On Tuesday, November 22, delegation from Kuwait visited Cape Breton University to discuss the expansion of a pre-existing partnership between CBU and the Australian College of Kuwait (ACK).
CBU and ACK originally entered into partnership in 2009, based on CBU’s Bachelor of Engineering Technology (BET) degree. When the partnership was first founded, CBU acted as a mentor to ACK, helping the Kuwaiti partners implement a duplicate BET program on ACK’s campus. David McCorquodale, Professor of Biology and Dean of Science & Technology, says this relationship is comparable to St. Francis Xavier’s mentorship to CBU (then St. Francis Xavier Junior College) in the 1950’s.
After implementing CBU’s BET degree, ACK saw their first graduating class from the BET program in 2012. Since then, ACK has had five graduating classes with 276 graduates, and as ACK’s campus matures and expands, so does the partnership between ACK and CBU.
“As ACK matures we move to an endorsement model,” says McCorquodale. “This allows ACK to be more autonomous and modify the program to suit the needs of ACK students.”
Previously, ACK students were taught under CBU’s BET structure, and after graduating, received a CBU degree. Under the new endorsement model, CBU will continue to provide mentorship to ACK, but ACK will begin to develop the BET program to better suit Kuwait’s environmental, needs. Like CBU, however, ACK will continue to focus on hands-on learning and readying students for roles within the work force.
The new partnership agreement also aims to bring about collaboration between the two institutions on research, entrepreneurial projects, information and idea sharing. For example, while in Cape Breton, the delegation met with CBU’s Entrepreneur in Residence, Permjot Valia, and Darren MacDonald, Manager of the Island Sandbox to discuss entrepreneurship and Mentor Camp.
“For more than five years I have worked with the capable faculty of ACK,” says McCorquodale. “In this time I have seen first hand the growth of ACK and look forward to broader collaborations in the future.”
To learn more about ACK visit the Australian College of Kuwait website.