Doha, – Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) has announced the launch of two new postgraduate programs that will each add a new area of advanced studies in Qatar: a Master of Arts in Women, Society, and Development, and a Master of Arts in Digital Humanities and Societies.

Applications are now being accepted for prospective students wishing to join the inaugural classes, which will start this fall. A public information session featuring an academic panel for both programs will take place at the Liberal Arts and Science Building, Education City, on Wednesday, April 19th at 5:00 pm. An additional information sessions is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, May 10th.

The announcement of the new programs, which will be delivered by HBKU’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS), demonstrates the university’s commitment to developing innovative ways of serving the specific educational needs of Qatar and the region. Commenting on the establishment of the new programs, Dr. Ahmad Hasnah, President of HBKU, said: “At HBKU we are committed to building knowledge and capacity through the establishment of programs that offer ways to accelerate thinking in areas that have been identified as priorities in our region.

“Our new programs utilize a multidisciplinary and innovative approach to learning in order to shed fresh light on two fascinating fields of study. By harnessing the expertise of our exceptional faculty and through exchanges and joint activities with other institutions, both within Education City and across Qatar, we will provide our students with an outstanding opportunity for higher learning experience as well as developing leaders who will impact their communities.” HBKU’s Women, Society, and Development program is the first of its kind in the region and enrolled students can expect to gain a thorough understanding of major strands in gender theory, and learn about Arab women from a historical and contemporary context.

“The degree will be interdisciplinary, drawing upon a number of specializations such as social sciences, politics and international relations, law and media”, notes the Founding Dean of CHSS, Dr. Amal Al Malki. “Through their studies, students will develop the skills necessary to go on and build effective mainstream public policies that can help solve challenges encountered by women in all areas of society and will serve to enhance Qatar’s global efforts to promote human development as it relates to women.” The other newly launched program explores another underrepresented field of study regionally. Over the last decade, cultures have been dramatically changed by the increasing influence of digital technologies and the MA in Digital Humanities and Societies program will focus on the role, impact, and consequences of digital influence on culture. “Ours is a unique program due to its cultural and regional focus, structure, and content. It is also the first program in the region to offer a multidisciplinary approach by exploring the links between arts, anthropology, sociology, media, communication, and urbanism, that all govern modern social interactions,” explains Dr. Al Malki.

Specifically, the program’s focus is to teach the relevant knowledge of digitization, presentation, and interpretation of both qualitative and quantitative data. This program prepares students for careers that intersect with academic research, journalism, private businesses, policy developers, communication, and data analysis and management.

HBKU continues to place emphasis on developing and delivering unique interdisciplinary programs that address contemporary societal concerns cutting across multiple areas of study. Both newly announced programs have been built in consultation with a cross section of experts in the field of humanities and government officials.

Online admission for both programs is open until May 1st for the first admissions cycle, and June 1st for the second admissions cycle. (QNA)

Source: Qatar News Agency