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Haya H Al Muhannadi
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60 percent of graduates want to pursue higher studies

Nearly 60 percent of Qatar University’s female undergraduate engineering students are considering pursuing postgraduate education, a survey of students revealed recently.   

“Our job as educators is to make sure that we make you intellectual entrepreneurs,” Professor Yousef Haik, Associate VP for Graduate Studies, Office of the Vice-President and Chief Academic Officer, Qatar University, told the audience of 100 young student engineers.

“My point of view is as long as you are capable of getting an advanced degree, whether outside Qatar or preferably in Qatar, you should pursue it as it’s not just affecting you personally, but it’s affecting the next generation for the country.”

The Student Seminar was hosted in the New Library by Qatar University College of Engineering as part of a programme of initiatives supported by Oryx GTL to help build the National education capacity required to deliver a knowledge economy, especially to enhance the prestige and attitudes toward research-focused education for Qatar as a major component to fulfilling its National Vision 2030.

Qatar’s quest to become a global research and development (R&D) hub for the energy industry dates back to 2006 when the government announced that it would allocate 2.8 percent  of its gross domestic product (GDP) annually to promote research, technology and innovation via the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF). The percentage is above the 1.9 percent allocated by the UK government to R&D relative to GDP in 2010 and equal to Germany’s 2.8 percent , according to World Bank data.

 

“At Oryx GTL, we are passionate about education and we truly believe that investing in education today is essential to our country’s future, Dr  Rashid Alghithani Al Marri, Head of Logistics, Oryx GTL, told the audience of women engineer students. “Being Qatari, I am really proud of myself for getting a PhD. “Why should you go for masters or doctorate.  Ask yourself why shouldn’t you? The government has provided to all Qataris everything you need. Other countries don’t have that opportunity; you do have that opportunity in Qatar. Take advantage of it.”  


Dr Rashid Alammari, Dean, College of Engineering, Qatar University, and Dr Wyatt R Hume, Executive Director, Education, Training and Development, Qatar Foundation Research and Development, also participated in the Student Seminar, which was produced by Gulf Intelligence.

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