Marcel Winatschek's Tokyopunk


28/04/2014

This week we signed an MOU with University of Groningen to advance student and faculty exchanges and research collaboration and similarly with University of Canberra in part as a follow-up from the very successful Study Abroad Fair held last Monday.  We are pleased to be partners with these two prestigious institutions which will serve the mutual needs of students and faculty in their academic and research endeavors.

The provision of a supportive and caring environment to students to enhance their academic journey is a number-one priority for Qatar University.   In this regard, a number of initiatives, strategies and resources have been implemented to open up students to their individual talents and potential.   These form part of our growth strategy which puts each student’s interests at the heart of our plans by actively supporting the improvement of their learning skills and so advancing their competitiveness as students and later as graduates in the labor market.

This level of support is reflected in our First-Year Experience self-study to discover opportunities for improvements which will lead to higher levels of student learning, personal upliftment and persistence in achieving success; a refocused Student Learning Support Center, and a dedicated Center for Academic Advising and Retention.

It was a proud moment for QU on the recent news of the Academic Advising Center receiving the Outstanding Advising Program Award from the National Academic Advising Association, the worldwide authority for the academic advising profession.  The Center  — from the time of its inception in 2012 – has developed a close relationship with students to identify and attend to their academic and non-academic needs, and mentor their progress.

With a group of full-time dedicated academic advisors providing equal quality time with students on a range of questions and solutions, the Center has demonstrated its commitment to student achievement, retention and success.  A program has to meet specific rigorous standards in serving its students in order to be considered and with this achievement, the Center may look to submitting application for accreditation of its program from the Association.

Many congratulations to its leadership and staff on this accomplishment which underlines how far expectations are being met for students, their parents and the community at large.

Other ways in which students are engaged to empower them and maximize their chances of success are through peer tutoring and teacher-student mentoring; counseling services; career services; and the Academic Excellence Program – all aimed at enabling students to explore and reach their full potential.  In addition, last year’s amended policies on student academic probation and retention served to motivate struggling students to reach out for guidance and mentoring to overcome barriers to their learning.

Our relationship with parents is another channel through which we seek to encourage students and build an holistic network of support at the university.  Through the Parents’ Program, the university-parent relationship is one which we appreciate as important and relevant to the goal to provide a nurturing and enriching tenure of study for all students.

Lastly, the Special Needs Section has continued to advance its culture of inclusion to provide students with disabilities equal provision of support services and facilities. We at QU have put inclusion at the heart of our strategies, recently signing an MOU with Mada Qatar Assistive Technology Center to support the needs of persons with disabilities at QU, and integrate learning about assistive technology and accessible design into the curriculum offered to students.