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QU… A Multicultural Mosaic | Qatar University

QU… A Multicultural Mosaic

2018-03-26

Since its inception in 1973, QU is committed to attract students, faculty and staff from around the world to exchange their culture, knowledge and experience. The organization is keen to ensure an atmosphere of diversity within its rich learning environment while preserving its Arabic and Islamic identity.

Many international students find that studying at QU is an interesting experience. They are attracted to its solid Arab and Islamic identity that keeps abreast of the most recent learning techniques and technologies.

QU is home to around 7,500 international students. Its International Student Section (ISS) welcomes students from all over the world and assists applicants from outside Qatar to enroll at the University. Additionally, ISS maintains services that support the enrolled international students’ personal growth and progress to reach academic success, that mentor them to acquire the benefits of the university student-services programs, and that provide them with consistent care until they graduate.

QU also established the Arabic for Non-Native Speakers Center (ANNS) which provides students from diverse backgrounds with opportunities to learn Arabic language and its role in human history and the development of modern society.

The organization also hosts the Cultural Village, an annual event that brings together students from various nationalities to celebrate and share their culture, heritage and traditions. The event features booths representing many countries and includes a number of cultural activities such as shows featuring cultural and folkloric displays, theater and dance performances, traditional costumes shows, exhibitions, art, poetry, food, singing and music.

Additionally, QU provides its students with the opportunity to establish and operate clubs that promote cultural awareness of different countries such as the Japanese Club, the South Korean Club, and the Anatolian Club, among many others.

Foreign Languages student Inhwa Shin (Busan University of Foreign Languages (BUFS) in Korea) noted that QU is the best place to learn the Arabic and Middle Eastern culture. She also noted that her journey at the University has been a very enriching experience with fond memories that she will always cherish. She wished the students who will join the University a fantastic experience.

International Affairs student Marisa Sakai (Chuo University in Japan) pointed to QU’s various activities and events that offer students the chance to learn about the Arabic culture and society.