Delegation from Sudan Embassy to Kuwait visits AOU
A delegation from the Embassy of Sudan to Kuwait, comprised of the Ambassador Omar Tatay, and the Embassy Counsellor Al-Sadq Yousef in addition to a number of officials, visited the Headquarters of the Arab Open University (AOU). The meeting was held in presence of Dr. Mohammad Ali Mirghani, Acting AOU President, Prof. Marwan Al-Akaidi, Vice President of the Academic Affairs, Prof. Asherf Hussein, Acting Vice President of the Learning and Technology Information affaires, in addition to Deans and Managers and from the AOU Kuwait Branch, Dr. Naif Al-Mutiri, the Director of the branch and Thakryat Al-Thyab, the Public Relations Manager.The aim of the meeting was to introduce the AOU academic systems, branches and developmental objectives to the delegation.
Dr. Mirghani stressed on the keenness of the University on achieving the standards of total quality, explaining the functions of the Quality Department at AOU as it has ongoing follow-up to achieve those standards and the best relevant practices. The integration of quality system made AOU one of the pioneering universities in the blended learning approach at the regional level, said Dr. Mirghani.
On his part, Prof. Marwan briefed on the AOU academic programmes, affirming the keenness of the University on operating in Sudan where the MBA programme would be delivered shortly in addition to graduate programmes. The AOU Sudan branch had achieved tangible efforts in training, and new programmes, such as Engineering and Law, would be offered there to meet the labor market needs in Sudan, Prof. Marwan pointed out.
Dr. Naif Al-Mutiri said that AOU has a unique educational system, which is seen as an educational revolution, and a main facilitator to the traditional education. He demonstrated that the annual admission of large numbers of students in the AOU branches reflects how this educational system has been accepted by the Arab communities.He noted, "for instance, the AOU Kuwait Branch's maximum capacity of the student seats is eight thousand, and the total seats number is 30 thousand in all the AOU branches. This reflects the increasing need of the Arab communities to this educational system."
Prof. Ahmad Majdoba, Dean of the Language Studies Faculty, explained that the relationship between AOU and its partner the Open University in the UK is close and solid as AOU applies all accreditation requirements of its programmes, indicating there are external examiners and unified examination mechanics among all the AOU branches.
On his part, Prof. Asherf Hussien pointed out that AOU enjoys an integrated technical and electronic infrastructure serving its objectives and educational system.
After that, the Ambassador cherished the efforts and developmental aspirations of the University, lauding its infrastructure and its facilities that help AOU to be ranked among the top universities in the region. He also stressed on the willingness of the embassy to offer all support needed by the AOU Sudan Branch, valuing the efforts exerted by AOU and its management in providing opportunities of acquiring knowledge to all community sectors.
At the end of the meeting, Ali Al-Qallaf conveyed the greetings of Pro. Moudi Al-Humoud, President of the University, to the visitors, and her best wishes to all efforts that strengthen the ties with all relevant bodies and institutions, underlining the keenness of the AOU Management on keeping close ties with all embassies located in Kuwait, the base of AOU-HQ. Then, a documentary film was displayed tracing the development stages of the University. Then, the delegation toured the AOU Kuwait Branch to look at its facilities and services in addition to the smart classrooms.