Message from the Chairman Shaikh Hisham bin Abdulaziz Al Khalifa

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I am delighted to highlight a summary of achievements of Bahrain Polytechnic for the past two years during 2012 to 2014.

In the time since Bahrain Polytechnic was established in 2008, it has grown rapidly and now boasts around 2000 students across eight programme areas, ranging in level from certificate to degree. Over that time staff numbers have also grown and the range of roles has expanded as the teaching and learning activities have became more specialised and demanding at the higher levels of delivery within degrees.

The Board has also established a Technical Committee to look after the core business of teaching and learning, ensuring that Polytechnic Programmes meet the rigorous standards established by the National Authority of Qualifications and Quality Assurance for Education and Training (QQA). The QQA’s Institutional Review Report of January 2012 noted Bahrain Polytechnic’s strong commitment to quality education and to meeting industry needs in Bahrain.

The Polytechnic has laid solid foundations and is making considerable progress in achieving its Vision and Mission of graduating skilled Bahrainis that can meet the growth in demand for professionals within the current labour market, as well as meeting the needs of emerging industries as the Kingdom’s economy diversifies.

Going forward the Board of Trustees will continue to work closely with the Polytechnic’s executive management to build on the foundation of systems, policies and plans established in the last two years. We will continue to work together to achieve high levels of success and ultimately the realisation of the Polytechnic’s Vision and Mission.

Shaikh Hisham bin Abdulaziz Al Khalifa,

Chairman of Bahrain Polytechnic’s Board of Trustees

Message from the CEO ACEO Dr Mohamed AL Aseeri

Having been given the opportunity to join the Polytechnic as Deputy CEO in 2011, and Acting CEO in 2012, it has been a privilege to work with the professional, dedicated and creative people who make up the community of learners; both the staff and students of Bahrain Polytechnic. Furthermore, the guidance provided by the Minister of Education, HE Dr Majed bin Ali Alnoaimi, and the commitment of the Board Members has been invaluable, whose efforts have led to the achievements highlighted in the Bahrain Polytechnic Annual report.

In 2013, Bahrain Polytechnic made an application for institutional listing on Bahrain’s Qualifications Framework for four of its qualifications, as part of a national pilot overseen by the Qualifications and Quality Assurance Authority (QQA). The institutional listing process required a peer review of our Academic Quality Management System. Getting our Qualifications listed on the National Framework, alongside the international peer validations implemented in preparation for professional body accreditations of our programmes, provided stakeholders with very strong assurances of Bahrain Polytechnic’s academic quality.

Underpinned by the values of Excellence, Learning and Innovation, Bahrain Polytechnic’s newly approved Vision is to become a “World class provider of applied Higher Education”, ensuring that students develop technical knowledge and skills in their chosen discipline, as well as the broader employability skills required to deliver on our mission of producing “Professional and Enterprising Graduates with the 21st Century Skills Necessary for the Needs of the Community Locally, Regionally and Internationally”.

Reports from external audit agencies and a number of stakeholders in industry, business and government, many of whom are prospective employers with major influence, have confirmed the Polytechnic is providing quality education through its programmes, delivering on its promise of work-ready graduates and meeting the industry needs in Bahrain.

Bahrain Polytechnic engages with stakeholders through the activities of Curriculum Advisory Committees who continuously provide feedback on the changing needs of the labour market, which are then reflected in our curricula. They also provide feedback on students’ performance on work experience during industry co-operative projects and plans are in place to also ask them to evaluate our graduates as employees after six months in the job.

On behalf of the students and staff, I would like to reassure that the Polytechnic has laid solid foundations and is making considerable progress in achieving its Vision and Mission. We will continue to work together to see the Polytechnic grow from strength to strength.

Dr. Mohamed E. Al-Aseeri

Acting Chief Executive Officer

Major Highlights of 2012-2014 Annual Report

Each year we pause to reflect on the impact Bahrain Polytechnic have made on the lives of our students, community, and and the Kingdom through its contribution to supporting the social and economic development in the Kingdom of Bahrain, in line with its 2030 Vision.

The next section contains highlights of academic and corporate progress during 2012 to 2014.

Bahrain Polytechnic Facts

Bahrain Polytechnic Students

  • Student involvement in co-curricular activities was high, as 1,022 students were participants or volunteered in BPSC events.
  • From the graduate survey, 85% of recent graduates are now employed.
  • From the graduate survey, 89% of respondents believe their educational programme met their expectations, 83% would recommend the Polytechnic to others, and 80% reported that their education was relevant to their career goals.
  • Bahrain Polytechnic unique course-level assessment framework specifies and measures outcomes in nearly every course and programme for each student. And, we use these data to improve our curriculum content and design.
  • With an average class size of 18, faculty can work individually with each student.

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