Posted on December 31, 2016

Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) is opening its doors throughout the month of January, inviting the public to events that range from public lectures by leading Islamic experts to a market showcasing local entrepreneurs and a concert by a world-renowned classical guitarist.

On the 4th of January, from 7:15 pm to 9:15 pm at the College of Islamic Studies (CIS), Professor Ali Al-Quradaghi is delivering a public lecture that provides insights into how Maqasid Al Shariah can be the framework for Islamic financial transactions in the banking sector. Al-Quradaghi is a Shariah expert to several Islamic banks, and will provide the audience with examples from the Islamic banking industry.

The Student Center at HBKU will be hosting an Education City Market from the 11th – 14th of January. Open to the general public, the event showcases a rich display of products and services for attendees to browse. It also provides a platform to engage with local business owners and entrepreneurs to learn more about their unique success stories. Maryam Hamad Al-Mannai, Vice President of Student Affairs at HBKU, commented: “Visitors to the various stalls will get an interesting glimpse into what is currently being created by talented entrepreneurs in Qatar. It brings students face-to-face with local entrepreneurs and encourages innovative thought and research as they work to tackle challenges faced by Qatar and the region.”

CIS will be conducting a public lecture by Professor Robert Eccles on 15th of January, from 7 pm to 9 pm, titled “Sustainability and Integrated Reporting for Sustainable Corporate Strategies.” The lecture aims to address critical issues faced by organizations in developing an integrated approach to external reporting that includes corporate social responsibility, sustainable development, and competitive advantage. Eccles is the first Non-Executive Chairman of Arabesque, a European investment firm that leverages sustainability data with quantitative models to offer a unique approach to investing.

HBKU’s Translation and Interpreting Institute (TII), part of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, is celebrating the Chinese Spring Festival held at the Student Center on 22nd of January. The lunar festival, co-organized with the Chinese Embassy, is set to mark the incoming Fire Rooster year in accordance with their zodiac. Denoted by twelve animals and five elements, a complete cycle of the Chinese zodiac is a period of 60 years – the next Fire Rooster will be in the year 2076. Dr. Melena Savova, Director of the Language Center noted: “CHSS and The Language Center wish to bring together their students, the Chinese community of Doha, and the public in celebration of the biggest holiday of the Chinese calendar.”

Also starting on the 22nd of January is HBKU’s Food Safety Class. Delivered once a week over the following six weeks at the Student Center from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, the class aims to educate community members on the importance of food safety. Enrolled participants will be able learn best practices to identify and deal with hazards in food production, storage, and consumption. Classes will be administered in English by Dr. Walid Alali, an associate professor of epidemiology and a founding member of the College of Health and Life Sciences at HBKU.  

The University is organizing a public symposium titled the “Contribution of Chinese Muslim Scholars to Civilization” on 24th of January at CIS. The event will feature Dr. Zuhrat Aldin Ma Xiapei and Dr. James Frankel, both Professors at the Chinese University in Hong Kong, as guest speakers to discuss how Chinese Muslims played key roles in society through interaction, cooperation, and assimilation without compromising their unique Muslim identity. To conclude the month of January, TII will be hosting a concert by Paco Rentería on the 30th, a guitarist from Mexico. The event, in partnership with the country’s Embassy, is a part of TII’s initiative to promote the Language Center and cross-cultural knowledge.

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