Marcel Winatschek's Tokyopunk


First off, congratulations are in order to the College of Engineering teams for both winning the two categories of Microsoft Imagine Cup in the Qatar round. They have made us very proud in placing first in the nationwide competition and we look forward to more success in the Pan Arab competition and in the final global event. Commendation to their faculty supervisors Dr John-John Cabibihan and Dr Uvais Qidwai.

I would also like to extend congratulations to College of Pharmacy on the recent accreditation achievement of its Continuing Professional Pharmacy Development Program (CPPD) from the American Council of Pharmacy Education (ACPE).  The Program is now the second in the Gulf to achieve the ACPE status.

This achievement marks this program for excellence in updating the skills and competencies of pharmacists and healthcare providers in line with the needs and expectations of the community, and underlines the College’s commitment to its health and welfare. It follows its accreditation  in June last year from the Qatar Council for Health Practitioners of the Supreme Council for Health.

Last week we were pleased to be the host of the annual conference of the World Values Survey Association which was held to mark the official release of data sets for the WVS sixth wave of surveys (2010-2014) in which the Institute contributed data for Qatar.

These surveys cover nearly 60 countries and are the biggest wave in WVS’ history.  Qatar is the second member of the GCC after Saudi Arabia, to be participating in this global survey project.

Understanding current societal changes is now more critical than ever — studies such as the WVS surveys are important for students and researchers in particular, and the Gulf region in general.  I applaud the collaboration between SESRI and the WVS Association, and the Institute’s research efforts that saw ground-breaking studies on a variety of social questions relevant to Qatar and the Gulf.

I am equally pleased to share the news that SESRI Director Dr Darwish Alemadi was appointed the new chair of the Association’s Scientific Advisory Committee.   This achievement recognizes his expertise in survey research, and will serve to advance this field in Qatar.

We are always proud of QU members’ achievements that reflect the level of expertise at the organization and their contribution to the wider community.

The recent recognition of Dr Haya Nasser Al-Attiya, Ms Al Jazzi Hamad, Dr  Sumaya Ali Al-Maadeed and Dr  Khalid Shams Abdulqader by the Qatar Leadership Center is another testament to the qualities of our staff and faculty. Their achievement will contribute to advancing Qatar’s leadership talent pool to support the future development plans of Qatar.

Building strong and impactful leaders is the core of the mission and vision of QU.  We provide our students with all resources, services, and opportunities to ensure their transition into leadership roles in any field they choose to pursue.

Our law students gave a good showing of this when they participated in the recent international commercial arbitration moot in Vienna among colleagues from 280 universities and 60 countries.  Similarly, CAS students’ cultural trip to Japan presented them with an invaluable opportunity to demonstrate their leadership qualities as representatives of their college, QU and Qatar at various events.

We are also helping to build leaders through our high-school outreach programs such as Engineering Week which was held last week and Al Bairaq “I am Discovering Materials” program which will begin next week.

Finally, as students prepare for exams, I would like to wish them every success.  This is a stressful time for students, parents and faculty alike and the entire QU community sends you encouragement and support to get through the following weeks.