Posted on March 09, 2016

The Department of Chemistry and Earth Sciences at Qatar University’s College of Arts and Sciences has recently celebrated the renewal of its 2009 Chemistry program accreditation from The Canadian Society for Chemistry for another 5 years.

The opening of the Chemistry program re-accreditation ceremony attended by QU President Dr Hassan Rashid Al-Derham, HE Mr. Adrian Norfolk the Ambassador of Canada, QU Vice President and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Mazen Hasna, QU Vice President for Administrative Affairs Dr. Homaid Al-Madfa, QU Vice President for student affairs Dr. Khalid Khonji, CAS Dean Dr. Eiman Mustafawi, Head of the Department of Chemistry and Earth Sciences Prof. Hala Sultan S. Al- Easa, Immediate past president, Canadian Society of Chemistry Prof. Youla Tsantrizos, CAS Associate Deans, for Outreach and Engagement Dr Khalifa Hazaa, for Planning and Quality Assurance Dr Steven Wright, Academic affairs Dr. Hassan A. Aziz and for Research and Graduate studies Prof. Mohamed Ahmedna.

In his welcome speech, Dr Hassan Rashid Al-Derham said “As our vision is to become a model national university and actively contribute to the Qatar National Vision 2030, we are pleased to gain international accreditation for our programs, a recognition that testifies to the quality of our programs. At the same time, we are developing a distinctive blend of international standards and best practices that allow us to utilize our own innovative capacity to meet Qatar’s needs and aspirations”.

“our sustained investment in the area is paying off as witnessed not only by such milestones of that celebrated today but also by Qatar University topping the Times Higher Education’s list of the world's most international universities 2016, marking not only the first time that this was achieved by a Middle Eastern institution but also representing the only GCC country appearing in the top 10 list of one of the most prestigious and comprehensive ranking systems”, Dr. Al- Derham added.

Dr. Eiman Mustafawi said “As our Chemistry program celebrates the renewal of its 2009 accreditation today, I am proud to say that the College of Arts and Sciences is home to a growing list of accredited programs that includes the undergraduate Statistics Program by the UK-based Royal Statistical Society; the undergraduate and graduate programs in Environmental Sciences by the UK-based Committee of Heads of Environmental Sciences; and the undergraduate Mass Communication Program by the US-based Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication”. 

She stated further, “Such achievements showcase the college’s commitment to preparing well-rounded, creative and competent graduates through fostering an environment that stimulates creativity, inclusiveness and a global perceptive. Through applying our motto, “Empowerment, Engagement, and Innovation”, we continue to offer our students a high quality education by achieving milestones such as today’s. I am confident that our students will be well-equipped to assist in fulfilling Qatar’s National Vision 2030 and to serve as our nation’s next generation of leaders after graduating from our internationally accredited programs”.

Prof. Hala Al-Easa said “The Chemistry program now part of the Department of Chemistry and Earth Sciences, was one of the founding programs of Qatar University. Indeed we have some of its earliest graduates in attendance, many of whom now occupy important positions in Qatari society. Thus, the Chemistry Program graduates who will receive their Canadian Society for Chemistry accreditation certificates later in this ceremony, will join a very distinguished group of chemists, and we hope that in their career they will continue to make the same impactful contributions to our have been made by the alumni that came before them”.

Prof Al-Easa noted that the department started the preparations that resulted in the application for accreditation of our Chemistry BSc program from the Canadian Society for Chemistry in 2007; we were one of the first in the College of Arts and Sciences to seek international recognition for the quality of our program. That first application required a major revision of our program to meet the accreditation requirements, including upgrading our teaching laboratories a process that in fact still continues, as it should. We were very pleased to achieve our first 5-year accreditation from the Canadian Society for Chemistry in 2009, following the detailed site visit in November 2008 by Drs. John MacIntosh and Robert Lipson.

She stated further “Following 2009, we continued our efforts to strengthen our program and our facilities, while simultaneously experiencing major growth in our student numbers. Accreditation by an international organization strongly improved the visibility of the Chemistry Major program, both internally and externally. In the following years, we re-opened the program for male students, who before accreditation had suffered from low enrolment.

“This large increase in class enrolments has occurred at all levels, from first year to the final graduation project. The number of enrolled students in general chemistry is almost tripled since 2009. The increase in enrolment in upper level courses and laboratories is still accelerating as our newly admitted students move into their upper years of study”. She added.