Posted on April 19, 2016

40 male students from the colleges of Engineering (CENG) and Business and Economics (CBE) at Qatar University (QU) were engaged on a range of skills training activities during the 3rd edition of the Nasmou program, an initiative set up in collaboration with Occidental Petroleum Qatar (Oxy Qatar) and Silatech. The program, held on April 11-14, followed the success of the two previous editions offered in 2015 which engaged CENG male and female students consecutively.

Over the 4 days, the students benefitted from training workshops and other forums to equip them with necessary skills, competencies and mindset to ease their transition into the workplace and ultimately become the nation's future leaders. They were provided with insights on leadership and important issues such as emotional and cultural intelligence, teamwork, how to face challenges, as well as overcoming cultural boundaries and succeeding in a multicultural environment.

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Workshop themes included “Setting the Scene – Understanding the type of leader we are and want to be”; “Introducing the Challenge – Using the Challenge as a way to put your leadership skills into practice”; “Leading Change – Working as an effective team”; and “What Next? – Developing a Personal Action Plan”. 15 senior executives and experts from partner organizations and related industries participated in the workshops and shared the challenges they faced in their careers, and their successes as leaders. An internship opportunity will be offered to selected students at Oxy Qatar to further develop their skills and apply the knowledge and techniques to real-life experiences. 

Commenting on the program, CENG dean Dr Khalifa Al-Khalifa said: “Participating in this program encourages our students to achieve their personal and professional goals, in addition to giving them a strong footing to enter the labor market”. “This is in line with CENG goals to develop well-equipped Qatari engineers who can contribute to the objectives and values expressed in Qatar National Vision 2030”, he added. CBE dean Dr Nitham Hindi noted the importance of the program in preparing a generation of skilled and knowledgeable students to enter the job market and be more competitive in the domestic and international arena. “They are our creative leaders who will lead the future”, he said.

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Silatech Qatar country manager Sheikha Alanoud bint Hamad Al-Thani said: “The Nasmou program is designed to complement the academic rigor of a university education with a focus on the more intangible "soft skills" that help to ease the transition from the classroom to the workplace. This partnership is in line with Silatech's vision to have an Arab world in which young people are able to work and are engaged in the economic development of their societies. Nasmou also exemplifies the type of coordination between the private sector, academia and non-profit organizations that is necessary to produce a high-quality graduates which can meet the demands of Qatar's economy.”

Oxy Qatar president and general manager Mr Stephen Kelly said: “Oxy is pleased to support the Nasmou program for the third time. Nasmou provides students the opportunity to gain real life experience in the workplace, helping them develop ways to decrease stress and increase productivity, motivate and inspire them to take charge of their career direction, and equip them with the tools to cope with and adapt to changes in their working environment.”