Campus Life has the chance this week to enjoy and celebrate the international recognition of one of its faculty members. Dr Ilham Al-Qaradawi, Associate Professor of Nuclear Physics, was awarded the first Ahmed Badeeb Prize for Women of Science at the Institut du Monde Arabe (Institute of the Arab World) in Paris.
"I am glad to congratulate you for this beautiful success that comes in recognition of the outstanding achievements of your University," the Chairman of the Award Jury Bruno Guiderdoni wrote to the University's President Prof Sheikha Abdulla Al-Misnad in a letter dated October 5, 2008, announcing the winner of the prize. Mabrook for all of us. Dr. Ilham was in Paris yesterday receiving the award.
Also during last week Qatar University demonstrated again its belief in always being part of the world, sharing with the world's nations, West and East, North and South, the knowledge of humankind and its dreams.
With that belief, QU in seeking to open up collaboration with educational institutions in countries which have not traditionally been targeted has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Malaya (UM).
Malaysia and Qatar have a close political relationship. The volume of bilateral trade between Malaysia and Qatar surpassed for the first time the RM1bn mark (approximately QR 1bn) in 2007. "What Malaysia is trying to do now is to put more substance in the relationship in terms of investments, tourism and education," Malaysian Ambassador, Dato Shahrul Ikram said in an interview with local English daily 'The Peninsula'. According to the latest registrations there are about 1,500 Malaysians living and working in Qatar. They consist mostly of white collar professionals working in various sectors, the newspaper reported.