Posted on September 22, 2014

Under the theme “Shop at your office”, Qatar University (QU) held Tsawaq Day on September 21, to introduce the QU community to Tsawaq, the brand name of SciQuest, an online shopping service that delivers “business process automation solutions to enable greater visibility and compliance organization-wide to help end-users gain control, optimize efficiencies, and reduce spending”. Attendees also got acquainted with the suppliers at the Expo Center set up in the Library Building and learned more about the product that is the first of its kind in Qatar and the second in the Middle East after King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia. 

The event was organized by QU Procurement and Administrative Services departments and inaugurated by QU Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer Dr Humaid Al Midfaa in the presence of VPs Dr Hassan Al-Derham, Dr Saif Al-Suwaidi and Dr Mazen Hasna along with Associate VPs, college deans, directors, department heads, faculty, staff, and students. Procurement Department Director Mohamed Al-Saadi noted that the online shopping service was launched in May this year. “It is a valuable tool for all QU members and we are pleased to serve them by providing products that are practical and user-friendly and can enhance their work professionally”, he said. 

QU launches first-in-Qatar Tsawaq online 2 [].jpgThe department’s IS Support Section head Tamer Mahmoud Mohamed Ibrahim pointed to QU’s development and expansion in all areas which he said will require a new approach to bring efficiency to the procurement process. “We needed to find the right tools to meet the demand of the huge development at QU. By implementing SciQuest, we are aiming to cover QU’s needs and improve existing services”. KAUST Purchasing and Strategic Sourcing Manager Abdul Rashid Stapic stated that SciQuest is an electronic e-commerce hypermarket used by 200 universities worldwide. “As a true “self-service” portal, SciQuest is a state-of-the-art e-commerce platform displaying e-catalogs with over 3 million items, including a warehouse catalog with pre-negotiated pricing”, he explained.

Also on the Day’s program was a recognition ceremony in which Associate VP for Administration Sara Al Marri honored the event organizers.

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