Posted on May 17, 2015

Qatar University’s (QU) ongoing commitment to strengthen its Qatarization initiatives has resulted in an increase in the capacity of national students pursuing higher education studies, and the recruitment of competent faculty members and staff in high-level teaching and managerial positions, as well as the graduation of competent and skilled individuals who joined the labor market as professionals and leaders across sectors in Qatar.

At the institution’s College of Pharmacy (CPH), the process has been implemented through the College’s focus on professional development, attracting qualified faculty and students, and preparing female national graduates to become future leaders and contribute to Qatar’s outstanding growth and development. Led by the dean Dr Ayman El-Kadi (pictured), the College has 13 Qatari students (13%) out of 100, and 3 Qatari faculty members (11%) out of 28. Professional development is a priority at CPH, said Dr Ayman El-Kadi, adding: “The College is working on attracting new Qatari applicants to join its staff, and is providing training to current employees to help them develop their skills and capabilities.”

Dr El-Kadi also highlighted that the College is engaging Qatari female high school students through a number of activities, and is providing them with detailed orientation on the programs and services offered at CPH. In this regard, he pointed to the visits by CPH students to high schools and to promote various health risks and concerns special to Qatar. The College also organized tour visits to its facilities for high school students.

CPH is achieving its ongoing progress by encouraging national students to pursue their postgraduate education in pharmacy, and contribute to the country’s growth and development towards a knowledge-based economy, said Dr El-Kadi, adding, “We organize events in collaboration with our sponsors such as student recruitment and college open days with the aim of raising students’ awareness on the scholarship and sponsorship opportunities we offer them to continue their graduate studies in Qatar and beyond.”

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He noted that the College continues its commitment to preparing national graduates to become leaders in their future careers, and that CPH graduates go on to senior positions in medical and health-related organizations such as Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) and Sidra Medical and Research Center (Sidra). On Qatarization, Dr El-Kadi also said that the College has been running a campaign over the past few years to orient young Qatari females on the pharmacy profession and the needs of the society for pharmacy professionals and specialists.

“The College is implementing a number of activities, events, workshops and training sessions in order to graduate well-educated national professionals and leaders to join the labor market,” he said. Dr El-Kadi pointed to activities coordinated with the partners to provide training and other programs at hospitals in Qatar such as “A Day in the Life of a Pharmacist” which allows students to meet and interact with pharmacy professionals to learn more about the profession.     

Dr El-Kadi noted that the challenge to contributing to full Qatarization is that the College is female only which by definition does not include male students who wish to pursue a degree in pharmacy. He also pointed to the fact that the College’s graduate programs are full-time study which is inconvenient for people who are working and want to pursue graduate studies in pharmacy. He further noted that due to the lack of awareness of the pharmacy profession, the tendency is for Qatari students to be less attracted to jobs in the pharmacy field.

A new building is under construction which will be available to male and female undergraduate and graduate students. The College will expand its current BSc, MSc and PharmD programs in order to attract male students to pursue pharmacy studies, and will launch in Spring 2016 a new PhD program in Pharmaceutical Sciences.