Marcel Winatschek's Tokyopunk


23/04/2014

Last week, 60 bright young minds participated in the pilot project conducted by our National Center for Educator Development (NCED) to orient primary school students on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and encourage them to pursue careers in those fields.

30 boys and 30 girls from participating schools  Omar Bin Al Qhatab, Abu-Bakir Al Sadeeq, Umm Maibad, Moza Bint Mohmed, Al Ahnaf Bin Qais, and Al Bayaan Complex engaged in parallel activities such as using forensic science to solve a “murder,” creating a computer animation, firing rockets, and solving mathematical puzzles and challenges.  The students had the opportunity to hear presentations from professionals in science fields and participate in activities planned by NCED faculty.  They also visited Exxon-Mobil Research Qatar (EMRQ) to learn about the center’s work and programs.

In this project, the College of Education was supported by ExxonMobil to bring this important initiative to our promising young students in Qatar.  Another example of partner support is in the upcoming Engineering Week (April 23-28) organized by College of Engineering in which our industrial partners Dolphin Energy, QAPCO, Occidental Petroleum Corporation, and QAFAC will provide sponsorship.  The event will feature a series of activities to engage QU foundation and secondary school students on the engineering majors at QU and motivate them to pursue studies at the College.

The students will also have the opportunity to hear from Astronaut Robert Curbean who will discuss STEM and how it opened doors for him in his career as a test pilot and astronaut.

These primary and secondary school students are our future leaders and it is our responsibility, along with our partners, to ensure that they are provided with the foundation for informed knowledge of the many and varied fields open to them to pursue their academic and future career success.

This week will see a week of activities to celebrate people with hearing impairments.  The week-long program of activities organized by CED Department of Psychological Sciences, will bring together students, faculty, researchers, experts and policymakers for discussion and interaction on the theme “Sport for the hearing impaired”.

At QU, we remain cognizant of providing an inclusive environment for people with special needs and strengthening their skills in a number of areas to ready them for productive life and work experiences. Recently, 40 students with special needs benefitted from a series of training workshops to acquire essential skills and abilities to enter the professional sectors of the labor market.

In the workshops conducted in Braille, the students were oriented on essential life skills and personal tools needed to make an effective contribution to the respective work environments they opt to enter.  The training was organized by the Career Qualifying Program of the Career Services Center (CSC) in collaboration with the International Center for Leadership Development.

More and more graduates with disabilities are entering the Qatari labor market and bringing skill-sets that are much needed in their respective work environments.  Such workshops equip them with a strong sense of self-confidence, self-esteem and independence.

As the end of the year draws nears, making the big decision on the next move after graduation is not an easy one for students and especially those getting ready for the next phase of their life.  The 3rd QU Study Abroad Fair on April 21 gave current and outgoing students the opportunity to meet university exhibitors and embassy representatives in Qatar who promote study abroad education, and gain useful information on graduate programs at academic institutions overseas.  For the first time, QU faculty participated in the event to avail of the opportunity to learn about prospective collaboration with colleagues from these institutions.

The Fair follows the success of the previous two, and is becoming a popular event on the QU calendar. I hope that students and faculty alike came away with information and ideas that will benefit them in their future plans and goals.