GUST launches cen­ter for teach­ing, learn­ing, and re­search

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Gulf Univer­sity for Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy (GUST) an­nounced yes­ter­day the launch of the Cen­ter for Teach­ing and Learn­ing Re­search (CTLR), in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Kuwait Foun­da­tion for the Ad­vance­ment of Sci­ences (KFAS). The launch kicked off a series of math, sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy work­shops with the Queen Ra­nia Teacher Academy, Jor­dan.

The open­ing cer­e­mony hosted As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of Aca­demic and Stu­dent Af­fairs at the Pri­vate Univer­si­ties Coun­cil, Dr Ne­bal Bouresli, As­sis­tant Un­der­sec­re­tary to the Min­is­ter of State for Youth Af­fairs, Me­shal Al Subaiee, Di­rec­tor of Sci­en­tific Cul­ture Direc­torate at KFAS, Dr Salam Al-Ablani, Di­rec­tor of the Na­tional Cen­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion Devel­op­ment, Dr Sabeeh Al-Mukhaizeem, GUST Pres­i­dent, Pro­fes­sor Don­ald Bates, as well as both pri­vate and pub­lic school ad­min­is­tra­tors, prin­ci­pals and teach­ers, Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion su­per­vi­sors, among oth­ers.

GUST Pres­i­dent, Pro­fes­sor Don­ald Bates, said ‘With the launch of CTLR, we con­tinue to grow as an aca­demic and com­mu­nity leader. Col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­forts to give back to our com­mu­nity and build con­nec­tions, whether from within the coun­try or abroad, are key to the growth and devel­op­ment of our pro­grams and univer­sity, and as such, we are very proud to be work­ing with es­teemed in­sti­tu­tions such as KFAS and QRTA.’

At­ten­dees will par­tic­i­pate in hands-on bilin­gual work­shops in math pre­sented by Queen Ra­nia Teacher Academy, un­der such top­ics as Cal­cu­lus: Rate of Change & Func­tions by Dr Muad Al-Shiyyab, and Ge­om­e­try: Pla­tonic Solids by Ka­mal Lahlouh. At­ten­dees will also have the op­por­tu­nity to at­tend sci­ence work­shops fo­cused on prob­lem based learn­ing, and tech­nol­ogy work­shops by Dr Mo­ham­mad Yas­sine from GUST, and Dr Nouf Al-Wadi from Wash­ing­ton, DC.

Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of KFAS, Dr Ad­nan Ah­mad Shi­hab Eldin, said ‘The at­ten­dance of our teach­ers from the pub­lic and pri­vate schools of Kuwait to these events re­flects a cre­ative and ded­i­cated com­mu­nity in which ed­u­ca­tors can col­lab­o­rate and ex­change in­for­ma­tion.’The pri­mary goal of the work­shops is to help fa­cil­i­tate the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the new math and sci­ence cur­ric­ula by of­fer­ing pub­lic and pri­vate school teach­ers high qual­ity work­shops in those ar­eas as well as the use of tech­nol­ogy.

As part of the CTLR, the Us­tath CafÈ will be cre­ated as an on­line teach­ers’ fo­rum funded by KFAS, to sup­port math and sci­ence teach­ers across the coun­try. The Us­tath CafÈ will be a spe­cial­ized por­tal through which teach­ers and other ed­u­ca­tors can work on and share pro­fes­sional teach­ing meth­ods and ex­pe­ri­ences. The fo­rum is de­signed around the fol­low­ing top­ics: Learn­ing Strate­gies, Eval­u­a­tion, Cur­ricu­lum, Ed­u­ca­tional Op­er­a­tions, Stu­dents, and Re­search. CTLR fur­ther ce­ment’s GUST as a lead­ing in­sti­tu­tion for higher ed­u­ca­tion in Kuwait that sup­ports and con­trib­utes to its com­mu­nity.

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