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“Your Success is our Success”,
Professor Ahmed Al Balushi, during his interaction with Level 1 students at the EOP, March 2018.

Caledonian College of Engineering (CCE) organised a 3 day Engineering Orientation programme (EOP) between 5th March and 7th march 2018 to welcome Level 1, both progressing from foundation as well direct entry, students of 3 major programmes namely, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and Built and Natural Environment. The college-wide programme on all three days aimed at orienting the Level 1 students to the great history, well established, student-friendly systems, resources, procedures, policies such as HSE, IT Services, College Portal, Blackboard Learn, CCE Academic Advisory System, Academic Assessment, and Academic Integrity, CCE Student Services, Student Council and also students who had completed Internship in various parts of the world sharing their internship experiences. Facilitators from various departments, both academic and administrative, briefly presented the purpose, activities and resources available at their respective departments. The college-wide programme was facilitated by Mr. Babu Charles Earnest, Senior Lecturer and Mr.Jasim Al Balushi, Deputy Head, Department of Educational and Professional Development.

Dean, Professor Dr. Ahmed Al Balushi shared his words of inspiration

The Dean, Professor Ahmed Hassan Al Balushi met the students on all three days and shared his words of wisdom by congratulating them for having reached to the first year of graduate studies and mentioned the importance of the coming years to graduation by reiterating how these four years of academic life is going to determine their future life. He advised not to be casual and that we need to take extra care of something that is special to us. “What knowledge you gain, what training you acquire in these four years is going to determine your future”, he added and getting a degree for getting a job is common, but what else you need? he requested the students to ponder over. “Dream big and don’t limit yourself to getting degree and a job” he advocated by asking the students “what else can they do in this four years” as after graduation, the opportunities one may find is galore and finding a job is just one of them. He reiterated the idea that the students have to plan their future whilst spending precious four years in the college so that they recognise opportunities, appreciate good ones and make informed choices based on conscious planning effort. To achieve these objectives, the Dean asked the students to explore activities in the college apart from the routine classroom related tasks so as to broaden their horizons to scale higher altitude. The activities that are promoted and the clubs that exist in the college are there for a purpose and students can explore options, exercise their potential, develop so as to have added value after graduation. Today’s workplaces want young engineers to contribute to the development of the company right away and graduates cannot afford to wait for what the company has to tell them. In order to contribute, graduates as students must do lot of reading, engage in hard work which leads to what students do in the class room. “Classroom hand-outs are not the end” he reiterated and advised students to explore, delve deep by searching and acquiring knowledge from other sources. This action will bring the best of potentials in students and practicing it adds more value to it, he passionately mentioned.  He used the metaphor of the gym where more and more exercise improves the muscle tone, like wise participating in all activities, practicing what we have acquired will improve our knowledge. “The more you practice, the better it becomes”…and ”in academia, the more your read and more you research, the better you become…… as it adds more value to you”, he insisted.  Company look for the best and this value makes the graduates the best in the midst of hundreds of graduates who access the opportunities. In order to do that, the Dean insisted that students ”need to build the systems into their selves”  and ask themselves ”what am I going to become after I graduate?”. He summarised his speech by saying the key to success is in reading, and reading beyond the hand-outs as it develops a professional outlook. CCE has every facility to make “your study simple and useful” and forget, stop negative thinking as there is “always a way”, as the college will be very proud to have our graduates in higher positions he passionately voiced out. “Your success is our success”, he proudly reiterated. “We are here not to fail you, your success is our success” he mentioned as he requested the students to take full responsibility for their success.

Mr.Ali Al Ghafri, Student Activities Co-ordinator, Caledonian Student Support Services (CSSS) conducted a very engaging activity to help students understand the various roles , responsibilities, resources and people and services  of CSSS.

The college-wide programme was followed by a department wide programme organised by the respective departments.

Internship students sharing their Internship experiences
Student Council members discussed the purpose, governance and activities of the Council

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