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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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 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.

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 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

The Center of Continuing Education (CCE) Graduates Its Second Class of the Executive Mini-MBA Certificate Program

  • 02-Nov-2017
  • American University Of Kuwait

The Center of Continuing Education (CCE) at AUK held a graduation ceremony for the professionals who have completed the Executive Mini-MBA Certificate Program in October 2017. This annual flagship program was launched successfully in November 2016, in collaboration with a management consulting firm, which delivered the program with experts in the fields of business, leadership, and finance. The 5-day program offers professionals in the executive and management levels an intensive and comprehensive understanding of key areas within the business environment, such as strategic planning, marketing, and human resources, whereby they gain the business skills offered in a traditional MBA program. "Though a Mini-MBA is not a traditional MBA, you do get solid knowledge during a continuing education program, excellent networking connections, a certificate from an accredited university and more," explained Buthaina AlKhubaizi, Director of CCE. The program employs techniques and methodologies that are typically covered in MBA programs, while utilizing the David Kolb Experiential Cycle learning model, which involves heavy emphasis on practice, simulations, role-plays, case studies and videotaping exercises drawn from real work situations. The modules covered in the course were conducted by instructors who are experts in the different business domains. In partnering with local and international institutions, CCE will launch modular certificate programs in business operations and strategic planning, marketing strategies, and human resources for intermediate and advanced levels in the future. About CCE CCE was established in 2004 and, in addition to offering language courses in Arabic, English, French and Spanish, offers an array of courses and workshops aimed to assist in the personal and professional development of individuals and groups within the public and private sectors. Course offerings are specifically tailored to meet the needs of their clients, whether they are independent groups or corporations.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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