Dr. Ibrahim Idris Falqi
Office location: A/1/111
Extension: 7318 (Secretary: 7942)
It is gratifying that the staff of the Faculty of Engineering approach their institution’s vision and goals from their respective fields of specialisation. We, teaching staff, technicians, and administrators, work in unison to produce highly qualified graduates who are committed to the ethics of their profession and whose capacity and skill will represent an added value to their prospective institutions. To achieve its goals, the Faculty has been adopting the following three major guiding principles and strategies.
First and foremost, the Faculty of Engineering has succeeded in creating an unconventional learning environment where knowledge is sought, shared, and developed and where initiative is encouraged and valued among staff and students alike. Students, upon engaging in any learning process, are encouraged to be inquisitive when attending workshops, having access to laboratories, and using electronic resources. The major principle that all faculty members adhere to is: who benefits most from knowledge is he who shares it with others; and, as knowledge management specialists say: mastering knowledge results from teaching it. In our quest for satisfying our curiosity, we have done away with the compartmentalisation of knowledge imposed by each department’s specialism, but we have observed the organisational structure of the Faculty in our administrative dealings. Indeed, the Faculty of Engineering gives all its students, irrespective of the department they are enrolled in, the opportunity to develop their professional skills further through various training activities that aim at enhancing their competencies in taking part in job interviews, writing their resumes, and participating in the faculty training programmes which seek to broaden their cognitive capacities and refine their specialised and professional competencies.
Second, the Faculty has been engaged in a cyclic review of its teaching curricula because it holds the firm belief that engineering is a fast changing science and that the work market for engineers requires that they be up-to-date with changes and progress. For this reasons, we have been engaged, within the confines of the university rules and regulations, in keeping abreast with the latest developments by introducing small, but when necessary significant, amendments to our curricula. We have also made sure that these amendments in the curricula are operationally effective through field visits and fieldwork because we are convinced that such activities bring theory and practice closer together.
Third, the Faculty has been engaged in reinforcing its openness to the outside world. We believe that every judicious interaction the Faculty of Engineering undertakes with other institutions yields mutual benefits for both parties. By adopting a win-win strategy, our Faculty has succeeded in signing partnership contracts with various companies and faculties, and it is determined to continue to do so. These contracts aim at identifying job opportunities for graduates, exchanging knowledge and skills, developing staff understanding of the market needs, and serving the community.
Dr. Ibrahim Idris A Falqi