Marcel Winatschek's Tokyopunk


14/12/2014

Today’s Newsletter is close to my heart as it coincides with a special occasion in which we celebrate those historic moments that moved our country forward in the path towards its hopes and ambitions.  On December 18, we celebrate our shared identity and the history which shaped it, and contemplate the values and ambitions that bring this country together –  a nation small in size, but great and noble in deeds and ambitions.

The achievements of Qatar, enabled by  her loving citizens and residents, and led by His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir, and HH the Father Emir, have made of it a bright example of a young rising nation committed to growth and development through an integrated  vision and a clear strategy. These achievements are a source of pride to all those who enjoy a sense of belonging to this good land and who wish it further progress and prosperity.

On this day, we recall how Qatar has transformed into a unified modern state, respected among nations –  a country whose people rejoice in the blessings of the present and contribute eagerly to the vision for the future.  Let us all, young and old, nationals and residents, honor the men and women who  make Qatar’s visions a reality, starting with the pledge of allegiance for the Founder up to today in which we see our collective efforts realize the National Vision one small step after the other.

Qatar’s National Day also presents an opportunity to express our gratitude and reverence to our ancestors who have endured grave hardships to make Qatar what it is today.  I do believe that, for us to succeed as a people and  to be worthy of the same respect, we have to honor the wisdom they passed down to us, and to embrace the values which their experiences have instilled in them over the ages, such as patience, perseverance, respect, and honesty.

We must endure, in the same way as they did, to achieve a better life not only for ourselves but also for our successors. Our generation and the youth of today may not have experienced the life that our ancestors knew, but we must pledge to maintain and preserve their values and to instill them in our children and grandchildren. We must work together to secure for them a life better than our own and to leave for them a Qatar that continues to prosper, in the same way that our forefathers have left this country better for us.

In this context, I would like to highlight respect for the country’s resources as one of our core cultural values. We live in a society blessed with abundant resources, and sometimes it is easy to forget how important it is to make smart and responsible use of them.  As stated by HH the Emir, reasonable spending is not only an economic matter, but it is also a cultural issue. Extravagance is not only a reflection of poor planning and mismanagement from a practical aspect, but it is also a reflection of lack of respect and appreciation of the blessings bestowed upon us by God Almighty.

Qatar University’s culture has always been considerate of optimal use of available resources in the quest to effectively achieve goals and objectives with minimum waste.  This week, as budget proposals from the various colleges, centers and units are being finalized for fiscal year 2015-2016, I would like to seize this opportunity to thank all University members for their cooperation in optimizing use of resources and applying cost-effective planning as we progress successfully towards the completion of our strategic plan 2013-2016.

Meanwhile, QU’s research efforts continue at pace with the recent signing of an agreement with Qatar Cardiovascular Research Center to facilitate joint research in the area of cardiovascular health, mobility of faculty, scholars, and students, and staff professional development.

I also had the pleasure of listening to a presentation on QU’s research infrastructure at the recent 4th International Platform on Integrating Arab e-Infrastructure in a Global Environment (e-AGE 2014) in Oman. VP for Research Dr Hassan Al Derham highlighted the achievements of our Qatar National Research and Education Network (QNREN) which is an important project in realizing the objectives of Qatar National Vision 2030 to boost innovation and ensure a competitive and knowledge-based economy.  It is important for QU as a national university to engage regional institutions in discussion on e-solutions that add value to the academic and research environment.

In closing, I extend congratulations to the QU family in celebration of their contribution to the country’s fast-growing development and progress on the occasion of Qatar National Day.