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Professor Ghassan Aouad

President of the Applied Science University, Kingdom of Bahrain

The Art and Science of Doing a PhD

Keynote 1 Date: 21 April 2018 Time: TBA Room: Hall A, AUS Main Building

Abstract :

It is widely known that doing a PhD could be a daunting experience considering the considerable length of time a PhD degree may take to complete. However, by understanding that undertaking a PhD is a process that can be planned and managed properly, the pressure of doing a research degree could be minimized. It is important for students to understand that doing a PhD is in part art and in part science. In this lecture, the PhD process will be explained and real life examples will be used. The research philosophical stance will be discussed as a good research methodology is the backbone of doing a PhD. This lecture will conclude with a set of recommendations and advices to research students that will help them in overcoming many of the problems that could be faced during their studies for a research degree.

About the Presenter :

Professor Ghassan Aouad has been the President of the Applied Science University in Bahrain since November 2014. He was named as one of the top ten academic leaders shaping executive education in the Middle East by the Middle East Economic Digest. He spent five years in the Department of Civil and Building Engineering of Loughborough University, where he obtained his MSc in Construction (1987) and his PhD entitled Integrated Planning Systems for the Construction Industry (1991). In 1992, Professor Aouad joined the University of Salford as a Research Fellow and progressed through to the role of Pro Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation and Dean of the College of Science & Technology before he left in December 2011. During that time, he successfully supervised 24 PhD students, externally examined 52 PhD students, authored 3 major research books and co-authored one book, generated more than £10M in research funding as Principal Investigator and £8M as Co-Investigator, published 92 papers in top rated refereed journals, delivered more than 50 keynote speeches and invited lectures, and presented his work in more than 42 countries. In January 2012, he became President of the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) and in May 2013, he became Vice President for Academic Affairs at Gulf University for Science & Technology (GUST) based in Kuwait. Furthermore, Prof Aouad was appointed as Vice President of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) in March 2010 and became President in June 2014 for a year. He is the first ever president with a Middle Eastern background. The Chartered Institute of Building is the world’s largest and most influential professional body for construction management and leadership established in 1834 with a membership of 45,000 from across the globe. He sat on the REF (Research Excellence Framework) sub-panel 16: Architecture, Built Environment and Planning. REF is in charge of assessing national research in the UK. Professor Aouad received an honorary doctorate of technology from Loughborough University in the UK in July 2016.

Educating the individual is this country's most valuable investment. It represents the foundation for progress and development. -H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Education is a top national priority, and that investment in human is the real investment to which we aspire. -H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan

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