Posted on May 13, 2015

Health sciences educators, researchers, and students from Qatar, Canada, the GCC and Lebanon met at the University of Calgary in Qatar’s (UCQ) Teaching and Learning Conference 2015 in Doha to share research and innovations in interprofessional teaching and learning.

Ms Hissa Al Ali, Associate Director of the College of Nursing Project, opened the conference with stirring words about Qatar’s vision for healthcare and education, and praise for UCQ’s initiative both in educating nursing leaders and in drawing this interdisciplinary and international group of healthcare scholars and leaders together in a common goal. On behalf of UCQ, she applauded the “wise vision and leadership of His Highness The Emir, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani which is based on investment, particularly in Qatari human resources” —and of Her Highness, Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, who championed bringing the University of Calgary to Qatar and “who believed in the University of Calgary and its ability to educate the nursing professionals of Qatar’s future.”

UCQ hosts international conference 2 [].jpgOver a two-day period, 60 speakers representing UCQ, Hamad Medical Corporation, Primary Health Care Corporation, Qatar University, Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, Texas A&M University at Qatar, and College of the North Atlantic in Qatar, as well as health and education leaders from Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, and Canada, presented on topics ranging from academic integrity and overcoming learning barriers, to the educational roles of simulation in medical training and pain management strategies. Conference papers from 2014 will be published in a special up-coming issue of the International Journal of Educational Thought.

Keynote speaker Dr. Lynn Taylor, Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning), University of Calgary in Canada, set the tone for the conference theme with a presentation on fostering change in the context of interprofessional learning. Additionally, UCQ Teaching and Learning Centre Director, Dr. Mary Gene Saudelli, announced the creation of a new journal through UCQ – The Journal of International and Transnational Nursing Education. This publication will add research conducted in Qatar and the GCC countries to the growing scholarly profile of nursing scholarship.UCQ hosts international conference 3 [].jpg

The UCQ Teaching and Learning Conference 2015— ‘Health Sciences in Qatar: Teaching, Learning & Inter-Professionalism’—was the 3rd annual conference organized by the Teaching and Learning Centre at UCQ and the first to invite presentations from researchers and educators from outside UCQ and Qatar. For 8 years UCQ has delivered gold standard, accredited nursing education to Qatar. The only university in Qatar to offer a Bachelor of Nursing program, UCQ added a Master of Nursing program in Oncology in support of the National Cancer Strategy, and a Master of Nursing program in Leadership targeted to Qatar nationals.