Qatar University set to announce new strategic plan

 29 Sep 2017 - 1:27

Qatar University set to announce new strategic plan
FROM LEFT: QU Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Dr Omar Al Ansari; Prof Maha Khalil Al Hendawi and QU President Dr Hassan Al Derham at the annual convocation yesterday.


Qatar University (QU) said it is close to adopting its new strategic plan for the period from 2018 to 2022, which will serve as a roadmap for comprehensive transformation that the university aims at in the coming years.
Speaking during the annual convocation yesterday, QU President Dr Hassan Al Derham said the new strategic plan will be a roadmap for moving from reform to comprehensive transformation. He added that the plan started with a deep analysis of challenges that the university need to address, notably the academic dangers facing a large number of students and the low rates of enrolment in science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs.
He said that the gap between the outcomes of the university and the future needs of the market as well as the limited social and economic effect of scientific research are also other challenges.
Dr Al Derham said the new plan will be accessible for QU community within weeks for review and to learn about its platforms, goals and indices, noting that several teams from different university sectors participated in drafting the plan.
The QU president said the current exceptional situation that Qatar is going through in terms of the unjust siege is a critical moment in the history of the country and places every institution and individual under a huge responsibility. In this regard, he said that QU has supported students enrolled to universities in siege countries in order to continue their education at the university. He added that the university has set up a committee tasked with drafting a plan to prepare and implement programs, events, lectures and seminars on the siege that discusses the subject through academic and research angles in line with QU’s role as a host of intellect.
Dr Al Derham reiterated that selective education and the nurturing of national cadres is the most important tool for thwarting dangers and promoting the country towards the achievements that it deserves.
He touched on QU’s achievements in the previous academic year at all levels, which reflected on the university’s ranking in global indices QS and Times Higher Education.
QU ranked 349th on QS global index for 2018, a jump of 44 places from the year before to be fourth among GCC states and fifth among Arab countries. The university has also become one of the world’s top 500 universities according to the Times Higher Education ranking, which placed it in sixth place among the best 15 Arab universities.
Dr Al Derham also said new five programmes will be introduced in physical education, physical therapy, Quran and Sunna, creed and da’wa, and Islamic jurisdiction (Fiqh).
Dr Al Derham said the internally awarded research scholarships amounted to more than QR10.9m in 2016, stressing the importance of students’ participation in scientific research in order to develop and enhance this skill. He noted that the research sector is currently working to develop a research strategy at QU for the next five years so as to increase the effectiveness of research.
He also touched on the infrastructure expansion and the main projects that were opened over the last year as well as the ones that will open in the future.
The annual convocation was held in the presence of senior university officials, teaching staff and a number of staff and students. It featured the honouring of excelling teaching staff, staff and graduates from last year.