With the huge economic growth that the Middle East has been maintaining for years, it is not at all surprising for them to want to lay down a stronger foundation for the future generations that will sustain and possibly accelerate this growth. This explains the huge number of academic institutions that continue to educate and train Middle East’s future leaders and professionals, especially when it comes to the field of engineering. After all, the Middle East is home to some of the biggest and most influential corporations in the world, and it is only fitting for the region to want to train their own talent instead of getting people from the outside to handle their businesses.
But these learning institutions do not only cater to homegrown talent. Because of the impressive growth that the education sector in the Middle East has been showing, students from outside the region have also been flocking into these Middle Eastern universities to grab a bite of the knowledge and training that these institutions have to offer. With the kind of market that this has opened up, and with the ever increasing need for the Middle East to cope with the demands, foreign institutions that specialize in Engineering from the US, Canada, and the UK have also established a presence in the region.
American University of Kuwait (AUK)
Foreign institutions started building their own campuses in the Middle East at the turn of the 21st century. The American University of Kuwait (AUK) was among the first that opened their doors to students in 2004. This institution was built in partnership with Dartmouth College, which is one of the most sought-after institutions when it comes to engineering. The Thayer School of Engineering in Dartmouth in New Hampshire has always been among the top choices of students hoping to pursue a future in Engineering because of the huge number of opportunities that they offer and their unique approach to learning. Taking all these techniques to the Middle East has definitely raised the bar for education in the region, attracting even more students to apply.
What makes the Dartmouth (and the AUK) programs unique is the holistic approach to learning that these programs covers. Where other universities would force an engineering student to focus on all things related to it, Dartmouth students are encouraged to take interest in the arts and in other fields of sciences as well. This way, they are able to produce well-rounded graduates who can adapt to almost anything. Their Computer Engineering curriculum, for example, is not just composed of Math, Science, and Computer Engineering Design. It also involves Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Entrepreneurship. This shows that AUK also encourages growth and learning in terms of the non-technical side of things.
American University in Cairo
The American University in Cairo is another University that established its roots in the liberal arts and has since become a prime choice for those who are interested in Mechanical Engineering. Founded in 1919, it has produced generation after generation of key personalities in the Middle Eastern and African regions, with a lot of members of the parliament proudly calling it as their alma mater.
The Mechanical Engineering program in AUC is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET based in Maryland, which ensures that their entire curriculum adheres to the standards set for the field internationally. This means that every engineer that the institution produces will easily be able to practice their field in any country, giving them greater opportunities if they eventually want to leave the region or decide to work on a global scale.
Philadelphia University Jordan
Despite the name, the Philadelphia University in Jordan is not at all associated with the American city but is actually taken from the former name of Amman, the city where the institution is located. The university has built a strong foundation in technology and prides itself as one of the primary institutions in the country for those who want to pursue a future in information technology.
As for their engineering department, there are a lot of options as well. The Faculty of Engineering was established in 1991 and has since produced an impressive number of successful engineers working both in the country and abroad. The seven disciplines that the department focuses on are Architecture Engineering, Civil Engineering, Communications and Electronic Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Mechatronics Engineering.
King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals
True to the oil and petroleum empires that Middle East is known for, King Fahd University focuses on training the future generations who will continue the region’s unmatched success in the industry. The College of Engineering Sciences and Applied Engineering hones their students’ ability to apply engineering fundamentals with high professionalism and ethics, preparing them to have careers that do not only concentrate on the needs of the Middle East but on the needs of the entire world as well.
The college has six departments that focus on different aspects of the field. These are Aerospace Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Petroleum Engineering.
The university’s College of Environmental Design is also one of the most sought-after branches in the institution. The departments under this college include Architectural Engineering and Construction Engineering and Management. Technology courses under the College of Computer Science and Engineering are Computer Engineering and Systems Engineering.
There are a number of other institutions in the Middle Eastern region that could equip potential engineers with the knowledge and training they need in their chosen field of specialization. In Mechanical Engineering alone, there is at least one university in each country that specializes in this field of study. Other fields that focus on more specific industries can also be found in other colleges, especially for those who want to concentrate on the region’s petroleum empire.
With the wide array of learning options, both foreign and local, the Middle East has truly become a melting pot of academics from all over who want to build stronger foundations as future engineers.