Posted on March 25, 2020

In the wake of global COVID-19 pandemic, the health and well-being of the people and students was the number one priority in Qatar. Measures taken swiftly to ensure that schools and universities could shift to online learning, in an effort to slow the spread of the disease.

” We are using the best online learning technologies and methods that offer us a comprehensive and interactive learning experience. It allows users to interact with each other as they would in a classroom and not just sit and listen to an online lecture “says Vahid Suljic - the founder of Campus & Student Life in Qatar/ @Students_Qatar (known as Qatar’s largest student community with over 50,300 followers/subscribers).

Drawing lessons from past experiences, the government had prepared an effective and robust system that was rolled out in a matter of days, enabling a smooth continuation of learning. Moving to an online environment, had everyone's anxiety running high, but the communication was frequent, clear and succinct. Universities and schools prepared an FAQ outlining all the details of how they would operate during a closure, so staff, students and parents were kept on the same page. In addition to that, educational institutions launched up community-wide texting campaigns, to communicate quickly and advise students where to find additional information, be it via email or on websites, social media or something else.

They tackled everything from logistical issues, the setup of Zoom & Microsoft teams’ meetings, to instructional ones, home support models and more. In more ways than one, Qatar is doing an excellent job in combating Coronavirus (COVID-19). They are transparent, decisive in their actions, clear, and quick to act.