- Please share a brief background of your innovations
University of Technology Bahrain (UTB) marks 20 years of establishment with a fresh push towards further development. Dr. Hasan Almulla, President of UTB, spoke about the key developments that are currently being executed including upgrading the entire university campus including classrooms, labs, sports facilities, and university restaurants and library, as well as launching new academic programs that are relevant to the demands of the labor market, intensified faculty and staff development, optimized institutional infrastructure, and expanded international linkages. He is of the view that these developments will set a new direction, new heights, and new achievements for the university, hence ensuring students’ success and developing graduates who are sought-after in the marketplace.
- How was it planned?
With the university’s vision to contribute to the advancement and application of knowledge and to have a transformative impact on the lives of learners and society, UTB believes that by instilling solid foundations of technology, it will advance the discovery and application of knowledge that will increase economic growth and development. Moreover, it reflects the university’s core mission, which has been redefined to prepare students for careers in cutting-edge fields like technology, science, and business.
- Did you face any challenges in implementation?
Challenges are vast and these are merely a driving force for UTB to continue to play a key role in economic development through excellence in teaching and learning, research, and market-relevant programs to prepare and support its graduates to succeed in the future workforce, drive innovation and entrepreneurship, deliver excellence, and make an impact in the world.
- A brief assessment of your results
UTB is a university of technology that is dedicated to enhancing the economic, social, and cultural prosperity of our communities. Student success, contribution to society, high-impact research, and innovation measure our success. The university commits to high-quality teaching and learning, research, innovation, and the dissemination of knowledge. As a university, we are committed to fostering inclusiveness, a multicultural environment, honesty, and fairness.
- In hindsight, what were the most valuable lessons learned? Could things have been done differently?
As a provider of market-oriented programs such as Bachelor of Science in Mechatronics Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Informatics Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Bachelor of Science in Business Informatics, Bachelor of Science in International Business, and Master of Business Administration, and with the opening of new programs like Bachelor of Environmental Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology in three majors – Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence, Networking and Cybersecurity, and Applications Development, and International Foundation Year (IFY) program in collaboration with Northern Consortium of United Kingdom (NCUK), UTB stresses on the importance of using modern technology to achieve constant development of teaching and learning considering that the global economy is dependent on technological innovations, business opportunities, market trends at large and a number of startups are booming to date.