CDIO Asian Regional Meeting 2021 / Kuwait

“Post Pandemic Higher Education”

26-28 October 2021

The Australian College of Kuwait is looking forward to welcoming you to the Online CDIO Asian Regional Meeting 2021

The annual CDIO Asian Regional Meeting is organized online by the Australian College of Kuwait, Mishref, Kuwait from the 26th to the 28th of October, 2021.

This event is under the patronage of Eng. Omar Ali Mohammad Al-Kandari - Acting Secretary General of the General Secretariat of the Private Universities Council.

The CDIO Asian Regional Meeting 2021 is open to faculty, technologists, graduates and all interested stakeholders who are implementing the CDIO approach. Sessions are also open to those who are willing to discover and learn more about the CDIO initiative in the Asian region.

The CDIO Asian Regional Meeting 2021 provides an excellent opportunity for faculty members and researchers from different countries in the Asian region to share their experiences on the development of the higher education sector; in particular, navigating the challenges imposed by the pandemic with a special focus on how this would reshape the Higher Education landscape in the post pandemic era.

The CDIO Asian Regional Meeting 2021 includes mainly keynote speeches delivered by esteemed contributors to the CDIO initiative, discussion sessions and workshops.


Eng. Omar Ali Mohammad Al-Kandari

Call for participation

The CDIO approach (www.cdio.org) is an innovative educational framework for producing the next generation of engineers. The framework provides students with an education stressing engineering fundamentals set in the context of Conceiving — Designing — Implementing — Operating (CDIO) real‐world systems and products.

CDIO collaborators recognize that an engineering education is acquired through programs of varying lengths and stages in a variety of institutions, and that educators in all parts of this spectrum can learn from practice elsewhere. Several times each year CDIO collaborating institutions, engineering educators and researchers gather to exchange ideas and experiences, review developments, assess and further refine the CDIO approach.

The CDIO Asian Regional Meeting 2021 provides an excellent opportunity for faculty members and researchers from different countries in the Asian region to share their experiences on the development of the higher education sector; in particular, navigating the challenges imposed by the pandemic with a special focus on how this would reshape the Higher Education landscape in the post pandemic era.

The CDIO Asian Regional Meeting 2021 is being organized by the Australian College of Kuwait. It will be held online through keynote speeches delivered by esteemed contributors to the CDIO initiative, discussion sessions, workshops and meetings.

Specific links to join the various sessions of the CDIO Asian Regional Meeting 2021 is provided along with the final program of the meeting.

The Australian College of Kuwait is looking forward to welcoming you to the CDIO Asian Regional Meeting 2021.

Meeting Themes

The general theme of the CDIO Asian Regional Meeting 2021 is:

Post Pandemic Higher Education

With more specific themes that are related, yet not limited to the following:
  • CDIO and Learning Approaches in Engineering Education
  • Innovations in Engineering Education
  • New Assessment Approaches
  • Continuous Improvement of Engineering Education
  • Curriculum Design
  • Educational Leadership and Faculty Development
  • Learning Environments
  • Industry Collaborations
  • Cultural Impacts on CDIO Approach
  • Pandemic and Lessons Learnt in CDIO Approach
  • Distance Learning such as Digital Learning, Blended Learning and E-Learning
  • CDIO Implementation and Challenges within the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) Region
  • GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) Environment and Energy Engineering

Program

October 26 to October 28, 2021  
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM (Kuwait Time: GMT +3)

Day 1
Tuesday, October 26, 2021
  Watch Day 1
9:00 – 9:05 Opening Remarks
9:05 – 9:10 Welcome Speech by Eng. Omar Ali Mohammad Al-Kandari Acting Secretary General of the General Secretariat of the Private Universities Council
9:10 – 9:15 Welcome Note by Prof. Isam Zabalawi President, Australian College of Kuwait, Kuwait
9:15 – 9:20 Welcome Speech by His Excellency Mr. Jonathan Gilbert Australian Ambassador to Kuwait
9:20 – 9:25 Welcome Speech by Mr. Alastair Dawson Vice-President - Global Development at Central Queensland University Australia, Australia
9:25 – 9:30 Welcome Speech by Mr. Louis Field Client Manager - Victoria, Engineers Australia
9:30 – 9:35 Welcome Speech by Dr. Mohammed Abdul Niby Dean, School of Engineering, Australian College of Kuwait, Kuwait
9:35 – 9:45 CDIO Greeting Speech by Ms. Helene Leong Director, Department of Educational Development, Singapore Polytechnic, Singapore. Co-chair of CDIO Asian Region and Singapore Polytechnic’s CDIO representative
9:45 – 10:30 Keynote Speech by Prof. Thomas Ryberg Professor of PBL and digital learning in the Department of Planning, Aalborg University, Denmark Speech Title: “Post pandemic futures for student-driven learning in hybrid learning environments”
10:30 – 10:45 Break
10:45 – 11:20 Keynote Speech by Prof. Clément Fortin Associate Provost, Dean of Education, Professor of Practice, Space Center, Skoltech, Russia Speech Title: “Applying the CDIO model further”
11:20 – 12:00 Keynote Speech by Prof. Mushtak Al-Atabi Provost and CEO, Heriot-Watt University, Malaysia Speech Title: “CDIO and Purpose-Led Engineering”

12:00 – 13:00 CDIO Leaders Meeting IParticipants: CDIO Initiative Members Note: The link to access the CDIO Leaders Meeting I is sent privately to the intended participants.

Day 2
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
  Watch Day 2
9:00 – 9:45 Keynote Speech by Mr. Aldert Kamp Co-director of the CDIO Initiative, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands Speech Title: “Teaching and Learning Beyond What We Have Always Done”
9:45 – 10:30 Keynote Speech by Mr. Robert Songer Associate Professor of Global Information & Management, International College of Technology, Kanazawa, Japan Speech Title: “Passion or Purpose?
Challenges of Student Motivation in the New Normal”
10:30 – 10:45 Break
10:45 – 11:30 Keynote Speech by Prof. Isam Zabalawi President, Australian College of Kuwait, Kuwait Speech Title: “Bringing Research into Learning”
11:30 – 13:00 CDIO Workshop by Ms. Helene Leong Director, Department of Educational Development, Singapore Polytechnic, Singapore. Co-chair of CDIO Asian Region and Singapore Polytechnic’s CDIO representative Mr. Sin-Moh Cheah Lead T&L Specialist, Singapore Polytechnic, Singapore
Day 3
Thursday, October 28, 2021
  Watch Day 3
9:00 – 9:45 Keynote Speech by Dr. Juha Kontio Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Business, Turku University of Applied Sciences, Finland Speech Title: “Educational Leadership And Faculty Development”
9:45 – 10:30 Keynote Speech by Prof. Martin Jaeger Senior Manager of Project Based Learning Center ,Australian College of Kuwait, Kuwait Speech Title: “CDIO and Project Based Learning (PBL)”
10:30 – 10:45 Break
10:45 – 11:30 Keynote Speech by Dr. Suzanne Brink Associate professor at Centre for Educational Development, Umeå University, Sweden Speech Title: “Curriculum Agility and the impact of the pandemic on its bears on the road”
11:30 – 12:00 Closing Remarks by Prof. Isam Zabalawi President, Australian College of Kuwait, Kuwait And Ms. Helene Leong Director, Department of Educational Development, Singapore Polytechnic, Singapore. Co-chair of CDIO Asian Region and Singapore Polytechnic’s, CDIO representative

12:00 – 13:00 CDIO Leaders Meeting II Participants: CDIO Initiative Members Note: The link to access the CDIO Leaders Meeting I is sent privately to the intended participants.

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Thomas Ryberg

Professor of PBL and digital learning in the Department of Planning, Aalborg University, Denmark

Prof. Clément Fortin

 c.fortin@skoltech.ru Associate Provost, Dean of Education, Professor of Practice Space Center, Skoltech ,Russia

Prof. Mushtak Al-Atabi

Provost and CEO, Heriot-Watt University, Malaysia

Mr. Aldert Kamp

 me@aldertkamp.nl Co-director of the CDIO Initiative, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands

Mr. Robert Songer

 rsonger@neptune.kanazawa-it.ac.jp Associate Professor of Global Information & Management, International College of Technology, Kanazawa, Japan

Prof. Isam Zabalawi

 i.zabalawi@ack.edu.kw President, Australian College of Kuwait, Kuwait

Dr. Juha Kontio

 juha.kontio@turkuamk.fi Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Business, Turku University of Applied Sciences, Finland

Prof. Martin Jaeger

 m.jaeger@ack.edu.kw Senior Manager of Project Based Learning Center, Australian College of Kuwait, Kuwait

Dr. Suzanne Brink

Associate professor at Centre for Educational Development, Umeå University, Sweden

Workshop Facilitators

Mr. Sin-Moh Cheah

 cheah_sin_moh@sp.edu.sg Lead T&L Specialist, Singapore Polytechnic, Singapore

Ms. Helene Leong

 helene_leong@sp.edu.sg Director, Department of Educational Development, Singapore Polytechnic, Singapore. Co-chair of CDIO Asian Region and Singapore Polytechnic’s, CDIO representative

AUSTRALIAN COLLEGE OF KUWAIT

Established in 2004, the Australian College of Kuwait (ACK) is one of the first private universities in Kuwait. The College is an institute for learning and research that provides higher education in a transformative environment while continuing to enhance student, faculty, and staff experience. We build on our reputation for excellence in teaching by expanding our academic atmosphere and encouraging research and innovation. Courses of study are available at diploma and bachelor degree levels and in specializations within Engineering, Business, Aviation and Maritime studies.

Through the years, ACK has established extensive international links and close relationships with academic institutions, business, and industry. Our programs are designed in collaboration with the industry and enjoy accreditation by esteemed professional bodies.

ACK offers a personalized approach to learning where each student has an academic advisor who is available for scholastic and career guidance. At the same time, ACK places particular importance on the overall College experience. Accordingly, a wide range of sporting and club activities are available so that students can pursue their hobbies and interests and establish lifelong friendships.

The experiential model of learning at ACK enables students to graduate not only with academic knowledge but also with workplace related skills and attitude so they are job ready. Project Based Learning (PBL) and Conceive, Design, Implement and Operate (CDIO) are proven methods of learning whereby students work in teams or individual projects to research an industry or business issue and then develop strategies, processes and products as solutions. Local and international internships create the opportunity for students to work alongside existing staff and gain first-hand experience in their desired career field.

At ACK, the focus is on laying the foundations for future success in a lifelong learning environment.

ACK’s CDIO Approach

The Australian College of Kuwait (ACK) was founded as an institution of experiential learning. Our overarching goal is to combine the experimental, technological, and theoretical dimensions of learning in order to equip graduates with attributes necessary to join the national or regional work force, to become self-employed entrepreneurs or pursue graduate studies.

Collaboration with the Kuwait National Fund

for Small and Medium Enterprise Development for engineering project incubation and support for students who have designed projects and invented new technologies that can benefit the community

ACK Annual SME/Entrepreneurship Competition

for both business and engineering students to encourage innovation, entrepreneurial ideas and multi-disciplinary exchange (attended and judged by key members of industry)

International student tours

that include the Engineers Without Borders Australia Humanitarian Engineering Design Summit, International Innovation and Entrepreneurship Tour and Australia Educational Tour

Joint faculty and student research projects

with engagement from the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) and the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR)

Successful team projects

utilising the CDIO approach and Project Based Learning embedded into its various curricula

Active encouragement

for all engineering and business students to complete an Innovation and Entrepreneurship Unit

ACK Internship Program

developed through close collaboration and formal agreements with industry in Kuwait

School of Engineering Graduation Projects Exhibition

attended and judged by key members of industry

Weekly presentations from members of industry

local and international guest speakers