GUST awarded 5th pres­ti­gious ac­cred­i­ta­tion

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Gulf Univer­sity for Science and Tech­nol­ogy an­nounced this week that it has just re­ceived its fifth in­ter­na­tional ac­cred­i­ta­tion, this time for its Mass Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and Me­dia (MCM) De­part­ment from the Amer­i­can Com­mu­ni­ca­tions As­so­ci­a­tion (ACA). The ac­cred­i­ta­tion comes in the form of a con­di­tional ac­cred­i­ta­tion, be­fore a fol­low-up re­view next year con­firms it as a full five-year ac­cred­i­ta­tion.

The ACA is US-based non-profit pro­fes­sional as­so­ci­a­tion, com­mit­ted to en­abling the ef­fec­tive use of new and evolv­ing tech­nolo­gies to fa­cil­i­tate com­mu­ni­ca­tion in­struc­tion, re­search, crit­i­cism, and of­fer a tech­no­log­i­cally sup­port­ive venue for all who study how hu­mans com­mu­ni­cate. The GUST MCM De­part­ment is the first com­mu­ni­ca­tion and me­dia de­part­ment in Kuwait, and one of only seven world­wide to re­ceive an in­ter­na­tional ac­cred­i­ta­tion of this kind.

Pro­fes­sor Don­ald Bates, GUST Pres­i­dent, said, “As a univer­sity, our am­bi­tion to es­tab­lish a strong rep­u­ta­tion is clear. In 15 short years we have earned four full ac­cred­i­ta­tions, and a rank­ing that places us as the 73rd univer­sity out of 971 in the Arab re­gion, which trans­lates into GUST be­ing the num­ber one pri­vate univer­sity in Kuwait. Our mis­sion is to go from strength to strength, and con­tinue to pro­vide our stu­dents with the best ed­u­ca­tional ex­pe­ri­ence pos­si­ble.” This con­di­tional ac­cred­i­ta­tion is a de­mon­stra­tion of the in­ter­na­tional stan­dards at which the de­part­ment op­er­ates. As a tes­ta­ment to the de­part­ment’s ef­forts, it has grown from ap­prox­i­mately 380 stu­dents in 2013 to over 500 today, and fac­ulty num­bers have in­creased cor­re­spond­ingly.

Dur­ing this time, GUST stu­dents have bro­ken a world record for char­i­ta­ble dona­tion col­lec­tions, vol­un­teered in in­ter­na­tional aid work trips through­out Asia, won sec­ond place world­wide in an anti-ex­trem­ism cam­paign judged by Face­book Inc and the US State De­part­ment, con­ducted three na­tional-level stu­dent-fac­ulty col­lab­o­ra­tive con­fer­ences, the most re­cent of which raised over $60,000 for lo­cal chil­dren’s char­i­ties, and have at­tended nu­mer­ous na­tional and in­ter­na­tional events to hone their skills and demon­strate their tal­ents.

Dr Fa­hed Al Su­mait, Head of the GUST MCM De­part­ment, said, “We are very ex­cited to have earned this ac­co­lade. Our fac­ulty and stu­dents have been work­ing ex­tremely hard to en­sure that we cre­ate an at­mos­phere that fos­ters learn­ing and cre­ativ­ity while also hav­ing fun and con­tribut­ing to the broader com­mu­nity and so­ci­ety. The ac­cred­i­ta­tion process has helped us en­hance our qual­ity stan­dards even fur­ther as we strive to be a lead­ing cen­ter for me­dia and com­mu­ni­ca­tion ed­u­ca­tion in Kuwait and the re­gion.”

In ad­di­tion to the new ACA ac­cred­i­ta­tion, GUST also holds ac­cred­i­ta­tions from the Com­mis­sion on English Lan­guage Pro­gram Ac­cred­i­ta­tion (CEA) for its English Foun­da­tion Pro­gram, the Col­lege Read­ing & Learn­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (CRLA) for its Stu­dent Suc­cess Cen­ter, the Ac­cred­i­ta­tion Board for En­gi­neer­ing and Tech­nol­ogy (ABET) for its Com­puter Science Pro­gram, and the AACSBIn­ter­na­tional ac­cred­i­ta­tion for its Col­lege of Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

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