Daily Archives: November 22, 2020

SPORT SCIENCE PROGRAM AT QU RANKED 151-200 IN THE 2020 SHANGHAI RANKING’S GLOBAL RANKING OF SPORT SCIENCE SCHOOLS AND DEPARTMENTS

The Sport Science Program (SSP) at Qatar University (QU) ranked in the top 151-200 worldwide for Sport Science Schools and Departments in the Shanghai’s Global Ranking 2020. This achievement, once again, puts the SSP in a leading position in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA).

The SSP has made significant progress in research in the last few years, and was able to improve its ranking by at least 50 places compared to the 2018 Shanghai Global Ranking edition. Although the SSP is a relatively small program, with only about 10 to 12 faculty members active in research, it competes with much bigger units worldwide such as sport colleges or schools and sport universities. Over the last three years, the research outcomes have almost doubled. In 2019, the program reached an average of about 5 published articles per faculty in reputable journals and publishers. Most publications are in top-tier journals (Q1 and Q2) and open-access; with a median impact factor of around 2.4. This excellent quality of publications assisted the SSP in increasing its visibility and ranking.

One of the pillars of Sport Science Program is research. To capitalize on the expertise and national/international networks of faculty in SSP and partners at QU and within the Sport Science Community in Qatar, the SSP initiated Research Units in 2017 with the aim of increasing contribution of knowledge on sport and exercise matters related to Qatar and the region. Including:

1- Sport, Culture and Society (SCS): The purpose of this research is to examine the interplay between sport, culture and society at local, regional and international levels, applying multidisciplinary approaches in social sciences, including social psychology, sport sociology, sport policy and management, sport and cultural studies.
2- Sport, Physical Activity and Health (SPAH): This theme aims at promoting the development of scholarship and teaching while establishing interdisciplinary research and advance knowledge about exercise, health and well-being issues from the scope of multiple disciplines (e.g., physiology, psychology, nutrition, motor control).
3- Sport Performance (SP): This theme aims to promote the development of scholarship and teaching, whilst establishing interdisciplinary research, and advancing knowledge about sport performance issues from the scope of multiple disciplines (e.g., physiology, psychology, biomechanics, nutrition, motor control).
Dr. Lina Majed, Chair of Research Enabling Committee in Sport Science Program commented saying, “We expect a further improvement in the research output of the SSP in the coming years, given that we have a full new facility, which has been dedicated to state-of-the-art laboratories for physiology and movement science testing and research. The new laboratories will offer a perfect setting for home-grown research projects with key stakeholders in Qatar and international collaborators, to foster a network of local experts aiming to improve the sciences of sports and exercise in the region.”

Dr. Mahfoud Amara Director of Sport Science Program said, “This new milestone would not be possible without the hard work of faculty, support staff and students in the Sport Science Program. Thanks also to the continuous support of the College of Arts and Sciences, and partners and collaborators in research and publications at Qatar University and internationally.”

 

 

Source: Qatar University

QU ORGANIZES IAESTE DAY TO DRAW STUDENTS INTO ENGINEERING FIELD AND PROVIDE TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

Qatar University College of Engineering (QU-CENG) organized an event for the International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience, to present program details for students. The event was sponsored by Dolphin Energy Limited and Qatar Petroleum Development Co. Ltd.

The event aimed at communicating with students to urge them to join the program, and look for the most prominent training opportunities available.

Dolphin Energy’s General Manager – Qatar, Mr. Hassan Al-Emadi commented on Dolphin Energy’s sponsorship saying, “This significant training platform has been designed to enhance the skills of talented Qatari and international students, and we are delighted to join forces with Qatar University on this important initiative. By providing advanced and multi-cultural training opportunities, we hope future technical challenges will be solved and those taking part will graduate and develop into future leaders and contribute to their nation’s wellbeing. We are delighted to be sponsors and wish all the participants best of luck.”

In his speech, QU-CENG Dean Dr. Khaled Kamal Naji said, “We are honored at QU-CENG to be Qatar’s representative of The International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE). We will facilitate the enrollment procedures for various training opportunities in the participating country, to develop solutions to the challenges facing the organization’s work plans, and to enhance exchange between member states.”

“Qatar joined IAESTE in 2011 to prepare qualified graduates who are able to contribute effectively to areas they join and make a difference. QU-CENG seeks to cultivate the talents of its students with international experiences through this exchange. We seek to meet the challenges of student exchange in the countries of the region, and to enhance student exchange between these countries,” Dr. Naji added.

It is worth mentioning that (IAESTE) is concerned with the exchange of students for technical work experience abroad, as students gain through this organization appropriate technical training. This organization includes committees representing more than 80 countries, and the organization seeks to connect students with employers in foreign countries, provide university students with technical expertise, and culturally enrich students and their host societies. The organization serves nearly 4,000 students, 3,000 employers and 1,000 academic institutions annually through professional training programs focusing on professional life abroad and social and cultural reception programs, international networks and other professional activities and brands in more than 80 countries around the world.

 

 

Source: Qatar University

CRA Publishes Spectrum Plan for FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

The Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) published yesterday on its website the Spectrum Plan for the FIFA World Cup – Qatar 2022 to match with the opening day of the FIFA World Cup in 2022, which is going to be hosted by Qatar after two years from November 21 to December 18, 2022.

The publication is in compliance with FIFA requirements to publish the Spectrum Plan two years before the start of the event by the responsible authority in the host country.

CRA has started the development of the plan last year by meeting with representatives of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), FIFA and a number of experts representing Broadcast Host. The meetings continued during this year to discuss the CRA’s drafted plan, and it led to accepting the plan details and various programs. It takes into account all the aspects related to hosting this international event from the spectrum perspective, in order to achieve the desired success for the event before and during its hosting in the state of Qatar.

 

 

Source: Hukoomi Government of Qatar

MOEHE Announces Schedules of Secondary Certificate First Semester Exams Starting From 30 Nov

On Wednesday, 18 November 2020, the Student Evaluation Department of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MOEHE) issued schedules of first semester examinations for secondary certificate students in the Adult Education, Technology, Scientific and Arts and Humanities tracks. The Ministry has decided to begin the examinations on Monday, 30 November 2020, instead of 2 December 2020, in accordance with the announced annual calendar at the beginning of the current academic year 2020-2021.

MOEHE also clarified that an examination for each school subject will be for two hours.

 

Source: Hukoomi Government of Qatar

MME Launches Festival of Qatari Farm Products Participated by 150 Farms

The Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) launched on Thursday, 19 November 2020, the Festival of Qatari Farm Products under the slogan “Vegetables from Qatari farms are our first choice” for “Qatar Farms” and “Premium Products” programs for the new agricultural season. The festival was held at the LuLu Hypermarket in Al Gharafa.

Mr. Masoud Jarallah Al Marri, director of the Food Security Department at the MME, said that over 150 farms are participating in the festival and these farms are providing various agricultural products and everything that could be produced in the State of Qatar, including perishable vegetables and crops.

Mr. Al Marri added that the annual festival, which is held at the beginning of the agricultural season, aims to support national products and farm owners by offering their products in major shopping malls in the State and increase retail outlets for them. He pointed out that this festival comes as part of the policy of MME to support and promote local product and introduce consumers to high-quality Qatari products.

 

 

Source: Hukoomi Government of Qatar