Marcel Winatschek's Tokyopunk


20/01/2015

I would like to proudly share with you that momentum is building towards the upcoming start of applications in February from students eager to join the College of Medicine (CMED). We were pleased to welcome 179 of these enthusiastic young men and women along with their parents at an orientation event to meet the Dean, faculty and staff, to learn more about the program and curriculum, and to articulate their expectations and concerns.

It was also an opportunity for them to engage in a discussion panel with medical doctors from Hamad Medical Corporation, Sidra and Primary Health Care Corporation who shared their experiences in the field and highlighted reasons for choosing medicine as a career.

Also on hand were representatives from our Admissions and Scholarships offices, Honors Program, HMC’s “Doctors of the Future” program, to provide details of their work and highlight the various opportunities they offer to students.

With 50 students expected to start the 6-year MD program in September this year, we are excited to welcome them and be part of their exceptional journey as Qatar University’s first cohort of doctors. We see this as our lasting contribution to Qatar National Vision and the health strategy. It is also a proud moment that advances our legacy as the leading partner with stakeholders throughout Qatar, not least the Qatari society who stands to benefit in no small measure from the quality of healthcare emanating from the College in collaboration with our longstanding partners.  More than 400 students have registered their interest in the college so far, including 50 Qataris. We are thrilled to see such enthusiasm and expect that admission will be highly competitive. Priority will be given to Qatari nationals in admission but outstanding international students will also be accepted, especially long-term residents and those born in Qatar.

Another area in which QU is building momentum is entrepreneurship – a fast-growing field of interest in Qatar and the Gulf.  It is fitting that QU should be a leading voice on this topic as evidenced by our establishing a Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Incubator at the College of Business & Economics (CBE). Our commitment is further highlighted in co-hosting for the second time the Entrepreneurship in Economic Development Forum scheduled for March 2-3 in conjunction with Interactive Business Network, and held under the patronage of the Honorable Minister of Economy and Commerce.

It cannot be overstated the importance of small and medium businesses to the health of the national economy and how timely it is for the younger generation to gain expert advice and guidance in their plans and journeys towards owning and managing a business, and becoming highly-successful entrepreneurs.

We continue to provide our students with opportunities whereby they can learn from the experts and be inspired to follow a path of excellence in all their endeavors. The recent visit of top legal mind Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd to the College of Law (LAWC) is a keen example of our commitment to engage our students in a quality learning environment and advance their knowledge as they prepare to take the reins as leaders in their society.