Faculty training with ABET-USA completed
At the onset of the new academic year, the university through its Faculty Development Office, organized training for all faculty members handling engineering and computer science programmes in coordination with specialists from Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET), USA.
Centering on program assessment based on outcomes-based education, faculty participants were trained in various strategies to gauge students’ knowledge and skills and to provide for continual teaching and learning improvement. This pedagogical approach allows students to be driven by outcomes that can be manifested in their knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes. Students are expected to be more responsible for their own learning, hence increased involvement in the classroom activities and assessments.
With the drive to be a leading university in business, science, and technology, and in response to the global multiple transitions of the corporate world, the students are taught and guided to seek newer skills and innovations to propel their careers further.
Students rock in different competitions
Students from the different colleges have been bagging recognition and awards in various competitions locally, regionally, and globally through the mentorship of experienced professors in relative fields.
To mention, engineering students have hooked ranks in the World Robot Olympiad, IET GCC Robotics Challenge, Huawei ICT Competition and recently, the Huawei Seeds for the Future Program 2020. Computer science students have made the university proud in Huawei ICT Skills Competition, Hackathon, First Programming Competition, and Bahrain Collegiate Programming Competition. Business students participated in TradeQuest (TQ) Program to simulate competitive financial operations.
At present, the university aims to develop new and more opportunities for students to meet the demands of the digital world and beyond.
Nawal Khaleem Khan, a mechatronics engineering student, topped the Huawei Seeds for the Program 2020 among other students in Bahrain.
College of Engineering team with His Highness Sheik Kalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa during the World Robot Olympiad 2019 local round awarding ceremony
Waleed Yousef Al Busmait, a COE student together with two students from other universities, ranked third in Huawei ICT Competition Global Final in Shenzhen, China on May 25-26, 2019. Prior to the final round, Waleed and his team bagged the second place in the Huawei ICT Competition Middle East in China.
College of Engineering students bagged the 3rd and 4th places in the regional round of the 3rd GCC Robotics Challenge held in April 2018
Computer science and engineering students topped the local level competition and qualified for the national level for the first ever Huawei ICT Skill Competition Middle East 2017.
World Robot Olympiad Competition 2016 in India
Advance HE-UK recognises more faculty members
More and more faculty members have gained the recognition of Senior Fellowship and Fellowship from Advance HE – UK, formerly Higher Education Academy (HEA) after successful demonstration and qualification to UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching and learning support in higher education.
Dr. Anupama Prasanth – Dean of College of Computer Science; and Dr. Beda Aleta – Dean of College of Engineering, are in view that this award will motivate them to do even more in demonstrating effective approaches to teaching and learning support toward high quality student learning. It also is a consolidation of personal development and manifestation of professional practice in their higher education career.
Earlier, Dr. Noaman Mohammad Noaman, Dr. Husham Ahmed, Dr. Lina Calucag, Dr. Suzette Valdez, Dr. Priyanka Surendran, Dr. Manolo Anto, and Dr. Jayendira Sankar were also recognized as Senior Fellows.
Dr. Jeena Ann John, Ms. Ezra A. Aziz Ahmed, Ms. Mariam Al Salman, and Ms. Fatema Hasan, the Document Center Control Supervisor – all faculty members of the College of Administrative and Financial Sciences, were awarded fellowship. They regard that such recognition is an opportunity to grow more and to be motivated to continue great work.
There are other faculty members who are in the process of their fellowship application.
Virtual round table discussion premiered
Student representatives from the different programmes and organizations invited student panelists from France, Malaysia, and UAE for a virtual round table discussion primarily to network, collaborate, and create meaningful conversations about their university student life amidst the COVID-19 global disruptions.
Dr. Hasan Almulla addressed the student panelists and attendees. In his words, “The COVID-19 has brought significant challenges and huge social and economic impact across all sectors, and that technology has to play. The transition to online mode of learning has allowed institutions to cross borders, making the world much smaller for everyone.” He added that even though this difficult time has disrupted almost everything, it has undoubtedly presented opportunities for a new thinking on the provision of higher education , specifically in teaching, learning and research. He expressed his excitement for students from different countries, and cultures coming together to discuss current issues in education and to reflect on their personal experiences as learners in challenging and innovative learning environment.
The student panelists were Matthieu Brice and Maxime Beriot from France; Abdul Wahab Usman Ullah from Malaysia; Dana Alkurdi from Saudi Arabia; and Nawal Khan, Ayman Alshaikh, and Mohammad Umar from Bahrain. Other than the meet-and-greet agendum, they talked about their interests, realizations, and experiences in their academic journey relating to their programme of study, discussed coping mechanisms with the current mode of learning in the completion of their courses, shared career development plans after graduation from university, and extended inspiration to other students especially to incoming university students on which degree programmes to take up. There were relatively interesting questions from the attendees and were answered enthusiastically by the student panelists.
Nawal Kaleem Khan moderated the discussion for having confluent experiences being an active student of Bachelor of Science in Mechatronics Engineering, and the topnotcher of Huawei’s Seeds for the Future Program 2020 in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
New president welcomed
The university is honoured to welcome Dr. Hasan Almulla as the new president.
A PhD holder from The University of Edinburgh-UK, Dr. Hasan Almulla has significant experience in leading higher education institutions. To mention, he was part of the team that established Bahrain Polytechnic (Bahrain Technical College) where he later became the Deputy Chief Executive for Academic Affairs. After leaving Bahrain Polytechnic, he briefly became the Vice President for Administration and External Relations at the Royal University for Women.
Dr. Hasan Almulla envisions transforming the University to become one of the leading higher education institutions in Bahrain and beyond. With an ambitious new brand and strategic direction, supported by the Board of Directors, he aims to strengthen the university’s ranking, programme offerings and expansion that cater to the needs of the fast-changing global society and are aligned to labour market demands, entrepreneurial capacity, functional applied research, technology-adept teaching and learning, and foremost producing graduates with essential 21st century skills that would enhance their employability and mobility locally, regionally and internationally.