Marcel Winatschek's Tokyopunk


This week, 1423 of our students start a new phase in their lives and in their relationship with Qatar University as they receive their certificates and head off to bright futures. With HH Sheikh Abdulla Bin Hamad the Deputy Emir and Chairman of the Board of Regents of Qatar University, and HH Sheikha Jawaher bint Hamad bin Suhaim Al Thani, wife of HH The Emir gracing the male and female ceremonies respectively, our students made us very proud of their achievements and we wish them all the best in their future endeavors. Congratulations, Class of 2015. We are proud of you!

They join a growing list of distinguished alumni who are a testament to QU’s legacy of producing well-educated graduates who bring added value to the labor market and who strengthen our links with the wider community.

On the research front, news coming out of the Research Office is our achievement of 57 awarded proposals of a total of 120 in the current NPRP cycle, which translates to about 47.5% of the total awarded proposals. Every year, QU gains successes in the NPRP as well as UREP competitions which continue to motivate our students and researchers and which highlight the culture of research that is embedded in our teaching and learning environment.

I would also like to commend the Admissions Department on the success of their recent early conditional admission initiative that attracted a total of 490 applicants of which 350 satisfied the minimum requirements to gain provisional undergraduate admission. I am very pleased to note that all students who were successful in their early conditional application were admitted into the college of their first preference, and that all 8 colleges have accepted early conditional admits for the next academic year.

This initiative allows national high-achieving high-school students to make early application to QU colleges upon fulfilling the necessary academic requirements and the Qatari parent rule, giving them a great start into the university experience and motivation to work hard and succeed.

I would also like to draw your attention to new additions to our portfolio of graduate programs with the launch last week of 2 MSc degrees in Public Health and Applied Statistics, which will begin in Fall 2015. As we send off a new batch of graduates, it is a timely moment to highlight our 33 graduate and 3 PhD degree programs to encourage those not ready to join the workforce to the option of further study. We look forward to welcoming them back to their alma mater to pursue studies on issues that are important to Qatar and the region.

I am pleased to announce the imminent launch of QUTV, the first student television channel at Qatar University which will be developed on YouTube, and which will showcase the talents and creativity of our students on a host of innovative ideas and opinions that combine academic interests and social realities. It is for students by students, and the university, through the External Relations Department, will provide support and leave the door open for them to work freely and responsibly.

Congratulations are in order to our Al-Bairaq high school program for reaching the pre-finalist stage for this year’s prestigious WISE Award. The program is one of 15 projects from 12 countries shortlisted for their innovative solutions to education, adoption of cutting-edge practices, and their positive social impact. The final stage of selection of 6 winning projects by the WISE Award jury is in process and we are very optimistic of our success.

Lastly, I would like to congratulate Noha Selim, Sara Al Qawassmi, and Sara Hasari, BA students at the Department of English Literature and Linguistics on  winning first place in the undergraduate category for their poster “A Sociolinguistic Study on Dialect Shifting in Contemporary Bahrain”, and Gulf Studies Master’s  student Manami Goto in the graduate category for “Attitudinal Change towards Traditional Attire among Qatari Women Over One Generation” in the GCC Poster Competition of the GCC Days symposium held in honor of the GCC Summit in April.

The symposium which was organized by the College of Arts and Sciences Gulf Studies Center aimed to highlight the goals and achievements of the Gulf states, and to discuss the GCC’s role in serving the common interests and security of its states.