries Expo 2018 is held from the 2nd to the 4th of December at Kuwait International Fairground.

Governor of Riyadh receives AOU President

  • 09-Dec-2018
  • Arab Open University

His Royal Highness Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdul Aziz, Governor of Riyadh, yesterday on Wednesday 5th December, in his office at Qasr-al-Hokum in Riyadh, received Prof. Mohammad bin Ibrahim Al-Zakari, President of the Arab Open University (AOU), Dr. Ali Alshahrani, Director of the AOU in Saudi Arabia, Directors of Regional Centers, and the AOU team of hearing-impaired students. During the meeting, HRH Prince Faisal bin Bandar received a copy of the University institutional and programme accreditation by the Open University Validation Services in the UK, and was also briefed on the role of the AOU in supporting financially distressed students and students with special needs by providing more than 780 scholarships during the past five years.

Mechanical Auxiliary device for Towing Trailers A patent for the graduation project of mechanical engineering students at the Faculty of Engineering and Petroleum under the supervision of Prof. Khaled Al-Hazza

  • 03-Dec-2018
  • Kuwait University

A patent entitled "Mechanical Assisting in the towing of trailers" was registered at the office of Invention in the United States of America under number US 9,840,120 B1. This invention is the product of the graduation project for students of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering and Petroleum at Kuwait University under the supervision of Prof. Khalid Ahmed Al-Hazza. The research team included graduates of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Eng. AlHussein Ali Osman, Eng. Mahmoud Ahmed Hussein, Eng. Abdul Jalil Khalid Al Shamouti and Eng. Abdullah Turki Al Enezi. The design of the device came as a solution to the difficulty people face in loading the boats and trailers pulled behind the cars as many people suffer, especially if the trailers pulled are heavy and cannot be lifted or moved easily which may cause backaches and financial losses due to the request to accurately return the towing car in the right place and make it under the ball of the diameter directly. To solve this problem, a bi-directional mechanic was invented to parallel the diameter of the ball with the trailer in an easy way without having to manually raise the trailer. Prof. Khalid Al-Hazza holds a PhD from Virginia Tech University in 2002 and is a Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering, Kuwait University. He is currently Assistant Dean for Student Affairs at the College of Engineering and Petroleum. He has participated in many committees at the college level. He participated in many scientific conferences and published many researches in prestigious scientific journals.

Renowned Guest Speakers at Management Courses

  • 03-Dec-2018
  • Gulf University For Science And Technology

Dr. Hanadi Al Mubaraki, adjunct management professor at GUST, invited two local guest speakers to give lectures to her Introduction to Management course students. Her main goal was to portray how theoretical and practical experiences overlap and relate to each other. The first guest speaker was Mohammad Al Obaidi, a branch manager at Boubyan Bank. His goal for his presentation was to explain the functions of management, describe the roles and skills required for a management position, describe successful practices used at Boubyan Bank, and to talk about the usefulness and effectiveness of teamwork and having positive relationships in the workplace. Al Obaidi is a Certified Bank Branch Manager (CBBM) and has received several other certifications from the Institution of Banking Studies in Kuwait. He is also the CEO of his own companies. The second guest speaker was Farah Al Haroun, Assistant Manager of Handicraft and Small Enterprises Financing Portfolio at the Industrial Bank of Kuwait (IBK). Her lecture centered on the topic of starting small businesses and how small business ideas could be developed. Her goals for this lecture were to explain the application process for new businesses, explain how IBK can help a start-up project, talk about her experience in the workplace and how she reached her position as manager, and to give examples of popular businesses that were funded by IBK’s Handicraft and Small Enterprises Financing Portfolio. The guest lectures were insightful and beneficial to the students. Students enjoyed an educational talk, and also gained a perceptive and refreshing look into the practical experiences of management. This is not the first time renowned speakers has been hosted in Dr. Hannadi Al Mubaraki's management classes, as previous speakers also included Dr. David Gill, the Managing Director of St John’s Innovation Centre at the University of Cambridge, and Dr. Michael Busler, a manager at Ford Motor Company (FMC) and the FMC Corporation.

The College of Graduate Studies Council approves three Master's programs

  • 28-Nov-2018
  • Kuwait University

The Council of College of Graduate Studies at Kuwait University, headed by acting Dean of the College of Graduate Studies, Dr. Ayed Atallah Salman, approved in its first meeting for the academic year 2018/2019 held on 21/11/2018, three graduate programs: the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Program in the field of Allied Health Sciences, the Master of Journalism Program in the field of Arts, and the Master of Public Administration Program in the field of Business Administration. In the presence of the assistant deans of the graduate studies and research at different colleges of Kuwait University, and the membership of Mr. Hani Hussein, the former oil minister - an external member of the College Council.

GUST Hosts 2018 Global Informatics Forum

  • 28-Nov-2018
  • Gulf University For Science And Technology

Under the patronage of, and representing the Amir of Kuwait HH Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, the Deputy Minister of the Amiri Diwan Affairs, HH Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah Al Sabah inaugurated the 2018 Global Informatics Forum this Tuesday November, 27th at GUST’s campus. HH the Deputy Minister was received at the event by Chairperson of the Award’s Trustees’ Board, Sheikha Aida Al Salem Al Ali Al Sabah, who is organizing this event. The event was attended by the Governor of the Central Bank of Kuwait, His Excellency Dr. Mohammad Al Hashel, GUST’s Chairman, Mohammad Al Bahar, and a group of experts, stakeholders, and a distinguished elite of international specialists, and digital entrepreneurs. The ceremony started off with a speech from GUST’s Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Salah Al Sharhan, and was followed by speeches from the Deputy Minister of the Amiri Diwan Affairs, HH Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah Al Sabah, and Member of the Organizing Committee, Hassan Al Hamaadi. The event’s keynote speaker, Governor and Chairman of Board of Directors at the Central Bank of Kuwait, later gave his presentation, titled ‘Steering Fintech for a Prosperous Society’, which was followed by another presentation from the Founder of Hemmatech Accelerator, Jassem Al Mutawa. The ceremony concluded with a giving out plaques of appreciation by the Deputy Minister of the Amiri Diwan Affairs, HH Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah Al Sabah and Chairperson of the Award’s Trustees’ Board, Sheikha Aida Al Salem Al Ali Al Sabah to those who participated and supported the forum, and a tour of the displayed projects by HH Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah Al Sabah. The 2018 Global Informatics Forum activities will continue until Wednesday November 28th, and will include several intensive and interactive activities such as panel discussions, presentations, and lectures that will discuss various business and financial technologies.

AUKMUN Receive 5 Awards at the Malaysia United Nations Conference

  • 28-Nov-2018
  • American University Of Kuwait

Members of the Model United Nations at the American University of Kuwait (AUK) attended an international MUN conference at the University of Malaysia where they represented both Kuwait and the United Kingdom. This conference was distinctive from other conferences as it emphasized inter-council interactions—a new addition to the MUN system. The multilateral issues discussed throughout the conference included tackling topics such as global terrorism, the refugee crisis, and the use of weapons of mass destruction. AUK’s delegates returned from the MalayaMUN conference winning the Best Delegation in Diplomacy award. By showing their exceptional knowledge in foreign policy and dedication to resolving the global issues presented at the conference, all six delegates contributed to winning this award. By sticking to UNSC priorities, AUKMUN’s President, Ali K. Al-Qallaf, was awarded with an honorable mention. Representing Kuwait, he proposed a ceasefire in Idlib to deliver humanitarian aid and to act as a mediator to find a political solution in Syria. Through mediating between the committees, AUKMUN’s Vice president, Ali Al-Khuraibet, was also awarded with an honorable mention. As a delegate representing Kuwait, he stressed the importance of economic support to refugees and reshaping the misconceived perception that ties refugee influx to rising terrorism. By investigating the uses of chemical weaponry, AUKMUN’s Secretary, Nada El-Gamal, proposed Kuwait’s solutions to the matters of creating and obtaining nuclear-free zones with regards to the use of WMDs. With active contribution, AUKMUN’s Judicial Affairs Committee Chair, Hussain Khashab received an honorable mention award for representing the United Kingdom, as he advised the committee to have NATO intervene in the Syrian crisis. By accurately sticking to foreign policy, AUKMUN Member, Layan Al Ayoubi, won the Outstanding Delegate award at the EU committee, representing the UK. By calling upon the act of international real-time intelligence sharing to counterattack terrorism on a global level, the delegate highlighted the UK’s policies and managed to win this coveted award. With prodigious diplomacy, AUKMUN Member, Ridaab Marzuq, instructed the process of refugee societal integration as a means to aid in the future plans of the refugee resettlement program in the United Kingdom. In AUKMUN’s successful conference in Malaysia, our delegates managed to win five awards for their exceptional excellence. Each delegate was granted a medal for their contribution to winning The Best Diplomacy Award in the international MalayaMUN 2018 conference. Our AUKMUN delegation was accompanied by its faculty advisor, Dr. Gholamreza Vatandoust, Professor of Near Eastern Studies and History; he commented on the delegates’ performance in the conference, stating, “Our delegates performed exceptionally well, displaying their knowledge, teamwork, efficacy, and finesse, with grace and distinction, for which they earned The Best Diplomacy Award.” Members of AUKMUN have previously won titles in other international conferences, and will continue their successful streak by participating in more meetings in the future.

توفير مجموعة سيارات جولف لدعم الخدمات الإدارية في كلية التربية الأساسي

  • 28-Nov-2018
  • Paaet

حرصا على سلامة الطالبات ومنتسبي كلية التربية الأساسية، ونظرا لسعة مساحة المباني وتعددها قامت إدارة الكلية بالتعاون والتنسيق مع رئيس قسم الدراسات الإسلامية أ.د اقبال المطوع بتوفير عدد من سيارات الجولف لنقل الطالبات إلى العيادة الصحية عند حدوث أي طارئ طبي. وفي هذا السياق عبر أ.د. فهد عبدالرحمن الرويشد عن تقديره واعتزازه بجميع الجهود المبذولة خدمة لوطننا الغالي ورفع جودة خدماته، وقال إن روح التعاون والتواصل والعطاء أساس نجاح المؤسسات وتقدمها وازدهارها وأن تتابع المشاريع المنظمة الناجحة من الدلائل الواضحة على حجم الجهود المخلصة المبذولة لتقديم الأفضل تطبيقا لسياسة الهيئة العامة للتعليم التطبيقي والتدريب. ومن جانبها أكدت أ. هناء الخالد على أن هذه السيارات مجهزة لعدة أغراض خاصة بطالبات ذوي الاحتياجات الخاصة وكذلك منتسبي الكلية عند الحاجة ولأغراض إدارية وصحية واشرافية. تشكر إدارة كلية التربية الأساسية كل من شارك في تنفيذ وتحقيق هذا المشروع الذي يلبي احتياجاتنا الضرورية ويسهل عملية الإشراف والمتابعة في أرجاء الكلية مما يوفر بيئة أفضل خدمة للطالبات من جهة، ومنتسبي الكلية من جهة أخرى. وقالت أ.د لطيفة الكندري العميد المساعد لشئون الطالبات في كلية التربية الأساسية أنه لم يكن لهذا المشروع الطموح أن يتحقق على أرض الواقع، لولا تعاون، وإيمان الكلية بالسعي الدائم لتطوير الخدمات المقدمة لتحسين البيئة التعليمية بكافة جوانبها قدر المستطاع، وبصفة مستمرة. إن عمادة الكلية لا تبخل في المسارعة في دعم أي مشروع من شأنه رفع الكفاءة ونوعية الخدمات الموجهة لطالباتنا ويأتي هذا المشروع ضمن مجموعة من المشاريع القادمة. إن تآزر الجهود سمة رائعة في مجتمعنا الكويتي بحمد الله نجدها حيثما رأينا مشروعا ملموسا يخدم التعليم ويطور من الخدمات المقدمة لبناتنا وأولادنا وهو الأمر الذي نسعد برؤيته وديمومته لسد الحاجات وتحقيق الأهداف المنوطة بمؤسسات اعداد المعلمين والمعلمات.

"التطبيقي" و"اتحاد الصناعات" بحثا استقطاب مخرجات الهيئة للعمل في القطاع الصناعي

  • 28-Nov-2018
  • Paaet

قام وفد من اتحاد الصناعات الكويتية برئاسة رئيس مجلس إدارة الاتحاد السيد/حسين الخرافي ومدير عام الاتحاد السيدة/ هدى البقشي بزيارة الى الهيئة العامة للتعليم التطبيقي والتدريب التقيا خلالها مدير عام الهيئة د. علي المضف، ونائب المدير العام للتخطيط والتنمية أ.د. فاطمة الكندري ونائب المدير العام للتعليم التطبيقي والبحوث أ.د. جاسم الأنصاري ونائب المدير العام لشؤون التدريب بالإنابة م.أسامة الدعيج، وعدد من مدراء المعاهد والإدارات وعمداء الكليات، وذلك لبحث استقطاب وتشجيع مخرجات الهيئة للعمل بالقطاع الصناعي . ثم عقد الجانبان اجتماعا تطرقا خلاله الى سبل توطيد العلاقة والتعاون فيما بينهما، لتوجيه مخرجات الهيئة وتشجيعها على الانخراط بالقطاع الصناعي . بدوره ثمن مدير عام الهيئة د. علي المضف مبادرة اتحاد الصناعات الكويتية وحرصهم على التعاون والتنسيق مع الهيئة لاستقطاب مخرجاتها للعمل في المصانع التي تفتقر الى العمالة الكويتية الفنية والمدربة مشدداً على ضرورة التسريع في استقطاب هذه العمالة والاستفادة منها . من جانبه أكد رئيس اتحاد الصناعات الكويتية السيد/حسين الخرافي حاجة المصانع في الكويت لخريجي الهيئة من العمالة الفنية المدربة، مؤكداً ضرورة تزويد اتحاد الصناعات باعداد الخريجين او المتوقع تخرجهم من التخصصات التي يحتاج إليها القطاع الصناعي . كما رحب السيد/الخرافي بالزيارات الميدانية للمصانع لاتاحة الفرصة للخريجين للتعرف عن كثب عن بيئة العمل بها، مؤكداً على اهمية كفاءة الأداء لهذه المخرجات . وتطرق الجانبان خلال الاجتماع الى العديد من الموضوعات التي تسهم في توطيد التعاون بينهما والاستفادة من الإمكانات التي يتمتعا بها كالورش والمعامل في الهيئة بكافة قطاعاتها والتي يمكن ان يستفيد منها اتحاد الصناعات الكويتية . وأكد الجانبان على ضروة التواصل المستمر فيما بينهما ممثلا بتبادل الزيارات وعقد اللقاءات واستعراض قصص النجاح ممن يعملون في القطاع الصناعي تشجيعاً لمنتسبي الهيئة من الفنيين، وإبرازاً لاهمية العمل الصناعي في العالم أجمع، كما أكد الجانبان كذلك على ضرورة نشر الوعي باهمية العمل في هذا القطاع .

«التطبيقي» تفتتح المعرض السنوي الثاني للفرص الوظيفية والدراسية

  • 28-Nov-2018
  • Paaet

افتتح مدير عام الهيئة العامة للتعليم التطبيقي والتدريب د. علي فهد المضف صباح اليوم الاثنين الموافق 26 نوفمبر الجاري المعرض السنوي الثاني للفرص الوظيفية والدراسية الذي نظمته إدارة متابعة الخريجين وسوق العمل ويستمر لمدة ثلاثة أيام بديوان عام الهيئة بالشويخ. حضر افتتاح المعرض المقام برعاية مدير عام الهيئة نواب المدير العام وعدد كبير من القياديين بها، كما شهد حضور كثيف من الطلبة والطالبات والضيوف وسط مشاركة 65 جهة من جهات سوق العمل بمختلف قطاعاته. وأكد مدير عام الهيئة د. علي المضف إن الهيئة تضم طاقات شبابية أثبتت جدارتها خلال سنوات الدراسة وعلى سوق العمل استقطابها والاستفادة من إمكاناتها وقدراتها. مضيفا أن المعرض يعد فرصة مناسبة للطلبة للتواصل مع قطاعات سوق العمل المختلفة للاطلاع على متطلباته الوظيفية الى جانب الاستفادة من الفرص الوظيفية المتاحة من قبل جهات قطاعات الدولة المختلفة المشاركة في هذا المعرض، اضافة الى بعض الفرص الاخرى لاستكمال الدراسة. ودعا الطلبة والطالبات الى الحضور خلال أوقات المعرض الممتدة من الصباح الى العصر خلال الايام الثلاثة للاستفادة من الجهات المشاركة، شاكرا هذه الجهات على المشاركة في إنجاح المعرض للعام الثاني ومثمنا دور كافة ادارات الهيئة المشاركة . ومن جانبه قال مدير إدارة متابعة الخريجين و سوق العمل بــ «التطبيقي» د. طلال المسعد ان المعرض يضم 65 جهة مختلفة من شركات و قطاعات حكومية الى جانب ديوان الخدمة المدنية و برنامج إعادة الهيكلة و قطاعات نفطية مختلفة. واشار المسعد ان للجامعات والكليات الخاصة وجامعة الكويت نصيب من المعرض لطرح برامج دراسية لطلبة التطبيقي لاستكمال دراستهم بعد الدبلوم. واضاف ان فكرة المعرض هي تعريف الطلبة من التطبيقي وخارجها بمتطلبات سوق العمل متمنيا ان يستفيد الطلبة و الطالبات من عروض الشركات والقطاعات المشاركة في المعرض.

College of Law at Kuwait University held a Symposium on the United Nations Convention against Corruption and Transparency in the State of Kuwait in cooperation with Kuwait Transparency Society

  • 25-Nov-2018
  • Kuwait University

College of Law at KU held a seminar on the United Nations Convention against Corruption and Transparency in Kuwait in cooperation with the Kuwait Transparency Society, attended by the Head of State for National Assembly Affairs Eng. Adel Al-Jarallah Al-Kharafi and the Representative of the Commission General for Combating Corruption - Dr. Mohammed Bouzabar, Member of College of Law - Private Law Department - Prof. Medwes Falah Al-Rashidi, Chairman of the Kuwaiti Transparency Society Dr.Majed Al-Mutairi and Board Member of Kuwait Transparency Society Ms. Manal Al-Kandari. On this occasion, the Head of State for National Assembly Affairs Eng. Adel Al-Jarallah Al-Kharafi highlighted Kuwait's role in implementing the United Nations Convention against Corruption and promoting the values of integrity. To take measures to activate transparency and maintain the level of Kuwait in the websites, pointing to the role of the Council of Ministers in the formation of the Legal Committee, which participated in several parties with the participation of civil society. According to the agreement signed in 2006 that the procedures implemented to activate transparency and maintain the level of Kuwait in the websites, stressing on the role of the Council of Ministers in the formation of the legal committee , and also the role of the government in mechanization to ensure that corruption does not spread. On his part, Prof. Medwes Al-Rashidi pointed to the mechanism of implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption in Kuwait, indicating that this agreement was approved by the General Assembly in 2003 and ratified by Kuwait in 2006, which was based in the capital city of Qatar. Members are familiar with transparency and integrity, help exchange experiences and meet the various challenges. For his part, Dr. Mohamed Bozuber explained the goals of the General Authority for Combating Corruption, which is the establishment of the principle of transparency and integrity in economic and administrative transactions, the implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption and the protection of whistleblowers on corruption crimes and the promotion of the principle of cooperation and participation. For his part,Dr. Majed Al-Mutairi defined the international agreement against corruption and the role of civil society institutions in promoting the values of transparency, explaining the role of civil society in providing greater transparency and contributing to decision-making and awareness and reducing corruption through the participation of government bodies in awareness raising. In turn, Ms. Manal Al-Kandari said that this seminar is far from political objectives, as this seminar is not to blame people or to monitor mistakes, but rather is a legal awareness seminar, pointing out that corruption has a high social, economic and political cost. .

RISE Center at AUK Kicks Off 2018-2019 Lecture Series with a Talk on Autonomous Vehicles

  • 25-Nov-2018
  • American University Of Kuwait

The Center for Research in Informatics, Sciences, and Engineering (RISE) at the American University of Kuwait (AUK) hosted a public lecture presented by Dr. Hussein T. Mouftah, Tier 1 Canada Research Chair and Distinguished University Professor at the University of Ottawa, Canada. Dr. Mouftah’s lecture, entitled, Technology Trends for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles in Smart Cities, gave the audience a glimpse into the future of driverless vehicles. The lecture began with an introduction by Dr. Mounib Khanafer, Assistant Professor of Computer and Electrical Engineering at AUK, who actually had Dr. Mouftah as his advisor for his master’s and PhD studies. Reflecting on his experience with Dr. Mouftah, Dr. Mounib told the audience, “From the first moment I noticed that Professor Mouftah is open for ideas, open for discussion, and he never imposed any plans on me or any ideas. He just let me have a very good experience with my graduate studies.” During his lecture, Dr. Mouftah explained where we are in the development of autonomous vehicles and what still needs to be accomplished. He began by discussing the different stages of autonomy that a vehicle can reach. We have already reached the stage in which cars can park themselves and give lane assist warnings, but we have yet to reach full autonomy. Dr. Mouftah believes that this change is coming in the near future as a number of companies are already in the testing phases of their autonomous vehicles. Even if someone can quickly fix all of the software bugs in autonomous vehicles, cities will need a strong and reliable infrastructure for charging them. Dr. Mouftah believes that all autonomous vehicles will be electric. As a result, he emphasized the importance of developing smart cities that will be able to produce enough electricity in a sustainable way. Instead of just relying on power plants—as most places do today—smart cities will diversify their power sources into solar, wind, and hydropower in order to generate enough electricity to keep things running without any chance of a blackout. Dr. Mouftah also discussed one potential drawback to the development of smart vehicles. Since they will need to communicate with each other wirelessly, there may be many privacy and security concerns. However, Dr. Mouftah does not see this as a reason to stop the development, but rather as an issue that the younger generation can work on overcoming. This event was the first official RISE speaker event of the 2018-2019 academic year. The RISE speaker series brings in a variety of experts from around the world to educate and inspire students and the public about topics related to informatics, sciences, and engineering. Reflecting on Dr. Mouftah’s talk, Dr. Amir Zeid, Director of RISE, said, “As a platform for community engagement, we welcome local and international experts from a wide variety of disciplines not only to share their expertise with us, but to inspire and empower our students and local community. We are privileged to kick off the RISE lecture series with Dr. Mouftah’s talk about autonomous smart vehicles and smart cities. Professor Mouftah also served as a judge for the NASA Space Apps challenge in Kuwait that was organized by RISE earlier this month. We are looking forward to long-term research collaborations with Professor Mouftah.” About Dr. Hussein T. Mouftah Dr. Mouftah has published over 1000 technical papers, 7 books and 48 book chapters. To his credit he has 12 patents and 140 industrial reports. He has received research grants and contracts totaling close to $40 million and he has supervised more than 300 highly qualified personnel of which 95 are master’s, 63 are PhD graduates, and 30 are post-doctoral fellows. Dr. Mouftah is a Fellow of the IEEE (1990), Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (2003), Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada (2005), and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada RSC Academy of Sciences (2008). About RISE The AUK Center for Research in Informatics, Sciences, and Engineering (RISE) serves as AUK's primary source for multidisciplinary research and development (R&D) activities. The Center employs a holistic approach to R&D by integrating academic disciplines, and forging connections between local & international innovators, academia & industry, and technology & society.

AOU and McGraw-Hill Education Sign Partnership Contract

  • 25-Nov-2018
  • Arab Open University

A new agreement that expands the collaboration among Arab Open University (AOU), McGraw-Hill Education and Growmore will make McGraw-Hill's high-quality digital content available to students at AOU’s nine branches in the Middle East and Africa. Students in all major first- and second-year course areas will have access to McGraw-Hill Connect digital course materials, which research has shown help improve grades, pass rates and retention. Learning science company McGraw-Hill and Arab Open University have a longstanding relationship, having worked together in recent years towards the digital transition of the university. The two organizations have now decided to take a step further with a three-year agreement. McGraw-Hill will not only supply customized McGraw-Hill Connect materials specially designed to meet the needs of AOU’s instructors and students, but will also act as a strategic partner in AOU’s marketing and social responsibility initiatives. McGraw-Hill Connect uses adaptive technology to personalize the learning experience for students and help instructors become even more effective. It is used by millions of students globally and gives educators the flexibility to teach their course their way, while providing students with affordable, engaging products that help them achieve learning outcomes. Growmore, which is McGraw-Hill’s exclusive distributor in Kuwait, is amongst the largest learning solutions providers in the region with 14 campus bookstores serving federal and private higher education institutions. “Guided by the strategic vision of HRH Prince Talal Bin Abdulaziz, Head of the Board of Trustees, and the other Board members, the AOU has been committed to providing quality higher education for students in all Arab countries since its establishment in 2001,” said Prof. Mohammed Al-Zakari, President, AOU. “To accomplish this, the University adopts the notion of Open Learning involving high academic standards, employing state-of-the-art educational and information technologies and establishing strategic partnerships with highly reputable organizations. This partnership with McGraw-Hill is a consequence of such a strategy. The University hopes that this relationship with McGraw-Hill will be conducive to strengthening the quality and value of the educational services the AOU provides to its students.” “One of the AOU strategic objectives is not only to figure out how to make the electronic educational material scalable and more widely affordable at the AOU level, but also to adopt new technologies such as Adaptive Learning to enhance the students’ engagement and retention rates,” said Prof. Ashraf Hussein, Vice President for Education and Information Technology, AOU. “Meanwhile, we are aiming to provide our tutors with a wide variety of interactive, digital learning tools to improve the performance of the academic delivery. This partnership will streamline the relationship between AOU and McGraw-Hill, moving further to achieve the aforementioned objective.” “We’re proud to extend our relationship with Arab Open University, which has become a symbol for innovation and quality education in this part of the world,” said Murray St Leger, Managing Director, Europe, Middle East, and Africa at McGraw-Hill International. “We work hard to create digital content and build course materials in line with what we know about learning science, tailored to the needs of institutions and students whom we support. We’re excited that thousands of more students will benefit from adaptive technology because of the leadership of AOU.” “Growmore believes in creating a better future by delivering effective and affordable learning solutions to enhance teaching and learning experiences,” said Shailendra Srivastava, CEO of Growmore. “We are ecstatic that our efforts have resulted in bringing together our strategic partners Arab Open University and McGraw-Hill into a long-term partnership for digital transformation. Our collaboration will transform the way learning resources disseminate and the region will experience a tectonic shift in the way education is getting delivered.”

GUST Hosts Seminar about Online Activism in the Middle East

  • 18-Nov-2018
  • Gulf University For Science And Technology

Gulf University for Science and Technology’s (GUST) Global Studies Center (GSC) hosted a lecture led by Dr. Jon Nordenson for students and the general public, entitled “Online Activism in Egypt and Kuwait”. The lecture, organized in coordination with the University of Oslo, took place on its Mishref campus and focused on research done in the wake of the Arab uprisings of 2011. The lecture was delivered by Dr. Nordenson, a postdoc-fellow at the University of Oslo and an Affiliated Scholar at the Climate Change and Environment Program at the American University of Beirut’s Issam Fares Institute. His research focuses on public discourse, activism and democratization in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Dr. Nordenson focused on a number of questions about the relationships between political activism and new forms of media. Namely, on whether the internet facilitates social and political change, or even democratization, in the Middle East, and if so, how? The seminar also explored research findings about the use of online platforms by activists to effect change in two Middle Eastern countries: Egypt and Kuwait. Among the issues addressed was how and why activists use online platforms, what benefits they gain, and which crucial features engender or hinder their success. The main benefits of these platforms may be the ability, for otherwise excluded groups, to organize, articulate their demands, and mobilize with their national publics. Head of the Global Studies Center at GUST, Dr. Fahed Al-Sumait, said, “It is important that the events of 2011 are examined with hindsight, taking into consideration the various elements that allowed them to grow to the magnitude that they did. Although Kuwait and Egypt are vastly different, it was interesting to see the parallels between the two countries, and the outcomes that we can all learn from this type of research.” The GSC, which hosts regular seminars and discussions on a variety of subjects throughout the year, was founded in 2015 in partnership with the National University of Singapore. It aims to conduct cutting-edge research on cross-national political, economic, social, cultural, and environmental issues of critical importance, as well as share research output and information regionally and globally. Previous events hosted by the GSC include a discussion to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the liberation of Kuwait from Iraqi occupation, sponsored by the US Embassy in Kuwait, a lecture by Dr. Peter Sluglett, an expert on Middle Eastern history and Director of the Middle East Institute at NUS, entitled: “An Improvement on Colonialism? The ‘A’ Mandates and their Legacy in the Middle East”, and another by Dr. Daniel Brumberg, the Kuwait Program Visiting Professor at the Paris School of International Affairs, on US-Arab Relations in a Time of Crisis. Most recently, Princeton scholar Daniel Tavana spoke about the relationships between Lebanese university student elections and the larger political climates which they feed into.

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  • 14-Nov-2018
  • Gulf University For Science And Technology

Gulf University for Science and Technology’s (GUST) Global Studies Center (GSC) hosted a lecture led by Dr. Jon Nordenson for students and the general public, entitled “Online Activism in Egypt and Kuwait”. The lecture, organized in coordination with the University of Oslo, took place on its Mishref campus and focused on research done in the wake of the Arab uprisings of 2011. The lecture was delivered by Dr. Nordenson, a postdoc-fellow at the University of Oslo and an Affiliated Scholar at the Climate Change and Environment Program at the American University of Beirut’s Issam Fares Institute. His research focuses on public discourse, activism and democratization in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Dr. Nordenson focused on a number of questions about the relationships between political activism and new forms of media. Namely, on whether the internet facilitates social and political change, or even democratization, in the Middle East, and if so, how? The seminar also explored research findings about the use of online platforms by activists to effect change in two Middle Eastern countries: Egypt and Kuwait. Among the issues addressed was how and why activists use online platforms, what benefits they gain, and which crucial features engender or hinder their success. The main benefits of these platforms may be the ability, for otherwise excluded groups, to organize, articulate their demands, and mobilize with their national publics. Head of the Global Studies Center at GUST, Dr. Fahed Al-Sumait, said, “It is important that the events of 2011 are examined with hindsight, taking into consideration the various elements that allowed them to grow to the magnitude that they did. Although Kuwait and Egypt are vastly different, it was interesting to see the parallels between the two countries, and the outcomes that we can all learn from this type of research.” The GSC, which hosts regular seminars and discussions on a variety of subjects throughout the year, was founded in 2015 in partnership with the National University of Singapore. It aims to conduct cutting-edge research on cross-national political, economic, social, cultural, and environmental issues of critical importance, as well as share research output and information regionally and globally. Previous events hosted by the GSC include a discussion to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the liberation of Kuwait from Iraqi occupation, sponsored by the US Embassy in Kuwait, a lecture by Dr. Peter Sluglett, an expert on Middle Eastern history and Director of the Middle East Institute at NUS, entitled: “An Improvement on Colonialism? The ‘A’ Mandates and their Legacy in the Middle East”, and another by Dr. Daniel Brumberg, the Kuwait Program Visiting Professor at the Paris School of International Affairs, on US-Arab Relations in a Time of Crisis. Most recently, Princeton scholar Daniel Tavana spoke about the relationships between Lebanese university student elections and the larger political climates which they feed into.

The President of Kuwait University welcomed a delegation from the University of Strathclyde in the United Kingdom

  • 11-Nov-2018
  • Kuwait University

The President of Kuwait University Prof. Hussain A. Al-Ansari, welcomed a visiting delegation from the University of Strathclyde in the United Kingdom, on Wednesday 31 October 2018, in the presence of Vice Presidents and Deans of a number of scientific colleges at Kuwait University. The delegation included the President of the Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedicine Professor Robin Pleven, the Dean of the Faculty of Science Dr. Nigel Langford Osbukati, the Head of Forensic Medicine Dr. Barry Moore, and Dr. Ibrahim Khadra Associate Professor and International Officer at the College of Science. During the meeting, they discussed aspects of cooperation in the fields of pharmacy, science, computer science and other fields of common interest, as they are important areas of development in any country and any university. Stratholyde University is one of the UK's leading universities and has an important international reputation for research and teaching. The University has been ranked fourth in the UK for research by the University's Research Evaluation Unit, The fourth in the field of chemistry in Britain, in addition to the Department of Computer and Information Technology with a higher rank, and the University of Stratholyde received five stars in the classification of QS.

ACK organizes Second Blood Donation Appeal on Campus

  • 11-Nov-2018
  • Australian College Of Kuwait

ACK in association with the Central Blood Bank of Kuwait hosted a blood donation appeal on the 15th and 16th of October 2018. The objective of the event was to propagate the significance of blood donations in saving lives, and to generate awareness about receiving and donating blood from different blood types. Accordingly, the event was themed “Every Drop Matters”. The Central Blood Bank of Kuwait collected a total of 300 blood bags from the ACK Blood Donation Appeal at ACK; The Blood Bank expressed their appreciation toward ACK’s community and especially that it was one of the highest amounts of blood donated from educational institutions in Kuwait. It is proposed that for future drives, ACK host the event for an entire week. More information regarding the ACK Healthy Living Committee is available by contacting hshelpdesk@ack.edu.kw

Minister of Education and Minister of Higher Education Receives three International award winning KU Professors

  • 06-Nov-2018
  • Kuwait University

Minister of Education and Minister of Higher Education Dr. Mohammed Abdullatif Al-Faris received three Kuwait University professors, who won international awards in the presence of Kuwait University President Dr. Hussein Ahmed Al-Ansari. The received professors were Prof. Abdulmajeed Safar from College of Science, Dr.Salah Al-Najim from College of Arts and Dr. Kamal Al-Shomer from College of Medicine. On this occasion, Dr. Al-Faris extended his congratulations to the researchers for winning international awards, praising the achievements of the professors and their distinguished participation in international forums. He stressed that these achievements raise the reputation of Kuwait University among international universities, as it is an international recognition that enhances Kuwait's status and highlights its development and excellence in international forums. Kamal Al-Shomer won the Global Excellence Award by the American Federation of endocrine 2017 in America "AACE International Clinician Award 2017". Dr. Salah Alnajem, received the annual award of the World

AUK Signs MOU with International Student Exchange Programs (ISEP)

  • 06-Nov-2018
  • American University Of Kuwait

AUK signed a Memorandum of Understanding with International Student Exchange Programs (ISEP) in an effort to increase international opportunities for its students. This agreement allows AUK students to study abroad at over 150 Kuwait Ministry of Higher Education-approved universities worldwide—including 90 universities in the United States and 36 in Europe. By joining this consortium, the University is expanding the number of study abroad opportunities available to its students, and creating an opportunity for students from around the world to come and study in Kuwait. Initial funding for this program has been provided by the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait through a grant from the U.S. Department of State. The exchange program allows eligible students to study at any available host university during their sophomore spring semester or junior year. Students who study at one of the approved institutions will have a unique opportunity to explore a new place and culture while earning credit towards their degree. Those who study during the spring semester at a U.S. university can choose to extend their experience abroad with a summer internship. President and CEO of ISEP Dr. John S. Lucas stated, “ISEP is pleased to welcome the American University of Kuwait to our growing community of institutions dedicated to providing academic and cross-cultural learning experiences for all students. AUK’s strong programs in Arabic, social and behavioral sciences, international studies and graphic design will attract students from a number of countries, and we anticipate AUK students will be equally interested in the wide variety of fields of study available through our robust portfolio.” In addition to providing individual students with life-changing study abroad opportunities, this program will benefit everyone on campus. Students from over 50 countries will be able to come for an exchange semester at AUK. The program will help promote cultural exchange between AUK and other universities around the globe. ISEP Director of Member Relations, Pablo Ulloa-Perez visited the AUK campus and met with the University Provost, Rawda Awwad; Vice President for Admissions and Public Affairs, Amal Al-Binali; Executive Director of Finance and Administration, Lalitha Varadarajan; Dean of Student Affairs, Hanan Muzaffar; and Assistant to the President for Institutional Planning and Effectiveness, Tadd Kruse. The meeting took place ahead of information sessions that Ulloa-Perez hosted on how to apply to the exchange program and further details about the experience. ISEP greatly expands the scope of study abroad opportunities available to AUK students. The University also has partnerships with George Washington University in Washington DC, The American University in Cairo in Egypt, SciencesPo in France, and Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. Commenting on the significance of AUK’s expanding international opportunities for students, study abroad coordinator and Assistant to the President for Institutional Planning and Effectiveness Tadd Kruse says, “Study abroad is a life-changing opportunity for academic learning and personal growth, and by partnering with ISEP AUK stays true to its liberal arts identity by creating unique learning opportunities for students across four continents.” About ISEP ISEP was founded in 1979 to facilitate student exchanges throughout the world. The program has sent over 56,000 students abroad since its founding. Students are directly enrolled in courses at their host university to broaden their academic understanding by taking courses where information is presented through a different perspective than in their home country. ISEP strives to provide a full immersion experience to all students participating in its programs. In addition to learning abroad, ISEP programs help students develop cultural competency skills that are necessary for today’s global workforce. (From Left) Dr. Rawda Awwad, Provost; Tadd Kruse, Assistant to the President for Institutional Planning and Effectiveness; Amal Al-Binali, Vice President for Admission and Public Affairs; Lalitha Varadarajan, Executive Director of Finance and Administration; Dr. Hanan Muzaffar, Dean of Student Affairs; Pablo Ulloa-Perez, ISEP Director of Member Relations

College of Social Sciences Opened the Eighth Forum for Women under the slogan of "Women and Leadership"

  • 04-Nov-2018
  • Kuwait University

The Secretary General of the Higher Council for Planning and Development in Kuwait Dr. Khalid Mahdi expressed his joy at the launch of the second phase of the leadership training on behalf of the patron of the ceremony, Minister of Social Affairs and Labor and Minister of State for Economic Affairs Mrs. Hind Sabih Barak Al-Subeih, which is implemented by Social Sciences at Kuwait University within the framework of the national cooperation between the General Secretariat of the Supreme Council for Planning and Development, the United Nations Development Program and the United Nations Commission for the empowerment of women and gender equality for the implementation of the project to support the State of Kuwait in the implementation of the fifth goal of sustainable development goals on "gender equality" This came during the opening speech delivered by Dr. Khalid Mahdi, the sponsor's representative for the launch of the 8th Women's Forum under the slogan "Women and Leadership" Which will be held under the patronage of the Minister of Social Affairs and Labor and the Minister of State for Economic Affairs, Mrs. Hind Barak Al-Subeih on Monday, October 22 and continue until October 24, 2018 He stressed on the importance of such initiatives, which are aimed at enhancing the leadership capabilities of Kuwaiti women to contribute effectively to the national development of the State of Kuwait. In spite of all the efforts made in this field, women occupy high positions in the public and private sectors worldwide. Dr. Mahdi added that discrimination against women is still evident in many sectors and that we must make more efforts which will be a long journey but not impossible. Women's participation in the labor market is lower than men compared to the high rates of female students. Dr. Khalid Mahdi also indicated that it is clear that many challenges faced women's access to decision-making positions, where official statistics still showed modest numbers and percentages of female leadership positions. The gap between women and men remained high in the government sector, stressing that the need to stimulate an enabling environment Women from work and productivity and access to leadership positions is a must , so we need to promote investment in building national capacities and stimulate creativity and innovation in enhancing leadership skills and communication with the public. for his turn, the Dean of College of Social Sciences and Chairman of the Forum, Prof. Hamoud AlQashaan said that this forum enhances the potential partnership between the college, state institutions, regional and international institutions in an effort to enable the College of Social Sciences to be a partner in the development of the State of Kuwait. Prof. AlQashaan pointed out that women began to take serious steps towards leadership positions, expressing his pride that the first female minister in the Government of Kuwait is a faculty member of College of Social Sciences. He also mentioned that women are half the society and they participate in decision-making. It is their ambition to empower women in all areas to become stronger and to have a clear and influential participation in society. For his part, the representative of the United Nations Development Program for Women Mr. Khalid Shahwan said that the forum emphasizes Kuwait's endeavor to empower women to decision-making sites, adding that the forum highlighted the role of the center as a successful outcome in establishing partnerships that support women's empowerment with the United Nations Development Program to empower Kuwaiti women in various fields. Shahwan stressed the importance of such meetings in supporting women and acquiring the skills and strategies that help them in exchanging experiences in the field of leadership and interaction positively, which is one of the most important programs of the State of Kuwait in support of sustainable development and gender equality. Mr. Shahwan explained that the partnership between the General Secretariat of the Supreme Council for Planning and Development, Women’s Research and Studies Center, the United Nations Development Program, and UN Women is to continue the work of programs, initiatives and courses aimed at investing in opportunities for the empowerment of women. He stated that this work comes within the framework of achieving the development vision in the State of Kuwait (new Kuwait), which aims to invest in the human element, pointing out that the empowerment of women is not limited to a specific area, but covers all areas and sectors in the country. For her part, the head of the Center for Women's Studies and Research at the College of Social Sciences, Dr. Lubna AlQadhi, said in a speech that the challenges facing women are much greater than the challenges facing men in leadership positions, but they always seek to prove their existence and their legitimacy in society. Dr. AlQadhi praised the increase in the number of women pioneers, where the empowerment of women in the political leadership in the Arab world 18% and 24% in the world at the level of economic leadership amounted to 15% and there are increasing numbers. In addition, Dr. AlQadhi indicated that since its inception, the center has been working towards partnerships aimed at supporting Kuwait's national plan to support women and achieve the fifth goal of sustainable development of the United Nations in supporting and empowering women.

Kuwait University Held a Coordination Meeting with the General Secretariat of the Gulf Cooperation Council

  • 04-Nov-2018
  • Kuwait University

Kuwait University participates in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) days event , which is organized by the General Secretariat of the Gulf Cooperation Council during the period from 5 to 11 November 2018. On the sidelines of the event, Kuwait University represented by the Department of Public Relations and Media held a coordination meeting with the General Secretariat of the Gulf Cooperation Council. The meeting was chaired by Assistant Secretary General for Economic and Development Affairs Khalifa Al-Abri and attended by Director of Public Relations and Media Department at Kuwait University Diaa Abdulrahman Al-Fares along with members of the General Secretariat of the Gulf Cooperation Council. The aim of the meeting was to discuss the timetable of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) days event , the coordination of the symposiums to be held at Kuwait University and to discuss the nature of the university's participation in the event. KU participates in the activities of the days of the Gulf Cooperation Council through the establishment of seminars on campus, in cooperation with College of Social Sciences , college of Business Administration Sciences and College of Law. KU will hold several seminars and workshops within the GCC days event: -The workshop on international trade and creation of job opportunities will be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at 9:30 AM, in Hall 3C Faculty of Buisness Administration - Shuwaikh Campus. - Seminar on External Relations of the GCC on Tuesday 6 November 2018 at 10 AM, in the round room - Abdullah Al Jaber Theater - Shuwaikh Campus. Entrepreneurship Workshop with similar experiences on Wednesday 7 November 2018 at 9:30 AM, at Othman Abdulmalik Hall - Shuwaikh Campus. A lecture on GCC joint security work and the achievements of the interior ministries in the GCC countries on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 10:30 AM, in the round room - Abdullah Al Jaber Theater - Campus - Shuwaikh. A workshop to introduce the GCC joint work decisions will be held on Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 9:30 AM in the round room - Abdullah Al Jaber Theater - Campus - Shuwaikh. A lecture on the dissemination of intellectual property culture will be held on Thursday, November 8, 2018, at 10 AM, in Othman Abdulmalik Hall - Faculty of Law - Campus - Shuwaikh. Security Event entitled "The march and achievements of the GCC joint military action" on Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 10:30 AM , at the World Bank Hall - Faculty of Social Sciences – Shuwaikh Campus.

The College of Arts welcomed the Ambassador of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan

  • 04-Nov-2018
  • Kuwait University

The Dean of College of Arts at Kuwait University Prof. Souad Abdulwahab welcomed the Ambassador of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan Smargul Adamkulova, in the presence of the Head of the English Department Dr. Lafi AlHarbi and the Head of the Arabic Language Department Dr. Abdulmohssen AlTabtabai. The visit came as part of the promotion of joint relations between the two countries, especially the scientific and cultural aspects between the two sides. Prof. Abdulwahab stressed the need for future cooperation between universities in the Kyrgyz Republic and Kuwait University, pointing out the importance of teaching Arabic language and studies there, adding that the College of Arts is fully prepared to hold lectures and seminars between the college and the embassy in order to expand intellectual and cultural exchange between the two countries. At the end, Adamkulova offered a souvenir to Pro. Souad Abdulwahab wishing to meet her invitation to visit the Kyrgyz Republic.

GUST Hosts IFIP Conference

  • 04-Nov-2018
  • Gulf University For Science And Technology

Gulf University for Science and Technology (GUST) is currently hosting the 17th annual International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) Conference. The event brings together approximately 75 scholars from around the globe to present research findings conducted on the subject of this year’s conference: Challenges and Opportunities in the Digital Era. Among these, 11 are from GUST. The event is to be held over a period of four days on GUST’s campus, and will be the first time that this symposium is held in Kuwait. With the exponential growth of digital forums across the world on a multitude of platforms, it is imperative the academic community explore different ways of adapting to new realities to conduct business. This is especially true today as opportunities afforded to consumers - due to the sheer volume of information accessible to them - presents challenges to companies that need to constantly create innovative strategies to remain relevant. Similarly, consumers are also challenged as they seek optimal ways of sifting through information which inundates them, and makes the process of selecting the best product or service provider increasingly difficult. Prior to the conference, a doctoral colloquium was held to give Ph.D. candidates and research students an opportunity to present their work to a panel of experts to get feedback and gain further insight in their area of study. GUST Vice President of Academic Affairs and Conference Co-Chair, Dr. Salah Al-Sharhan, said, “As the world around us changes, so must we. As academics, we must consistently strive to find ways to relate to and connect with the wider world. This conference is a prime opportunity to learn from other scholars and academics, learn how their findings can be applied locally, and also cement GUST’s place as a veritable regional knowledge hub.” Presenting findings on behalf of GUST will be Nabae Asfar, Dr. Saeed Askary, Dr. Ahmed ElMorshidy, Dr. Ahmed Hassanein, Dr. Khalid Kisswani, and Professor Taher Ali , who explored the topics of e-Business, e-Services, and e-Society. Also in attendance, are prominent scholars such as Professor Yogesh Dwivedi from Swansea University in Wales, Professor George Balabanis from City University in London, Dr. Winfried Lamersdorf from the University of Hamburg, and Professor Matti Mantymaki, from University of Turku, Finland. Dean of the College of Business Administration and Conference Co-chair, Professor Antonis Simintiras, said, “I am very optimistic that this conference will yield some interesting results, and I am excited to hear the different perspectives scholars from around the world will present to us. I’d also like to thank Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences and That Al Salasil for their support in helping put together such a high profile and prestigious conference. The IFIP conference has taken place annually for the last 16 years, however, this is the first time that it has taken place in Kuwait. The previous conference was held in The Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi, and explored the topics of Smart Cities, Innovation, and Sustainablity. Further information on the upcoming conference can be found on: https://ifip.gust.edu.kw/

Counseling Center Hosts Lecture on Mental Health in Collaboration with ASAP Initiative

  • 04-Nov-2018
  • American University Of Kuwait

The Counseling Center at AUK collaborated with the ASAP Initiative to host a lecture by Dr. Lori Davis, a Clinical Instructor of Psychology in Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College and a Professional Associate at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. The ASAP Initiative was founded in October 2017 by Sheikha Majda, co-founder of the Kuwaiti beauty brand ASAP. The initiative aims to normalize mental health issues in Kuwait by raising awareness and encouraging people to open up to others about their struggles. The lecture was held in the AUK auditorium and was attended by AUK students and members of the public. The event began with opening remarks by Sheikha Majda. After explaining the history and goals of the Initiative, she introduced Dr. Davis who created a video to educate the audience about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and then described the different ways in which the disorder can manifest in people—from a subtle, short-term effect, to an overwhelming, debilitating condition. The event provided an open and safe atmosphere to learn about a condition that affects the community and gave audience members a chance to ask questions about symptoms, treatment, and how to get involved with fighting the stigma. Reflecting on the collaboration, Director of the Counseling Center, Jason Sullivan commented, “ASAP Initiative and Dr. Davis were excited to come out and share the opportunity. They were very excited about the Art and Music Therapy program because it has similar goals to the initiative—creating an alternative way for people to receive therapy while helping normalize mental health. We are probably going to coordinate with them in the future to do more work, because I really think it’s a great initiative.” About ASAP Initiative The ASAP Initiative was launched in October 2017. It is spearheaded by Sheikha Majda, co-founder of ASAP, a Kuwaiti beauty brand. The initiative aims to end the stigma against mental health in Kuwait by sharing the benefits of opening up to others and being honest about your struggles. About Dr. Lori Davis Dr. Lori Davis is a Clinical Instructor of Psychology in Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College and a Professional Associate at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. She specializes in PTSD and anxiety disorders and has published over 20 articles on the topics. Jason Sullivan, Director of the Counseling Center Dr. Lori Davis during her lecture

AUM Students Win first places in the IEOM Washington DC Conference

  • 04-Nov-2018
  • American University Of The Middle East

Industrial Engineering Students from the American University of the Middle East won four competitions during their participation in the 3rd North American IEOM Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management, held at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) Campus, USA, from 27th till 29th of September 2018. More than ten universities competed in the competitions for students such as: the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) and Northeastern University in USA, the University of Monterrey in Mexico, the University of Johannesburg in South Africa, the National Institute of Applied Sciences of Rouen (INSA) in France, Yanbu Industrial College in Saudi Arabia and the Islamic Azad University in Iran. The conference was organized by IEOM Society International in collaboration with the African Engineering Education Association (AEEA), the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES), the Society of Cost and Quality Engineers (SCQE), and BKSTI: Agency for Cooperation of Higher Education of Industrial Engineering in Indonesia. Academics, researchers and practitioners from different industries took part in the conference which included more than 350 research papers and projects submitted

طلبة "الهندسة البحرية" في زيارة لحاضنة الشويخ الحرفية

  • 04-Nov-2018
  • Paaet

قام طلبة قسم الهندسة البحرية والسيارات بكلية الدراسات التكنولوجية بالهيئة العامة للتعليم التطبيقي و التدريب يرافقهم رئيس القسم د.خالد العوضي بزيارة الى حاضنة الشويخ الحرفية استقبلهم خلالها مدير الحاضنة م.راشد المحمد . رحب م.المحمد بالطلبة وقدم لهم شرحاً تفصيلياً عن الحاضنة وأنشطتها والخدمات التي تقدمها للمبادرين الجدد، مسلطاً الضوء على الفرص الوظيفية التي تقدمها الحاضنة لخريجي الهيئة. وفي ختام الزيارة قامت م. إيمان الخياط من الحاضنة بمرافقة الطلبة في جولة للتعرف على على الورش والمشاريع التي تضمها الحاضنة وعلى المبادرين وتجاربهم

"التربية الأساسية بالتطبيقي" في الملتقى الجامعي لمنطقة العاصمة التعليمية

  • 04-Nov-2018
  • Paaet

شاركت كلية التربية الأساسية بالهيئة العامة للتعليم التطبيقي والتدريب في الملتقى الجامعي الذي نظمته الإدارة العامة لمنطقة العاصمة التعليمية التابعة لوزارة التربية, والذي أقيم على مسرح ثانوية الروضة للبنات، بمشاركة أكثر من خمسة عشر جهة من الجامعات الخاصة والهيئات والمعاهد الأكاديمية وجامعة الكويت. حضر الملتقى طلاب وطالبات من أكثر من 13 مدرسة من المرحلة الثانوية، بهدف تعريفهم شروط القبول في الجامعات الحكومية والخاصة في الكويت ومزايا أهم التخصصات الأدبية والعلمية والتقنية المتاحة، وتوضيح أهم الخدمات التي توفرها معاهد ومراكز اللغة الإنجليزية عند تقديم القبول الجامعي. من جانبه أكد عميد كلية التربية الأساسية أ.د فهد عبدالرحمن الرويشد أن الهيئة العامة للتعليم التطبيقي والتدريب تغتنم مثل هذه اللقاءات التنويرية للتعريف بدور الكليات التابعة لها كي يلتحق الشباب بتخصصاتها وتصبح اختياراتهم مبنية على أسس علمية وموضوعية تخدم التنمية المجتمعية وأن الكلية حريصة على تواجدها في مثل هذه الملتقيات لتهيئة الطلبة في مرحلة الثانوية العامة للحياة الجامعية المستقبلية وتعريفهم بأهم التخصصات المتوفرة وبيان الأمور الأكاديمية والاجتماعية والتربوية والنفسية الخاصة بالبيئة الجامعية. وبين أ.د الرويشد أن الملتقى يهدف الى توجيه الطلبة نحو مؤسسات إعداد المعلم وفقا لطموحاتهم وامكاناتهم وتقديم الفرص التعليمية لرفد سوق العمل، مضيفا ان توجيه الطالبات والطلبة نحو التخصصات التي تلبي طموحهم يمكننا من تحقيق أهداف الكليات وتقليص المصاعب التي تواجه الشباب في الالتحاق بالمجالات التي تخدم البلاد، مقدماً الشكر لكافة القائمين على الملتقى الجامعي، آملاً أن يتكرر في كل فصل دراسي. كما أكدت العميد المساعد للشؤون الطلابية أ.د لطيفة الكندري أهمية اختيار التخصص الملائم في المرحلة الجامعية حتى يتعرف الطالب بصورة مباشرة على مهن المستقبل المختلفة وأي منها الأقرب إلى اهتماماته وميوله وبما يتوافق مع اشتراطات كل تخصص. وأوضح وفد كلية التربية الأساسية خلال الملتقى أهم التخصصات والنسب المئوية الخاصة بكل تخصص والمقصود بالتخصصات النادرة، وكذلك إجراءات التسجيل والقبول عبر البوابة الالكترونية للهيئة العامة للتعليم التطبيقي والتدريب. هذا وقد قام الوفد بتوزيع بعض البروشورات الخاصة بكلية التربية الأساسية ومكتب التسجيل ومركز الدعم التربوي التابع للكلية على الطلبة والطالبات.

GUST Global Studies Center Examines the Effects of Student Elections in the Middle East

  • 25-Oct-2018
  • Gulf University For Science And Technology

In its first event of the semester, Gulf University of Science and Technology’s (GUST) Global Studies Center (GSC) hosted a seminar last Tuesday titled “The Origins of Partisanship in the Middle East: Student Elections at the American University of Beirut”, with Visiting Scholar Daniel Tavana from Princeton University. The seminar explored students’ perceptions of university elections and presented findings from an original survey experiment conducted at the American University of Beirut, before and after the annual student elections. The discussion, led by Tavana, delved into existing research which concludes that university life in advanced democracies helps to promote citizenship, encourage political participation, and foster greater tolerance. Tavana’s research sheds more light on campuses within the Middle East to examine if university conditions can have the same positive effects in these contexts. The seminar also debated whether student elections encourage the adoption of democratic attitudes, or if they are merely tools that political parties and factions use to manipulate the processes of political socialization. Daniel L. Tavana, is a PhD candidate at the Department of Politics at Princeton University, and a visiting scholar at the GSC. Tavana holds degrees from Cambridge University, and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. His research interests focus on elections, political behavior, and public opinion in the Middle East and North Africa. GSC Chair, Dr. Fahed Al-Sumait, said: “We are honored to have Daniel with us while he conducts his PhD fieldwork in Kuwait. His expertise on electoral politics was evident in tonight's presentation and is also a big part of his ongoing dissertation project. I think that we can all benefit from the kind of work he does.” The GSC has other exciting talks planned for this year, the next of which explores online activism in the Middle East and will be presented by Dr. Jon Nordenson from the University of Oslo at GUST on November 7 at 5:00 pm. The GSC regularly hosts discussions that stimulate research and contribute positively to the campus experience for students and faculty alike. It is a leading Kuwaiti center on global studies issues and a vehicle for engaging both internal and external communities through events, lectures and by hosting visiting scholars from around the world. Previous GSC held lectures included; “The Rise of Islamic State, the Future of Iraq, and the Risks to the Gulf States”, by leading scholar Professor Toby Dodge, Director of the Kuwait Programme at the London School of Economics, and “Dare to do Mighty Things: Exploring Beyond the Earth” by NASA scientist, Zainab Cox.

The President of Kuwait University meets the Director of the National Bureau for Academic Accreditation

  • 24-Oct-2018
  • Kuwait University

In an effort to enhance communication with higher education institutions in Kuwait, Dr. Hamad AlAdwani, Director of the National Bureau for Academic Accreditation & Education Quality Assurance (NBAQ), met with the President of Kuwait University, Prof. Hussein AlAnsari, in the presence of Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Jamal AlNakas, Vice President for Planning Dr. Adel AlHussainan, Dr. Ali A. Abdullah, and Dr. Abeer Hassan. The Director of NBAQ gave a presentation that included the definition of the role of the authority in evaluating the programs of the higher education institutions in the State of Kuwait that aimed at raising their levels and initiating the process of institutional accreditation of Kuwait University. In addition, appropriate mechanisms have been put in place to enhance communication between Kuwait University and NBAQ, and provide support through the organization of workshops and lectures on the definition of the process of self-evaluation, institutional, and program accreditation and raise the academic classification and continue constructive efforts between the Bureau and Kuwait University. The University administration welcomed the activation of the academic accreditation of the university and the start of developing appropriate mechanisms for this. Dr. Hamad AlAdwani thanked the University administration for the positive meeting and the keenness of Kuwait University to carry out the evaluation process and start the process of institutional accreditation.

GUST’s Gulf Financial Center Organizes Live Stock Market Simulation

  • 24-Oct-2018
  • Gulf University For Science And Technology

The Gulf Financial Center (GFC) at Gulf University for Science and Technology (GUST) organized a workshop on campus, in collaboration with, Al-Tijari Financial Brokerage Company. The workshop, entitled “Live Stock Market Simulation”, was created specifically for GUST finance students to experience hands-on trade training on how the Kuwait financial market operates on a daily basis. GFC Director, Dr. Fida Karam, said: “We aim to provide our students with the best tools to experience a live stock market simulation in order to ensure their exposure to real trading habits within the Boursa Kuwait stock market.” Utilizing the latest technology and interactive methodology available at the GFC, 17 students were able to learn the intricacies of virtual trading, trading floor vocabulary, how markets work, how to trade instruments, as well as the appropriate way to react to market movements. Mohammad Al- Rudaini, Deputy CEO, and Abdullah Al-Salman, IT Senior Officer, from Al-Tijari Financial Brokerage Company, led the training, and introduced students to the latest stock market trading systems that can help improve their skills and knowledge in trading. Al-Tijari Financial Brokerage Company CEO, Mishal Alqinai, said “We built the workshop to start with an overview of the history of the Kuwait Stock Exchange since its inception until today, then explained the concerned authorities and regulatory bodies and the role of each of them. From there, we were able to shed light on all kinds of electronic trading systems. It was an honor to lead this workshop in such an experimental environment in to adequately demonstrate how the stock trading process works in Kuwait.” Al-Tijari, is a financial firm that facilitates the buying and selling of financial securities. Through this collaboration, students were given the opportunity to establish lasting connections, and learn more about mentorship and apprenticeship opportunities in the field. GFC at GUST is one of the most advanced academic applied financial centers in the Middle East. It is the center’s goal to empower the upcoming generation and enhance their command and fluency in the field of finance. It is through this type of initiative that GUST continues to build on its mission to become a knowledge-hub that benefits and engages students, academics, and the wider Kuwait community.

Malaysian Delegation Visits The Faculty of Engineering and Petroleum

  • 14-Oct-2018
  • Kuwait University

The Department of Civil Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering and Petroleum at Kuwait University welcomed a Malaysian delegation from the University of Technology Malaysia. The delegation is represented by Professor Othman Bin Chih Ban, and Dr. Asma Benti Hassan, in the presence ofHead of the Civil Engineering Department Dr. Fahad Al-Rukeibi, Dr. Mohammad Al-Khaldi, Dr. Khaldoun Rahal, Prof. Mohammad Fathi Hamouda, Dr. Nawaf Al Otaibi and a group of engineers and graduate students. The visit aimed at discussing common areas in how to benefit from shared experiences.

Turkish Ambassador visits the Faculty of Arts at Kuwait University

  • 14-Oct-2018
  • Kuwait University

The Dean of the Faculty of Arts Prof. Suad Abdul Wahab welcomed the Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey Aisha Hilal in her office, where the visit came from the promotion of bilateral relations between the State of Kuwait and the Republic of Turkey, especially relations that relate to the cultural and scientific aspects between the two countries. Prof. Suad Abdulwahab pointed out the importance of intensifying cultural activities to expand horizons of future scientific and cultural cooperation. The meeting was attended by the Head of History Department at the Faculty of Arts, Prof. Abdullah Al-Hajri and Mr. Ali Al-Shammari from the Language Center. The visit aimed at strengthening bilateral relations between Kuwait University and the Turkish Republic. The two sides also discussed the importance of expanding the horizons of future scientific and cultural cooperation, identifying the latest scientific and academic developments, and increasing the work on enhancing and developing them.

Kuwait Engineers Program launched its Second Edition under the Sponsorship of Limak Construction Company

  • 14-Oct-2018
  • Kuwait University

Kuwait Engineers Program launched its second edition, which aims to train 30 students and engineers in different majors from the College of Engineering and Petroleum at Kuwait University during the first semester of the academic year 2018-2019, about 200 hours of training divided into 8 sections. Upon successfully completing the program, participants will receive the Board of Technology Education Certificate for Management and Leadership accredited in more than 100 countries around the world, and 3 BTEC study units and business administration for field training in this semester. This field program aims at empowering students, refining their leadership and management skills and helping them to form a clear picture of their future engineering work. The College of Engineering and Petroleum at Kuwait University signed a memorandum of understanding with Limak Construction Company in February 2017, which is one of the leading construction companies in the world. The memorandum aims at providing channels of communication and enhancing cooperation between the two parties to exchange experiences in various fields of engineering. The two parties also agreed to develop joint training programs for students. Limak initiated a joint professional training program for Kuwaiti and Gulf students at the College of Engineering and Petroleum at Kuwait University in collaboration with the Turkish Boğaziçi University. This program will enable them to acquire experience and receive practical knowledge and encourage them to engage in field engineering work in the largest construction projects. The first edition of the program was successfully completed, and the first batch was graduated at a ceremony held by Limak at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul as part of a trip for the trainees who successfully acquired the training. furthermore, in order to reach out to the trainees, the chairman of Limac Investment Company board a subsidiary of Limac Company, Ms. Ibero Uzdemir, in the presence of Dr. Amani Bouqamaz from the College of Engineering and Petroleum and supervisor of the program, and Dr. Tamer Attarport Director of the Center for Continuing Education at Boğaziçi University met with a group of trainees to discuss the aspects which benefited from the training program and their suggestions for developing the program.

CBA welcomed the delegation of the Chinese Academy for West Asian and African Studies

  • 14-Oct-2018
  • Kuwait University

College of business Administrations Dean at Kuwait University Dr. Mishari AlHajri welcomed a delegation from the Chinese Academy for West Asian and African Studies, which included a number of researchers and advisors in charge of the Middle East, in the presence of assistant deans and heads of scientific departments at the college. The aim of the visit was to discuss ways of cooperation between the college and the academy in the field of benefiting the two institutions at the academic, cultural and practical levels. It is worth mentioning that the academy is a governmental academy concerned with the provision of studies and consultations to the Chinese government, which includes more than 40 research institutions, specialized in studies in all fields in the regions, including the Middle East Studies Foundation, which focuses on the economics and politics. The delegation is visiting Kuwait to prepare the necessary studies on the readiness of Kuwait for the project of North Kuwait, the islands, and the city of Hareer.

AUK Students Participate in George Washington University Study Abroad Program

  • 14-Oct-2018
  • American University Of Kuwait

Two AUK students were awarded scholarships to participate in a six-week summer program at George Washington University (GWU). This summer program provides AUK students with the opportunity to take two three-credit undergraduate classes at GWU, along with fully paid tuition, health insurance, and accommodations. Batool Hasan and Omar Khalil were the recipients of this year’s scholarship in the summer of 2018. Their experiences are summed by the following categories: Academic: Batool was exposed to different schools of thinking as this experience pushed her to take classes she would not normally gravitate towards. She registered for two courses, a philosophy course titled Ethics in Business and the Professions, and a Comparative Politics course. Batool greatly enjoyed the ethics class as it tackled moral issues in engineering and encouraged class discussion. The Comparative Politics course offered a nice change from her usual engineering classes through analysis of different political regimes and why they succeed in certain conditions and fail to progress the livelihood of citizens in other circumstances. Omar was enrolled in two courses—World History and Media Arabic. World History was an intensive yet fascinating course that dealt with many important historical events throughout the world since the 15th century, culminating in how these events have shaped the world as we know it today. Media Arabic was an advanced Arabic course that Omar had initially started with great trepidation but quickly grew to enjoy as he spent classes exchanging cultural ideas with his American classmates. He has learned a great deal about the techniques English speakers utilize in learning Arabic and has imparted knowledge to his classmates on the linguistic dichotomies between Classical Arabic and Modern Standard Arabic. One of the ways Omar sought to make the most of his stay in Washington DC was by improving his professional skillsets. As a student deeply engaged in app and game development, Omar took part in a couple of developer meet ups where he was able to network with many other game developers, try their projects and receive valuable feedback on an app he is currently working on. Cultural: Batool aimed to engage in as many activities as her short time in D.C. would allow. She will forever remember the hustle of the Fourth of July parades and mesmerizing fireworks. Being a fan of museums, she visited the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Renwick Gallery, the Museum of Natural History, and other lesser known museums such as the International Spy Museum. In addition to that, she had the opportunity to see the White House, visit George Town, the Mount Vernon estate and the old city Alexandria. Living in the heart of a metropolitan city was a striking change as it was always hustling with movement. Everything from restaurants to supermarkets to university buildings was within walking distance from the dormitory Shenkman Hall. “Staying in a dormitory allowed me to make friends easily as I was always meeting people,” Batool remarks about her experience at Shenkman Hall. Not only did Omar enjoy his time in Washington DC as a tourist as he visited many of the Smithsonian’s museums as well as the city’s most important monuments throughout his stay, but he also endeavored to experience the city in a way that better integrated him into the environment, helped him cope with culture shock and even made him feel like he was closer to the heart of city life: by living as a local. He cooked for himself as often as he could, revisited several tucked-away yet beautiful bookshops and cafes, befriended locals through meet-ups, discovered obscure reading spots by the Potomac River and even changed up his jogging routes constantly to remain active and spontaneously discover new areas he would never have encountered before. Personal Growth: Batool accomplished two goals before her experience at GWU even started: Travelling alone for a long journey, and visiting a country she had not been to before. As soon as she reached the dormitory, she quickly got acquainted with her dorm mates, who later on became a family to her, and joined together to visit the monuments and surrounding area in an effort to make the most out of her experience. Batool also crossed off another item on her bucket list with a visit to New York city, in which she visited the Empire State building and Statue of Liberty. From developing a sturdier work-ethic from his intensive classes to broadening his cultural awareness, Omar has gone through a lot of personal growth that he attributes to the George Washington Summer Program. There were ups and downs throughout the experience, but everything Omar has gained will benefit him tremendously in his academic, professional and personal life, and he would recommend everyone to take part during the next program. AUK students Batool Hassan and Omar Khalil at George Washington University

Launch of ACK English Village

  • 23-Sep-2018
  • Australian College Of Kuwait

A special area has been set up on campus as the ACK English Village. The purpose is to have an area outside the normal classroom environment to enhance the English speaking skills of students. Two of the ongoing activities inside the English Village are suggestions for “Quote of the week” and a chat board on the “Topic of the Week”. For more information about the ACK English Village

AUK Starts the New Academic Year with a Successful New Student Orientation and Welcome Week

  • 23-Sep-2018
  • American University Of Kuwait

AUK held its bi-annual student orientation where it welcomed first-time students to the AUK campus. The orientation is one of the most highly regarded events on campus as it intends to prepare students to effectively transition into university, while giving students the tools and information needed to become academically and socially successful at AUK. The orientation was inaugurated by the Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. Hanan Muzaffar who explained that, "New Student Orientation is a vital part of the holistic transition and success of a student during their university experience. At AUK, we are committed to providing an all rounded experience for our students while providing them with a smooth and enjoyable transition, as we continue to enrich their academic, extracurricular and social lives on campus." Following Dr. Muzaffar's opening remarks, the Provost, Dr. Rawda Awwad spoke of the timelessness of learning and the significance of diversity of backgrounds and interests in the university community, citing them as some of the reasons that make AUK proud of its community. The speeches ended with a video that highlighted the students' achievements in their involvements, both on and off campus. The incoming students were then led on tours around campus and got to know each other through various ice breaking activities. The tour was organized by the Division of Student Affairs that also introduced its voluntary Peer Mentor Program for this year's new student orientation. Comprised of 12 AUK junior and senior students, each peer mentor is assigned a group of around 30 freshmen to help them acclimate to the University, take them to their first club meetings and events, assist them with finding their way around campus and guide them through the process of dealing with various offices in the University. In commenting on the success of the Peer Mentor Program, Dr. Muzaffar said, "The Peer Mentors were excited for this opportunity, saying that they volunteered for this program because of their love for AUK and their desire to welcome the new students into their community." Following this, optional activities ranging from an art workshop at the University's art and therapy room to a basketball game in the indoor court were organized. The AUK orientation week continued on campus with the Welcome Week activities that encouraged student engagement within the university community. Organized by the Office of Student Life, Division of Student Affairs, Welcome Week kicked off with a barbecue by the Student Life team, photo challenge, movie night, an involvement fair which consisted of recruitment for student clubs, organizations and university departments; wrapping up the fun-filled week was a mini carnival by AUK's Student Council. Commenting on the success of Welcome Week, Dr. Muzaffar said, "Welcome to a new academic year at AUK new and returning AUK students, we have been eager to meet you all! Our Welcome Week activities are here to provide all students with different ways to connect and meet their new and continuing fellow students, staff and available resources at AUK. We are looking forward to a successful fall 2018 semester."

Collaborative between ACK and NTEC

  • 19-Sep-2018
  • Australian College Of Kuwait

On the 9th of September 2018, the ACK president, the advisor to the ACK president, the Dean of the School of Engineering and the Engineering Head of Departments hosted their guests from EnerTech Company in ACK to celebrate the signing of a memorandum of understanding in respect of renewable energy between: The Australian College of Kuwait – ACK The National Technology Enterprises Company – NTEC This memorandum defines the general framework of a continuous cooperation that concerns mainly but is not limited to: study and develop joint training curriculums; exchange or assign personnel for collaborative training, projects or sharing experience; develop joint projects and trainings aimed at providing advanced technical support and services to local and regional industries; transfer and exchange science and technology-related information; exchange or share facilities and equipment for collaborative or independent research and trainings based on the policies of both Parties; organize or co-sponsor symposia, conferences, forums, seminars, workshops and training courses upon mutual interests; extend invitations for attending scholarly and technical meetings as well as national and international conferences; and Provide opportunities for ACK students to obtain field training and internship at NTEC’s or its subsidiaries’ premises as part of their graduation requirements. ACK is the first Private Higher Education Institution in Kuwait that took this initiative in renewable energy field.

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Scientific Affairs organized a workshop for the new faculty members at Kuwait University

  • 19-Sep-2018
  • Kuwait University

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Scientific Affairs organized a workshop for the new faculty members. This workshop aims to prepare the faculty member for the practical life and to carry out his work at the university as a member of the faculty as the main pillar in the process of elevating the university to what it aspires from its scientific place, The most important regulations and regulations followed by the university. On the occasion of the occasion, Vice-Rector for Scientific Affairs, Dr. Jamal Fakher Al-Nakas, said that the University of Kuwait, represented by the Vice-Rector for Scientific Affairs, held a workshop for the newly appointed faculty members from outside the State of Kuwait to inform them of the most important rules, Kuwait. He explained that life in Kuwait University is subject to many regulations, including university law, its executive regulations, the regulations of the faculty of teaching affairs and other regulations, adding that these regulations need to be understood, read and understood so that the faculty member can practice his work properly and guided and useful at Kuwait University. And between Prof. The purpose of this workshop is to inform the new faculty members first of all about the principles of the university charter and the contents of this charter of rights and duties and the organization of the relationship between the faculty member and the student and his relationship with his fellow professors and his relation with the institution to which he belongs, . He added that the workshop aims to inform the faculty member about the regulations related to scientific publishing, research publication and promotions, as well as to know how the evaluation process to be held for a member of the faculty to teach in each semester. The workshop deals with all the rules governing the work of the faculty member at the university Vacations and scientific materials and the definition of all that is necessary to exercise his work at Kuwait University. For his part, the Chairman of the Standing Committee for the accreditation of scientific journals, Professor Haitham Lababidi, explained the rules of accreditation of the international scientific journals for the purposes of promotion at Kuwait University, explaining the articles of the rules and procedures adopted in the adoption of scientific journals. For his part, Dr. Waleed Al-Menais of the Faculty of Social Sciences explained that there are three tasks for each faculty member, which is teaching as one of the most important duties of the faculty member, scientific research and scientific production as the tool that elevates the university's scientific status and level of education. And contribute to community service through related activities in the field of specialization, also indicating the conditions and standards of promotion and the requirements and procedures for promotion of faculty members. In her turn, Deputy Assistant Director of Kuwait University for Scientific Affairs and Director of the Evaluation and Measurement Center Dr. Rawah Al-Jarallah explained the course of the course, describing the decision planning system, grades, evaluation and academic regulations. Neighboring regulations concerning fraud tests and procedures. For his part, Dr. Shaheen Al-Shaheen, from the Faculty of Law, Department of International Law, explained the list of faculty members and the practical tasks through a statement regarding the scientific tasks and full-time vacations and academic work within the university, stressing that the faculty member is an investment in Kuwait University for further development and progress.

Bukhail Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Conselium Consultancy - See more at: http://www.bhck.edu.kw/en/news/view/15#sthash.nIA72mco.dpuf

  • 19-Sep-2018
  • Box Hill College Of Kuwait

Professor Ali Arifah said that the College is proud of the presence of a large number of its graduates who have established their own projects. The College always seeks to qualify graduates to be members who add to the Kuwaiti society successes and projects in various fields and a specialized center that helps them develop their ideas and transform them into a successful project. Dr. Barakat pointed to the role of the Center in translating the mission of the college and its role in the service and development of the community through the participation of young people in programs and training courses that enable them to enter the labor market and are armed with science, knowledge and life experiences. T requires Alsoq.oodhav that the Center seeks to develop the level of services provided to the community by building partnerships with various public and private institutions and the development of new work programs that meet the needs of the national labor market and the Arab. He also expressed his pleasure to harness the potential of Concilium Consultancy and its international partnerships to serve entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs who aspire to develop and develop their emerging businesses into international and non-traditional markets. Dr. Arzoo Harraf, Director of Management Studies, expressed her gratitude for the support of the College's permanent administration for everything that is useful to its graduates. The outputs of the college should be at an academic and practical level. The focus of the courses and workshops organized by the Center will focus on the education of the students, the foundations of the small enterprise industry and feasibility study of the projects, and will review the plan to build the small project and how to manage professionally to market and profit from it. - See more at: http://www.bhck.edu.kw/en/news/view/15#sthash.nIA72mco.dpuf

Model Lesson Entitled “Preparing Students through Skill Development”

  • 19-Sep-2018
  • Kuwait International Law School

In the context of developing and innovating new methods to support and qualify the distinguished students through the expertise of faculty members, and through the utilization of new teaching methods, the Department of Student Development and Competitions organized the 3rd Model Lesson during for the Summer course 2017-2018. The lesson’s title was “Preparing Students through Skill Development”, and it was delivered on Sunday 22 July 2018 by Dr. Samah Khamman who prepared the lesson in the context of the course entitled “Professional Skills and Intellectual Communication Methods”. This activity goes in parallel with achieving the goals of the school in terms of the development and innovation in teaching methods which go beyond traditional teaching patterns.

Awareness-raising seminar on the training of students in private sector institutions during summer

  • 19-Sep-2018
  • Kuwait International Law School

A workshop on training students in private sector institutions in summer With the end of the second semester of the academic year 2017/2018 and the start of the summer vacation, and out of its keenness to embrace her students and help them to benefit even in their spare time, and contribute to the development of their abilities, and helps them to determine their future choices after the recognition of the nature of some Legal Professions In practice and experience, the Kuwait International Law School, in cooperation with the Manpower Restructuring Program and the State Executive authorities , organized a seminar entitled “Training of students in private sector institutions during the summer of 2018”. In the presence of a number of students of the third and fourth year students who want to know the steps that must be followed to start a career after graduation and they have the expertise they need to help them to succeed. The Director of the Department of Student Development and Competitions thanked the organizers of the restructuring program for their continuous cooperation with the school administration to open the future horizons for the students. Then ,Mr.Tarek al-Kandari, and Mrs. Amina Bourashad of the restructuring program talk about the importance of exploiting the young and young students of the school who will graduate for leisure time to practice some professions commensurate with their specialization in order to experience the professional life and experience practical, and compare the theories they received on the school and the reality in practice, Each one of them to form an idea about this profession or that, and then after graduation determines the path he will take and the job he will choose or profession that will lead him is fully convinced of the right choice so that he can rely on them to build the future of his life, The job or profession is not just a salary earned by the human being at the end of the month, but is an individual need for the individual, a service to society and a contribution to building the nation that needs the efforts of all its people. Speakers Mr. Tarek al-Kandari, and Mrs. Amna Bourashad has a range of private sector jobs that law students can work in, including law firms, legal departments of large companies, banks, financial institutions, telecoms companies and many others, who welcome students to receive training. Graduation to form a new addition to them and take advantage of their energies ,Youth and their enthusiasm for work, creativity and professional success, and contribute to the pumping of young blood at the sites where they work. In conclusion, Al-Kandari and Borashad responded to the students’ questions which varied and diverged and focused on the role of the workforce restructuring program and the executive apparatus of the state towards the students first and then on graduation and the extent of their contribution in helping them to take up jobs as soon as possible.

Announcement of the graduates of the Commission on the availability of workshops in the professional incubator for women from the incubator Shuwaikh craft

  • 19-Sep-2018
  • Paaet

The Shuwaikh Nursery Incubator in the Public Authority for Applied Education and Training announces the opening of registration for female graduates of colleges and institutes in the project of the "Women's Business Incubator" project, where technical units and workshops will be distributed in order to support their small projects and direct them towards self-employment.

General Manager of «Applied» completes his inspection tour of the training institutes

  • 19-Sep-2018
  • Paaet

The Director General of the General Authority for Applied Education and Training Ali Al Mudhaf, on Wednesday, September 12, 2008, held field trips to some of the TRA's training institutes as part of his field trips to determine their readiness to receive the new training year 2018-2019 The Director General of the Authority met during his tour, which included the Institute of Industrial Training and the Industrial Institute - Sabah Al Salem and the Higher Institute of Administrative Services, the directors of the institutes and their assistants, heads of scientific and training departments and members of the scientific committee and heard during the meeting them to some proposals that will facilitate the educational and training process and advancement It is worth mentioning that the Director General of the Authority has started his field trip this week, which included visiting the Higher Institute of Communications and Navigation, Higher Institute of Energy and the Industrial Institute - Shuwaikh and the Institute of Nursing. The Director General was accompanied by the Deputy Director General for Training. Tarek Al Amiri, Deputy Director General for Administrative and Financial Affairs Hafez Alhajraf and Director of Public Relations and Information Office A. Fatima Al-Azmi and Director of General Services Department M. Fneis Al-Ajmi and Director of Engineering Construction and Maintenance. Farid Al Awadhi Director of the Industrial Institute - Sabah Al-Salem. Mohammed Al Taweel honors the Director General of the Authority d. Ali Almdaf during his visit to the Institute - a group photo of the Director General of the Commission d. Ali Al-Mudhaf and his deputies with members of the Institute of Structural Training- Group photo of the Director General of the Authority d. Ali Al Mudhaf and his deputies with members of the Higher Institute of Administrative Services -

Under the patronage and Attendance of the President of Kuwait University The University Signs an Agreement to Study, Design and Supervise the Medical Campus Project in Sabah Al Salem University

  • 17-Sep-2018
  • Kuwait University

Under the patronage and attendance of Kuwait University President, Prof. Hussein Ahmed Al Ansari, Kuwait University signed an agreement to study, design and supervise the campus project in Sabah Al Salem University in cooperation with the Global Consultants Coalition, which includes: Global Senior Advisor Perkins Eastman and Global Advisor Anad Arctekts, - United States of America, Global Consultant Ted Jacob Engineering Group, and local consultant Dar Al-Jazeera Consultancy, on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 10 am in the Hall of the University Council in Khalidiya Campus. The signing ceremony was attended by the Vice-President for Planning, Dr. Adel Al-Hussainan, Secretary General of Kuwait University Dr. Muthanna Al-Rifai, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine Prof. Adel Khader Ayed, and the director of the construction program Dr. Qutaiba Al-Razzouqi, Assistant Director of Construction Program Dr. Anwar Al-Ibrahim, Assistant Director of Structural Program for Planning and Follow-up Dr. Mohamed Sadiq, and representatives of the coalition of global advisers, including: Shaun Basler, Don Winrich, Ashok Raji, Ted Jacob, Eng. Ahmed Al-Jahim. On this occasion, Prof. Hussein Ahmed Al-Ansari, welcomed Kuwait University community as representatives of the Coalition of Global Advisors at KU, which is one of the most important pillars of science, knowledge and community development. He pointed out that the project includes several packages, infrastructure package, sports buildings, service buildings and multi-storey parking buildings. The second package includes the medical colleges, the Faculty of Allied Medical Sciences, the Faculty of Dentistry, the Faculty of Pharmacy and the Faculty of Public Health. The third package is the hospital's educational package and includes a teaching hospital and research center and private clinics and accommodation. In conclusion, Prof. Hussein Al-Ansari extended his thanks and appreciation to all the efforts that contributed to reaching the stage of signing the contract, wishing success to the implementing companies and the university team overseeing the project. He also expressed his sincere gratitude to the media and the university technicians for their efforts. Prof. Hussein Al-Ansari, signed the contract representing Kuwait University, along with representatives of the coalition of global advisers.

GUST Welcomes Professor Walid Bouhamra as New President

  • 17-Sep-2018
  • Gulf University For Science And Technology

GUST announced that reputable academic, Professor Walid S. Bouhamra, has been named its 5th President as of July 15, 2018. Professor Bouhamra has forged his way through esteemed educational institutions demonstrating a unique fusion of knowledge and leadership. His accomplishments showcase his appreciation of scientific and academic values and aspirations aligned with those of the university. Professor Bouhamra earned both his M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Oklahoma State University, and has taken many leadership roles in his career. These being the Vice Dean for Research and Scientific Affairs at the College of Engineering & Petroleum, Assistant Vice President for Scientific Affairs, the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Kuwait University, and a Research Associate at Harvard University. Also among his achievements, are notable research publications and collaborations with renowned universities all over the globe, participation in various international conferences, and has held a consultancy position at the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences for the collaboration program with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). GUST President, Professor Walid Bouhamra, said, “Throughout my tenure, I will strive to ensure the highest standards in education in an environment that boosts innovation and hard work in science, technology, and hopefully in engineering in the near future.” We look forward to embarking on this journey.

Dartmouth and AUK Extend Memorandum of Understanding for 5 More Years

  • 17-Sep-2018
  • American University Of Kuwait

Dartmouth College and the American University of Kuwait (AUK) renewed their institutional cooperative agreement that promises to build on the success of a 15-year relationship. The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by AUK founder and Chair of the Board of Trustees, Sheikha Dana Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, and Dartmouth College President Phil Hanlon '77 during a ceremony at Dartmouth attended by Amal Al Binali, AUK Vice President for Admissions and Public Affairs; Dr. Aseel Al-Awadhi, Director of the Kuwait Cultural Office in Washington D.C.; and Dr. Dale Eickelman, Ralph and Richard Lazarus Professor of Anthropology and Human Relations and Relationship Coordinator/Director of the Dartmouth-AUK Program. Chair of the AUK Board of Trustees Sheikha Dana Nasser Al-Sabah commented, "We are really proud to be associated with Dartmouth and honored to have your commitment to our growing liberal arts university halfway across the globe. Our biggest challenge is to lead and not to follow as we adapt to the inevitable changes in our societies. In the 15-year partnership between the two institutions, Dartmouth has provided advice on curriculum planning, faculty hiring, and research collaboration. We look forward to continuing our cooperation with Dartmouth, a partner in our evolution and in our ongoing efforts to establish a liberal arts culture in Kuwait's higher education. Dartmouth has educated us and has educated our community in the meaning of liberal arts. I want to extend my special thanks to Dale Eickelman for his 15 years of collaboration in developing the partnership. His insight into our reciprocal complex cultures has been instrumental in creating a common ground on which we've shared our liberal arts vision and built our relationship." Under the terms of the agreement, first signed in 2003, Dartmouth and AUK collaborate on numerous programs, including mutually beneficial faculty and student exchanges. Dartmouth experts in engineering, information technology, library sciences, communications, the arts and sciences, university governance, and other fields regularly visit Kuwait and vice versa. Dartmouth also provides a wide range of administrative and academic consulting services to AUK. "We recognize that the young people at our institutions-the world's future leaders-face unprecedented challenges and unlimited opportunities. The liberal arts training they receive at Dartmouth and at AUK will prepare them to meet those challenges and boldly pursue those opportunities as they work to advance knowledge for the betterment of humankind," said Dartmouth President Phil Hanlon. As part of their ongoing collaboration, the two institutions are now developing an exchange program in which students can gain academic credit. This will exist alongside the internship exchange program where students gain experience in interning at the other institution's academic and administrative units. For her part, Dr. Aseel Al-Awadhi affirmed that this agreement between Dartmouth and AUK "is a great successful example for the bilateral relationship between Kuwait and the U.S. in higher education. This relationship enhances AUK's vision to provide high quality of education to produce future leaders and innovators for the Kuwaiti society." This renewal marks the fourth agreement signed by the two universities during the course of their 15-year relationship. Founded in 1769, Dartmouth is a member of the Ivy League and consistently ranks among the world's greatest academic institutions. Dartmouth has forged a singular identity for combining its deep commitment to outstanding undergraduate liberal arts and graduate education with distinguished research and scholarship in the Arts & Sciences and its three leading professional graduate schools-the Geisel School of Medicine, Thayer School of Engineering, and the Tuck School of Business. Back Row, left to right: Amal Al-Binali, Vice President for Admissions and Public Affairs at AUK; Dr. Aseel Al-Awadhi, Cultural Counselor and Director of the Kuwait Cultural Office at the Kuwait Embassy, Washington DC; Dale F. Eickelman '64, Lazarus Professor of Anthropology Emeritus and Relationship Coordinator, Dartmouth College-American University of Kuwait Program, Dartmouth College. Front Row, left to right: Sheikha Dana Nasser Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah, founder and chair of the board of trustees of AUK; Philip Hanlon '77, President, Dartmouth College

The American University of the Middle East Sets a New Regional Record at the “RobotChallenge” Competition in China

  • 17-Sep-2018
  • American University Of The Middle East

Students from the College of Engineering and Technology at the American University of the Middle East (AUM) achieved an unprecedented reginal record in the 15th edition of the “RobotChallenge” competition held at the Beijing University of Science and Technology in China from 10 to 12 August 2018. This competition is organized annually by the Austrian Society for Innovative Computer Sciences (INNOC) in collaboration with the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science. “RobotChallenge” is an international platform that promotes the exchange of ideas and innovations among participants and experts. It aims to encourage new talents to develop their abilities in science and research, by working in the fields of informatics, electronics, mechanics and artificial intelligence. The event brought together 2288 participants from 223 institutions, including universities from 30 different countries such as the United States of America, Germany, France, Austria, China, Switzerland, Italy, Mexico, Japan, Russia, Korea, Poland, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. The contestants set up 1478 robots to compete before a judicial panel including 445 referees. The American University of the Middle East was represented by students: Rand Younis (Computer Engineering), Razan Al Far (Computer Engineering), Mohammad Baalbaki (Electrical Engineering), Alaa AlHarbi (Electrical Engineering), Badreyah Farhan (Electrical Engineering), Ahmed Moustafa (Mechanical Engineering) and Mahdi AlFaraj (mechanical engineering), who competed in 11 challenges, under the supervision of their professors Dr. Samer Alkork, Dr. Sherif Said and Dr. Mohammad Abdolmaleki. AUM students won the gold and bronze medals in the “Remote Air Race”, which involved 22 teams from China, Korea, Poland, Thailand, Latvia, Mexico and Kuwait. The students also won the silver medal in the “Autonomous Drone” competition in which 8 teams from Germany, China, and Kuwait competed, and the silver medal in the “Line Follower Adult” competition in which 12 teams from China, Egypt and Kuwait competed. By winning a gold medal, two silver medals and a bronze medal in this competition, AUM students set a new regional record that was never achieved before by any institution from the GCC and Mena region since the launch of “RobotChallenge” competition in 2004.

AUM: an Integrated Educational Campus

  • 17-Sep-2018
  • American University Of The Middle East

Within the last 10 years, the American University of the Middle East (AUM) became a landmark in the private education sector in Kuwait and the region through its curricula, its integrated campus and its educational philosophy based on building all aspects of the students’ personality and developing their skills and abilities in various fields. AUM campus comprises buildings of Engineering and Technology and Business faculties. The Engineering and Technology department offers the following programs: Industrial Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Engineering and Chemical Engineering, Information Systems and Technology, Telecommunications and Networking Technology. The College of Business offers several academic programs in: Accounting, Finance, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Human Resource Management, and Master of Business Administration degree (MBA). Modern Library AUM campus also includes a state of the art library that offers a wide range of scientific data and references. It also provides a rich collection of print and electronic resources, HD cinema for research and documentaries, meeting rooms for student projects and teamwork. The textbook collection contains numerous online databases for research with on-campus and off-campus access. AUM Sports Center AUM also has a sports center equipped with the latest technology that gives students access to a wide range of sporting facilities, including a full-size court for basketball, volleyball, tennis, futsal, handball and a multi-purpose aerobics halls for lower impact athletic purposes. The center also includes fully equipped gyms for individual exercise and physical activity. In addition, the extensive outdoor facilities are built around the outstanding FIFA approved football pitch, with basketball courts, volleyball courts, tennis court, 400 meter running track and an 800 meter cycling track. AUM Cultural Center On the cultural front, the University has established a cultural center to enhance the students’ personality and develop their talents. The center holds an opera center that accommodates over 1500 persons and is designed to meet the highest standards of international opera theaters, seminar halls, in addition to a conference center providing a range of integrated hosting services events, as well as a spacious hall to host art events and workshops. AUM Research & Innovation Center In addition, AUM has recently developed a Research and Innovation center that includes a fully equipped robotics research center, and consists of five main areas: Fabrication Facility, Motion Capture and Aerial, Humanoid Research Lab and Robotics Club Workshop. The humanoid lab which is equipped with the latest humanoid research development platforms such as NAO, Pepper, and UXA 90 Robot Builder. The Research and Innovation center comprises also a Nanotechnology Research Center, which was established in collaboration with the University of Purdue in the United States. AUM Career Development Center In order to better pursue students and graduates and help them build a successful career, the American University of the Middle East hosts a career development center that provides training and career guidance services to students through lectures and workshops on leadership, communication, initiative skills, as well as other events organized throughout the year. The Center seeks to build a close relationship with the companies and institutions operating in Kuwait to fill the gap between educational curricula and the requirements of the labor market.

Tafaseel Exhibition Held by the Department of Architecture at Kuwait University

  • 10-Apr-2018
  • Kuwait University

The US Ambassador to Kuwait, and the Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt inaugurated the fourth edition of the exhibition "Tafaseel", which was held by the American Architectural Students Association (AIAS) in the presence of the Dean of the department of Architecture Dr. Omar Kattab, with addition to the faculty members and the supporting faculty of the department. Architects, designers and students also attended the event, which took place on Wednesday evening at Al Hamra Tower. The Dean of the department of Architecture, Omar Khattab stated that the exhibition showcased the products of the students of the department of Architecture, and how each product works from an idea or vision and transforms into an architectural project, in the form of figures, drawings and pictures expressing a state of architectural creativity that has practical specifications.” Dr. Khattab pointed out that the exhibition lasted for three days and included 38 projects of students from the following departments: Department of Architecture, Visual Design Department and the Interior Architecture department. The theme of this year's exhibition was the ideal world, where students helped translate their ideas and designs to combine with science and innovation. The exhibition is part of the various activities undertaken by the Faculty of Architecture in order to achieve its vision, mission and goals emanating mainly from the mission and objectives of the university. The dean pointed out that education in the Faculty of Architecture is not limited to the theoretical method, it includes practical application embodied in many stages of design. Dr. Khattab expressed his deepest pride towards the students' efforts to provide them with interesting and distinctive projects, bearing creative fingerprints, he extended his appreciation to the American Architectural Students Association (AIAS) for organizing this exhibition. The dean also thanked the American and Egyptian embassies in the State of Kuwait for their sponsorship and for attending the exhibition. Dr. Khattab also thanked the sponsoring companies for which included: Al-Hamra, Al-Ahmadiyah Contracting and Trading Company, Caridge, the Joint Engineering Office, ACICO Group, Gulf Consultants House, Ryada, MyU, and Middle East. He appraised them for their leading role towards supporting the educational process by supporting projects and student activities that have a positive impact on students and encourage creativity and innovation.

AOU in cooperation with KFAS opens IED18 Conference

  • 25-Mar-2018
  • Arab Open University

Organized by the Arab Open University (AOU) in cooperation with the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Services (KFAS), the International Conference on Innovation and Economic Diversification in GCC’s National Developmental Plans IED18 opened Tuesday under the patronage and presence of Prof. Moudhi Al-Humoud, Former Minister of Education and Higher Education. Attended by Prof. Mohammad Al-Zakri, AOU President, Prof. Naif Al-Mutiri, Director of AOU Kuwait Branch and Chairman of the Conference, the two-day conference brings together more than 37 researchers, policymakers, and practitioners from different backgrounds to present their research, views and insights in the field of innovation and economic diversification. At the opening of the conference, Prof. Al-Humoud delivered a speech where she said, “The Gulf region is passing through a difficult time due to current political and economic unrest. This has had a great impact on the economies of the countries in the region on one hand and on the prices of oil, being the main commodity in the region. This has resulted in the reduction of these countries' income and influenced its economic and development plans. Therefore, the development of other economic alternatives has become an urgent need and placed greater focus on studies, research and exchange of views and expertise between the Gulf citizens and their Arab brothers as well as their friends around the world.” Prof. Al-Humoud added, “Universities, being the cradle for thought, innovation, and creativity, are primarily supposed to undertake this enormous task, in collaboration with research and finance institutions. The AOU has hastened to shoulder this paramount responsibility, acting upon its reputation across the Arab World and powered by its goals and objectives outlined by its founder and chairman of its Board of Trustees, HRH Prince Talal Bin Abdulaziz, in cooperation with KFAS, which has been an active partner on cooperation programmes that have existed for years.” Prof. Moudhi also pointed out that this conference is taking place at a time when Kuwait is reveling in the festivities of its national and liberation anniversaries, which proudly symbolize the ability of the Arab individual in the Gulf and in Kuwait to survive ordeals and participate actively in the reconstruction of his country. On this occasion, she extended her congratulations to H.H. the Amir, H.H. the Crown Prince, and to the Kuwaiti people. In a speech to mark the occasion, Prof. Al-Zakri stressed on the importance of the cooperation between AOU and KFAS that reflects the educational and research institutes’ interest in issues of innovation and economic diversification through highlighting the best practices and applications in this field. He added, “Efforts made towards achieving economic diversification and its innovation drive all plans that aim to accomplish comprehensive sustainability.” He also said the conference’s aim is to shed light on the efforts of the GCC in terms of National Development Plans and support these efforts. Prof. Al-Zakri pointed out that AOU, represented by its headquarters and many branches supported by Arab states, focuses on investing in the most precious asset which is the human being, and that is the AOU philosophy and mission of its founder HRH Prince Talal Ibn Abdul-Aziz. Then, the Chairman of the Conference, Prof. Al-Mutiri, delivered a speech where he said that the conference came to express to the AOU’s faith in the need to develop knowledge and promote research potential based on international quality standards. He also said that the response to the conference has been great as there were 40 papers addressing the conference’s various fields of interest including economic diversification and innovation in GCC countries, entrepreneurship in GCC countries, managerial practices and sustainable innovation in GCC countries, and educational institutions and innovation in GCC countries. Finally, he expressed his gratitude and appreciation to KFAS and to the members of the conference committee for their sincere efforts. 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AOU Training Center organizes Basics of Programming

  • 25-Mar-2018
  • Arab Open University

The Training Center of the Arab Open University (AOU) organized a training program on Basics of Programming participated by 14 participants from various bodies from 11th to 22nd of February 2018. The program delivered by Mr. Ahamad Al-Shameri introduced basic information about the personal computer, programming languages, and basics of arithmetic and logic that a trainee needs in case of daily problem-solving. It is worth mentioning that during the training program, Python 3, the widely used programming in the applications of artificial intelligence and video games, was presented to the trainees to understand the learned concepts. At the end of the program, Dr. Sami Khalifa, Manager of the Center, handed the participants their certificate.

AUK's Centre for Gulf Studies Hosts "The Politics of Foreign Aid in the Middle East: The Gulf States Aid Donors" Lecture

  • 25-Mar-2018
  • American University Of Kuwait

In collaboration with the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) and the Kuwait Program at Sciences Po, the Center for Gulf Studies (CGS) at AUK hosted a lecture entitled, "The Politics of Foreign Aid in the Middle East: The Gulf States Aid Donors". The lecture, which addressed the under-examined nature of foreign aid dynamics in the Middle East was presented by Dr. Khaled Al-Mezaini, a Research Associate at Cambridge University and Kuwait Visiting Professor at Sciences Po, Paris School of International Affairs. Dr. Al-Mezaini's unique approach to the topic of foreign aid attracted many members of AUK's community and the public to his lecture. Dr. Al-Mezaini commenced the lecture with a historical summary-regional states have been receiving aid since the 1950s, Egypt, Iraq, and Jordan have been the largest regional recipients, and the USA, UK, and Germany have been among the top donors. Citing vague signs of limited political and economic reform-and clear signs of increased corruption-Dr. Al-Mezaini challenged the conventional narrative about the effectiveness of foreign aid transfers over the past five decades. He argued that aid has become politicized: instead of being used for its initially intended purposes-to directly fund projects that could be beneficial to the public-aid has been perverted in order to be used to bolster and maintain the status quos of regimes. Thus, the purpose of aid has become less about state welfare, and more about aligning those regimes with the security interests of the West. As an example, the United States has primarily offered aid to Israel and Egypt-namely military aid-in order to assist those countries' defence efforts, and thus enable them to maintain territory or secure arms for state or non-state actors. In addressing the future of foreign aid in the Middle East, he tackled difficult, but all the more critical, questions: whether Gulf nations can sustain aid provisions after the decline of oil prices, a possible shift from bilateral to multilateral aid, and the need for increased monitoring to ensure the effectiveness of foreign aid. He called for accountability where nations continue to provide aid despite failures to achieve its objectives. Following the lecture, the audience engaged in a lively discussion with Dr. Al-Mezaini, which allowed him to further expand on his points regarding Kuwait's role in foreign aid, the lack of transparency in disclosing accurate details, and UN's non-binding role in following-up on underlying corruption within the dynamics of foreign assistance provision. In commenting on the significance of this talk, Dr. Al-Adwani, the Acting Director of CGS, said, "The topic of foreign aid in the GCC is a topic that has not been well-researched because often the data is lacking, or the data is very difficult to get. What Dr. Al-Mezeini did today was provide a comprehensive overview of the topic, as it's something we haven't really seen collectively before." Khaled Al-Mezaini is a Research Associate at Cambridge University. Al-Mezaini received his PhD in 2009 from the University of Exeter. His doctoral thesis focused on the role of foreign aid in UAE foreign policy. His publications, research, and teaching interests also include political economy of the Gulf, international relations of the Gulf, and comparative politics. His latest publication (2017) is an edited book with Jean-Marc Rickli entitled The Small Gulf States: Foreign and Security Policies Before and After the Arab Spring. His forthcoming book is The Politics of Aid: The Foreign Aid Programs of the Gulf States. The Center for Gulf Studies is a research center under the College of Arts and Sciences at the American University of Kuwait. We aim to promote greater cultural understanding of and increased intellectual interest in the Gulf, by facilitating free and open academic discourse on a range of issues that both shape and challenge this critical region of the world. Our goal is to enable scholars as well as political and civil society actors both within and outside the region to contribute and add value to the burgeoning field of Gulf Studies. To this end, we seek to encourage, support, and cultivate interesting and original research on the Gulf, and to create an environment in which our students and faculty can interact and collaborate with researchers and activists from around the world in creative and engaging ways.

GUST Wins Second Place at the CFA Institute Research Challenge

  • 19-Mar-2018
  • Gulf University For Science And Technology

GUST students recently competed and won second place in the CFA Institute Research Challenge Competition. The CFA Institute Research Challenge Competition is a prestigious international competition, and this is the first time GUST has won in this local competition, advancing them to the Middle East regional competition in Dubai on March 23rd.Nine teams from the MENA region and a team from Cyprus will be competing. During the challenge, competitors are expected to conduct a thorough analysis of a specific company by means of various financial models. This year’s target company for analysis was Agility Logistics, a listed company on the Kuwait Stock Exchange. GUST’s team submitted a comprehensive report on Agility to the Kuwait CFA Institute, and conducted an oral presentation to a panel of judges consisting of CEOs and senior financial analysts. They were then asked challenging questions about their analysis of the company, which the team answered with confidence. The teams were evaluated by the judges based on the team’s written report, presentation and Q&A session. Our students have been working on this project since the fall semester, and their hard work finally paid off. GUST’s team included Shouq Alshaya, Alaa Alatilie, Ahmad Abdullatif, Abrar Alzobairi and Assil Homayed, accompanied by Dr. Shekar Shetty and Dr. Khaled ElMawazini from the Economics and Finance Department. We are very proud of our team’s achievements and wish them all the best at the upcoming MENA runners up competition.

GUST Hosts High School Mathematics Competition for the Fourth Time

  • 19-Mar-2018
  • Gulf University For Science And Technology

GUST hosted the Fourth Annual High School Mathematics Competition, organized by the Mathematics & Science Department, and the Mathematics Foundation Unit, on its campus yesterday. The competition, which is sponsored by Pearson Education and That Al-Salasil, brought together over 60 students from 15 private and public schools, aims to promote the importance of mathematics among the youth across the country through a friendly competition that utilizes their skills. This is the fourth time that the university organizes this event, starting with just four schools competing the first year, and over 15 this year. The competing schools include the: Future Bilingual School, Jabriya School for Girls, The English School Fahaheel, Kuwait National English School, British School of Kuwait, American School of Kuwait, American Creativity Academy (Boys & Girls), Bayan Bilingual School, AJIAL Bilingual School (Boys & Girls), Al-Ru’ya Bilingual School (Boys & Girls), American International School, and Canadian Bilingual School. Students were able to compete in teams and individually. Top performing individuals also had the opportunity to participate in a live buzzer round. The questions covered several areas including basic math skills, logical thinking, and real-life situations with questions ranging from flight scheduling to staff-requirement forecasting. Congratulations to the winners: Individual Competition: 1st Place: Yujun Lee (American School of Kuwait) 2nd Place: Seifeddin Mohamed (Kuwait National English School) 3rd Place: Abdellatif Anas Chentouf (American International School) Team Competition: 1st Place: American School of Kuwait 2nd Place: American International School 3rd Place: British School of Kuwait Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, Prof. Ali Ansari, said “GUST is happy to welcome the schools and students to our campus to participate in this educational and enjoyable event. The competition allows students to demonstrate their math skills in a range of challenging problems while learning to work in teams, and under time pressure.” GUST’s is always keen on organizing events such as this competition, as it is directly in line with its mission of connecting and building relationships with the community, boosting development in its areas of expertise, and sparking interest in overlooked areas of education.

GUST Organizes English Literature Workshops

  • 19-Mar-2018
  • Gulf University For Science And Technology

GUST held its two-day GUST English Language and Literature (GELL) workshop program centered around the theme “Heroes, Anti-heroes, and Villians”. The workshops, taking place on GUST’s campus, were conducted by renowned academics Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa, creator of THE 99 superhero comics, Ms. Afra Atiq, poet from the UAE, Dr. Mohammad Habib, Professor of English at GUST, and Dr. Abdulrahman Farhan, Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern Studies at the American University of Kuwait; which aim to provide GUST students with a platform to research and present literary papers, and interact with published authors. GUST President, Professor Donald Bates, said, “GUST continuously supports events that expand the knowledge of our students. It is important for an institution like ours to be able to encourage students to get out of their comfort zone and be active participants in their education. This will help them remain current and competitive in their journey after graduation.” The workshops will cover a variety of topics, including The 99: Fictional Superheroes that had Real Life Enemies, by Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa, and a spoken word poetry session by Ms. Afra Atiq. While Dr. Mohammad Habib and Dr. Abdulrahman Farhan, will discuss religious depictions of heroism. Running parallel to the workshops will be presentations by students, who will share research they’ve conducted on various topics under the theme of heroes, anti-heroes, and villains, and the impact of the phenomena in literature and popular culture. Topics ran the gamut from the history of the concept of heroism, villainous language in politics to heroism in Wuthering Heights and Super Mario. Students will be judged by the guest speakers and their professors with a monetary prize awarded to the presenter of the best study. The winner will be chosen based on: creativity, engagement, and research potential. GUST Assistant Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, Dr. Iqbal Al-Shammari, said, “This event was put together for students to have a platform in which they can exercise their knowledge and creativity, while also honing their research and presentation skills. The event also allowed them to meet with published authors in the field, which was a highlight for most.” GELL workshops and seminars aim to contribute to the enhancement of the university’s academic environment, along with the development of its faculty, staff, students and the community as a whole. The GELL program offers both workshops and conferences every year interchangeably. In 2016, workshops were held on “Language at the Crossroads of Bilingualism, Translation, and Culture”, while in 2017 a Translingualism conference was held, both of which hosted academics from around the globe.

GUST Welcomes NASA Scientist

  • 19-Mar-2018
  • Gulf University For Science And Technology

GUST Global Studies Center (GSC), in coordination with the Embassy of the United States of America, announced today the successful presentation by leading scientist Nagin Cox, from NASA’s jet propulsion laboratory, who provided insights into space exploration, Mars missions, and women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). The seminar was attended by GUST management, faculty, staff, students, and the general public. Head of the Global Studies Center at GUST, Dr. Martin Rosenstock, said, “It was an honor to collaborate with the U.S. Embassy, to bring in such an established scientist as Nagin Cox, from a prestigious institution like NASA. The audience thoroughly enjoyed the presentation, and learned a lot about the latest developments in the field. It is important to shed light on topics that we don’t come across on a daily basis, for GUST and the community as a whole, to stay aware and relevant in our fast paced world.” Zainab “Nagin” Cox has been exploring since she decided as a teenager that she wanted to work at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She realized her dream and has been a Senior Spacecraft Operations Engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) for over 20 years. She has served as a systems engineer and manager on multiple interplanetary robotic missions; including the Galileo mission to Jupiter, Mars Exploration Rover missions, and the Kepler telescope mission to search for earth-like planets around other stars. Currently, Cox is a Mission Leader on the operations team for the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover, which landed in August 2012 and has been exploring Mars ever since. Senior NASA Engineer, Nagin Cox, said “I appreciate the opportunity to be here today. This is a remarkable time in the space program, and I am privileged to be able to work at JPL and share this vision with the world.” For the presentation, Cox shared insights about the various missions from her extensive experience, touching on topics such as what it takes to put a robot on another planet, the technological requirements, and the effects on the human being managing the robot. Cox shared many humorous stories about the various aspects that come along with working on “a different planet” including time zone challenges, terminology, and effect on their personal lives. She also shared the collective goal of institutions such as NASA to have people not only go to Mars, but also other planets, and become “multi-planetary.” In addition, Cox touched upon the challenges and benefits of having more women in the STEM fields, especially as she is a U.S. Department of State STEM Speaker who has spoken to audiences around the world on the stories of the people behind the missions. Such unique discussions and events are continuously organized by the Global Studies Center, in an effort to provide new knowledge, stimulate research, aid in student development, and enhance the faculty’s campus experience. It is a leading research center on global studies in Kuwait and a vehicle for engaging both internal and external communities through events on stimulating issues.

GUST Holds 13th Annual Book and Information Fair

  • 15-Mar-2018
  • Gulf University For Science And Technology

Kuwait City – 14 March 2018: Gulf University for Science and Technology (GUST) announced today the opening of its 13th Annual Book and Information Fair on its campus. The event, which was organized by the A. M. Al-Refai Library, aims at connecting faculty and students with publishers, and to give them the opportunity to discover the latest additions to library resources. The event was attended by the university’s top management, and officially opened by GUST President, Professor Donald Bates, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Salah Al Sharhan, and Library Director, Mrs. Shobhita Kohli. The main sponsor of the event was That Al Salasil, GUST’s campus bookstore. The fair also celebrated the release of 13 different books authored by its faculty and staff, all of who attended the ceremony. The books include: Organisational Adaptations: A Pluralistic Perspective by Dr. Antonis C. Simintiras; Arab Women Voice New Realities, chapter by Dr. Shahd Al-Shammari; Le Sang et Les Larmes by Dr. Tom Bruyer; Organic Cinema by Dr. Thorsten Botz-Bornstein; Transit States by Dr. Omar Al Shehabi; LSE Kuwait Programme Paper Series, by Dr. Omar Al Shehabi; The Gulf and Economic Reform in the Era of the Oil Crisis by Dr. Omar Al Shehabi; My Mysterious Correspondent, by Ahmad Lafi; Writing Centers in the Higher Education Landscape of the Arabian Gulf, with chapters by Dr. Inan Deniz Erguvan; The Divine power and Evil by Dr. Kenneth Pak; Media in the Middle East: Activism, Politics, and Culture by Dr. Nele Lenze; Hegel and Empire by Dr. Mohammed Habib; and The Red Heaven by Dr. Israa Omran. GUST President, Professor Donald Bates, said “Our focus at GUST is to constantly provide our students and faculty with opportunities that help create, build, and expand their horizons in the interest of promoting an environment of knowledge and learning. Seeing thirteen books published by GUST family members gives the library a real boost, and proves that it is not only alive, but a vital component of our university”. The Book and Information Fair offers leading publishers a platform to display the latest editions of books and online catalogs, which provides online service providers the opportunity to introduce their latest products and innovations, available in the world of technology, to help faculty and students further develop their knowledge in this field. The fair also gives faculty members an opportunity to review the latest course books and accordingly adopt new titles, if required.

GUST Welcomes NASA Scientist

  • 15-Mar-2018
  • Gulf University For Science And Technology

GUST Global Studies Center (GSC), in coordination with the Embassy of the United States of America, announced today the successful presentation by leading scientist Nagin Cox, from NASA’s jet propulsion laboratory, who provided insights into space exploration, Mars missions, and women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). The seminar was attended by GUST management, faculty, staff, students, and the general public. Head of the Global Studies Center at GUST, Dr. Martin Rosenstock, said, “It was an honor to collaborate with the U.S. Embassy, to bring in such an established scientist as Nagin Cox, from a prestigious institution like NASA. The audience thoroughly enjoyed the presentation, and learned a lot about the latest developments in the field. It is important to shed light on topics that we don’t come across on a daily basis, for GUST and the community as a whole, to stay aware and relevant in our fast paced world.” Zainab “Nagin” Cox has been exploring since she decided as a teenager that she wanted to work at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She realized her dream and has been a Senior Spacecraft Operations Engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) for over 20 years. She has served as a systems engineer and manager on multiple interplanetary robotic missions; including the Galileo mission to Jupiter, Mars Exploration Rover missions, and the Kepler telescope mission to search for earth-like planets around other stars. Currently, Cox is a Mission Leader on the operations team for the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover, which landed in August 2012 and has been exploring Mars ever since. Senior NASA Engineer, Nagin Cox, said “I appreciate the opportunity to be here today. This is a remarkable time in the space program, and I am privileged to be able to work at JPL and share this vision with the world.” For the presentation, Cox shared insights about the various missions from her extensive experience, touching on topics such as what it takes to put a robot on another planet, the technological requirements, and the effects on the human being managing the robot. Cox shared many humorous stories about the various aspects that come along with working on “a different planet” including time zone challenges, terminology, and effect on their personal lives. She also shared the collective goal of institutions such as NASA to have people not only go to Mars, but also other planets, and become “multi-planetary.” In addition, Cox touched upon the challenges and benefits of having more women in the STEM fields, especially as she is a U.S. Department of State STEM Speaker who has spoken to audiences around the world on the stories of the people behind the missions. Such unique discussions and events are continuously organized by the Global Studies Center, in an effort to provide new knowledge, stimulate research, aid in student development, and enhance the faculty’s campus experience. It is a leading research center on global studies in Kuwait and a vehicle for engaging both internal and external communities through events on stimulating issues.

Global Studies Center Examines the Developments of Media Usage in the Middle East

  • 12-Feb-2018
  • Gulf University For Science And Technology

Gulf University for Science and Technology’s (GUST) Global Studies Center (GSC) hosted a lecture last week on the views and perceptions of the media’s influence on regional and global change. The session was led by Dr. Nele Lenze, visiting assistant professor from the National University of Singapore, and current faculty member in the Department of Mass Communication and Media (MCM) at GUST, to introduce her newly published book “Media in the Middle East – Activism, Politics, and Culture.” The lecture was attended by H.E. German Ambassador to Kuwait, Karlfried Bergner, faculty members, university students, and the general public. The talk also introduced the main themes of the edited volume, which illustrates how the increase in Internet connections and mobile applications have resulted in an emergence of indispensable tools for information acquisition, dissemination, and activism. It uncovered the views and perceptions of leading scholars with expertise in Middle Eastern studies with regards to the media’s influence on regional and global change. Dr. Lenze also­­­­ touched on the media aspect of a variety of subjects including economy, digital news, online businesses, gender-related issues, social media, and film. Visiting Professor at GUST’s MCM Department, Dr. Nele Lenze, said “What I find most interesting in Middle Eastern media is the var­­iety of outlets that are available online and offline. The rapid developments in media accessibility and connectivity in the region has encouraged a high number of young media users and producers in distributing cultural content. The subject is of high interest to the public since the majority of the young generation are engaged with the commercial, political, and cultural media outlets.” Dr. Nele focused on aspects of economy, digital news, online businesses, gender-related issues, social media, and film. She also looked into the details of media’s role in political movements throughout the Middle East. The GSC continuously hosts discussions that stimulate research, and aid in the development of our students and faculty’s experience on campus. It is a leading center in research on global studies, and a vehicle for engaging both internal and external communities through events and lectures on relevant issues. Head of the Global Studies Center at GUST, Dr. Martin Rosenstock, said “We continually try to find new ways of enhancing the GUST academic experience by organizing events that bring together great minds and present unique viewpoints to learn from. The GSC provides the university with another outlet to showcase its prowess in contributing to academic research.” The center was established with the mission to conduct cutting-edge research on cross-national political, economic, social, cultural, and environmental issues of critical importance, and share research output and information regionally and globally. The GSC seeks to foster public understanding of global issues and support the policy-making processes of concerned states. Previous GSC held lectures included; “The Rise of Islamic State, the Future of Iraq, and the Risks to the Gulf States” by leading scholar Professor Toby Dodge, Director of the Kuwait Program at the London School of Economics, "Storytelling Through Film, Globally and Locally: An American Artist Inspires in Hawally" by international filmmakers Ruchi Mital and Petter Ringbom, and “Kuwait in the Middle East Before Oil: A History of Overland Trade from and to Kuwait” by Dr. Philippe Pétrait.

UCD Delegation Visits Kuwait University

  • 07-Feb-2018
  • Kuwait University

KU President Professor Hussein Ahmed Al-Ansari, received a delegation from the University College Dublin - Republic of Ireland, headed by UCD President Prof. Andrew Dicks, and the accompanying Irish delegation, Dean of College of Engineering and Architecture Prof. David Fitzpatrick, Dr. Jeremy Simpson, Assistant Dean of College of Science. And Miss Ashling Ternan, Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa. The visit aimed to strengthen cooperation between the two universities especially in the fields of scientific, academic and research. During the meeting, Professor. Al-Ansari reviewed the university's capabilities, its various faculties, specialized programs offered by these colleges, and scientific agreements with many international and American universities. The visit also aimed to discuss ways of cooperation and joint work between the two sides and exchanging experiences in the various fields of scientific and educational research. At the end of the visit, the delegation toured College of Engineering and Petroleum.

College of Engineering and Petroleum Inaugurated the 33rd Exhibition of Engineering Design Projects

  • 07-Feb-2018
  • Kuwait University

Engineering Training and Alumni Center at the College of Engineering and Petroleum inaugurated the 33rd Exhibition of Engineering Design Projects under the auspices of the Minister of State for Housing and the Minister of State for Services Dr. Jenan Bushehri and the presence of Engineer Bader Al-Wgayan, the Director General of the General Organization for Housing Care Engineer. The exhibition was held under the supervision of the Head of the Center Dr. Bader Al-Basri and the support of the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science. The inauguration was attended by Prof. Hussein Al-Ansari, Vice President for Research Prof. Tahir Al-Sahhaf and Dean of College of Engineering and Petroleum Dr. Abdullateef Al-Khulaifi along with assistant Deans, heads of Academic departments, the Head of Scientific Culture Department at KFAS Dr. Salam Al-Ablani, Kuwait’s renowned specialists in the engineering field along with VIP’s. The exhibition was held from January 10-11, 2018 the Crown Plaza Hotel – Albarakh Farwaniya Hall. Engineer Bader Al-Wagayan indicated that this year's exhibition includes 83 projects submitted by 333 students, praising the innovative and creative ideas presented by these elite engineering students. Prof. Al-Ansari added that this exhibition is held annually at the end of each semester as to showcase students projects, emphasizing on the great role of Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science in providing financial and moral support for the innovative minds Prof. Al-Ansari pointed out that the aim of holding this exhibition is to measure Engineers abilities to work in addition to measuring the possibility of responsiveness to the labor market, as well as the emergence of distinguished projects that are highly qualified to acquire patent, and investing in Engineering Design Course to implement projects and develop cooperation and scientific discussion among the members of the team. Head of Scientific Culture Department at KFAS Dr. Salam Al-Ablani stressed that the main aim of the exhibition is applying the scientific studies in original and creative projects. Kuwait foundation for the advancement of science has always supported this aim and sought to encourage technological and scientific developments. The foundation has supported the future engineer's ability to meet the future challenges through sponsoring inventors and providing the appropriate atmosphere and directing their scientific researches to serve this generous country.

KU Receives 13 Multi-Storey Parking Spaces in City of Sabah Al-Salem University

  • 07-Feb-2018
  • Kuwait University

The Construction Program at Kuwait University primarily delivered components of the Business Package (6A) and (6B) in the city of Sabah Al-Salem University, which included (13) multi-storey parking spaces, in the presence of the Secretary General of Kuwait University .Dr Muthanna Al-Rifai, and members of the Receiving Committee from Kuwait University, represented by Assistant Secretary General for Facilities Affair Dr. Adam Al-Mulla , Director of Construction and Maintenance Department Hameeda Al-Khalidi, Director of Financial Affairs Department Nasser Sayed Hashim, Director of Legal Affairs Heba Yousef Al Abbad, Purchasing Department Director Osama Jassim Shehab, Director of General Services Department Sanabel Mohammed Al-Duwaisan, and a Representative of KU President Office Eng. Lamees Al-Khurafie. KU Secretary General indicated that supporting Sabah Al-Salem University is one of the top priorities of Kuwait University's higher administration, with its financial and human resources, as well as helping to solve all the obstacles facing this huge edifice so that it can be launched in time and run as quickly as possible. The data presented during the visit indicated that the university is looking forward to the final receipt of (6) faculties from the campus by the end of 2018. The rest of the faculties, buildings and infrastructure components will be received during 2019, while we hope that the tender of the Medical campus will be offered ,worked in and completed in the year 2023 as planned . Business Package 6A and 6B are part of the infrastructure projects of Sabah Al-Salem University. The Business Package 6A includes 11 emergency shelters with a capacity of 300 people per shelter, equivalent to 3,300 people, and 9 parking spaces. Whereas business Package 6B Package includes 12 emergency shelters, 9 of which has a capacity of 300 persons per shelter while 3 shelters has a capacity of 150 persons, 3150 people in total, as well as 4multi-storey parking buildings with a total capacity of 1843 vehicles. The project includes other components such as maintenance buildings, police station and health and safety building.

GUST to cooperate with Norwegian Institutions

  • 07-Feb-2018
  • Gulf University For Science And Technology

Delegates from Cornea Services (Norway), The Norwegian Drilling Academy, and Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (WNUAS) were on campus last week to work on establishing a working cooperation with GUST to help it expand the fields it provides knowledge and expertise in. GUST and WNUAS agreed to cooperate in terms of academic and professional exchanges between students and faculties from both institutions. At the same time, discussions were also held on the possibility of cooperating with Cornea Services to provide training courses through PACE at GUST.

GUST Bids Farewell to Dr. Sabah Al-Quaddoomi

  • 17-Dec-2017
  • Gulf University For Science And Technology

GUST organized a farewell ceremony last week to bid farewell to the Executive Vice President of the College of Engineering & Architecture, and Former Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Sabah Al-Quaddoomi. The ceremony brought together the GUST family including members of the Board of Trustees, top management, staff, faculty, friends, and students. Both Professor Donald Bates, and Dr. Raghad Al-Kazemi, spoke at the event, highlighting key moments of their time working with Dr. Al-Quaddoomi, his strong work ethic, and the memories they will cherish. Additionally, a video was put together showcasing Dr. Al-Quaddoomi’s daily routine on campus, and included farewell messages from team members, colleagues, and alumni who have worked closely with him over the past 10 years. Dr. Al-Quaddoomi first joined GUST in 2008, as Vice President for Academic Services and the Dean of Admissions and Registration. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the University of Southern California in Electrical Engineering, and earned his PhD from the same university in Electrical Engineering and Communications. We wish Dr. Al-Quaddoomi a happy retirement. We appreciate all the time, effort, and heart he has put in the university to get it to where it is today. He will be missed on campus.

GUST Celebrates Successful Consultancy Workshop with Jazeera Airways

  • 17-Dec-2017
  • Gulf University For Science And Technology

Jazeera Airways, Kuwait’s leading low cost airline, operating regionally and internationally, announced today in a press conference and ceremony held at Gulf University for Science and Technology’s (GUST) campus, that after a successful project completion by four students from GUST’s MBA program earlier this year, Jazeera Airways has been chosen as the university’s first consultancy workshop moving into 2018. The press conference was attended by the Jazeera Airways team, GUST management and MBA students, along with local media partners. In 2016, Jazeera Airways signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with GUST that allows for an effective collaboration between both private entities, to share relevant business insights through student integration from their various majors. The MoU seeks to further develop aviation and business related academic studies, introduce new academic content to the curriculum, and provide graduate and undergraduate students with opportunities to explore locally-relevant real world challenges. While working under the supervision of Jazeera Airways staff, a group of GUST MBA students, Madouna Antoine Ghanem, Sulaiman Abdulaziz AlAwadhi, Menino Xavier Noronha, and Rawan Osamah Ballani, assessed the meaning of customer loyalty and its inherent role in affecting buyers’ decisions, which produced a productive case study that led to plausible recommendations for the award winning carrier. The students were awarded during the press conference for their tremendous work on the project. During the press conference, GUST President Professor Donald Bates honored Jazeera Airways with a token of appreciation for the valuable support provided by their in-house team to GUST’s first group of students. “We are pleased to have forged this fruitful collaboration with Jazeera Airways, a true home-grown pioneer. GUST is committed to the development of upcoming projects and looks forward to retaining a knowledge base that spans from finance and legal, to marketing and HR. As we progress into 2018, no doubt the New Year will be fruitful for our students and instructors alike as they witness and partake in the new movements by Jazeera Airways” said Bates. With a focus on building long lasting relationships with the business community, GUST’s MBA program is indeed the graduate program of choice for all major stakeholders. An enviable position that GUST is determined to maintain and further enhance; providing its students with a well-rounded educational experience. GUST has been at the forefront of local institutions when it comes to providing internship programs, scholarship opportunities abroad, and even tools to search and apply for a suitable career upon graduation with its newly launched internal recruitment platform. Jazeera Airways also awarded vouchers to the students as a small token of appreciation for their hard work that included detailed surveys, focus groups, market and industry research, and a competitive analysis. Mr. Rohit Ramachandran, CEO of Jazeera Airways said, “GUST has made its mark academically over the years, and this project proves its prominent abilities. This partnership reflects our corporate social responsibility approach to build future Kuwaiti generations with advanced skill sets, and equip them to be employable in the private sector. As the first private and non-government airline in the Middle East, following a progressive business model that has received recognition on several fronts, we are best placed to offer GUST a unique working experience. At Jazeera, we have been running a successful graduate program since October 2016 which has admitted 37 graduates to the scheme so far - many of whom have gone on to full employment with the airline.” It is worth noting that Jazeera Airways’ long term objectives include providing important opportunities for the youth to prosper which is also demonstrated through its Graduate Development Program, a six month training program across various divisions in Jazeera Airways. At the end of the tenure, graduates would have gained a wealth of understanding in the commercial aviation business, technical fields, while also improving their career opportunities.

AUM Participates in the Knowledge Summit 2017 held in Dubai

  • 10-Dec-2017
  • American University Of The Middle East

The American University of the Middle East (AUM) participated in the fourth annual “Knowledge Summit 2017” under the theme “Knowledge and the 4th Industrial Revolution” organized by Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation (MBRF). AUM graduate student Nour Al-Habib who presented her project “Virtual Reality Application for Practical Learning Experiments” represented AUM at the summit. The annual summit is a global international knowledge platform that hosts discussions of critical issues and challenges facing the industry, reviews best practices and experiences, and offers solutions to face these challenges. As a modern educational institution, AUM offers numerous facilities that encourage innovation and help lift intellectual productivity through different majors that promote creativity in the age of digital revolution and artificial intelligence. AUM’s participation in similar cultural and scientific events comes in view of its educational approach to building the knowledge of its faculty and students and lead the evolution of society. AUM strongly believes that the future of the international economies stands on the importance of empowering future generation with knowledge and developing their technical experience in data science and artificial intelligence. The summit brought together 105 speakers from 23 different countries including experts, academics, and specialists in different industries in the Arab region and from around the world, as well as decision makers in both the public and private sectors, and prominent media and social figures.

Fingerprint Good for Volunteer Work Club honors Prof. Al-Humoud

  • 06-Dec-2017
  • Arab Open University

Prof. Moudhi Al-Humoud, President of the Arab Open University (AOU), received a delegation from the Fingerprint Good for Volunteer Work Club, including Huda Ahmad, AOU Kuwait Graduate, Fatma Al-Dosary, AOU student, Halmi Mohamad, Club Founder, and Ms. Wafa Yahay. At the beginning of the meeting, Prof. Al-Humoud welcomed them and expressed her pleasure for this visit and her pride in AOU students’ cultural, voluntary, and scientific activities that seek to implement the noble message and vision of the University. She stressed on the keenness of the University on supporting all the voluntary activities of students and the works that serve the interest of the community and the country. The members of the delegation expressed their gratitude to Prof. Al-Humoud for her warm welcome and her great support to the University and students’ initiatives. The Chairman of the Club, Huda Ahmad, gave a presentation about the activities and achievements of the club inside and outside the University Campus. At the end of the meeting, the members of the club offered her a shield honoring her prominent role and effort in developing the University and higher education on the level of Kuwait and the Arab world.

AUK Students Represent Kuwait and AUK at the Fourth Volunteering Youth Forum in Qatar

  • 03-Dec-2017
  • American University Of Kuwait

AUK's IRC and AUKAUSE club members Rashed Sulaiman, Yousef al Ajmi, Bandar Al Enezi, Homoud Ben Naser, Taif Al Bahar and Rawan Al Daihani recently attended the fourth Volunteering Youth Forum which was held in Doha, Qatar, in October 2017. Representing Kuwait and AUK, the students showcased their community service initiatives amongst university delegates from Qatar and Oman. The Forum, held annually by Qatar University, is one of the most highly regarded university volunteer forums in the area. Featuring several prominent community service representatives and media figures, the forum includes panel discussions, workshops and presentations by participants and guest speakers. Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. Hanan Muzaffar acknowledged the students' participation in the Forum and stressed on the importance of student engagement in community services, "We at AUK are honored to represent Kuwait at forums of this scale and influence. We look forward to continuing our community service journey and volunteer initiatives at AUK. This reflects our commitment to supporting Kuwait's youth and future generations in becoming more consciously aware and lending a helping hand in as many volunteer and community service initiatives as possible," she said. The group of AUK students that attended the forum have returned inspired to make a change and to participate in more community service initiatives, with new tools and techniques gained at the forum.

Two AUK Teams Compete this Week in the ACM Arab Collegiate Programming Contest (ACM-ACPC 2017)

  • 03-Dec-2017
  • American University Of Kuwait

Two AUK Teams are expected to compete this week in the 2017 Arab Collegiate Programming Contest (ACPC) which is organized and conducted yearly under the auspices of The Association of Computing Machinery (ACM). The contest, which will take place in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt will bring together teams of university students from all over the Arab world. Winning teams will fly to Beijing in April, 2018 to represent their countries in the world finals. Teams "Syndicate-AUK" and "Great Coders-AUK" qualified to the competition last October by winning 2nd and 7th position in the local round of the competition (ACM-KCPC) held at Gulf University for Science and Technology (GUST). The teams were coached by Dr. Iyad Doush and Dr. Mounib Khanafer. During the actual competition, each team-comprising of three students using one computer-will be given a set of programming questions to answer within a five-hour period. Winners are determined by the number of correct answers submitted in C++ or Java program during the shortest period of time. The AUK teams have been preparing for the finals and honing their skills by solving different sets of programming problems. The ACM programming contest provides college students an opportunity to demonstrate and sharpen their problem solving and computing skills. The contest is a multi-tiered competition among teams of students representing institutions of higher education. The winning teams of the national contests advance to the regional contests, and the winning teams of the regional contests advance to the contest finals. This year marks the 5th time that AUK has participated in the regional competition. The two teams representing AUK and Kuwait this week in the competition are: 1. Syndicate-AUK : Batool Hasan, Ali Kelkawi, and Yara El Quorashy. 2. Great Coders-AUK: Abdulaziz Karam, Ahmad Khalifa, and Anwar Asad. AUK wishes its teams all the best in the 2017 ACM Arab Collegiate Programming Contest (ACM-ACPC).

GUST hosts the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Kuwait Conference for the Fourth Time

  • 26-Nov-2017
  • Gulf University For Science And Technology

GUST hosted the fourth annual Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Conference at its campus in Mishref, carrying the theme “Promoting English Language Teaching (ELT): Perspectives and New Horizons.” 500 local and regional educators who teach English attended the event. The event was attended by a number of leading academics including the Ambassador of the United States to Kuwait, Lawrence Silverman, US Embassy Cultural Attaché, Dr. Zennia Paganini, Algonquin College President, Dr. David McHardy, Algonquin College Academic Chair, Dr. Debra McDermott, as well as GUST students and faculty. The conference welcomed two renowned keynote speakers in the field of ELT, namely, Dr. David Nunan, an Emeritus Professor of Applied Linguistics at the University of Hong Kong, Professor of Education at University of New South Wales, Australia, and President Emeritus at Anaheim University, California. Nunan has published over 100 scholarly books and articles, and authored several textbook series for the teaching and learning of English as a Foreign Language. The second keynote speaker was Dr. Jack Richards from the University of Sydney, Australia, who also teaches at the University of Auckland, Victoria University, Wellington, and at RELC, a prominent English language center in Singapore. Richards is a frequent presenter worldwide and has written over 150 books and articles on language teaching as well as many widely used classroom textbooks. GUST Foundation Program Director and TESOL Kuwait’s President, Dr. Ilene Winokur, said, “This year’s conference was especially interesting because we were honored to have two keynote speakers who are well-known to the ELT community. In addition, the first ever English Language Arts Festival was presented by the REALL Special Interest Group. The TESOL Kuwait annual conference is a wonderful way to learn more about what’s new in English language teaching and network with other ELT professionals.” The conference brought together updates on the progress, advancements, and transformations in English Language Teaching (ELT). It also welcomed intellectuals and educators from different backgrounds to exchange ideas, interact with colleagues, and benefit from invaluable expertise offered by the speakers. In TESOL Kuwait’s continuing effort to present useful sessions, new interactive and innovative ideas were put forth in featured workshops and panel discussions on research and using arts to learn language. Professor Donald Bates, GUST President, said, “I would like to thank Dr. Ilene Winokur, for her dedication to this unique conference. Through this event, TESOL Kuwait has been able to engage hundreds of professionals to collaborate locally, and create a world of opportunity for people of all ages who want to learn English.” TESOL Kuwait is a non-profit organization of teachers to speakers of other languages affiliated with the U.S. based TESOL International, which houses 46,000 members worldwide. TESOL seeks to improve the teaching and learning of English, and content subjects to non-native speakers of English. It is a professional community committed to advancing excellence in English language teaching; fostering the exchange of ideas, research and peer-to-peer knowledge, and providing expertise, resources, and a voice on issues affecting the profession. Conference Chair, Rana Khan, said, “TESOL is all about promoting professional development in the field of English Language and that’s why we decided to promote ELT this year, in all its perspectives, existing and changing. This year’s theme reflects on the necessity of adapting to the new technological era we are living in by creating and fostering new designs, approaches, and methods for improving teaching English to speakers of other languages, as well as for facing new challenges in the field.” There were four other featured speakers during the conference, including Dr. Christine Coombe, from Dubai Men’s College, UAE, Dr. Mashael Al-Hamly, from Kuwait University, Kuwait, and Dr. Christine Sabieh, from Notre Dame University, Lebanon, who discussed the challenges and opportunities of researching ELT in the Middle East. The conference also included a talk about the color vowel chart as a tool for teaching pronunciation, by Megan Calvert from English Language Teaching Solutions; as well as a panel discussion, entitled ‘Realizing English through Drama in Kuwait: Panacea or Pandora’s Box?’. The conference, which was sponsored by GUST, That Al Salasil, and Qatar Airways, also included over 30 workshops, presentations and panel discussions for the attendees to choose from based on their specialties and interests. The conference concluded with a networking dinner organized with local businesses to promote English language teaching and learning in the work environment. GUST takes a special interest in solidifying the teaching of the English language, which is reflected in the international standards implemented in its English Foundation Program, which was accredited by the CEA in 2013. The university continuously implements the best methods to develop its curricula, and ensures a premier educational experience for its students.

A Voluntary Trip to Build Humanitarian Projects in "Tanzania" with Students of College of Architecture

  • 19-Nov-2017
  • Kuwait University

College of Architecture at Kuwait University organized a humanitarian scientific trip to the Republic of Tanzania in cooperation with the International Islamic Charitable Organization , Mercy International and the Embassy of the State of Kuwait to the Republic of Tanzania in order to reinforce the effective cooperation between the students of Kuwait University and the various bodies. The visit aimed to design a project in the poor village of Kilimanjaro in Dar es Salaam, capital of the republic of Tanzania. The members of the delegation asserted that it was a great honor to given this opportunity by Kuwait university to assist in helping poor people, stressing that volunteering is a provides a healthy outlet for young energies in a scientific and a civilized way. Dr. Mohammed Al-Ajmi, Faculty member at College of Architecture, emphasized that the main objective of the visit was based on the desire of the International Islamic Charitable Organization and Mercy international to design a vocational institute and a residential complex for students in the village. Dr. Yousif Al-Haroun indicated that the trip to the republic of Tanzania is a scientific and practical addition to the entire delegation as it included collecting data about the project site and conducting field research on the project site and its surroundings as well as conducting interviews with the people of the village of Makaronga and learn about their culture and visit their traditional homes.

Global Studies Center Provides Insight into 1930s Kuwait

  • 19-Nov-2017
  • Gulf University For Science And Technology

The Global Studies Center (GSC) at Gulf University for Science and Technology (GUST) announced today that a lecture was held by Alison Shan Price MBE, one of Kuwait’s most prolific theatre personalities, Founder of One World Actors Centre, UK, and Creative Director of TAQA Productions, Kuwait. The lecture was part of the GSC’s ongoing effort to bring the best speakers to GUST and the community. The lecture portrayed the story of one of the last colonial women to travel through Arabia, British Arabist Dame Freya Stark. The attendees learned about her history, background, travels, and in particular, her two visits to pre-oil Kuwait in 1932 and 1937. Shan Price also provided a deeper understanding of life as a woman in the early twentieth century, and what it was like to be a lone female traveler. Alison Shan Price MBE said, “Always the victor and never the victim; regardless of war, physical hardship, or constant barriers placed in her way, Dame Freya Stark is a universal inspiration.” Alison Shan Price has lived in Kuwait for 33 years working with multi-national artists to bring cross-cultural history to life through original performances. Later this month, Shan Price will portray Dame Freya Stark in a mono-drama entitled 'Freya: Chasing the Horizons', which will include Stark’s journeys in Arabia. In 2017, Shan Price was awarded the MBE (Most Excellent Order of the British Empire - a grade within the British order of chivalry) by Queen Elizabeth II in the New Year’s Honors List, for her Services to the Dramatic Arts in Kuwait and the Middle East. The GSC is a leading research center on global studies, and a vehicle for engaging both internal and external communities through stimulating events and lectures on global issues. Head of the Global Studies Center at GUST, Dr. Martin Rosenstock, said “We continually try to find new ways of enhancing the GUST academic experience by organizing events that bring together great minds and present unique viewpoints to learn from. The GSC provides the university with another outlet to showcase its prowess in contributing to academic research.” The center aims to conduct cutting-edge research on cross-national political, economic, social, cultural, and environmental issues of critical importance, and share research output and information regionally and globally. The GSC seeks to foster public understanding of global issues and support the policy-making processes of concerned states. GUST continues to build on its mission to become a knowledge-hub that benefits and engages students, academics, and the wider Kuwait community as a whole.

Two AUK Teams Qualify for Advanced Stages of the Global Management Challenge

  • 09-Nov-2017
  • American University Of Kuwait

Two teams from AUK participated in the Global Management Challenge (GMC) Kuwait finals and won titles for their performances. One of the teams representing AUK on managed to achieve first place in the initial cycle within their group, while the second team managed to reach fourth place. By acquiring these positions, both teams have a chance to advance to the semifinal round taking place after 2 weeks. The semifinals will last for 5 more weeks, after which the top 4 winners will compete in the final 8-hour round in January, 2018. The national winner will earn the chance to represent Kuwait in the international GMC competition, which will take place in Dubai in April 2018. The Global Management Challenge Kickoff (GMC) is an international competition organized by the ADNAR Group that invites teams of students from universities and companies around the Arab World to participate in a simulated market and attempt to increase the values of shares of designated companies. The winners are determined based on the performance of their assigned companies with respect to the values of their market shares and investments. The American University of Kuwait has been participating in the competition since its inception in 2013. This year, AUK was represented by two teams selected from the College of Business & Economics. Members of the teams were selected to participate based on their performances in Business-related courses. They were accompanied by the Dean of the College of Business Administration, Dr. Ralph Palliam, and 4 members from the CBE faculty; Dr. Aly Mansour, Dr. Ahmed Kholeif, Dr. Riyad Abubaker, and Dr. Hanas Cader. "It [the competition] serves as good training to students of the real world business environment," said Dr. Mansour, explaining that students' participation in such competitions helps enhance students employability after graduation, as employers take such activities into consideration when screening candidates. "Whether they win or not, the experience they gain will benefit them for the rest of their business careers," he added. The competition presents the students with an opportunity to apply the different components required of running businesses that they have been taught in the classroom, in a safe and simulated environment. "Students start to understand that the sustainability of a business is not based on marketing or economics or management or other things on their own, but rather on their combination and integration of all of these disciplines every day," Dr. Mansour concluded. The Global Management Challenge is the largest Strategy and Management Competition in the world. It's the largest international event based on business simulations, in which more than 500 000 university students and company managers participating in this event throughout the world. The concept of the competition emerged in 1980 in Portugal by SDG - Simuladores e Modelos de Gestão - in partnership with the weekly newspaper EXPRESSO. EXPRESSO has not only given a great amount of national coverage on the competition, but has also contributed immensely to the internationalization process. ADNAR Group is established in Kuwait and is a team of dedicated professionals that offer a gateway to a wide range of services in Customer Care, ROI, CSR, Carbon Reduction, Organizational Restructuring, and Recruitment.

AUM participates in the 10th International Conference on Women Leaders in Science, Technology and Engineering

  • 09-Nov-2017
  • American University Of The Middle East

The American University of the Middle East (AUM) participated in the 10th International Conference on Women Leaders in Science, Technology and Engineering (WLSTE+10) hosted by the Kuwait Foundation for the Development of Sciences (KFSA). The conference was held under the patronage of His Highness the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, in the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development in Kuwait in collaboration with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the US State Department. AUM faculty, Dr. Elda Cina and Dr. Wiem Abdelbaki, attended the conference as well as AUM students Razan Al Far and Rand Younes, who had the opportunity to share their future plans with other participants, and take part in the “Starting Career Outside Academia” workshop held during the conference. AUM‘s participation in the conference comes in view of its firm belief in the role of women in leadership, and the success women inspire in the different fields of science. AUM’s vision for a strong community stands on the importance of empowering women and allowing them access to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education so that they can lead successful roles in any sector and industry. AUM’s continuous efforts in developing an educated and responsible generation answer an educational philosophy that encourages women to showcase their scientific skills and proficiency so they can have a prosperous career and help build a better future. The conference focused on emerging insights that can motivate sustainable solutions and expand women networking platforms in Kuwait and around the world.

Dr Fahed Al-Sumait awarded 2018 Research Fellowship by London School of Economics and Political Science

  • 09-Nov-2017
  • Gulf University For Science And Technology

Gulf University for Science and Technology (GUST) today announced that Dr. Fahed Al-Sumait, Head of the Mass Communication and Media Department at GUST, has been granted the 2018 Short-Term Visiting Research Fellowship from the London School of Economics (LSE). The annual fellowship is an open competition to all GCC nationals with a PhD in a field of study relevant to the Kuwait Programme goals, as set by LSE and the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS). For his project, Al-Sumait is participating in a global project run jointly through the LSE and Oxford University’s Internet Institute which aims to improve the measures and models for evaluating people’s use of digital media technologies. More specifically, his research will look at the relationship between people’s demographic characteristics like age, income, education, nationality, and location; as well as the kinds of benefits they get or fail to get from using digital media. The concept behind the research is to help communities to move beyond traditional concerns about the “digital divide”, which assume that economics and access are the best predictors of people’s digital benefits. As such, Kuwait will be one of several countries in which this research is conducted, and there will be a number of unique circumstances to explore such as high per-capita income (11th worldwide), large and highly transient expatriate community (approximately 70%), and young population (40% under 24 years of age); all of which result in considerable linguistic, cultural, educational, and economic diversity. Al-Sumait’s research will fit a number of goals set by the Kuwait Programme, which aims to establish collaborative research partnerships between LSE and Kuwait universities, in order to generate high quality research on the challenges facing the country, expand Kuwaiti expertise on these challenges, conduct time-sensitive, and policy-relevant research which will serve as the platform for informed-policymaking in the country and the wider GCC. While the fellowship is restricted to a three-month summer period in which to draft the research reports, the preparation preceding the appointment involves a full year of adapting the project tools to Kuwait. In the academic year following the fellowship appointment, Al-Sumait and his team will conduct the national-level assessments on digital media use and their outcomes in Kuwait. The findings of the research will be made public for policymakers, academics, and other interested parties. Head of the Mass Communication and Media Department at GUST, Dr. Fahed Al-Sumait, said, “We will spend the next year conducting cognitive interviews with selected respondents to determine the applicability and understanding of the questionnaire, and to collect qualitative data showing cultural specificities of engagement with digital media. Following the cognitive interviews and any resultant adaptations, the measures will then be discussed in a series of focus groups, each of which is constructed to represent particular audiences targeted by the national-level administration. The resultant instrument from all of this testing will be further pilot tested in two different survey waves prior to the end of the 2017-2018 AY. During the following academic year (AY2018-2019), we will focus on distributing the customized measurement tools nation-wide for the full-scale research.” The research conducted will be crucial to drafting laws and policies on digital media use, as there is a dire shortage of reliable data about its use, habits, and outcomes in Kuwait. This will help fill that immediate gap, and will give policymakers and leaders a clearer picture of how digital outcomes manifest differently for different members of society. The findings can also be used for social engagement, entrepreneurship, and as marketing intelligence. Since its establishment in 2007, the Kuwait Programme has become a world-leading hub for research and expertise on Kuwait and the wider GCC region. It is fully funded by KFAS, and is headed by Professor Toby Dodge, an internationally renowned professor. What’s also important to note, is that previous awardees have also hailed from GUST, and include Associate Professor Dr. Mariam Alkazemi, also from the Mass Communication and Media Department. Al-Sumait is an active member of the GUST community, and is currently engaged in a number of other high profile research projects, which include, investigating the role of Western-style higher education in the GCC on students, and has previously worked on the World Information Access Project in the US, UK, and Egypt. Al-Sumait has also published papers, edited books and book chapters exploring various aspects of the media’s social implications.

Department of Economics and Finance Welcomes Second Guest in Lecture Series

  • 08-Nov-2017
  • Gulf University For Science And Technology

GUST’s Department of Economics and Finance held its second presentation under the Guest Lecture Series with the Chief Financial Analyst and Islamic Finance Expert from the Central Bank of Kuwait (CBK), Dr. Jamshaid Anwar Chattha, who discussed the bank’s approach to the regulation and supervision of Islamic banking. The presentation was attended by Department Chair, Dr. Khaled ElMawazini, students, faculty, and was organized by Dr. Khiyar Khiyar. The event provided a good opportunity for the students and faculty to learn more about the role of central banks in securing safe and sound financial systems in their jurisdictions. Dr. Chattha is a regulator and chartered Islamic finance professional with over 10 years of direct Islamic financial sector experience that ranges from commercial banking to policy research and development, policy implementation, and policy advice. Over his career, he has participated in many International Monetary Fund (IMF) technical missions on banking supervision, and provided a range of policy advice to various central banks. He has also conducted technical workshops on Islamic finance for the Islamic Financial Services Board (IFSB), IMF, World Bank, Islamic Development Bank (IDB), and Arab Monetary Fund (AMF), and various central banks. He has hands-on experience with Basel II and III, as well as its equivalent IFSB regulatory frameworks and supervision tools for Islamic banks. Prior to joining CBK, Dr. Chattha was at the IFSB for more than seven years, and was instrumental in drafting, anchoring, and managing various IFSB standards and publications on core principles, stress testing, and risk management. It is known that five out of ten Kuwaiti banks are Islamic which translates to about 40% of the market share. The 2016 World Islamic Banking Competitiveness Report (EY) suggests that Kuwait is projected to be one of the major players in Islamic banking by 2020 alongside Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Qatar; and is expected to remain a key contributor to global growth in the field. These developments should encourage our students and faculty to engage more with Kuwait’s banking industry. The College of Business Administration at GUST is very keen on exposing its students to real life experiences by interacting with experts in the industry.

AUK Commences New Academic Year

  • 02-Nov-2017
  • American University Of Kuwait

AUK officially opened its doors to the class of 2022 on the 9th of September, 2018. During the first week of classes, AUK held a series of orientations for faculty and staff to introduce newcomers to campus and provide various curricula and administrative updates. AUK Provost Rawda Awwad gave a speech during the annual general staff meeting in which she articulated the significant outcome of each administrative and academic accomplishment in creating an unparalleled environment for students to immerse themselves in their education, as she explains, "All of the hard work that we invested that resulted in successful accreditations, the range of extra and co-curricular student engagement initiatives, research, alumni activities, school visits, moving toward holistic approaches to learning, retention pilots . . . are a means to an end in creating an environment and experience for our students that enables them to compete and lead and create and discover and explore, and actively partake in the shaping of their own cultures and societies, and give back to others." The general meeting was followed by a panel discussion presented by a group of AUK professors on the best practices for education which include increased student engagement in the classroom, and using the latest technologies and software for a more dynamic educational experience. The University’s first week of the new academic year was full of student events and activities such as the New Student Orientation Day and Involvement Fair to help further integrate students to their new environment on campus. It has also been a busy time for campus expansion operations as they continue to progress this year to complete two new buildings at AUK that are expected to add more educational and recreational facilities to the AUK urban Salmiya campus.

ACK Graduation Ceremony

  • 02-Nov-2017
  • Australian College Of Kuwait

ACK celebrated the graduation ceremony of its students from various bachelor and diploma programs at Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel under the patronage of Dr Mohammad Abdulatif Mohammad Al-Fares, the Minister of Education and the Minister of Higher Education. In his opening remarks, Prof Dr. Issam Zabalawi, President of ACK, said, “We are celebrating the graduation of a new cohort of ACK students and recognizing the efforts, commitment and the intellect they brought to their work here in the College. As they are leaving ACK to join their predecessors to start their professional career or to pursue high education, we congratulate them on their tremendous achievement.” Prof. Zabalawi extended the greetings and congratulations of Mr. Abdullah Al Sharhan, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees wishing everyone a successful endeavor. From his end, Mehran Jean Seraidarian, Diploma of Civil Engineering graduate, in his speech said, “ACK has offered us a perfect learning environment and an experience that we can never forget; it will always stay in our memories. Thank you ACK for this great opportunity, we are proud for being your graduates.”

Debates of Kuwait University – Moot Parliament “held for the first time in KILAW”

  • 02-Nov-2017
  • Kuwait International Law School

As a part of Kuwait International Law School’s participation in Arabic and international competitions, the Competitions and Student Development Department organized interviews for students wishing to participate in Arabic competitions for the academic year 2017-2018 (Debates of Kuwait University – Moot Parliament “held for the first time in KILAW”) under the supervision of the School’s Dean/ President Prof. Mohammad Al-Moqatei in cooperation with a member of the National Assembly and the former Minister of Education Dr. Ahmed Al Mellifi. The interviews were held in the following manner: Students’ online registration. Personal interviews in which the student demonstrates his / her potential and readiness for the competition by refuting one of the topics provided previously. Sorting mechanism through which the most suitable students are chosen to participate in the competition according to the evaluation standards.

Dr. Dhari Al-Huwail Wins "Munjiz'' Award From the Ministry of State for Youth Affairs for his Research in Health Informatics

  • 30-Oct-2017
  • Kuwait University

Dr. Dhari Adel Al-Huwail, a faculty member in the Department of Information Science at College of Computing Sciences and Engineering at Kuwait University, received an award from the Ministry of State for Youth Affairs. His research was the best research in health informatics at the annual World Health Informatics Conference at the University of Maryland- USA. The winning research paper dealt with the theme "Exploiting IT systems and improving performance in home health care". Dr. Al-Huwail stressed that the most important recommendations of the research indicate that the optimal utilization of health information systems and applications in the health sector contributes to raising the quality of services provided to patients and keep them longer in their homes. Dr. Al-Huwail added that the field of health informatics is a vital field that helps to raise the quality of medical services, ensure the safety of patients, as well as make the health staff more efficient. Dr. Al-Huwail extended his gratitude to the Ministry of State for Youth Affairs for their continuous support to the Kuwaiti youth and encouragement to pursuit excellence.

GUST Team wins 1st, 3rd, and 4th Place at Kuwait Collegiate Programming Contest

  • 26-Oct-2017
  • Gulf University For Science And Technology

Gulf University for Science and Technology hosted the 5th Kuwait Collegiate Programming Contest (KCPC) which is a sub-regional contest of the Arab Collegiate Programming Contest (ACPC) on its campus last week, which was attended by Dr. Ziad Najem, Manager of the Math and Science Education Program at the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS), and CEO of the KFAS Academy. GUST team members Karim Al Maghraby, Amr Ahmed, and Ebraheem AlMuaili, which competed under the name, “Nameless”, were the champions of the contest, and also won the Solid Programmers’ Award, and the Extreme Programmers’ Award. Also winning medals for GUST were third place winners, Talal Al Ammar, Ali Almusawi, and Mohammad Al Essa, who competed under the name “Bounty”, and in fourth place were Zainab Al Arbash, Shareefah Al Ghanem, and Munera Tawfiqi who competed under the name “Punny=Null”. All GUST teams were coached by Mr. Fadi Deeb, a faculty member in the Computer Science department at GUST. The competition, which was sponsored by the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences, and hosted by GUST, provided an opportunity for 27 participating teams to demonstrate their skills in programming and problem solving. It also engenders creativity, teamwork, and enables students to test their ability to perform under tough time constraints. In order to win, the student teams had to solve the most problems correctly in the shortest time. All of the winning teams from GUST have now qualified to participate at the Arab Collegiate Programming Contest, hosted by Arab Academy for Science Technology & Maritime Transport in Sharm El Sheikh, before advancing to International Collegiate Programming Contest, due to take place in Beijing in April of next year. GUST President, Professor Donald Bates, said, “I am extremely proud of the positions all of our teams secured in this rigorous competition. They demonstrated skill, finesse, and creativity in their approach to each of the problems, and came up with excellent solutions to all. Having secured 1st, 3rd, and 4th place feel invigorated and encouraged that our curriculum and faculty were able to produce such competent programmers. This makes me very confident that our teams will do well at the next stage of the competition.” The head of Computer Science department, Dr. Taher Ali, said, “The department of Computer Science is adhere to organize, participate and support events that motivate self-learning skills. Competition based learning enriches the educational system. We have seen evidences of dramatic changes in students’ performance after participating in such events. Thanks for every single person who participated in making the event successful.” Manager of the Math and Science Education Program at the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS), and CEO of the KFAS Academy, Dr. Ziad Najem, said, “It gives me great pleasure to see so many teams participate with such enthusiasm and creativity. The spirit of teamwork, encouragement, and volunteering is very much alive, and I am glad to see such a healthy environment being fostered by GUST.” The competition also doubles as an opportunity for public and private companies seeking to employ talented programmers and developers, in a sector which has seen exponential growth locally. This is especially true as more and more companies move to digitize their services, and find new and innovative methods to connect with their clients and expand their businesses. GUST continuously encourages its students to participate in such events to build their skills and character, in order to become a better-rounded individual, capable of reaching their full potential upon graduation.

GUST now among top 50 universities in the region

  • 26-Oct-2017
  • Gulf University For Science And Technology

Gulf University for Science and Technology (GUST) today announced its latest ranking as 49th in the Arab region according to data provided by one of the most influential international university rankings firms, Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Limited. This comes as a major improvement, from its former ranking as 73rd last year. GUST is once again the only private university in Kuwait to make the list, making it the top-ranked private educational institution in Kuwait. Only two universities from Kuwait featured among the top 100, with the other being Kuwait University coming at 19th. Almost 1000 institutions were evaluated during the exercise. Of these, only the top 100 appear in the published ranking. GUST Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Prof. Salem Al Tuhaih said, “This is a phenomenal achievement for our young university. Our focus from day one has been on providing our students with a high quality institution that is recognized as a pillar and hub of knowledge. Being recognized as one of the top 50 universities in the region reflects the level of education GUST provides. Furthermore, being the only private university from Kuwait is a major achievement for us. This is a testimony to the success of our policies towards diversification, academic excellence, and focus on quality”. First published in 2014, the annual QS University Rankings: Arab Region highlights the 100 leading universities in this part of the world. Their methodology for ranking has been developed with the aim of reflecting specific challenges and priorities for institutions in the region, drawing on nine indicators including academic reputation and papers per faculty. University President, Prof. Donald Bates said, “This is a monumental accomplishment as GUST has not only maintained its presence on the list, but its ranking has gone up over 20 spots! I am also proud that we remain the only private university in Kuwait to be recognized for its academic prowess, and excited to see that the dedication and caliber of our faculty, students, and staff is being recognized. The QS ranking shows that GUST continues to maintain its leadership among private universities in Kuwait in key areas covered by the survey”. The improved ranking reveals that the university has taken great strides to improve on the academic front. These include measures to improve GUST’s presence and contribution at international conferences, strengthen partnerships with other universities, accredit taught programs, maintain an excellent faculty to student ratio, and commit to hiring academic staff with PhDs. The university’s higher place on QS’s list is also owed to the fact that its graduates are seen as more employable, and that its web impact has vastly improved thanks to its use of social media in its marketing efforts. GUSTs strategic goal is to enhance the position in the coming couple of years and to be listed in the international rankings. QS World University Rankings, Times Higher Education World University Rankings, and US News Best Global Universities provide one of the few external measures of university strength and can be a factor in how prospective students choose the right school. This accomplishment comes on the heels of other major achievements the university has secured for this year, such as the Mass Communication and Media Department earning a coveted accreditation from the American Communications Association, and the Public Relations Department earning the university the prestigious Emerging Media Award for Best Consumer Integrated Campaign in the “Visionary” category at the Summit International Awards in the USA. On the sports side, the men’s football team were the champions of the 2017 Belgrade International University Sports Tournament, and the women’s team were this year’s football winners of the University Athletics Association of Kuwait tournament.

Yusur Al-Madani Wins the 2017 George Norlin Award

  • 25-Oct-2017
  • Kuwait University

When Yusur Al-Madani completed her doctoral studies with the University of Colorado Boulder in 1982, she became the first Kuwaiti citizen to earn a PhD in English literature with an American emphasis. Upon receiving her degree, Professor Al-Madani returned to Kuwait where she’s led a distinguished career at Kuwait University in a range of faculty and administrative roles. Al-Madani will return to Boulder on Oct. 26 to receive CU Boulder’s George Norlin Award, which “recognizes outstanding alumni who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in their chosen field of endeavor and a devotion to the betterment of society and their community.” She will also give a talk to the Department of English on Nov. 3. Professor Martin Bickman of the Department of English –University of Colorado Boulder, said : “I am totally awed by Yusur’s intellectual and scholarly development in a range of literatures and cultures that would seem to have taken several lifetimes to master.”

AOU Training Center organizes PMP training program

  • 23-Oct-2017
  • Arab Open University

Dr. Sami Khalifa, Manager of the Training Center of the Arab Open University (AOU), emphasized the importance of the partnerships the Center has held with a number of private and governmental institutions and bodies inside and outside Kuwait, adding these partnerships aim at serving the programs of the sustainable development plans, preparing manpower for public and private sectors, and sharing in the programs of community service. This came in a press release on the sidelines of concluding a workshop recently organized by the Center. The workshop entitled Professional Management Project (PMP) was attended by 16 employees from public and private sectors, and delivered by Eng. EhabShabban, IT Project Manager. Dr. Khalifa said that all training programs offered by the Center came within the plan of the Approved Training Programs of the Center and the requirements of companies as well as the needs of individuals and labor market. He pointed out that the Center is keen on strengthening cooperation ties with all bodies and institutions in order to develop employees’ capabilities and enhance their performance through specialist training programs so that the companies or institutions can achieve their vision and mission as well as their present and future plans. He said the Center continues to offer the PMP training programs due to the success of previous training programs, in which a trainee is enabled to get a professional certificate with international value at the personal and institutional levels. The center had been registered as education provider number 4933 (RED), by this, it had been listed as one of the approved centers on the website of (PMI) www.pmi.org. That reflected the huge role played by the University in the field of project management training and the commitment of its management in offering training in pursuant to international standards, he added. At the end of the program, Dr. Khalifa handed the trainees their certificates, wishing them all success. During the program, the trainees were introduced to several topics, such as the general framework of projects, their schedule, and management of communication, procurement, stakeholders and project integrity‫.

College of Arts Receives a Cultural Delegation from the United States Embassy

  • 23-Oct-2017
  • Kuwait University

Dean of College of Arts at KU, Prof. Suad Abdulwahab and Vice Dean for Academic Affairs Prof. Abdulhadi Al-Ajmi, have received the Cultural Attaché of the United States Embassy Dr. Zannia Paganini and members of the Cultural Section , where they discussed students and faculty exchange programs. The two sides discussed ways to strengthening Cultural and Educational collaboration between Kuwait University and the embassy as well as promoting graduate studies among Kuwait and American students.

Chaired by Prof. Al-Humoud, AOU Council holds its 60th meeting

  • 16-Oct-2017
  • Arab Open University

The 60th meeting of the Arab Open University Council was held on Wednesday 11 October 2017 at the building of the headquarters, and it was chaired by the President of the University, Prof. Moudhi Al-Humoud. The meeting was presented by Vice Presidents, Deans, University Directors, Department Directors, and representatives of faculty members of the University. First, the meeting started with approving the minutes of the previous meeting; then, it discussed the decisions and recommendations that have been implemented. It also addressed the financial report of the University (1-9-2016 to 31-8-2017), and the annual academic report (6-2-2017) in addition to a special report on IT projects and the latest developments of the AOU branch in Palestine. The meeting, additionally, discussed the adoption of a number of recommendations submitted by Academic Committee and Quality Assurance Committee, and the approved regulations and systems of the University.

AOU Training Center organizes Seminar on Russian language

  • 16-Oct-2017
  • Arab Open University

Dr. Nasser Al-Kandari stressed the importance of learning foreign languages, including Russian as one of the six official languages of the United Nations and one of the major mother tongues in Europe. This came in a seminar entitled “Introduction to learning the Russian language for beginners” organized by the Training Center of the Arab Open University (AOU) in Ardiyah, Kuwait. The seminar aimed at introducing the Russian language for those wishing to continue their university study in one of the Russian speaking countries or those who are interested in learning about the Russian language and culture. At the beginning of the seminar, Dr. Al-Kandari said that the Russian language is of political importance as there is an increasing demand from Arab students to learn it because of its significance at the recent time, as well as there are many work fields requiring people speaking Russian. He pointed out that Russian belongs to East Slavic languages, which include Ukrainian and Biurus, adding the Russian language is the language of poetry and literature as well as the language in which the masterpieces of world literature was written. He stressed that learning the Russian language or other languages is now much easier than before, pointing to the variety of sources of education, whether through institutions and centers of languages or through e-learning sites. He said that mastering the Russian language gives learners the ability to learn about one of the most ancient cultures in the world, and provides the companies and institutions that have commercial ties with Russia with the opportunity to grow their business. At the end of the meeting, he said that the Center continues to organize language-learning courses, including the Russian language for beginners, which is two levels, each one consists of eight lessons (40 academic hours). The learners will be introduced to the alphabet, greeting, gender names, pronouns, verbs, numbers and other lessons that enable them to learn the basics of this language and learn how to pronounce, read and write letters.

GUST to Collaborate with KFAS on Kuwait Science Festival in March 2018

  • 12-Oct-2017
  • Gulf University For Science And Technology

GUST announced that it will be hosting the newly formed Kuwait Science Festival in March 2018, in collaboration with the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS), the Ministry of Education (MOE). GUST President, Professor Donald Bates, “GUST always takes pride in actively participating in events of this caliber; to offer our experience and support for the development of our youth and community. It is a pleasure to be working with an accomplished group of individuals to give the event the attention it deserves.” GUST and KFAS organized a three-day planning workshop, on the university’s premises, to kick off the initial preparations for the festival. The workshop was attended by associates of the Association for Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) in Washington D.C., including Dr. Walter Staveloz, Director of International Relations at ASTC; Dr. John Durant, Creator of the Cambridge Science Festival from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); Dr. Tod Boyette, Co-Founder of the North Carolina Science Festival from University of North Carolina (UNC); David Wells, Maker Programming Director at the New York Hall of Science; Hanaa Hosny, Manager of the BA Science Festivity at Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt; and Vincenzo Lipardi President and CEO of Cittá della Scienza in Naples, Italy. GUST was represented by President, Professor Donald Bates, Director of Public Relations, Aseel Al-Turkait, Dr. Cathy Daniel and Dr. Iqbal Al-Shammari from the Center of Teaching, Learning, and Research, and Head of the Mass Communication and Media Department, Dr. Fahed Al-Sumait. Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences was represented by Dr. Salam Al-Ablani, Director of the Scientific Culture Directorate, several program managers including Dr. Layla Al-Musawi, Engineer Manar Al-Rashid, and Engineer Dina Al-Nakib, including the newly appointed Chief Executive Officer of The Scientific Center of Kuwait, Mrs. Rana Al-Nibari. The workshop included discussions on various aspects of the festival planning, including each entity’s specific roles, how its success will be measured, what youth programs to include, and how to market it externally to its audience. The festival will launch with the theme of ‘Sustainable Development’ with a focus on renewable energy and innovation, to shed light on the importance of this issue internationally. Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences Director of the Scientific Culture Directorate, Dr. Salam Al-Ablani, said, “We are thrilled to be working with such a prestigious university on this project. This event will be a true representation of the commitment and potential of our youth. KFAS is dedicated to this cause, and will continue to work on different projects to ensure the development of the sciences.” The university has previously supported several science initiatives, including the Gulf Programming Competition which was hosted for the first time in Kuwait at GUST, and the Ibtikar Awards Ceremony held on campus two years in a row. The university is also preparing to host the Kuwait Collegiate Programming Competition for the first time on its campus later this month.

Women Techmakers Kuwait Inaugural Event and Website Security Workshop

  • 10-Oct-2017
  • Kuwait University

The Women Techmakers (WTM) group held its inaugural event on the 4th of Oct 2017 at Kuwait University Khaldiya campus, and was attended by over 60 students, academics, and IT professionals mainly from the University and more that joined in via YouTube Live streaming. The event started with an introduction of the Women Techmakers / Google and Google Developer Group by Dr. Zainab AlMeraj and Ms. Sundus AlFaresi, WTM Kuwait group Lead Organizers, followed by a discussion on the importance of empowering women in technology through creating a community, and prompting visibility and resources. The introduction was made complete by a call in from Lebanon WTM and GDG Lead Developer Rayan AlZahab who answered questions and shared her experiences with WTM the audience and answered multiple questions. Women Techmakers mission is to drive developer success and contribute towards a healthy tech ecosystem in Kuwait. The target technologies involved include Google tech from Android, Chrome, Drive, Google Cloud platforms and API’s like Cast API, Maps API, and YouTube API. Dr. AlMeraj then highlighted that by becoming a member both women and men have access to multiple Google and Udacity scholarships and certifications. The year long events by WTM were then listed and included two programming training workshops (Android App building and website building), and an International Women’s Day conference event on the 8th of March 2018. Dr. AlMeraj stressed the importance of diversity and equal representation of women in higher-level tech positions to drive performance and innovation. The highlight of the event features a website security workshop that was presented by Engr. Mohammad Aldoob. The agenda revolved around three questions with practical implementations 1) Why should we secure the Web? 2) What are defensible applications and 3) Security in the cloud. The audience left with a better understanding of Web Attacks, Web Infrastructure, and attacks on Cloud Computing as well as how to avoid them. The workshop involved live demos of attacks on website databases, user targeted attacks and how to avoid them through code examples. Mr. Aldoob is a specialist and certified trainer in information security, an avid volunteer and the leader of the Open Web Application Security Project for Web Applications in Kuwait. The WTM Kuwait workshop ended with some networking and a call to join as a member. WTMKuwait is open to everyone interested to learn and to help others. Everyone is free to propose events and to drive workshops. The remaining events can be accessed through the following meetup page, RSVP to attend: https://www.meetup.com/wtm-kuwait/

GUST Students Successfully Complete Public Institution for Social Security’s IT Workshop

  • 04-Oct-2017
  • Gulf University For Science And Technology

Seven GUST students successfully completed a 10-day intensive workshop with Public Institution for Social Security’s IT Department. The workshop mainly focused on networks and communication. The training was headed by Systems Engineer Trainer, Wasan Al-Khateeb, and Engineer Mariam Boshehri, from the institution, in coordination with GUST’s Head of the Computer Science Department, Dr. Taher Ali, and Networks professor, Dr. Israa Omran. By the end of the course, students were able to seamlessly install Windows, servers, and workstations, as well as create domains, usernames, passwords, sharing folders, restricting access, policies to retract USBs and other devices, printer queues, and how to build a trust between two domains. GUST College of Arts & Sciences Dean, Dr. Ali Ansari, said, “It is evident that the training immensely improved the skills of our students, and gave them a practical demonstration on how to apply the knowledge they acquire here into the real world.” GUST continuously aims to encourage capable, well-rounded graduates, with hands-on experience. Well done to the students who completed the workshop: Ibrahim Al Rishidi, Mohammed Sharawi, Karim Al Maghrabi, Dalal Al Salem, Bedour Al Otaibi, Zahraa Bojabarah, and Munera Tawfiqi.

Competing Officially as GUST Falcons

  • 04-Oct-2017
  • Gulf University For Science And Technology

GUST announced that all of its athletics teams will be competing as the GUST Falcons starting this year. Having been given that nickname for some time, GUST decided to make it official, solidifying their nickname into a mascot representing the university spirit. The moniker was chosen for a number of reasons. Primarily, the falcon was used as a hunting partner in the Gulf region for many generations, and so it has deep roots to local heritage and folklore. Falcons are also known for their speed – known to have reached speeds of 242 mph – making it the fastest animal on record ever. They are also famous for being indefatigable – capable of flapping their wings four times a second. These attributes of strength, partnership, and speed make it the perfect symbol for the GUST sports team which have seen much success in recent years. GUST President, Professor Donald Bates, said “Choosing the mascot was not an easy task, but the symbolism behind this majestic creature, and what it represents in the region, seemed like a perfect fit to represent our view of GUST, what it values, and how our athletes view themselves.” The Athletics Department at GUST coaches six different teams for both male and female athletes, including: basketball, volleyball, football, squash, tennis, and table tennis. All teams are designated experienced coaches to ensure that the athletes’ talents are honed and developed. Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. Raghad Al-Kazemi, said “The university made this decision to solidify our teams’ stance in competitions, shining a light on their spirit, hard work, perseverance, and strengthens our sense of identity and fraternity on and off the field. We are very proud of them all.” The teams have had quite a year competing, and winning, local and international competitions. GUST’s women’s football team triumphed and won first place at the annual University Athletics Association of Kuwait (UAAK) championship in the last spring semester. This comes as the second UAAK football title win for GUST’s women in three years. While the GUST men’s football team attended and won 1st place at the 2017 Belgrade International University Sports Tournament (BeST) in Belgrade, Serbia. The tournament brought together 17 different universities from across Europe, Russia, Asia, and the Middle East to compete at an international level, experience different cultures, and forge international friendships. GUST is known locally and regionally for its superlative sports facilities, which include a fully equipped gym with modern equipment, a swimming pool, squash courts, a basketball court, and a FIFA-accredited outdoor soccer field.

AOU HOLDS WORKSHOP TO DISCUSS ITS FOURTH STRATEGIC PLAN

  • 04-Oct-2017
  • Arab Open University

The Arab Open University (AOU) organized a workshop, entitled (the fourth strategic plan of the AOU 2017/2018-2021/2022) on 15 March 2017 under the patronage of Prof. Moudi Al-Humoud, President of the AOU. The workshop was attended by Prof. Mohammad Hamdan, Advisor of the AOU, Vice Presidents, Deans, Branch Directors, and a number of senior management staff. Prof. Al-Humoud opened the workshop welcoming the attendees and valuing the achievements of the AOU and the efforts of its staff. In particular, she appreciated the efforts of the members of the Higher Committee for preparing the fourth strategic plan for the AOU (2017/2018-2021/2022). The Higher Committee role was to evaluate the performance of the previous strategic plan, prepare, and draft the fourth strategic plan for the AOU in coordination and cooperation with all directors and heads of the departments and the work sectors at the AOU headquarters and at the AOU branches. Al-Humoud recalled the efforts of both Dr. Mohammad Ali Mirghani and Prof. Ahmad Majdoubah whose work at the university ended, wishing them the best in their life. After that, she presented the work stages of the Higher Committee and the series of meetings held by the Higher Committee with the AOU senior staff, faculty members, employees, and students of all the AOU branches. The purpose of these meetings was to engage them in preparing the plan and determining the goals and priorities of the AOU in academic, administrative, financial and technical areas. Al-Humoud also addressed the points of strengths, weaknesses, and challenges of the AOU and its partnership with the Open University in the UK, and with other international universities, and governmental and private institutes of training and development. Then, the report of the AOU financial performance for the period from 01/09/2016 to 28/02/2017 and the semi-annual AOU report for the period from September 2016 to January 2017 were reviewed and discussed. In addition, the workshop observed a review and a discussion of a number of files, such as the latest developments of institutional re-accreditation and the academic programs, studies and reports on the best systematic practices for preparing a strategic plan for the AOU Oman branch, a study about employers’ satisfaction with university graduates, the academic committee recommendations, the higher committee recommendation on preparing the fourth strategic plan, which states the proposal of the plan is to be approved by the AOU Board in its 58th meeting and by the coming meeting of the AOU Board of Trustees.

ACK Wins KOC’s CEO HSSE Award for the Second Year

  • 04-Oct-2017
  • Australian College Of Kuwait

The Australian College of Kuwait (ACK) is pleased to announce that ACK’s project titled as “ACK Health Day” has been selected as one of the winning projects for the KOC CEO HSSE Award 2017. The ACK Health Day has been considered by KOC’s committee as a great initiative in spreading awareness to the people on healthy living, as each Health Day event had a theme of its own in which focused on major health effects. ACK’s program had exceeded expectations by including sports activities, stage shows, and prize rewarding and major press releases. ACK was the only College to win in this competition under the category of ‘educational sector’. The ACK Health Day initiative was instigated in 2016 as part of the ongoing commitment by the college towards promotion of Healthy Lifestyles for students, staff, their families and the Kuwait community. ACK’s Health Day event is organized by ACK Healthy Living Committee which is composed of staff and students from different levels of the organization to provide diversified Health and Safety promotional culture activities. The committee is currently working on two main programs which are the “ACK Health Day” events and “Smoking Awareness” Program. Further ACK Health Days with differing themes will continue to be held each semester by the college to ensure ongoing commitment towards raising health awareness.

ACK Signs MOU with British Council Kuwait

  • 04-Oct-2017
  • Australian College Of Kuwait

In a step aiming to cooperate with international educational institutions, the Center of the Continuous Education (CCE) at ACK signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the British Council in Kuwait. According to the MOU, exams of the world renowned IELTS tests are to take place in ACK campus, which will have a substantial effect in facilitating the procedures of the exams. The cooperation is in line with the objective of the Community Service Center of its role towards the Kuwaiti society. The MOU aims to enhance knowledge in English Language and establish cooperation between the British Council, being the British organization concerned with emerging culture and educational opportunities, and CCE, in order to provide educational opportunities to the Kuwaiti youth. Engineer Sager Al-Sharhan,Deputy Managing Partner – Industry at ACK, stated: “The College provides such opportunities due to the higher demand for taking IELTS exams by the young people wishing to continue their education or those searching for better opportunities and to test their English skills, especially that the test is a major pre-requisite in a large number of universities around the world.” IELTS is an international standardized test of English language leading to measure the English language skills. It is accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education in Kuwait. In addition, it is significant for studying and living abroad, and is recognized by 9,000 institutions and universities all over the world. Further, the test is recognized by a large number of universities in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and is used by over two million people in the world.

AUM Participates in the Knowledge Summit 2017 held in Dubai

  • 03-Oct-2017
  • American University Of The Middle East

The American University of the Middle East (AUM) participated in the fourth annual “Knowledge Summit 2017” under the theme “Knowledge and the 4th Industrial Revolution” organized by Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation (MBRF). AUM graduate student Nour Al-Habib who presented her project “Virtual Reality Application for Practical Learning Experiments” represented AUM at the summit. The annual summit is a global international knowledge platform that hosts discussions of critical issues and challenges facing the industry, reviews best practices and experiences, and offers solutions to face these challenges. As a modern educational institution, AUM offers numerous facilities that encourage innovation and help lift intellectual productivity through different majors that promote creativity in the age of digital revolution and artificial intelligence. AUM’s participation in similar cultural and scientific events comes in view of its educational approach to building the knowledge of its faculty and students and lead the evolution of society. AUM strongly believes that the future of the international economies stands on the importance of empowering future generation with knowledge and developing their technical experience in data science and artificial intelligence. The summit brought together 105 speakers from 23 different countries including experts, academics, and specialists in different industries in the Arab region and from around the world, as well as decision makers in both the public and private sectors, and prominent media and social figures.

KU President Professor Hussein Al-Ansari Received the Ambassador of the Republic of Switzerland to Kuwait

  • 30-Sep-2017
  • Kuwait University

KU President Professor Hussein Al-Ansari received the Ambassador of the Republic of Switzerland to Kuwait Mr. Aldo de Luca, and his accompanying delegation from the Embassy on Wednesday, September 20, 2017, to discuss enhancing the prospects of cooperation with Kuwait university. The meeting was attended by Vice-Rector for Planning Dr. Adel Al-Hussainan, Vice President for Planning for Institutional Development Dr. Muna Hussein along with Dr. Redha Behbehani from the World Center in College of Business Administration. The delegation was briefed on ''Startup Kuwait ''project, a project that launched two years ago with the participation of educational institutions and has achieved a huge success in the State of Kuwait at the level of university students and the participating educational institutions. Strengthening cooperation aspects were also discussed during the meeting by activating cooperation agreements between Kuwait University and Swiss universities. The Swiss Ambassador expressed his willingness to deliver a lecture in a series of lectures on the Swiss system in the management of higher education institutions and how to achieve academic freedom in universities under the auspices of KU President.

Engineering students won second place at the Gulf States level

  • 30-Sep-2017
  • Kuwait University

Dean of College of Engineering and Petroleum at Kuwait University, Dr. Abdullatif Al-Khulaifi, honored the students who won the second place in the scientific research competition at the level of the GCC countries at the second scientific and cultural forum for students in universities and educational institutions of the Arab Gulf Cooperation Council. The winners from the Petroleum Engineering Department were; Nour Al-Otaibi, Shahad Al-Sa'adoun and Maram Al-Zafairi. They participated with their graduation project, which resulted in the production of An oil well ,that has been discontinued since 2013, in a way that has never been implemented in Kuwait, which is the chemical method, where the well produced 300 barrels per day. All project costs were covered during the first four hours of production and the project's profits amounted to approximately KD 450 thousand.

Launching Research Sector Projects Unit RSPU website

  • 30-Sep-2017
  • Kuwait University

Prof. Dr. Saad Makhseed Director of Research Sector Projects Unit - Faculty Science recently launched a new electronic website for the unit, which was designed and developed according to the latest scientific international techniques where all sections of the unit have been restructured and classified on the site to facilitate the user to browse the website. In addition many of the services have been added to users such as fast and easy access for the device form and access to the plant site and the person concerned easily as well as site unit by Google Maps service, and easily upload all forms own labs analysis, as well as the brochure of the unit as PDF formats. Moreover, contact and communicate easily with all administrators and technicians of the units through email or email message text, in addition to the presence of a lot of services on the website such as material testing, consulting, and scientific and laboratory support as well as there is a price list for users from outside of Kuwait University, and other links for services that will make the site more interactive with users, researchers, and more helpful to them.

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