Posted on August 25, 2017

Students set to begin their engineering studies at Texas A&M University at Qatar (Tamuq) posted significant improvements in their mathematics knowledge and skills through Pathways for Retention in Engineering Programs (PREP), according to examination scores at the conclusion of the programme.

Overall, the students improved their examination scores by an average of more than 20 percent from the beginning to the end of the programme, reflecting the success of the initiative. The PREP course, which ran for three weeks from July 23 to August 10, was taught by Dr Sandra Nite from Tamuq's main campus in College Station, Texas, the USA. Nite commended the students for their remarkable progress. "I have enjoyed working with this talented group of students," Nite said."They have worked diligently to deepen their understanding of concepts needed for success in engineering calculus. I have high confidence that these students are more prepared for their engineering careers as a result of their effort this summer."

PREP is part of the 'Dhia: Engineering Leaders' initiative, a partnership between Tamuq and longtime collaborator Maersk Oil Qatar, which aims to help young Qataris to choose and succeed in educational pathways in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), which are critical to the success of the Qatar National Vision 2030. PREP aims to provide students a solid foundation in mathematics, which is essential in sciences and engineering, to support the academic success of incoming engineering students. The programme comprised intense instruction in mathematical topics such as functions, trigonometry and linear systems.

Faisal al Baker, an incoming Tamuq engineering student, said the programme significantly strengthened his mathematics skills ahead of his enrolment in university studies. "The PREP programme has helped me a great deal because most of the things I have studied here were new to me and they were introduced to us in new and creative ways," he added. Academic enrichment initiatives such as PREP are part of a broad strategy to support Qatar's knowledge-based economy, said Dr Brady Creel, director of outreach programmes at Tamuq. "Our goal is to inspire the next generation of engineering leaders in Qatar," he said."Texas A&M at Qatar is proud to support and encourage these ambitious students on their path to becoming engineers."

source: Qatar Tribune