Marcel Winatschek's Tokyopunk


16/10/2014

Firstly, I would like to welcome you all back from a restful Eid break.  I trust that you and your families had an enjoyable week celebrating this special occasion.

The week before the break saw a number of activities at QU that included the hosting of the top international sports congress, ISHPES, and signing of several agreements and Chair appointments. These highlights underline our growing reputation as a leading institution of academic and research excellence, and a strong partner with organizations at home and abroad.

Themed Global Perspectives on Sports and Physical Cultures: From Past to Present, the 15th edition of the ISHPES Congress was being held for the first time in Qatar and the Middle East.   Participants from 20 countries were present, with papers and discussions on diverse subjects such as World Cup 2022, Women and Sport, and football and health in Gaza, among many others.

We are proud of CAS being selected to host the event, give the College is home to the innovative Sport Science Program that offers courses on sport management, physical education and exercise and fitness.

The Congress, with its global perspective, afforded an opportunity to learn more about the culture of sports not only in our country, but in many others around the world. As Qatar makes strides in building a modern sports infrastructure, QU will continue to support this vision through research and academia.

QU is well-positioned to host forums such as these and is set to welcome participants from around the world to the 2014 NACADA Middle East conference in November, and the Horizon2020 Information Day in mid-October. The organization will also host the 11th edition of the ACS/IEEE International Conference on Computer Systems and Applications (AICCSA), an international forum on the advances of computer systems and their applications under the patronage of H.E. Dr Hessa Bint Al-Jaber, Qatar Minister of Information and Communication Technology in November.

We also played host to two delegations – one from Sultan Qaboos University to engage exchanges with CAS Biomedical Sciences Program; the other, a delegation of judges from Pakistan and Palestine visiting the College of Law to gain insights on the law and the legal sector in Qatar.

Two professorial chair appointments were established last week – Chair in Mathematics signed with QAPCO, and Chair in Environmental Materials with QAFAC.  The Math Chair will be established at College of Education and will aim at improving teaching and learning of primary and preparatory school mathematics and to motivate more students to pursue higher-level mathematics at secondary schools. The Professorial Environmental Materials Chair will be housed at the Center for Advanced Materials, and will enhance the research on materials science and technology and advance knowledge and experience that meet the needs of industry and society.

Another agreement signed this week involves an important community survey to be conducted by SESRI on the RasGas project RLIC Community Outreach Program (RLIC-COP). Entitled the Northern Community Needs Assessment Project, the survey will engage stakeholders in the north of Qatar on their perceptions and awareness of sustainability efforts by the company.  SESRI, with its expertise in survey research in Qatar and the region, is well-placed to lead this initiative.

Lastly, I am pleased to learn of the KINDI research project that was awarded under the NPRP Exceptional Proposal program.  The project entitled “The Garbled Computer: Towards Computing without Seeing” addresses cyber security which is one of KINDI’s  main focus research areas and one of the three national research grand challenges.  It is the second time QU has achieved an award under this NPRP program.  It is a proud moment for us to receive these accolades that recognize our commitment to addressing issues of national priority and seeking sustainable solutions for them.