Marcel Winatschek's Tokyopunk


Last week saw a number of important achievements at QU which included the announcement of the new College of Medicine, and several agreements signed with organizations in China, South Korea, and Japan.

On further details of the College — the College will offer a 6-year program, which leads to a Doctor of Medicine degree (MD) and is distinguished by strong collaboration and integration within the Qatari healthcare system.  This will include clinical teaching in cooperation with Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) and Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) as well as other leaders in the healthcare sector in Qatar and abroad. The program will also benefit from collaboration opportunities with important partner programs within QU such as pharmacy, biomedical sciences, public health, and nutrition.

The Board of Regents recently approved the College’s organizational structure, its budget, and the appointment of Dr. Egon Toft as Vice President for Medicine and Dean of the College of Medicine.  I am pleased to welcome Dr Toft to the university and wish him a very successful tenure at QU.

Along with the appointment of Dr. Toft, we are excited to begin the second phase of the implementation plan for the College. New members will join its Steering Committee which includes leaders and experts from QU, HMC and PHCC, in addition to a new member from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education in the US being appointed to the College’s international advisory board.

It was a proud moment to witness the establishment of a State of Qatar Chair in Middle East Studies at Peking University, an MOU with Korea Foundation to offer courses in Korean language and culture as part of the curriculum of the Department of Humanities in the College of Arts and Sciences, and an agreement with Hitachi to collaborate on energy efficient technologies.

Meanwhile, at home, road safety was the subject of an agreement signed recently between Qatar Mobility Innovations Center (QMIC) and Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) to conduct research in various areas related to mobility.  In addition the Center launched Salamtek – a dedicated national initiative and consortium focusing on developing, deploying, and promoting innovative solutions and applications that tackles distracted driving due to the use of mobile phones.

Partnerships such as these will serve a wide range of ongoing and planned projects at QU, and are very much in line with our commitment to addressing our academic and research priorities while offering opportunities for students to gain knowledge, experience and skills that empower them to drive the country’s development and progress in the future.