Marcel Winatschek's Tokyopunk


This week, we have many congratulatory messages that highlight our students’ achievements, starting with the graduation of Class of 2015 who proudly received their certificates in the presence of HH The Deputy Emir Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Thani and HH Sheikha Jawaher bint Hamad bin Suhaim Al Thani respectively.

Emerging from these celebrations was the news of Qatar’s first-ever PhD degrees awarded to Maan Mohammed Jalal Haj Rashid from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) and Alaa Ghassan Aboutaqa from the Department of Civil Engineering.  This is a proud moment for them, for us and a milestone achievement for the College of Engineering.

The College also celebrated the “Pavement Management Challenge Special Recognition Award” achieved by civil engineering students Ali Salman Al-Thani, Rashid Abdulla Al-Marri, Anas Hashim Al-Mushaddani, Munther Farouq Hamaidi, Ahmed Tarek Shalaby, and Odai Salah Zain Eddin in the 9th International Conference on Managing Pavement Assets held recently in Virginia, USA.  Their project “Life-Cycle Cost Analysis of Pavement Sections in the State of Qatar” touched on a timely issue of perpetual pavement design related to the tremendous growth in infrastructure in Qatar including road networks and highways.

Meanwhile, CAS Assistant Professor in the Health Sciences Department Dr Maha Al-Asmakh was awarded the Young Investigator Award 2015 for her presentation on developmental endocrinology in the European Congress of Endocrinology which took place in Dublin last week.

In congratulating them all, I also applaud the graduating students named as high achievers for gaining GPA 3.50 and upwards, and those named on respective Deans Lists and the Honors List.

Interprofessional education (IPE) was a strong theme highlighted in recent weeks and which is a critical issue for the healthcare sector in Qatar.  The College of Pharmacy (CPH) has led the promotion of IPE within the College’s curriculum and collaborated with a number of university partners in the medical and healthcare field in Qatar such as WCMC-Q, CNA-Q, and UC-Q.  Through a series of interactive forums, the College has engaged a host of current and aspiring health professionals in pharmacy, medicine, nursing, medical radiography and emergency medical science on discussions of inter-professional collaboration, communication and effective teamwork.

Likewise, the College of Medicine (CMED) in its recent certificate seminar program on Competence in Teaching for Health Professions used the IPE concept in a series of interactive workshops that brought together a host of medical and healthcare professionals from leading organizations in Qatar such as HMC, PHCC, and Sidra, to name a few.

The objective of both colleges is to provide these professionals with critical tools to create a seamless environment of quality and excellence in training of health professionals and in patient care delivery.

Another timely issue fielded this week in forum was the Islam-West relationship and the challenges organized by our Gulf Studies Center and the Regional Office Gulf Studies of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), a Berlin-based political foundation and think-tank.  A highlight of the conference was the voice of young and proud Islam represented by QU research assistant Farah Al Qawasmi  and teaching assistant Alreem Alnaimi,  Esra Kücük of Germany’s Young Islam Conference and Mersiha Hadžiabdić of JUMA, Germany sharing their personal experiences as well as the challenges they encountered as young Muslims.  I look forward to hearing our students’ opinions and recommendations in the upcoming seminar on another very important issue of the 2016 US Elections: Impact on the Middle East organized by the Center.

Food security – another critical area of concern for Qatar and the Gulf region – was highlighted in an MOU we signed last week with Al Sulaiteen Agricultural Research, Studies and Training Center (SARSTC) with the aim to stimulate scientific research and training in the field of agriculture in the region due to the lack of local food production and the heavy reliance on imports.  We are pleased to be part of ongoing research and other initiatives in Qatar that are seeking to produce an holistic environment that is advancing programs on agriculture, water, renewable energy, food security, agricultural production systems, marketing opportunities, nutritional security and diet diversification.