Qatar University’s College of Engineering (QU-CENG) marked World Creativity and Innovation Day on April 21 to celebrate the potential of creativity and innovation industry around the world.
Every year, the globe celebrates World Creativity and Innovation Day to raise awareness about the significance of creativity and innovation. World Creativity and Innovation Day was first recognised by the United Nations in 2017.
World Creativity and Innovation Day rejoices the creative economy that consists of audiovisual products, design, new media, performing arts, publishing and visual arts. The creativity and innovation sector is a highly transformative sector of the world economy in terms of income generation, job creation and export earnings.
Faculty of QU-CENG shared few statements on this occasion. Dr. Adel Gastli, Professor of Electrical Engineering said “Creativity and innovation are the natural outcomes of life and educational processes and conditions, as well as the consequences of extrinsic inspiration or thinking. In engineering for example, creativity and innovation depend on critical thinking in order to find solutions to real problems. Critical thinking is the basis of an engineer. Building up the creativity and innovation thinking in a student requires developing his critical thinking, through a methodological pedagogy.”
Prof. Majeda Khraisheh, Department Head of Chemical Engineering said, “Creativity and innovation are considered essential values greatly encouraged by the university and college, by pushing students to practice independent thinking to find innovative solutions. Innovation is also one of the main pillars of QU’s vision and strategy, as innovation helps to achieve sustainable development goals through the interaction with QU researchers to target local market needs. Accordingly, the University has worked to create a stimulating environment by supporting academic research, establishing research centers and preparing the appropriate infrastructure, in addition to enacting legislation to preserve intellectual property.”
“Creativity is about generating creative ideas, and innovation is about transforming them into a reality that is useful for developing new products and ideas. Creativity and innovation encourage problem solving and establish a more efficient workplace, so that employee morale increases, interdependence and teamwork improve, and challenges are solved with success. This all results in improving productivity in economy, services and industries, and opening new horizons for future generations in the continuity of development and meeting their own needs, and this is called sustainable development,” said Prof. Rashid Alammari, Professor of Electrical Engineering.
Dr. Abdulla Al-Ali, Department Head of Computer Science and Engineering said, “One of the underpinnings of building national capacities in Qatar, which goes together with Qatar National Vision 2030, is establishing a knowledge-based economy that is centered on innovative ideas. We, in the College of Engineering, Qatar University, appreciate this notion. We also encourage the engagement of both our students and the Qatari community, through competitions and workshops, according to the principles of these innovative ideas. We are beginning to reap the fruits of our work as some of our students have launched small companies such as the ‘Bonocle’ project (A digital reader tool for visually impaired persons). Recently, many robots are helping us in medicine to fight Covid-19, and we expect an increase in such projects, ideas and startups, all of which emphasize the importance of innovation and entrepreneurship skills in our graduates.”
For his part, Dr. Mohammed Hussein, Department Head of the Civil and Architectural Engineering said, “World Creativity and Innovation Day is an important occasion in which we highlight examples of work that have helped solve challenges we face both locally and globally. This is an opportunity to motivate young minds. The College of Engineering in Qatar University is constantly encouraging its students to innovate through various research and teaching projects and through providing the ideal educational environment. This has resulted in success by providing distinctive solutions to challenges facing the industrial sector. Such projects include the Civil and Architectural Engineering Departments work in modeling constructions and using drones, as well as improving water treatment systems, construction materials, and roads.”
The main objective of this day is to encourage people to use new ideas, make new decisions, and do creative thinking. Creativity is what makes the world go ‘round.
Source: QATAR UNIVERSITY