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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Fujairah Men’s College (HCT) Establishes New Field Studies Course

Today at Fujairah Men’s College, students and staff gathered to witness the introduction of a new Field Studies course.

Field studies are an excellent way for students to learn ecological concepts and practices alongside their current core modules of Engineering and IT.

Central to this module is the concept of inquiry-based learning. Students are encouraged to foster ownership and cultivate enthusiasm for this most essential subject by observation, recording, analyzing and then telling others.

In the future engineering and IT students from FMC will influence and impact the ecology of the UAE and our planet with their design processes and ideas. By studying ecology we discover how we can design our societies and its services to achieve a more sustainable fit with the ecosystems within which they are embedded.

Today after an introduction by Chair of Program, Michael Purcell, over 100 male and female students took charge of planting a variety of species of trees in the FMC grounds. More trees and plants are scheduled for the forthcoming weeks and students planting the trees will have their names and dates on a plaque beside the tree.

The intention is to develop the grounds further to allow study of ecosystems, biomes and environmental interactions at FMC.

Although the main focus of the course will be the East Coast of the UAE, classes will attend workshops and seminars in in Abu Dhabi and Dubai at world leading institutes such as Masdar, Jebel Ali Power Station, Kalba Mangroves, Wadi Wurayah and Fossil Rock.

In the future it is intended to bring other HCT institutes to Fujairah to study this vital but dynamic issue. As the UAE becomes more aware of the importance of sustainable concepts and moves towards the 2030 vision, FMC will be at the forefront of teaching and research. This in turn will give graduates huge benefits in their future careers.

Thanks to Sean James for sending this article and photos.

Geoff Pound

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