Marcel Winatschek's Tokyopunk


Firstly, I would like to congratulate you on the occasion of Qatar National Day and wish you and our dear country Qatar many happy, peaceful and successful returns.

Earlier this month, we had the honor or hosting The President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. During his visit, H.E. met with the student and received the very first honorary doctorate awarded by Qatar University. I am inclined to believe that my delight with this visit was only matched by that of the students, not only thanks to the popularity of Mr Erdoğan as a contemporary Muslim leader with a vision, but also because I strongly believe education must go beyond building knowledge and acquiring skills. Student encounters with contemporary role-models of leadership inspire them as they carve out their personal paths in life.

As a number of campus infrastructure projects are coming to fruition, we were pleased to inaugurate the College of Medicine in its new building last month – this in the presence of three Qatar ministers, Board of Regents representatives, local dignitaries, faculty, students and staff.  Our first cohort of students was also present as proud pioneers of the country’s first national medical college.

The College is expected to be housed in this current building at the northern side of the campus for 4 years.  The permanent venue which will be in the vicinity of the new college of pharmacy, currently under construction, and will feature state-of-the-art facilities consistent with international standards and best practices and emerging trends for medical college environments.  We expect this area of the campus to be transformed into a dynamic medical city with strong and effective collaboration and integration between programs in health sciences, pharmacy and medicine as well as relevant research activities.

The impact of this facility on the wider community cannot be overstated.  As you know, it is for the future benefit of the entire Qatari society that we continue to develop new academic and research initiatives that contribute to national priorities and aspirations.

Partnerships form the core of our engagement with society and in strengthening the University’s role as an initiator of innovation, we ultimately foster networks of knowledge and experience that structure our relationship with the labor market, facilitate feedback and optimize the role of our partners in refining programs and evaluating the quality of graduates.

A good example of a platform that foster such partnerships is the Interprofessional Education (IPE) initiative that is gaining momentum at the College of Pharmacy in engaging its students’ interaction and collaboration with their counterparts and medical professionals in the health and medical sciences.  The benefit to our students is far-reaching.  Through exposure to IPE, our current and future healthcare students will learn to understand, respect, and implement the core values of interprofessional collaboration, which includes teamwork, collaboration, knowledge-sharing and problem-solving.

I am proud to say that, due to the college’s leadership in promoting IPE in Qatar, QU was selected to host the first Middle Eastern conference on IPE on December 4-6.

Our students also were keen participants in last week’s climate change discussions in which I joined French Ambassador H.E. Eric Chevallier to highlight COP21 and the contributions of our respective countries to combat the threats to our environment.  The event highlighted QU’s role as a leading partner in the dialogue on critical global issues.

Delivering an outstanding quality of education serves foremost to engage a vibrant and inspirational student experience.  Our focus should be on striking the right balance between challenging students to achieve their highest potential and supporting them in doing so.  We spare no effort to enrich the educational process, improve the student experience and offer the necessary support and guidance to help students fulfill their potential.

Our intellectual capital continues to be a vital resource for various sectors of society through provision of expert opinion, consultancy and studies in a number of areas, and by participating in setting standards, systems, administrative structures, as well as partnering with government and society in addressing social, health, educational, economic and other challenges.

In this regard, I am happy to congratulate Prof. Mohieddine Benammar, Electrical Engineering Department, on receiving the 2015 HMC Stars of Excellence Research Award, in recognition for his development of a novel Electronic Chest Drain Monitor (ECDM) in collaboration with HMC Cardio-Thoracic Surgeon Dr. Rashid Mazhar. The ECDM is a subject of a filed US Patent, and a prototype has reached field testing at the Heart Hospital in HMC. This is the fruit of several years of collaboration with HMC, and is a shining example of the successful collaboration between national institutions in Qatar.​