Posted on June 10, 2013

Qatar University’s College of Arts & Sciences (CAS)will offer a new PhD in Biological and Environmental Sciences, starting in the new academic year. The first such program of its kind in Qatar, this interdisciplinary, flexible PhD incorporates broad areas of specialism and is designed to address environmental and health concerns in Qatar and Gulf Countries.

Taught by world-class scientists and experts in the field, it will capitalize on areas of national research priorities and will prepare students for research in biological and environmental sciences, enabling them to take up positions in universities, industry or governmental agencies.

The program, which will have its first intake of students in Fall 2013,is the second PhD offered at QU. It brings the total number of graduate programs available at the university to 26 – in addition to the two PhDs there are also 19 Masters, four Diplomas and one PharmD – and underlines Qatar University’s commitment to providing quality programs of international standard which prepare graduates destined to shape the future of Qatar.

Announcing the new program which is the first doctorate of philosophy at CAS, Head of the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences Professor Samir Jaoua said: “We have already had significant interest in the new PhD and it will undoubtedly be a very successful program which will play a crucial role in the development of Qatar’s economic, academic and social development. We wish our five new students the very best of luck.”

ProfJaoua outlined further achievements of the department over this academic year, including the signature of seven Memoranda of Understanding with universities and organizations among which are the University of South Korea, University of Texas A&M-USA and University of Georgia USA. He added that these constitute a solid network of partnerscovering domains such as biotechnology, environmental ecosystems, marine Science and agriculture.

In addition, the first batch of students of the MSc Environmental Science program are defending their MSc theses/projects and will be graduating this month.

Also, six students from the department will take part in international internships and conferences over the summer break – two students have already summer placements at the College of Life Sciences and Biotechnology at Korea University, South Korea, while four students will participate in the 2013 annual meeting of the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) from 19-22 June in Pittsburgh, USA.

Finally, Prof Jaoua announced that starting from this year, each BSc. Env. Sc and MSc. Env. Sc. graduate from the department will receive a certificate from the Committee of Heads of Environmental Sciences (CHES-IES) in the UK. The department’s undergraduate and masters programs are the first in the Arab world to be accredited by CHES.