In its continual search for collaboration with academic institutions worldwide, the university upper management held a meeting with two prominent guests from the University of Salford, namely Professor Ghassan Aouad and Dr. Mike Kagioglou.
Professor Ghassan Aouad is the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation at the University, while Dr. Mike Kagioglou is Reader of Process Management in the School of Construction and Property Management and Head of the School of the Built Environment.
Last year, the university signed a three-year agreement, stipulating that the two universities will engage in joint research activities, teach and develop new degrees and training programs, exchange visits by staff, teachers and students, and co-develop student progression pathways.
The meeting at ALHOSN Campus was a chance for the attendees to discuss progress made thus far and to brainstorm on areas of development for the next phase. Professor Ghassan Aouad and Dr. Mike Kagioglou delivered a PowerPoint presentation on the MERIT PhD Program, a part-time program carefully geared towards students holding a full-time job or who have a preference to conduct their research within the comfort of their home countries. Students enrolled in this program can complete the requirements within three years. Each PhD candidate is assigned an academic supervisor from the University of Salford, and a local advisor, selected by the student who must be approved by the University of Salford.