The HCT’s Khalifa City Women’s College (KCWC) recently hosted the Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Western Region Director’s Professional Development Day, with the theme ‘Sharing Innovation’.
The Day was part of the HCT’s week of professional development sessions designed to enhance faculty and staff development as well as find innovative solutions to the teaching and learning process, mobile learning technology and general college efficiency and effectiveness.
Visiting guest Professor Katsushi Fujii from the University of Tokyo in Japan gave the keynote address entitled ‘Solar to Chemical Energy Storage: Photoelectrochemical and Solar Cell plus Electrochemical Conversion’.
Professor Fujii discussed the conversion of solar to chemical energy as one of many important techniques proposed to reduce fossil fuel usage. He talked about electrochemical conversion, and the innovative technique proposed by his Global Solar Plus Initiative group. This technique involves splitting water with solar energy, and with the optimisation of commercially available equipment, can achieve significant reductions in cost and improvements in efficiency.
Faculty and staff then participated in over thirty five varied sessions, proposed and presented by faculty and staff themselves. Session included ‘Quick and easy app creation’, ‘Collaboration tools’, ‘Boost iPad productivity’ and ‘Composition in photography’.
Abu Dhabi Colleges Director Sultan Hussain Karmostaji noted: “These sessions are an interesting way for faculty and staff to improve their professional and other skills. In having the events with colleagues from other colleges involved, we have a greater diversity of topics on offer and also a great chance to network.”