Bahrain Polytechnic and Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) held a virtual meeting to discuss ways of cooperation between the two sides in many areas such as applied research, student exchange programs, and training opportunities.
The meeting included Dr. Reem Albuainain – Acting CEO of the Polytechnic, Ms. Ema Janahi – Director of Academic Development, Sh. Khaled bin Khalifa Al Khalifa – Director of Student Affairs, Abdulridha Dismal – Career and Employment Center Manager, Mike Murphy – Director of TU Dublin, along with several representatives from TU Dublin.
Acting CEO of the Polytechnic, Dr. Reem Albuainain, stated that the Polytechnic seeks to enhance the international experience for its students, as part of its strategic plan 2020-24, by working with global higher education institutions. She added that the Polytechnic will greatly benefit from the experience of international universities as it would help develop its academic curricula. Additionally, the student exchange programs will help enhance the learning experience of its graduates who will be able to adapt and work with different cultures.
She added: “Within the framework of the Polytechnic’s endeavors to ensure the readiness of its students and graduates to work and meet the requirements of the local, regional and international labor market, we explored ways of collaboration with TU Dublin in order to provide student exchange program opportunities that would enable its students to graduate with international skills. Additionally, TU Dublin is a renowned university when it comes to research, and our academic staff will highly benefit from this experience as they will gain valuable insight into a particular subject area which can then be implemented in our curriculum.” She added that all these initiatives are in line with Bahrain’s 2030 Vision and the National Labor Market Plan 2021-23, which aims to make citizens the best choice for employment in the labor market.
It is important to note that a group of Bahrain Polytechnic students had previously participated in the “Virtual Sustainability Summer School” program organized by TU Dublin in partnership with a number of international universities. The Polytechnic is keen to collaborate with various local, regional, and international institutions to enhance the learning experience of its students through internships, projects, and summer schools. One notable example is the student exchange program which was conducted with HYBRIA Institute of Business & Technologies in France.