CPH Seminar on Liver Cancer
College of Pharmacy (CPH) will host guest speaker Dr David Kerr, Chief Research Adviser SIDRA and Director Qatar Biomedical Research Institute at a faculty research seminar on “Gene Therapy for Liver Cancer”.
Participants at the seminar will include CPH partners, faculty and students. The Shafallah Center will participate through a live feed video.
The event will be held at the College of Arts & Sciences Women’s Building on March 8, at 13:30-14:30pm.
Sociology Head at US-Islamic Forum
Head of the Department of Social Sciences Dr Fadwa El-Guindi participated in the 2010 US-Islamic World Forum: Writing the Next Chapter, held in Doha on February 13-15.
The event is annually organized by the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings and the government of the state of Qatar under the auspices of Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabr Al-Thani.
Dr El-Guindi will take part in the working group on “The Role of Religious Leaders and Religious Communities in Diplomacy”.
During the three days, the Forum addressed critical issues with respect to the Arab and Muslim world by providing a high-level and visible platform for thoughtful engagement, dialogue, and the development of public-private partnerships and initiatives.
The Forum included plenary sessions on issues critical to the Arab and Muslim World in addition to core working group sessions on key issues such as science and technology, governance and civic engagement, and religion and political parties.
This year, a special session entitled “Maintaining the Momentum: A Strategy
Session to Develop Public and Private Partnerships” was designed to recognize the need for a sustained civic infrastructure to coordinate and complement the activities of our partners in the non-governmental and private sectors.
Since its inception, the Forum has built a unique network of relationships between leading policy and opinion leaders in the United States and the Muslim world. Past participants have included President Bill Clinton; Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy of Qatar Abdullah Bin Hamad Al Attiyah; Secretary Madeleine Albright; President Hamid Karzai; Commander of the U.S. Central Command David Petraeus; Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq Barham Salih; the Grand Mufti of Bosnia-Herzegovina Dr Mustafa Ceric; Secretary General of ASEAN Surin Pitsuwan; Secretary General of the OIC Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu and Anwar Ibrahim, former deputy prime minister of Malaysia and leader of the opposition.
Over its seven year history, the Forum has developed the reputation as both the premier convening body for American and Muslim world leaders and a catalyst for positive action.
Cultural Village 2010 at QU
QU will once again hold its annual Cultural Village, a unique student event that enriches QU campus with various cultural heritages every year.
This year’s event will be held on March 2-4, at both male and female Student Activities Buildings.
The event is organized by QU Students Activities Department. It aims at introducing QU students and staff to the various and diversified cultural heritage of their colleagues who come from different parts of the globe. The village will include a number of booths, exhibitions, and several cultural activities that reflect the uniqueness of each culture as perceived by the participants through folkloric shows, music, traditional customs, and plays.
Interested persons and students who would like to participate in Cultural Village 2010, should visit the website at http://www9.qu.edu.qa/culturalvillage.
Learning about the campus
Orientation days for new students are planned for February 18-18 at Ibn Khaldoon Hall. The event is organized by the Recruitment & Orientation Section of the Admissions Department.
The first orientation day will be allocated for male students while the second day will be devoted to female students.
The orientation days aim at introducing new students to QU programs, policies, procedures, as well as encouraging them to participate in activities and extra-curricular activities such as volunteering in career days.
The freshman students will be guided through the day by student volunteers.
This orientation day will be attended by representatives of the different sections of Student Affairs, Foundation program, university library, and student housing in addition to other stakeholders of student services.
The department invited all of the university students to attend the orientation days to meet directly with the colleges and university constituents in order to be familiar with different aspects of studying at QU.
QCF volunteers prepare for March event
QU last week hosted the second volunteer orientation day for the upcoming Qatar Career Fair with a large presence of QU administrators and a number of future QCF volunteers.
Acting Director of Student Activities Ms Wadad El-Husseiny said: “Qatar Career Fair is one of the most anticipated annual events by a lot of our community members due to its great importance. We are here today to consolidate our slogan "We are working together to learn together". The main goal of voluntary work is to learn from each others and share our experiences and expertise”.
The number of volunteers for QCF 2010 has reached 350 volunteers from different schools and universities. They are now going through a process of preparation where they are enrolled in a series of workshops which aims to broaden their knowledge, develop their skills, and add new expertise to their profiles which will enable them to perform more efficiently” said workshops manager, Rawda Al-Qahtani.
Student Mohammed Al-Mulla said: “I joined a number of workshops including “Recent Trends in Public Relations” and “Team Work Management”. It helped me a lot to learn about my role and the kind of the work we will be performing. I found the workshops very beneficial. They increased my expertise on how to deal with various institutions”.
QU and Qatar Career Fair (QCF) signed a partnership agreement last October to promote volunteer training and initiatives. The annual event aims to offer Qatari students education, recruitment, training opportunities, and development in order to enhance their abilities and strengthen their skills to enable them to meet the challenges in national development.
QU faculty publishes translation of sociology book
QU Professor or Socioligy Dr Layachi Anser has published a translation of a book on sociology from French into Arabic. The book was originally published by Presses Universitaires de France (Paris) under the title "Les Langages de la Sociologie" (The Language of Sociology).
The translated book was published by Dar Al-Massira Publishing House in Amman, Jordan.
Dr Anser’s book serves an important addition for sociology students and professors in Arab universities. The book includes many chapters that address methodology in
anthropology, sociology, nature of science, historical and social phenomenon, and many other aspects of sociology.
Women's human rights delegation visit Sharia College
QU Dean of College of Shari'a & Islamic Studies Dr Aisha Al-Mannai recently hosted an Iranian women’s rights delegation comprising Dr Maliha Askarian, Dr Nawabi Nazad, and Ms Sawasan Saforodi.
The meeting was attended by Dr Haya Al-Atiyah, Dr Shiekha Al-Atiyah, and Fatima Al-Thani.
During the meeting, the delegation learned about the role of Qatari woman in various fields. They also explored the role of the organization and discussed areas of joint cooperation.
Positioning Qatar at the forefront of applied R&D
QU Wireless Innovations Center (QUWIC) officially inaugurated its premises and operation at Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP) on February 2.
QUWIC was founded in early 2009 by Qatar University in collaboration with QSTP as an autonomous applied research and technology development center designed to leverage the use of emerging wireless technologies in creating solutions to various business challenges.
QU President Prof Sheikha Abdulla Al-Misnad, commented: ”Research has always been a cornerstone in our activities, and with the establsihment of QUWIC, we aim to fullfil the regional need for institutions focusing on applied research and technology development. Our vision is well aligned with government authorities and industry leaders in Qatar".
“Today, a new milestone is achieved toward the realization of our vision to become the leading provider of innovative wireless applications and building the knowledge based economy in Qatar", QUWIC Executive Director Dr Adnan Abu-Dayya said, adding, “we are proud and delighted to see our vision materializing with the collaboration of many local and international partners”.
QUWIC has strategic objectives in the areas of capacity building, innovations leadership, and in becoming a virtual R&D center for local partners. It aims at developing local human capital through creating the suitable environment, as well as sustainable work opportunities for graduates and researchers.
The Center’s applied research is focused on applications of wireless/telecom technologies in industries such as health care, oil and gas, transportation and utilities to provide support to the growth of the main sectors in Qatar and the region.
It has a dedicated delivery oriented team supplemented with a team of experienced faculty members from QU and local experts. The Center is currently leading a number of projects and initiatives targeting local and regional industries to provide local solutions to regional problems and challenges in the areas of Intelligent Traffic System (ITS), Mobile Tele-Health Applications, Mobile Application Development, Online Air Quality Monitoring and Broadband Wireless (LTE) Research.
Since its debut, QUWIC has been keen on collaborating with various government authorities and industry leaders in order to leverage the importance of applied research and solutions development.
To acheive global reach, QUWIC has signed partnership agreements with many global technology partners like Amuser of Italy, Fraunhofer Fokus Institute of Germany, Institute for Information Industry (III) of Taiwan, Polito of Italy, and others.
The Center has signed an MOU with Qtel to carry out joint applied research and technology development in the key areas of wireless systems, services, and applications.
With the support of Kahramaa , QUWIC in coordination with Italy-based Politecnico di Torino (Polito), recently launched an applied research and technology development initiative to tackle leakage issues in water distribution networks.
" We are proud to contribute to the overall effort to position Qatar at the forefront of applied research and development in the region and look forward to achieving more with our partners"”, Dr Abu-Dayya said.