Posted on November 11, 2017

Qatar University (QU) Foundation Program hosted on November 9 a meeting for senior decision makers from institutions dedicated to foundation/bridging programs in Qatar.

Themed “Foundation Programs in Qatar: Towards Enhancing Students’ Success”, the event aimed to provide the participants with a platform to meet, discuss and share their ideas and experience on foundation programs and ways to ensure student success. Attendees included QU Core Curriculum and Foundation Programs Director Dr Maha Al-Hendawi, QU Foundation Program Associate Director Dr Nadeem Hashem, CNA-Q Vice President for Academics Dr Samah Gamar, University Foundation College – Qatar CEO Dr Mothana Al Kubaisy, Community College of Qatar English and Math Chairs Dr Michael King and Dr Sabah Al Naimi, and academic administrators from the Academic Bridge Program, as well as a number of foundation program academic administrators.

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The event’s program featured presentations delivered by speakers from QU. They discussed a wide range of topics such as enhancing students’ success, benchmarking learning outcomes, assessment, skills being taught to foundation students, and meeting future needs in tertiary education. In her remarks, Dr Maha Al-Hendawi said: “We meet today to seek new opportunities for collaboration with the aim to equip our students with the best academic skills that are required at the undergraduate level and the learning of English language, mathematics, computer and other subjects. This significant meeting serves to highlight the expertise and best practices that enhance the educational process at the early stages of university life.”

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She added: “Over the past two decades, the foundation programs in Qatar in particular, and the Gulf Region in general have gained an increasing attention to assist universities in achieving their goals and providing the labor market and the community with competent graduates. Additionally, the foundation programs played a crucial role in preparing the students and equipping them with the necessary skills to join the labor market. Hence, these programs became more important as they contribute to  teach additional courses at the post-foundation level.”

The meeting was concluded after discussions on the way forward and identifying the common factors among the participating institutions. This event is hoped to serve as a step for a more lasting academic relationship between the key providers of foundation courses in Qatar.