Posted on December 13, 2015

Qatar University (QU) won 2nd place in the “Most Civically-Engaged University Campus” competition which was held recently in Egypt.

The team competed against 4 university teams from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in the competition which was organized by Ma’an Arab University Alliance for Civic Engagement. Representing QU were focal point for Civic Engagement and Director of the Core Curriculum Program (CCP) and Foundation Program (FP) Dr Maha Al-Hendawi (pictured), College of Pharmacy (CPH) associate dean for Academic Affairs Dr Mohammad Issam Diab, CCP curriculum & instruction coordinator Dr Abdelhamid Ahmed, Student Affairs Department community service specialist Mr Majd Al-Shibli, and CPH student Nurhan El-Shafey.

Their presentation showcased the wide range of academic and extracurricular activities on and off campus with regard to civic engagement, such as the service learning component in the “UNIV 100 course” -- a core curriculum course for first-year students -- Al Bairaq Project, Diabetes Awareness Week, Breast Cancer Awareness outreach activities, and many others. They also presented a short video on community service activities conducted by QU students, faculty and students from the various colleges and departments.

Congratulating the team, QU Vice President and Chief Academic Officer Dr Mazen Hasna said: “As the country’s prominent national institution, we continue to be a key partner in advancing a culture of civic responsibility, volunteerism and student leadership within Qatar. Community engagement stands at the heart of QU’s mission and in this achievement, we are demonstrating the breadth of initiatives and projects at college and institution levels that serve to strengthen our links with the society.” 

QU VP for Student Affairs Dr Khalid Mohammed Al-Khanji said: “This achievement demonstrates QU’s commitment to ensuring an enriching environment for encouraging academic excellence, volunteerism, civic responsibility and leadership. It also shows the university’s ongoing efforts to provide students with various opportunities to give back to the community and demonstrate their responsibility to be role models on campus and within the wider society.”

Dr Al-Hendawi said: “We are very proud of this achievement that underlines QU’s mission to engage students in all types of civic engagement activities, and to strengthen ties with the wider community. The preparation for the competition was a great opportunity for a self-study exercise in which we were able to gather data regarding QU academic and non-academic efforts in civic engagement. We are very proud to say that civic engagement is a key part of the organization’s curricula and extra-curricular activities. QU students are motivated towards civic engagement through community-based learning in line with the institution’s strategic plan and the human development pillar of Qatar National Vision 2030.”