Marcel Winatschek's Tokyopunk


14/05/2014

Last week, the names of two QU achievers recognized by Qatar Leadership Centre were inadvertently omitted from the newsletter. In rectifying this oversight, I congratulate Assistant Professor of Computer Engineering Dr Noora Hamad Fetais Al-Marri and Lecturer of Computer Engineering Dr Noor Ali Al-Ali Al-Maadeed on successfully completing the Centre’s Current & Future Leaders Program.

On Sunday, we were honored to host Qatar Minister of Development Planning and Statistics H.E. Dr Saleh Al-Nabit as he visited the College of Business and Economics (CBE) in his role as Executive in Residence this month at the College.  The Minister joins a long line of distinguished leaders in business, finance, government, industry and other professional sectors enlisted to mentor and inspire CBE students on such issues as business management and leadership, corporate governance and social responsibility, business ethics, and successful entrepreneurship, to name a few.  This mentor program at the College has been ongoing since 2010 and has benefitted countless students during their course of study.

I was pleased to learn of our success in organizing one of the most prestigious international events — the 5th Global Islamic Marketing Conference — that was held in Kuala Lumpur on April 22-24, and was attended by over 130 presenters and delegates from 40 countries.   I commend CBE on taking the lead on such an important forum to discuss timely issues on the development of sound marketing practices and principles in the Islamic world and beyond.

Global environmental challenges and threats was the subject of the recent lecture by Special Envoy to the French President for protecting the planet Nicolas Hulot to a packed hall of students, faculty and staff.  They had the opportunity to hear firsthand from the renowned environmentalist on topics related to climate change and COP21, promoting biodiversity, protecting the oceans, fighting air, soil and water pollution, as well as concerns on desertification and deforestation.  What he reinforced was that the environment issue is borderless — it affects us all.  In bringing this discussion to the QU community, the External Relations Department helped to motivate us to reflect on this global challenge which we sometimes lose sight of as we go about our everyday lives.

The Third International Conference of the CAS Arabic Department “Linguistics and Development of Teaching Arabic Language” was an opportunity to bring into focus improving the strategy of teaching Arabic.  It was pleasing to note that the large number of students at the 2-day event included those who came all the way to QU from countries around the world such as the exchange students from New Bulgarian University who are learning Arabic to advance their future career options.

College of Pharmacy has added another specialization  — Clinical Pharmacy and Practice — to its fast-growing academic and research  portfolio.  The addition in the MSc area of study will allow CPH students to conduct research on key priorities outlined in the National Health Strategy and other healthcare initiatives. Their expertise will be a future invaluable contribution to the health and welfare of the wider community.