Posted on October 19, 2016

Qatar University College of Business & Economics (QU-CBE) held on October 17 a press briefing to outline its key achievements, developments and future plans for the academic year 2016-2017. 

It was led by CBE Dean Dr Khalid Shams M A Al-Abdulqader, and included department heads of Management and Marketing Dr Bader Al-Esmail, of Finance & Economics Dr Salem Nechi, and of Accounting and Information Systems Dr Mostafa Kamal Hassan.

Dr Al-Abdulqader outlined the four (4) pillars of the College’s new strategic plan, which are: graduating high-qualified professionals who will contribute to Qatar’s growth and progress, establishing new graduate programs especially designed to meet the needs of the labor market, promoting student engagement in research activities that develop their skills, and advancing a culture of community engagement through the development of a new strategy for expansion in executive education, and the promotion of application sessions in key areas such as human capital management, business analyses, and project management.

Dr Al-Abdulqader highlighted that the College admitted 899 students (75% Qatari nationals and 25% non-nationals) for Fall 2016, increasing the number of its male and female students to 4110. He stressed the importance of strengthening links with the College’s Advisory Council and various sectors of society through the establishment of partnerships with governmental and non-governmental institutions in Qatar.

He also pointed to the recent agreement which was signed with “Big Four” accounting firms -- Deloitte, Ernst & Young (EY), KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). “This agreement aimed to establish collaboration on the development and the delivery of a tax awareness training program for CBE students”, he said, adding, “The training sessions will be provided at QU during the 2016/2017 and 2017/2018 academic years. They are designed to highlight key points in international tax principles and Qatari tax law, and will use indicative examples.”

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In addition, Dr Al-Abdulqader highlighted the PhD Program in Business Administration which was launched this year. He said: “The program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of  Business (AACSB). This demonstrates the quality of our programs since only 5% of business colleges in the world are accredited by AACSB.”

On the College’s Management and Marketing Department, Dr Al-Esmail highlighted that the Department comprises a total of 829 students, including 658 Qatari nationals. He also observed the increase in the number of faculty this year to 36. Dr Al-Esmail also noted that the Department made a number of achievements such as the proposal of 252 new English and Arabic programs for Fall and Spring 2016, and the publication of 48 papers in high-level journals and conferences, among many others.  

On the College’s Finance & Economics Department, Dr Nechi noted that the Department offers accounting courses in Arabic for the Arabic track, while restructuring the Management Information Systems (MIS) Major in line with the needs of the labor market. He said: “During the academic year 2015-2016, the Department approved a restructuring of the Master of Accounting (MAC) program into two tracks -- thesis track and non-thesis track. The proposal is yet to be approved by the university, and we expect to implement changes in Fall 2016.”

He added: “The Department also established a new 4 + 1 master’s program. This five-year accounting program will allow students to complete the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Accounting and the Master of Accounting (MAC) programs in five years instead of six. The fourth year of the program is a transition in which students complete their bachelor’s degree and start their master’s degree.” Dr Nechi noted that the Department will continue to advance its research initiatives through the organization of research forums and seminars on tax awareness with the aim to ensure a full engagement with the community, the establishment of research groups, and the improvement of research metrics.