Posted on March 17, 2015

Qatar University College of Engineering (QU-CENG) Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) held its meeting for the academic year 2014-2015, to discuss the College’s key achievements and developments, and future plans.

CENG Dean Dr Rashid Alammarri welcomed  QU Vice President and Chief Academic Officer Dr Mazen Hasna,  QAPCO Vice Chairman and CEO and IAB Chair Dr Mohammed Yousef Al Mulla, QP Chairman, Strategic Qatarization Plan Steering Committee Mr Abubaker Al Saiari,  Dolphin Energy Deputy General Manager Mr Mohammed Al Sulaiti,  Qatar Society of Engineers Chairman Mr Ahmed Jolo, Kahramaa President Mr Essa Al Kuwari,  RasGas Operations Technical Manager Mr Omar Almisnad,  Maersk Oil Technical Liaison Manager Mr Ahmed AlKuwari, Microsoft Qatar Education Sector Manager Mrs Mariam Barghouthi, Arabic Engineering Bureau GM Pre-Contract Services Mr Hani Hawamdeh, and ASTAD Human Capital & Support Services Director Mr Nasser AlHajri. 

Also attending were CENG associate dean for Research and Postgraduate Studies Prof Abdelmagid Hammuda, associate dean for Academic Affairs Prof Adel Gastli, and department heads. Dr Alammari expressed his appreciation to the Board for its tireless efforts and periodic follow-up of CENG activities and progress and their willingness to provide CENG students with opportunities to gain more knowledge and experience through on-site visits and internships at their respective industries.

He traced the College’s evolution to one with the highest percentage of engineering graduates entering the labor market which he said demonstrated the confidence the industrial sector has in the College and the quality of its education. “The College has graduated engineers for over a quarter century and we are expecting even more while maintaining the quality and excellence of our teaching/learning environment.  The College is extremely fortunate in its relationship with the public and private sector and its collaborations with academic organization in Qatar, the region and beyond”, Dr Alammarri said. He noted the popularity of the College’s 7 Masters’ programs and PhD program fielding 12 majors which have drawn growing interest annually from science and engineering professionals.

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Dr Alammarri also highlighted the conferences CENG led during the academic year such as the 4th International Gas Processing Symposium (October 2014), and the 11th ACS/IEEE International Conference on Computer Systems and Applications (AICCSA) (November 2014).  Additionally, he highlighted the College’s community service activities that are reflected in the number of high-school outreach programs that engage students on innovation and creativity in science and engineering.  

Points raised by board members included development of a more innovative curriculum to uplift the College’s academic standards and engage students’ creativity; improving enrolment in CENG summer programs; more encouragement of students to participate in scientific activities in an outside QU; and strengthening cooperation with government, industry and other sectors to support the academic process at the College.

IAB Chair Dr Al Mulla said: “I believe that strong collaboration is critically important between industry and academia as it will help ensure our country’s future competitiveness and will prepare the way for a new generation who share our passion for engineering. The most productive collaborations are strategic and long-term. This is certainly the case with QAPCO and the College of Engineering. We have built our partnership around a shared vision that has continued for a decade or more, and have established deep professional ties, trust and shared benefits that work to bridge the cultural divide between academia and industry. I believe that successful partnerships like ours are essential to broaden and enrich the learning experience for both students and instructors”.