Marcel Winatschek's Tokyopunk


Student leadership and achievements were highlighted in various instances this week such as the 1st place win by two pharmacy students for their poster presentation in the Integrated Health Care Category at the recent Qatar Foundation Annual Research Conference, and the Young Leaders event at the College of Arts and Sciences: “Developing Future Leaders-Prospects for an Empowered Youth in Europe and the Gulf” which featured innovative young entrepreneurs from Qatar, the GCC and Europe.  In a few weeks, budding entrepreneurs from the College of Business and Economics and the College of Engineering will participate in their annual entrepreneurship competition aimed at boosting student business thinking and creativity.   Another entrepreneurship activity – Startup Weekendoha – organized by our Center for Entrepreneurship and ICTQatar will bring together developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups. These activities are part of many at QU that serve to empower students and support them in elevating their individual interests and fulfilling their personal potential as well-rounded individuals.

I draw your attention to Coffee with an Alumnus – another activity that provides our students with opportunities to gain invaluable advice and guidance from people who have excelled in their various fields.  QU alumni share their experiences as leaders in industry, business and civil society and provide insight into the joys and challenges of the world of work.  Last Thursday the event series hosted Dr Sheikha Aisha Bint Faleh Al Thani. An alumna of Qatar University, Dr Aisha is the Chair of the Board of Patrons of the World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists and a Qatari leader with notable contributions to key organizations like the Supreme Education Council, Reach Out To Asia among others.

We continue to make every effort to ensure our students are suitably empowered in their personal and professional pursuits as they prepare to enter into the society as young leaders and role models.

As we head towards the end of the first semester, we are looking ahead to a new batch of students entering QU and taking their place among their colleagues in various disciplines, and adding more vibrancy to the campus. Meanwhile, we wish our students every success in their upcoming final exams.

Today, I am also delighted to draw your attention to a special event taking place on campus: “The Beauty of Islamic Manuscripts – the Leiden Collection”; an exhibition mounted at QU Library until December 17.  It is an initiative in cooperation with the Embassy of The Netherlands to Qatar, under the patronage of His Excellency the Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage.