Dr Yousef Al Assaf
Sharjah varsity starts new engg course
Sharjah, June 27, 2012
The American University of Sharjah (AUS) has started a new industrial engineering program in response to industry demand for engineering graduates who are armed with the managerial skills needed to lead in regional business.
Accredited by the UAE Ministry of Education, the new BSc degree combines engineering knowledge with managerial and business skills.
Industrial Engineering is concerned with the integration of people, capital, material, energy, equipment and information in an efficient way to produce goods and service with high quality and at low cost, said a statement from AUS.
The AUS program is designed with the aim of graduating engineers with the knowledge and skills necessary to function as professional engineers in a working environment where cost effectiveness, high productivity, continuous quality and reliability improvements, waste reduction, and efficient resource utilization are critical success factors for organizations.
The four year course is designed to bridge an identified skills gap and meet heightened demand for qualified industrial engineers across multiple sectors in the GCC – including manufacturing, production, logistics, oil and gas, utilities, construction and aviation, as well as service based industries including healthcare and banking.
Dr Yousef Al Assaf, the dean of College of Engineering at AUS, said that industrial engineers are currently among the most sought-after professionals in the region.
“We have spoken to industry leaders across all sectors and they have emphasized the need for qualified industrial engineers in the job market. As firms seek to reduce costs, enhance quality and increase productivity, they are anticipated to turn increasingly to industrial engineers who can achieve that through the management of people, methods of business organization and technology; and at the same time possess the technical knowledge to cooperate with other engineers and technicians,” he added.
The demand from industry in the region is clear, with senior representatives from oil and gas and utilities companies expressing support for the course launch.
Abdulla J.M. Kalban, the president and CEO of Dubal, said: 'Dubal is always seeking to employ industrial engineers and the company recognizes their value. In addition we have a training program for UAE Industrial Engineering graduate nationals.”
Mohamed Bisthawi, the project service director at the National Petroleum Construction Company, Abu Dhabi said, 'Major companies look for effective performance and total quality management. They are in real need of those who can monitor, control and add value towards company enhancement, mainly in the domain of process efficiency, KPIs, and project control and management.'
Salem Mohammed, the general manager at Zadco Abu Dhabi, is another industry leader who has welcomed the launch of Industrial Engineering at AUS. He said: “The proposed AUS program is excellent; it meets the future demand and requirements of oil companies as well as the governmental sectors.'
Ali Shuhaimy, the vice chancellor for Enrollment Management at AUS, said: “The program gives students the best of both engineering and business management worlds. Once they complete their bachelor’s program, students are then eligible to pursue postgraduate degrees in either Engineering or Business – and industry is hungry for graduates who can straddle these disciplines.”-TradeArabia News Service