Marcel Winatschek's Tokyopunk


Last week saw a number of student and faculty achievements, underlining the continuing progress QU is making in academics, research and other fronts.

On Monday, 328 high-achieving students — 265 females, 63 male — were celebrated for being named on the Honor Roll of the Vice President and Chief Academic Officer.  Congratulations to them all.  They have demonstrated stellar academic qualities that connect with our mission and vision, and that position them for future personal and professional success.

College of Pharmacy (CPH) students Eman Zeyad Elmekaty (PharmD), Sadaf Riaz (MSc), Omaima Saeed Mahmoud (P4), Shaima Ali (P3), and Nawal BenSmail (P2) are also to be congratulated on receiving this year’s Ebn Sina Medical Scholarships awarded by H.E Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al Thani, Chairman of Aamal Company Q.S.C.  These awards have been ongoing since 2011 and QU is proud to be the recipient from such a long-standing partner and supporter of the College.  They also point to the students’ excellence in their preparation for joining the pharmacy profession and contributing to the fast-developing national healthcare sector.

CENG student Wadha Jabir Al-Marri’s first place win for Best Paper award at the 7th International Conference on Similarity Search and Applications (SISAP) 2014 is further testament to our students’ hard work and commitment.  Her achievement is mirrored by the first-place wins of 4 CENG students who were adjudged winners among 21 students in the student competition “Aluminium Reduce CO2 Footprint”, organized by Qatalum and Hydro in cooperation with the Center for Advanced Materials (CAM).

I also draw attention to an innovative faculty research project “PLATE: Problem-based Learning Authoring and Transformation Environment” which was recognized with 2 awards at the recent 2014 International Conference on Computers in Education (ICCE).  The project which is housed at QU, will serve as a resource to support teachers and students in transitioning to new roles, and enables the development and delivery of PBL-infused modules in a cost-effective, flexible, and inter-operable manner.

We are extremely proud of these achievements and continue to encourage and student and faculty excellence, especially in research in the priority areas outlined in our research roadmap.

HIV/AIDS and molecular cancer were the topics of two forums led by the College of Arts & Sciences last week.  The former to commemorate World AIDS Day engaged students and faculty on updated details of the disease, and the latter in discussions in the annual QU Life Sciences Symposium.  As the national university, QU is well-positioned to be a leading partner in highlighting topical global issues and drawing the expertise to advance dialogue and recommendations in addressing them.

In closing, I would like to convey best wishes to our students as they prepare to sit for their exams and encourage them to avail of the many student services and resources that are provided to enhance their efforts towards success.