The ICT students of Bahrain Polytechnic can fully take advantage of the new ‘ICT Innovation Lab’ after the opening ceremony took place at the campus.
The lab provides students with a dedicated area in which they can work on their ICT projects and facilitate the delivery of innovative solutions to real world problems.
Students have access to a range of technologies including a cloud environment, servers, databases, virtual reality headsets, Raspberry Pi computer development boards, tablets, phones and gaming consoles, all of which can be used in these projects. The ceremony brought industrial partners from around Bahrain to witness the opening of the lab, where students also have the opportunity to work with companies to develop software tailored to their needs.
Dr. Mohamed Al-Aseeri, Acting CEO, believes practical learning is the new age of education, where students will get hands-on experience even before they graduate. “The problem-based learning approach is the key here,” stated the Acting CEO, which did the honors of cutting the ribbon to open the lab. “The executive management and Board of Trustees have been very supportive over the years to groom our students to be ready for the working world. The ‘ICT’ students will learn a lot from working with companies. This is the kind of ideology we’re trying to instill at Bahrain Polytechnic, which meets the national innovation plan, the government’s work program 2011-2014 and this is certainly the ideology of the Bahrain’s 2030 Vision; which aims to improve education in the Kingdom of Bahrain,” concluded Dr. Al-Aseeri.
While students already have the green light to work with other organizations, they have already implemented some software which Bahrain Polytechnic are using, including a campus information system which displays important announcements on flatscreen televisions placed in all buildings. Head of School for ICT and Web Media, Trevor Prendergast, hopes that the opening of this lab will sow the seeds of ICT Innovation, from which will grow a sustainable community of innovative and entrepreneurial young people that will ensure Bahrain is seen as a regional leader in the area of ICT Innovation.
“Students working in the lab already have a broad range of knowledge from their studies within the Bachelor of ICT programme here at Bahrain Polytechnic. This lab provides them with the environment that we hope will give them the opportunity to apply this knowledge and deliver innovative solutions that will benefit not only themselves, but industry and the wider community,” said the Head of School.
“ICT is used in pretty much every industry worldwide so it is vital that our students have the necessary 21st century skills that ensure they can become a productive member of staff no matter where they work. The ICT innovation lab will hopefully provide students with a taste of what it is like to work in a stimulating, modern and productive environment where the only limitation is their imagination,” he concluded.
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