Posted on March 09, 2015

The Career Services Center (CSC) at Qatar University (QU) yesterday launched the 9th Annual Sponsorship & Internship Career Forum in the presence of H.E. Dr Abdullah Saleh Mubarak Al-Khulaifi, Qatar Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, QU President Prof Sheikha Abdulla Al-Misnad, QU faculty, students and alumni. Sixty (60) leading governmental and private organizations participated in the event which was designed to provide students a forum to meet potential employers with the view to benefitting from communication, employment and training opportunities.

The 3-day forum, which opened at QU’s women’s College of Business & Economics, will provide students with information on the needs of the labor market and the expectations of prospective employers. This year’s event was expanded to include discussion sessions, lectures and seminars. In his remarks, Minister Al-Khulaifi thanked QU and the participating organizations for their role in providing employment, internship, and scholarship opportunities for national male and female students to encourage them to contribute to advancing the public and private sector in Qatar. “This, no doubt, will have a notable impact on the labor market and help to advance Qatar’s productivity”, he said.

He added: “The Ministry continues to establish strong collaboration with different private sectors in Qatar and engage them in related issues. We consider the private sector a major and important partner in meeting our development endeavors; hence, the Ministry is working hard to widen its partnership efforts with different private sectors to enable them to support the Ministry in its processes and procedures.” Minister Al-Khulaifi applauded QU for organizing the event which he said reflected the organization’s commitment to providing the local labor market with qualified and skilled students. “QU’s role in hosting this event is evidence of its stated responsibility to serving the needs of the community”, he said.

Dr Abdullah Al Khulaifi supports [].jpgProf Al-Misnad welcomed the Minister and participating companies saying, “This is a great opportunity for us to  share ideas, success stories and potential collaboration partnerships.” She noted that the Career Forum is a tradition that was launched at QU more than 20 years ago in collaboration with the College of Engineering.

She added: “In order to strengthen QU’s competitive advantage, we continue to expand our collaborative partnerships with governmental and non-governmental organizations in the labor market. Our students’ university life is enriched by academic and non-academic experiences  provided by our partners through internship and training opportunities, and we are very proud of the impact these opportunities have had on the quality and excellence of our graduates.”

Prof Al-Misnad further added:  “We are encouraged in our efforts by the confidence placed in us by our many partners who look to our graduates for their knowledge and skills. Such appreciation which was also reflected in our receiving the award on two occasions for our Qatarization efforts, encourages us to continue to strengthen our cooperation with the public and private sectors.”

CSC Acting Director Ms Maha Al-Marri said: “The Center is well-placed to host this event which comes in the lead up to the graduation of a large number of our students who will need to be prepared for the world of work. The Forum encourages them to interact with labor market representatives and learn about the wide range of opportunities available to them as they plan for their future. Students become better acquainted with the needs of the local labor market and can make approaches to organizations they believe will provide them with opportunities to advance their career goals.”