Posted on February 24, 2016

The Student Activities Department at Qatar University (QU) yesterday launched the organization’s 9th annual Cultural Village. The event themed “Old is Gold” will take place on February 28 to March 3 and will feature 29 booths at the male and female Activities Buildings.  It will also include exhibitions and a number of cultural activities such as shows featuring traditional and folkloric customs, music, and plays.

QU VP for Student Affairs Dr Khalid Al-Khanji said: “Cultures from around the world meet under the umbrella of QU. This event reflects the true meaning of humanity and unity, as we aim to engage our students in carrying out a message of peace.” He added: “This unique event is organized by the students of QU. It combines the spirit of friendship among different nations and cultures that is much need at this time when the world and the region is being affected by conflict and instability.”

Associate VP for Student life and Services Mr Abdullah Al-Yafei said: “Enriching the student community is one of our aims at QU. This annual event reflects the future vision of the university in its aim to graduate students who appreciate and extend the message of peace and humanity to the world. “By organizing such cultural events, we are guided by the country’s national development goals as well as the United Nations’ vision of peace and goodwill among cultures.” Al-Yafei added.

Section Head of Events and Campus Activities Ms Salwa Zainal expressed her gratitude to the students for their excellent teamwork, creativity and spirit of cultural integration.  She noted that the theme of this year’s event aims to connect students with their past and its rich civilizations. “This brings students from different countries together and teaches them lifelong skills such as volunteerism, teamwork, organization, interpersonal relations and problem-solving”, she said.