Everyone’s personal notion of an ideal university experience is different. However, most experts agree that a well-rounded education is key for developing both social and educational prowess. At the Australian College of Kuwait, you can rest assured that your ambition for a successful career path, as well as gaining the tools to embark on a challenging professional career, is secured.
For both Aljazi Al-Ajmi and Yassir Khaled, their passion for engineering was nurtured and grown at ACK. Upon their graduation, they both secured senior positions at prestigious establishments in Kuwait. Join us for a sit-down with these inspirational engineers as they tell us about their ACK experience, and how their degrees taught them about the challenging world of engineering, life’s most important skills, and so much more.
Hello! Please introduce yourself to our readers, and tell us why you decided to pursue a degree at the ACK School of Engineering?
Alijazi Al-Aimi (AA): I graduated from the School of Engineering at the Australian College of Kuwait (ACK) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. I am currently working at Kuwait Oil Company (KOC). ACK’s School of Engineering offered me an innovative and well-developed curriculum, which coincided with my vision and objectives. Furthermore, the School of Engineering appealed to me more than other institution because of its diverse student body and vibrant campus life.
Yassir Khaled (YK): I graduated from ACK in 2012. I’m a hardworking, motivated individual who strives to continuously learn and improve my skills and knowledge in multiple areas. After moving back from Canada to my family in Kuwait, a couple of my cousins who were ACK students suggested that I pursue a degree from ACK for my future.
Can you tell us more about your experience at the ACK School of Engineering? What specialty of Engineering did you decide to pursue?
AA: My experience at ACK is one that I will cherish and remember forever. ACK quickly became my second home. I have built long lasting friendships with my classmates and faculty members, which is very essential to any student. At ACK I received a lot of knowledge and developed skills in my field of study, transforming me from a student into a professional ready to go after my ambitious future goals. I pursued my education at ACK as a Mechanical Engineer, giving me the opportunity to tap into a vast range of job opportunities.
YK: I decided to pursue the Bachelor’s of Petroleum Engineering. ACK is a lively college, which has a different culture compared to other universities. The instructors were close to the students and very supportive; it was a mutual friendly relationship which allowed us to succeed in our paths.
How has the ACK School of Engineering helped you to follow your passion?
AA: The School of Engineering at ACK helped me truly understand engineering and what it means to be a professional, reliable engineer. I also developed problem solving and public speaking skills, which have proven to be valuable to my career. Also, ACK’s Project Based Learning method showed me how to apply what I learned in the classroom to the field of engineering.
YK: I was looking forward to becoming a Petroleum Engineer from the beginning, and it was a total coincidence that I found ACK offers this amazing opportunity to start my practical and hands-on education.
Where did your degree from ACK take you in your career?
AA: I am proudly employed at KOC, holding the position of Planning Engineer.
YK: It got me hired in one of the top three oil service companies in the world, Baker Hughes. I would like to give a special thank you to Miss Deema and the Alumni team for continuously supporting us, especially after we had graduated and were searching for job opportunities.
How did the degree prepare you for the real-life business world?
AA: The skills gained from my time attending ACK’s School of Engineering has made me stand out among my peers. Values are what really matter and that’s what I got from ACK. The values I have been taught, the obstacles I have overcome and the degree I’ve received have prepared me to compete with anyone, anywhere.
YK: It equipped me with the necessary knowledge and tools needed to step into a competitive environment and dealing with the latest technologies. I was able to build upon that and excel at what I do.
How do your colleagues at work perceive your education and degree from ACK?
AA: At my current work place, my colleagues see me as a peer with equivalent standards of education, however the various and practical skills gained from ACK have sparked the interest of my workmates.
YK: I work in Baker Hughes, which is an oil service company operating in over 80 countries with around 60,000 employees worldwide. We provide innovation and technology to oil companies around the world. Several of my work colleagues are also ACK graduates, and we’re all known to be competitive and aim to improve our gained experience and knowledge with each passing day.
For interested School of Engineering students, would you advise them to attend ACK? If yes, why would you recommend ACK?
AA: I highly recommend ACK’s School of Engineering because only at ACK a student is equipped with the proper skills, knowledge and education that are needed to continue thereafter in their career.
YK: Definitely! ACK offers degrees that make students better equipped and prepared for a challenging career.