BAHRAIN’S largest university has welcomed back thousands of students for the new academic year.
The GDN previously reported that more than 6,000 new students started orientation at Bahrain University for the 2018-2019 semester, bringing the total number of students to around 30,000.
The two-day orientation was held at the university’s Sakhir campus where the new students were also given tours of the various buildings and centres.
Bahrain University president Dr Riad Hamza, dean of student affairs Dr Osama Jowder and vice-president for academic studies Dr Waheeb Nasser addressed the students during orientation.
“The conditions for successful entry into the future today are quite different from the conditions of success in the past,” said Dr Hamza.
“Today, in all countries of the world, priority is given to innovation and initiatives, with the importance of possessing the basic knowledge of the skills required for the world of tomorrow.”
Dr Hamza also stressed the importance of technological literacy for access to the job market as well as the ability to work among different cultures.
The orientation event also featured a ‘Services Fair’ that showcased the university’s psychological and social counselling, student activities, transportation services and services for people with disabilities, along with introductions to the language centres, exemption systems and partial employment.
“What the college has been doing for this year’s students is facilitate the process of studying in ways where the student rest area has been improved and new labs were made in order to help students work on their projects,” said fourth year Information System student Bader Janahi, who represented the Information Technology College at the fair.
“Lots of things have been changing in the IT College in terms of environment, it has made things easier and better, and our new dean has been so welcoming and listened to all of our suggestions for the needs of future generations of students.”
Newcomers also expressed equal parts excitement and trepidation on starting a new phase in their life as university students.
“I expect it to be hard and different from school but I’m up for the challenge, and it’s a really big university I’m scared of getting lost,” said 17-year-old law student Zain Al Shehabi.
“I feel like it’s going to be a year where I find myself and challenge myself, meet new people and learn things about me and a lot of other things.”
Classes will officially start tomorrow at the university’s 10 colleges.