Posted on April 06, 2020

As part of its enduring commitment to a safe and healthy campus, Student Affairs at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) is offering students, staff and faculty online counseling sessions as the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic unfolds.

Taking place every Saturday, the sessions are geared towards students in Education City housing facilities. Participants, including members of the wider HBKU community, will have the opportunity to raise concerns with Dr. Rudwan Abdul-Al, a consultant psychiatrist at Al-Ahli Hospital. For his part, Dr. Abdul-Al will offer practical advice on dealing with worries and safeguarding mental health at this difficult time. Students will also be encouraged to highlight any issues      they are facing from a wellness and mental health wellbeing perspective.

HBKU offers counseling to 2 [].jpgSpeaking about the sessions, Ms. Maryam Al-Mannai, Vice President of Student Affairs, said: “It’s never been so important to remind HBKU’s students that we are always here for them. COVID-19 has not only changed the way we pursue learning opportunities, but it has also isolated so many people from their family and friends. These sessions serve as a timely reminder that our students are not alone and options exist for them to discuss problems, obtain clarification and seek reassurance. This applies just as much to their studies as the ongoing situation at home and abroad. To this end, we’re grateful to Dr. Abdul-Al and Al-Ahli Hospital for offering their support to our student community.”

Student Affairs is well aligned with HBKU’s mandate of promoting community outreach and ensure an inclusive environment for its students. The department leads various activities throughout the year to foster a sense of belonging within the HBKU community.

HBKU’s online counseling services for students, faculty, and staff take place every Saturday in the morning and afternoon. Advance registration is not required. For more information, please visit