New academic year inaugurated at QU
29 Sep 2016 - 1:43
DOHA: Qatar University’s (QU) ongoing efforts to become a model university and advance its position among the top universities were highlighted yesterday during the annual convocation.
QU’s President Dr Hassan Al Derham, while addressing the annual convocation, highlighted the strategic transformation of the university in ‘QU Model.’
The event was attended by QU leadership, deans, heads of departments, programme directors, faculty members, staff, students and alumni. Dr. Al Derham also honoured outstanding QU members in the occasion.
Dr. Al Derham said that QU has started its strategic transformation towards the achievement of the ‘QU Model’ through nine pillars. It includes advancing QU’s role as Qatar’s premier national university that provides high-quality education and strengthening the organisation’s role as a social and strategic partner in national development.
“The University has adopted a number of indicators to benchmark its strategic achievements. They include an increase in the percentage of students graduating within a period of four years to 60 percent, a decrease in the period spent by the students of the university to graduate from 5.9 years to 4.5 years, the establishment of five interdisciplinary research centres for graduation level studies, an increase in the number of appointments of professors in the faculty body to 25 percent, and enhancement of QU’s position in international rankings to become one of the top 300 universities in the world and among the best 200 universities in at least two minors,” said Dr Derham.
Al Derham also highlighted the recent successes that QU has achieved in international rankings noting that the university has been ranked No 393 in the QS World University Rankings, No 49 in the QS Top 50 under 50 ranking and among the best 600 universities in Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2016/17.
Further, Outstanding Faculty Service Award was given to Dr. Asma Abdullah Al Attiyah, head of Psychological Sciences Department at QU College of Education. Runner-up Outstanding Faculty Service Award was won by Alla El Awaisi, assistant dean for Student Affairs at QU College of Pharmacy.
Dr. Saleh Al Hazbi, lecturer at QU College of Engineering received the Outstanding Teaching Award.
Media Award was win by Dr. Khalifa Abdullah Al Hazaa, associate dean for Outreach and Engagement at QU College of Arts and Sciences.
Kholeh Mortaza Mortazawi, editor at the Media Section, QU Communications and Public Affairs Department and Maha Ali Al Fehaidi, urban planner at Qatar Ministry of Municipality and Environment were awarded with Young Alumnus Award.