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ACK Graduation Ceremony
- 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.”
Fingerprint Good for Volunteer Work Club honors Prof. Al-Humoud
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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”
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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)
- 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).