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QU Hosts a Special Visit
2012-05-01

Sunday April 29 was a very special day for QU, as HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser graced us with her presence engaging with members of the university leadership team, faculty and students in an open dialogue session. During the meeting a number of important topics were addressed most notably Qatar University’s role as a national university in addition to discussion on the recent decision to change the language of instruction into Arabic for a number of programs as well as the university’s role in the scientific research field.
 
Her Highness expressed pride in being a graduate of Qatar University urging students to express their own pride for belonging to this institution, highlighting the importance of QU as a national university and a major player on which Qatar National Strategy relies, and noting that Qatar University, since its foundation, has achieved significant accomplishments at various levels.
 
Sheikha Moza thanked the university for its efforts to ‘nationalise’ scientific research and to form a research infrastructure for 480 projects supported by Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF). In response to queries by some students on the decision of the Supreme Council for Special Education to Arabicise the medium of instruction at the university,  Sheikha Moza praised the Arabic language as “our mother tongue which we must work to revive’’, stressing that it was and still is a language of science and research.  On the other hand, she said, the university must continue to develop students’ skills in the English language.
 
In a speech addressed to the administrative authority and the faculty, Sheikha Moza underlined the need to open channels of communication between the faculty and students, work to understand their needs and solve the problems that impede their academic and scientific drive at the university.
 
With regard to the relationship between Qatar University and Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), Sheikha Moza said both are national organisations with common goals.