Marcel Winatschek's Tokyopunk


24/09/2014

As we enter a new academic year, I am pleased to welcome returning QU members and to extend a warm welcome to new faculty, staff and students who will bring added vibrancy to the academic and social life of the organization.  I encourage new members to acquaint themselves with the campus environment and with community life in Qatar to ensure a smooth transition for themselves and their families.

Last academic year saw a host of accomplishments in institutional progress, student and faculty achievements, research success, and an expanding portfolio of international collaboration.  We also strengthened focus on bridging our relationship with the community to better understand its expectations of our role as the national university, the standard bearer of Qatari and Islamic values and traditions, and home to the largest number of Qatari students who are the next generation of leaders.

In my visit to Australian National University in August where I spoke on education reform, I saw how as a national university, it bore similarities to QU in striking a delicate balance in meeting local expectations and answering national ambitions all within the context of an inter-connected political and economic global environment.  The university’s description of itself  as “a resource for the nation” captures exactly Qatar University’s own view of its role as an incubator of the nation’s precious human resources and an engine of its development.   It is this legacy which will continue to affirm our position as a leading partner in realizing the country’s vision, its development strategies, and its ambitions towards a knowledge-based society.

Building on the enthusiasm of development and progress ever-present in the country, QU’s expansion is also moving at pace to provide its members with facilities, resources and services of international quality and best practice.   Underlining this is a stated objective to entrench a culture of efficiency throughout the organization which is key to our development and growth.

There is no substitute for sound institutional efficiency as it drives international standards of administrative, academic and research quality and excellence and best practice.  In strengthening our efficiency, we are holistically executing plans and strategies with the goal to improving financial planning, enriching students’ experience, harmonizing resources and priorities towards academic and research excellence, and building global recognition.  It is an ongoing process that requires us to maximize performance across leadership, administrative, faculty, student and staff sectors.

I would like to commend the College of Engineering students who participated in the Coupling Internship Program with their counterparts from Osaka University (OU) which culminated in a final collaborative presentation on globalization on September 4.  The internship which was developed by OU, was part of an agreement with CENG, Chiyoda Almana Engineering LLC, and Create Research and Educational Hubs for Innovative Manufacturing in Asia (CREAM), to bring the two groups together to be oriented on work culture, share educational and cultural experiences, and work collaboratively, and to guide them on the path to becoming global leaders. The students’ presentation was well received by an audience that included QU and CENG leaders, the Japanese Ambassador and embassy representatives, and officials from OU, Chiyoda and CREAM.

I will take this opportunity to extend congratulations to the College of Pharmacy on the Outstanding Education Award bestowed on its Continuing Pharmacy Professional Development Program at the GCC Pharmaceutical Congress on September 14-17.  The program has had a spate of successes in recent months, having achieved accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) early this year, and from the Supreme Council of Health Qatar Council for Health Practitioners last year.

The College also celebrated the announcement of the election of Dr Kyle Wilby as Chair of the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists (CSHP) Global Health Pharmacy Specialty Network.

I would also like to congratulate Dean College of Business & Economics Dr Nitham Hindi on his co-authorship of a prominent accounting textbook “Cost Accounting: A Managerial Accounting Emphasis” along with three other experts from Stanford University, Harvard University, and American University in Bulgaria.  His contribution is a testament to his expertise in the field and points to the level of academic talent at QU.

As we begin to settle into the new academic year, I extend very best wishes to each and every one of you for a productive and successful year.