Posted on November 29, 2014
Approximately 60 percent of Qatar University's (QU) female undergraduate engineering students are considering pursuing postgraduate education, a survey of 100 students at a seminar on the Doha campus revealed on Monday, said Qatar Tribune.
Speaking to the audience of 100 young student engineers, Professor Yousef Haik, associate VP for Graduate Studies at QU's Office of the Vice-President and Chief Academic Officer, said: "Our job as educators is to make sure that we make you intellectual entrepreneurs. 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-based 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.
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Dr Rashid Alghithani al Marri, head of Logistics at ORYX GTL, said:"At ORYX GTL, we are passionate about education and we believe that investing in education today is essential to our country's future. Being Qatari, I am really proud of myself for getting a PhD. Why should you go for masters or Phd? 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 of College of Engineering at Qatar University and Dr Wyatt R Hume, executive director of Education, Training and Development at Qatar Foundation Research & Development, also participated in the student seminar, which was produced by Gulf Intelligence.
Qatar's planned transition into a sustainable, knowledge economy in line with its national vision 2030 is an ambitious and noble goal. For it to be achieved, numerous enabling factors will have to work in parallel. Putting in place infrastructure, fostering innovation, and facilitating research and technology development are some of the essential building blocks that are being employed to realize the country's vision. At the heart of this vision, however, sits education. It is with this realization that the government has embarked on a program aimed at enhancing and building domestic education capacity in order to accommodate the country's long-term goal of becoming a knowledge-based economy.