Marcel Winatschek's Tokyopunk


21/05/2014

I am proud to announce QU’s achievement in the NPRP 7th cycle of the Qatar National Research Fund in which we won US$48.8 million in grant funding.  QU researchers obtained 62 of the total 162 proposals awarded to institutes and organizations in Qatar, which translates to the highest (about 38.3%) of the total awarded proposals.

CENG won 33, followed by CAS (13), QMIC (3), CAM (3), SESRI (2), ESC (2), LARC (1), CBE (2), CPH (1), CED (1) and LAWC (1).  The awarded proposals comprise 16.8% applied research and 11.9% basic research, and are distributed among research projects in engineering and technology (28), natural sciences (17), social sciences (8), medical and health sciences (6), humanities (2) and agricultural sciences (1).

Congratulations to all on this achievement which is excellent evidence of the quality of our research proposals and the vitality of our faculty and the research they are conducting. It also demonstrates the strength of the research culture at QU to contribute to building a knowledge-based economy in Qatar, and our commitment to advancing the national vision and strategies to positively impact the society through targeted research to address social and development challenges.

I was also pleased to note the award recognition of QU for Best Research Office 2014 for our excellent punctuality and compliance during pre-funding and post-funding phases.

Our high school outreach initiatives continue to gain momentum and popularity among schools, students, principals and parents.  Recently, students from Tarek bin Zeyad School, winners of the Life is Engineering Project 2013 competition had the opportunity to visit Bristol University, Williams F1, Jaguar Land Rover and the University of the West of England where they visited the Warton Aerodrome and learned how the Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft is built and saw it fly on one of its routine flights.  In their later visit to the Flight Test Telemetry Facility, they were given a demonstration of how engineers can analyze data from a Typhoon mission, in real-time, from the ground.

Additionally, the recent 2nd Wooden Bridge Competition and the annual Computing Contest saw the participation of student teams from schools across Doha, highlighting the level of interest by young students to pursue studies in the field of engineering, computer science and computer engineering.  High school outreach is a key component of our strategic plan.  It is therefore incumbent on us to be part of the national process of building a cadre of qualified engineers and computer science professionals to contribute their knowledge and experience to the country’s progress in the future.

As the term draws to a close, high achieving students are being honored by their colleges and programs at Dean’s List events and other celebrations such as the Honors Program end-of-year ceremony.  The Program has grown by leaps and bounds since its launch, and is currently hosting 401 students who are provided with a motivating and enriching environment of interdisciplinary scholarship, and are challenged to use their intellectual capabilities to the fullest.   I applaud the Program’s continuing success and look forward to next year’s new batch of students who will join its growing ranks.

May 20 and 21 will see the graduation ceremonies of Class of 2014 with the men’s ceremony being honored by HH The Emir and the women’s by H.E. Sheikha Hind bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani. We congratulate our graduates on their well-deserved certificates, our faculty for their hard work and commitment, the parents for their unshaking staying power, and the entire campus community for its support.

Graduates, this is not the end of your journey but the start of a new and exciting phase.  We all stand with you as you take the reins of your future and wish you the very best in all your endeavors.