Posted on January 05, 2017

Al-Bairaq, an innovative high school project presented by Qatar University Center for Advanced Materials (QU-CAM), won the Middle East Silver Award at the third annual Reimagine Education Awards, which was recently held at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.

Al-Bairaq accomplished this achievement for altering the relationship between learner and teacher, moving from a dynamic that is explicitly hierarchical, to one that makes explicit a shared goal, and places the student into the role of co-creator of knowledge. The event, which was organized by The Wharton School -- SEI Center at the University of Philadelphia, and Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) -- compiler of the QS World University Rankings, attracted 807 submissions from 56 countries. 527 entries were accepted and 140 shortlisted. The international panel of judges consisted of 40 experts who evaluated the projects based on three main criteria: innovation, impact, depth or scalability.

QU Al-Bairaq wins the Middle East 2 [].jpgCommenting on the achievement, QU Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies Prof Mariam Al-Maadeed said: “This achievement demonstrates the quality of research at Qatar University. In this regard, the University has notched up a number of ISO certifications for its research labs. Al-Bairaq is committed to driving forward the spirit of innovation among high school students by providing them with the scientific expertise from elementary to secondary school.” CAM Director Dr Nasser Abdullah Alnuaimi: “We are proud of this achievement that demonstrates CAM’s mission to build and manage an academic and research environment as part of our role to develop a knowledge-based economy. Through Al-Bairaq, we mentor students in developing the skills, competencies and mindset needed to overcome the challenges that they face in their personal and academic lives.”

CAM Manager of Outreach and Engagement Dr Noora Al-Thani said: “I would like to congratulate QU members and Al-Bairaq team who truly deserved to be recognized. We appreciate the great efforts of the team to motivate the future generations to excel and innovate in applicable sciences, in line with the national aspirations towards a knowledge-based economy and the fulfillment of the goals of Qatar National Vision 2030. This achievement is a testament of the continuous success of Al-Bairaq Project since its establishment in 2010. This is not the first achievement for the Project as it won the 2015 WISE Award for Innovation in Education. We will continue to deliver on our mission to advance the Project and its various programs.”

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