Qatar University (QU) focuses on many areas to improve its academic activities by giving importance to experiential learning and education through information technology.
Qatar University is in need to improve on a “number of areas” to enhance its academic activities as the national university, though certain specific areas are of “paramount” says Dr Sheikha bint Jabor Al Thani, Vice President and Chief Academic Officer.
“There are a number of areas,” she said. “Qatar University needs to develop or pay attention to enhance its academic activities further as the national university.”
Experiential learning, increasing interest in sciences and enhancing and further integrating IT in teaching and learning are being given top priority she explained. Dr Al Thani told The Peninsula, that the university has increased its efforts to enhance experimental learning. Qatar University has increased number of internships for students locally and internationally, in the right organisations which will provide excellent learning experiences.
“We believe this is a really important aspect of learning and of giving students a well-rounded and relevant education. We have already increased our efforts here and are working on providing more opportunities for students to get hands-on experience – on campus as well as off-campus,” she said. Increasing student interest in sciences is another area Qatar University is working with students in high and middle schools to make them keen about majoring in science, technology and engineering disciplines.
Qatar University recently held the third ‘Life is Engineering’ competition, where 16 schools competed for an opportunity to build a car that could race on the Lusail Circuit.
“Already Qatar University has two great high school initiatives, namely Al Bairaq and Life is Engineering,” said Dr Al Thani. “Though QU has come a long way in using the best course management system in academia and developing our e-books collection, in addition to other electronic resources, there is still the need to do more to keep abreast with advances in this field, and to capitalise on opportunities, which will shape the scene of education in the next few years,” Dr Al Thani explained.
source: The Peninsula
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