Posted on March 16, 2018

UCL Qatar-University College London in Qatar- is preparing for the arrival of prospective students next week, as it gets ready to host its post-graduate Open Evening. The event, which is open to the public, will take place at Georgetown University’s Education City campus on Monday 19 March from 6 p.m.

The Open Evening is the first event to take place in a week-long showcase of UCL Qatar’s various contributions and partnerships in Qatar, celebrating what the country’s higher education and cultural heritage. The showcase, called UCL Qatar Week, includes a public lecture in partnership with Qatar National Library (QNL) titled Seeing Yourself in History with Community-Based Archives: On Building the Award-winning South Asian American Digital Archive and the Sudan’s Ancient History: Hwida and Maawia Investigate Meroe’s Iron children book launch on the UCL Qatar research in Sudan, part of the Qatar-Sudan Archeological Project (QSAP).

The Open Evening is for the public to learn more about the university’s academic programmes and see the campus and facilities firsthand. Visitors can learn more about UCL Qatar, accommodation and the student experience, life in Qatar, the admissions process, and the two distinguished programmes offered: MA in Library and Information Studies and MA in Museum and Gallery Practice.“We hope that prospective MA students will use this opportunity to learn more about our strong academic history, programmes, and the range of opportunities available to UCL Qatar students,” said Ciara Canning, Student Recruitment and Affairs Officer. “Both programmes offered here at UCL Qatar are unique in their focus on Qatar and the Arab world, offering research-based learning and international work-placement opportunities to students.”

The event will include representatives from both programmes as well as campus life, who will be on hand to answer any queries prospective students might have about life in UCL Qatar. Student Recruitment and Services staff along with current students and alumni will be there to meet and speak with visitors and share tips and advice on applying to UCL Qatar. The presentations that will take place during the Open Evening include: a welcoming word from UCL Qatar Director Sam Evans; an introduction of the courses offered; and an outline of the application process. They will all be live streamed on Facebook from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

The public lecture, which will take place on the 20th, will be given by Michelle Caswell, Assistant Professor of Archival Studies in the Department of Information Studies at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). In her lecture, Caswell will discuss the growing community archives phenomena, drawing on lessons learned from the building of the South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA) she co-founded. Caswell will then discuss the impact of such archives on the individuals and communities they serve. UCL Qatar Open Evening will take place on the 19th and will run from 6- 7:30 p.m. The public lecture will take place on the 20th of March at 5 p.m. at QNL, and the children book presentation takes place on 21st of March at 6 p.m. at QNL as well.