Last week, the QU community and Doha community came together for Gaza; the institution celebrated language with English Day on April 27 and Arabic Language Day on April 28; signed MOUs with Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP) and Aspire Academy; and held its inaugural Model United Nations.
Fou You Gaza event at QU on April 29 was a success. It comprised a contest award ceremony, debate, bake sale and 5km race/walk. (Details in main story).
The languages of English and Arabic were celebrated on April 27 and 28 respectively.
Head of the Department of English Language and Linguistics Dr Moneera Ghadeera opened English Day which featured a variety of activities and presentations by students of the Department.
The event included a poetry reading my Mariam Sami and Khulood Abusrida; a short presentation on the Victorian era and a skit on Victorian women. This was followed by narrating experiences by Department alumni and a talent show which comprised student Manal El-Emadi's cartooning,video and graphic design; and a keyboard arrangement by Khulood Abusrida.
Arabic Language Day celebrated the language, culture, arts, heritage and the people of the Arabic-speaking world.
Distinguished guest at the event was HE Dr Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al Kuwari, Qatar Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage.
"Today is when we come together to demonstrate pride in our language and as a people of a dynamic and diverse cultural history", the Minister said. He invited QU to join with his Ministry in the future planning of similar events to promote Arabic language and culture. "It is necessary for our children, from the time of their birth, to understand and appreciate the importance of the language, its traditions and values, in their relationship with each other, their families and colleagues, the development of their societies and their contribution in a globalised world", he added.
Under its initiative "Partners for a Better Education", QU signed MOUs with Qatar Science and Technology Park and Aspire Academy.
On April 27, QU President Prof Sheikha Abdulla Al-Misnad and QSTP Executive Chairman Dr Tidu Maini signed the MOU which commits the two organizations to provide the initial stage to start a Polymer Center.
The Center will focus on recycling plastic waste and producing environmentally- friendly materials which could be used in local industries such as construction.
QU will partner with the University of Sheffield UK on the project which objectives are optimization of mechanical properties of blends from plastic waste stream; improvement of thermal stability of recycled blends; and life-cycle analysis of re-cycled polymer products.
QU faculty members Dr Mariam Al-Ali AlMa'adeed Head of the Materials Technology Unit (MTU) and Dr Ramazan Kahraman of the Chemical Engineering Department will participate in the project along with Dr Alma Hodzic of the Mechanical Engineering Department of the University of Sheffield.
The project is expected to start in June of this year until 2012.
On April 29, the institution signed an MOU with ASPIRE Academy for Sports Excellence to establish a sport science program at the University.
The agreement implements collaboration between the two institutions on a new Bachelor of Sport Science Program.
The aim of the program is to promote a learning environment for students as they pursue knowledge, skills and values in the Program's three areas of specialization - Sport Management, Physical Education and Exercise and Fitness. It is also envisaged that the Program will become a national and regional leader in quality assurance standards set by internationally-recognized associations in the field.
Qatar University held its inaugural Model United Nations on May 1-2 in which over 250 students participated from QU and 5 Doha schools. (main story).