Posted on July 14, 2013

Qatar University recently hosted a reception at the Gulf Research Meeting (GRM), an annual academic convention focused on the Gulf region at the University of Cambridge in the UK.

The 3rd July reception for the 250 GRM attendees and special guests was co-organized by Qatar University’s Social and Economic Survey Research Institute (SESRI) and the university’s Gulf Studies Program at the College of Arts and Sciences.

Qatar University President Professor Sheikha Al Misnad said in her welcoming remarks: “The Gulf Research Meeting is critical in promoting academic research and scholarship on the Gulf region and QU is honored to participate in this event. This year’s Meeting workshops highlight the breadth, depth and quality of research emerging on the Gulf region, which is critical in informing policymakers, academics and the public as we work together to address the region’s challenges and opportunities.”

Now in its fourth year, the GRM is organized by the Gulf Research Center (GRC) in collaboration with the University of Cambridge to provide an academic environment to foster Gulf studies and enhance knowledge and research about the region.

Qatar University leadership, faculty and graduate students from the Masters in Gulf Studies Program and the Masters of Urban Planning and Design at the College of Engineering participated in the four-day conference. Prof Al Misnad presented a paper entitled “A practitioner’s perspective of the challenges of higher education in the Gulf, with particular reference to Qatar,” during the Educational Challenges in the GCC in the 21st Century workshop. Meanwhile, Urban Planning and Design Masters’ students Rana Al Amawi and Rama Asadi co-authored and presented a paper incorporating research and projects produced in their Sustainable Urban and Landscape Design class.

Director of the Social and Economic Survey Research Institute (SESRI) at Qatar University Dr Darwish Al Emadi said QU organized the event to increase awareness of the university’s work and research in Gulf Studies. He said: “It is an honor to host the reception as it is an ideal opportunity to broaden and deepen QU’s relationships with key partners and leading researchers and practitioners.”

Qatar Airways flies 3 times weekly to Belgrade, Serbia starting 20th November