Marcel Winatschek's Tokyopunk


20/10/2014

As the year progresses, QU continues the momentum of building an international reputation and seeking to advance its ranking among world universities. Improving ranking is a long-term process and requires patience, commitment and resolve which, over time, will reap rewards that will drive our ranking among the top institutions in the world.  Ranking is mainly related to reputation survey results and research publication and citation.  QU is considered the fastest-growing university in research in the Middle East and with our research productivity having increased exponentially in the past few years, we are hopeful that this will reflect on its ranking with time. Based on the QS ranking methodology, factors that impact an institution’s score are citations per faculty (20%), faculty student ratio (20%), academic peer review survey (40%), employer review survey (10%), and international orientation (10%).

With this is in mind, I am pleased to say that currently QU ranks at the same level as well-established research universities such as Rutgers University, Istanbul Technical University, Temple University, University of Houston, as well as other excellent universities in Ireland, UK, USA, Japan, Taiwan, Australia, Hong Kong, and South Korea.   On an international level, we are ranked higher than other established universities such as Oklahoma State University, University of Johannesburg, University of Ulster, University of Plymouth, University of Salford, Miami University, Nottingham Trent University, and Victoria University to name just a few.  Regionally,  QU is ranked higher than some reputable universities such as University of Tehran, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Jordan University, Kuwait University, Bahrain University, Al Azhar University, and others.

We continue to employ targeted strategies to boost recognition of QU’s academic and research excellence and engender international interest in our ongoing development and progress.  However, our philosophy remains that ranking should be a reflection of a university’s contribution to human knowledge and to its society, and not a goal in its own right. As we achieve further institutional, student and faculty success, our growth that is based on local needs and national priorities will ultimately impact ranking results over time.

Last week, 26 new pharmacy students joined the ranks towards becoming qualified pharmacists, taking the oath and pledge of professionalism and donning the symbolic white coat.  As we congratulate them, it is worth noting that this is a good time to be pursuing pharmacy study given the growing importance the profession is gaining in Qatar and among members of the society.

I am pleased to learn of the upcoming Gas Processing Symposium which will have as its theme Natural Gas and World’s Energy Mix and will be held under the patronage of Qatar Ministry of Energy H.E. Dr Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Sada.  Sponsored by our industry partners, and with participation by local, regional and international experts, the event will add considerable value to QU’s research efforts as well as highlight the strong relationships that we continue to build with organizations around the world.

The week also saw QU host Information Day to orient over 100 participants from academia, government and research on Horizon 2020, the EU’s biggest research and innovation program that promotes taking great ideas of discoveries and breakthroughs from the lab to the market. QU was well-placed to host this event which engaged stakeholders from diverse sectors with the aim to open ways to significant collaboration which will serve to advance science, technology, and innovation efforts in the Arab Gulf.