Posted on April 30, 2018

Qatar University College of Engineering (QU-CENG) yesterday launched its 5th Engineering Week aimed at orienting high school students and the wider community on the importance of science and engineering in Qatar’s growth and development.

Attending the opening ceremony were CENG Dean Dr. Khalifa Al-Khalifa, CENG associate deans for Academic Affairs Prof. Abdelmagid Hammuda and for Research and Graduate Studies Prof. Abbes Amira, and CENG Assistant Dean for Students Affairs Eng. AlJazzi Hamad Fetais, as well as CENG faculty, students and staff, and representatives of the event’s sponsors and participating companies. The 4-day event (April 30-May 3) is sponsored by Qatar Petrochemical Company (QAPCO), Qatar Rail and Dolphin Energy Limited. It is designed to provide secondary and preparatory school students with an insight into CENG’s undergraduate programs and to live engineering experiences through competitions, quizzes and technical demonstrations. Winners of the Life is Engineering Program 2018 were honored. The program was sponsored by QAPCO and ExxonMobil Qatar.

Ahmed bin Hanbal Secondary School for Boys won the Creativity Award. Tariq bin Zeyad and Al Forqan Secondary Schools for Boys won the Most Active Schools Award. Nasser Al Attiya Secondary School for Boys won the Commitment Award. Hamad bin Abdullah Secondary School for Boys won the Lightest Design Award. Ali Bin Jassim Bin Mohammed Al Thani Secondary Independent School for Boys won the Cooperation Award. Musaab bin Omair Secondary School for Boys won the Salalom Test Award. Omar bin Al Khattab Secondary School for Boys won the Drag Award. Doha Secondary School for Boys won the Marathon Award.

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Commenting on the event, Dr. Khalifa Al-Khalifa underlined the well-cemented relations between CENG and its partners from industry. He said: “The Engineering Week and Life is Engineering Program are organized in collaboration with industrial partners that support CENG’s activities aimed at raising awareness of the importance of STEM subjects among students. I hope that such events will help students make a decision on the majors they would like to join at university, and we would like to see them soon at CENG.”

Dolphin Energy General Manager – Qatar Mr. Hassan Al-Emadi said: “Dolphin Energy explores every possible opportunity to support youth development and help them integrate into the workplace. Youth progress is vital for any society to thrive and advance and Qatar University’s Engineering Week initiative provides the right environment where we can invest in Qatar’s youth and help create specialists across all fields of engineering that will deliver future prosperity. It is very satisfying to watch the younger generation develop practical engineering skills and we are delighted to deepen our strong relationship with the university in this way.”

ExxonMobil Qatar President and General Manager Mr. Alistair Routledge said: “Our partnership with Qatar University is an example of how relationships between industry and academia can improve teaching and education outcomes. For over two decades, we have carried out programs like Life is Engineering that have helped teachers and students reach their full potential. Engineers create and change the future by taking on its toughest challenges – they make lives better – and we’re proud to be a part of this wonderful initiative that is nurturing the talent to achieve Qatar’s sustainable future.”