Marcel Winatschek's Tokyopunk


Firstly, I extend sincere thanks to the External Relations Department, the Scholarships Office, and to everyone who participated in bringing last week’s Times Higher Education MENA Universities Summit to successful fruition.  We are proud to have built the capaity over the years to organize high-level international conferences using internal resources. Equal thanks to sponsors of the event Qatar National Bank, Commercial Bank and Qatar Petrochemical Company (QAPCO) who continue to demonstrate their support of our mission and vision.

We are pleased to be the founding partner in this new THE series which adds to our legacy of advancing collaborative engagement on issues that impact Qatar and the GCC such as university ranking and international reputation.  We look forward to adding our voice to the next THE MENA Summit to be held in UAE next year.

With the QS MAPLE to be hosted by QU in May, we bring the practice of hosting forums of this nature to Qatar in continuation of a standard international practice by universities around the world that have been hosting these conferences and summits for many years.  Such events serve as important platforms for exchange of ideas and opinions on ranking criteria and quality in higher education.

The destinations of graduating students is one manifestation of educational quality that participants in the conference suggested should be included in the rankings criteria.  It is with immense pride that I reflect on our remarkable scholarship students who continue to impress us with  their academic accomplishments.  A newly-graduated batch of Master’s and PhD students have returned from their scholarship studies abroad with impressive results at prestigious universities. The majority will be rejoining their Colleges to contribute to the intellectual vibrancy of the campus and become part of a fast-growing cadre of well-qualified national graduates entering high-level administrative and faculty positions in line with Qatar University’s Qatarization program.

 Congratulations are in order to:

Masters graduates Noora Rashid G R Al-Sahlawi and Aisha Jamal  A A Al-Ammari (LAWC), and Hend Ibrahim M A Al-Sulaiti, Aisha Hadi Al-Rashdi, Esraa Ahmad J A Al-Muftah, Fatimah Ali A A Alkhaldi, Noora Hamad S Al-Qahtani, Maryam Mohammed M A Al-Ejji, AlReem Saif M J Al-Naimi, Fatima Al Naemi, Afra Mubarak F E Al-Qahtani, Shaikha Al Kuwari, Eiman Al Maadeed, and Senaid Salem Al-Marri (all CAS); and

PhD graduates Nayef Nahar H A Al-Shamari (CSIS), Ali Al Kubaisi, Essa Ismail A A Al-Musleh, and Maha Abdulla H I Al-Asmakh (CAS),  and Abdulla Khalid A M Al-Ali, Nayef Al Yafei,  and Noor Al Maadeed (CENG).

These 21 distinguished scholars graduated from top-tier universities around the world and are testament to the level of excellence of our students and the commitment of the Scholarships Office in providing them with the resources and mentorship towards their success.