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This week, admission requirements for the new College of Medicine were finalized and approved as part of the final phases towards the beginning of applications scheduled for Fall 2015.

The requirements include minimum high school GPA of 85% as well as passing at least two of the following three science subjects in high school: biology, chemistry, or physics. The application for admission should also include a well-written statement to describe the candidate’s interest and motivation to study medicine as well as any supporting documents to strengthen the application such as volunteer work, internship or any other experience or recommendations related to the medical field.

In addition to college-specific requirements, all students applying to QU are expected to possess minimum basic skills to be eligible for enrollment in their desired academic programs. In order to be considered for undergraduate admission to the College of Medicine which will use English as the primary medium of instruction, applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English and Mathematics by satisfying QU’s minimum competency requirements.

We are excited to welcome the first batch of students to the College which will give added vibrancy to our growing community, and to train budding doctors to join the fast-developing healthcare sector in Qatar. The registration of interest form on our website already indicates that there is promising interest and excitement and we are optimistic that the program will have a successful start next year in preparation for further growth and success in the future.

On the healthcare theme, I was pleased to learn of the College of Pharmacy’s initiative on inter-professional education (IPE) in which students interact on medical issues with their colleagues from health sciences departments at QU and those from institutions in Qatar such as medical students at Weill Cornell Medical College Qatar, and nursing students at University of Calgary Qatar, and College of the North Atlantic Qatar. We anticipate that soon, students at the upcoming College of Medicine at Qatar University will also join in the conversation enabling effective inter-professional education to build a strong foundation for future partnership among healthcare professionals.

Two events this week touched on issues that are important to QU and to Qatar National Vision – inclusion, and volunteerism.

In celebrating International Day of Persons with Disabilities, QU continues to be part of the global commitment to ensuring inclusion in every area of society.  Under the theme “Sustainable Development: The promise of technology”, we joined the rest of the world in highlighting the powerful role technology plays in promoting inclusion and equal participation of persons with disabilities. Such empowerment of individuals with special needs should be exercised consistently within institutions and organizations and the wider community in order to advance the future of sustainable development for all.

QU has taken serious and fruitful steps in advancing an inclusive environment but more work is needed to make our campus fully accessible and to render disability integration a reality for both students and personnel across all campus locations.  A number of actions, programs and initiatives were initiated in the past few years to form a good foundation for such integration including  wheelchair access points, provision of support services through a dedicated Special Needs Section and help-rooms on both male and female campuses; and outreach activities conducted by College of Education. Last year, QU implemented assistive technology through an MoU with MADA Assistive Technology Center to support QU students with disabilities with appropriate technology and devices, and advice in identifying appropriate technologies for personal use, as well as suitable training in the use of personal technology to enhance their access to education.   Additionally, faculty and team members of the Special Needs Section will receive training in order to improve their knowledge and awareness of assistive technology and inclusive design to enable them to better support students with special needs.   As our campus expands and our community grows, the time has come to consider what additional work needs to be completed in this domain.

QU has always placed volunteerism at the heart of its efforts to engage students in volunteering their time and skills and giving back to the community.  This year’s theme Work to Give Hope of International Volunteer Day is a fitting motif for our students who have brought hope to many in their varied activities that not only impact members of the community but also their colleagues who need assistance in overcoming challenges.  Through a series of events organized by the Center for Volunteerism and Civic Responsibility and at the college-level, our students have continued to demonstrate their spirit of goodwill, citizenship, and compassion as well as their leadership qualities.