Research Opportunities for Students at AUM
At AUM, the research component is built-in within the learning process. Opportunities for research activities along with the implementation of a Project/Problem based learning approach are fundamental in the courses’ design and attainment of learning outcomes. Accordingly, this ensures that the research dimension at AUM is achieved. Events related to research activities witness a lot of attention at all levels at AUM and are regarded as high events to which significant figures in the related communities might be invited.
AUM Academic Activities
AUM has adopted a unique learning approach where practical learning is emphasized. The academic environment seeks to promote students’ ability to excel with the aim to enhance and promote students’ creativities and innovations through a structured framework. Involvement with professional bodies and promoting unique ideas that have value and impacts on society are the main goals. Each semester an exhibition day is held where students get a chance to showcase their work and participate in related competitions such as math, programming, presentation, marketing, accounting to name a few. Participation in local and international competitions is another aspect AUM focuses on and encourages its faculty and staff to take part in.
AUM Course projects
The project is a core element of all AUM courses where hands-on experience that gives students a chance to solve real-life problems is applied. All projects involve working in teams to reflect real-life work environment and enhance their social and communication skills. Projects include research papers, lag-based experiments, model-building, simulations, case studies, etc.
AUM Graduation Projects
In the College of Business Administration, the capstone project can be best described as a problem-solving project that requires students to apply outstanding analytical skills to practical organizational and community issues. Students are expected to apply knowledge, leadership and problem-solving skills gained during their whole journey at AUM. The capstone project puts to the test the Learner Centered Approach. The particularity of the Strategic Management Capstone Project in contrast with other group projects specified in other courses lies in the strong emphasis on problem-solving and data collection skills. As a matter of fact, this is a solution-based project that requires student involvement in an organization’s activities in order to come up with solid solutions to real-life problems. Expectancies are high regarding the process, the originality and the applicability of solutions suggested.
On the other hand, in the College of Engineering and Technology, the graduation project courses provide learners with opportunities to present their own solutions to engineering problems and enable them to feel confident in carrying out project work within their chosen engineering discipline. The course integrates the knowledge and skills learners have gained throughout their program of study, into a major piece of work that reflects the type of performance expected of an engineer. The project develops the learner’s ability to identify and plan a course of action and follow this through to produce a viable solution/outcome to an agreed specification and timescale. The end result of the project could be an engineering product, device, service or process or a modification to an existing process or product. Below are some examples of AUM pervious successful projects:
1) SWOT Analysis of the Industrial Sector in Kuwait – Proposing a Strategic Plan for the Industrial Development in Kuwait
The project focused on the manufacturing industry in Kuwait. It explored each of the sectors and what kind of services/support they need and which approaches they should follow. Through conducting the SWOT analysis, students gained knowledge about the industrial environment. In a structured framework and based on the SWOT analysis students developed strategic plans/strategies for a number of sectors. By defining the needs of each sector and interpreting how can some of these needs be realized by the universities and research institutes, students got exposed to the topic of collaboration between the industry and academia. The project won First prize in the student contest of the Marine and Offshore Engineering Technology Conference (MOETC 2014) – Kuwait
2) Application of Lean Six Sigma in a Local Hospital
Using Lean Six Sigma (LSS) to reduce variability and therefore waste. The aim was to lower errors, improve processes and patient care in wards, pharmacy, etc. Implementation of Lean six sigma usually results in greater patient satisfaction rates and more productive employees that translate to bottom-line improvement. The project results were implemented in the hospital and the students and faculty involved were honored by the hospital