The Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MoEHE) and Qatar University (QU) celebrated the conclusion of the Teachers Training Program on Scientific Research Methodology, launched in January by the Qatar University Center for Young Scientists in cooperation with the MoEHE's Training and Development Center. The program saw the participation of 17 middle and high schools teachers in addition to 347 male and female students.
Attended by HE Minister of Education and Higher Education Buthaina bint Ali Al Jabr Al Nuaimi, and QU's Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies Dr. Maryam Al Maadeed, the closing program ceremony featured a presentation on the Qatar University Center for Young Scientists, and its efforts to develop the Qatari youth's capabilities and skills in research and critical thinking, in addition to showcasing the contents of the training program, and the experiences of its participants, to conclude by honoring the teachers and students who excelled in the training workshops of the program.
The Program sought to develop the scientific research skills of the participants and enhance their critical thinking, through an intensive training program designed by the Qatar University Center for Young Scientists, relying on the latest research methods and approaches that combine innovative educational methods and interactive practices.
In remarks on this occasion, Dr. Mariam Al Maadeed praised the efforts made by the QU's Center for Young Scientists to implement the program, and also praised the performance the participants.
She emphasized the importance of cooperation between the Ministry's Training and Development Center with QU's Center for Young Scientists in this program, which succeeded in training and qualifying 17 teachers in the field of scientific research methodology through theoretical and and practical training programs and workshops.
Noting to the importance of scientific research in the process of development and advancement of nations and peoples she said that reaching high levels of innovation, research and technical and technological progress is one of the most important requirements of society.
She pointed out that reaching this advanced stage can only be accomplished by activating the mission of universities in revitalizing the scientific research movement at all levels, linking scientific research methodology at all academic levels with development issues and opening channels of cooperation with educational institutions and various development sectors.
For her part, the Director of the Training and Educational Development Center Eman Al Mohannadi praised this partnership with Qatar University Young Scientists Center (QUYSC) whose impact was reflected in the improvement seen in public schools' teachers and students' research skills, in line with the human development pillar of the Qatar National Vision 2030.
QUYSC Director Dr. Noora Jabr Al-Thani said in her speech on the occasion of the conclusion of the Teachers Training Program on Scientific Research Methodology that Qatar University seeks to promote a culture of academic research, by establishing a clear curriculum that is especially tailored for every age and educational levels.
QUYSC Director added that the aim of this is to educate and train students from an early age on research principles and methodologies, making research mastery a trait to be proud of, and to enable students to apply these skills practically in an environment that supports thinking, exploration, and creativity.
She explained that QUYSC seeks to ease and improve academic research for students through this program, which provides real life application and practice in the program's workshops.
The final stage, held at MOEHE headquarters saw qualified schools compete for the middle and high school categories, in which Ahmad bin Mohammed School for Boys won first place for the high school category, followed by the Doha Secondary School for Boys in second place and Zubaida Secondary School for Girls in third.
As for preparatory schools, Hind Bint Amr Al Ansaria Preparatory School for Girls ranked first, whilst Soukaina Bint Al Hussein Preparatory School for Girls and Moza Bint Mohammed Preparatory School for Girls ranked second and third, respectively.
At the end of the ceremony, HE the Minister of Education and Higher Education and QU's Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies toured the accompanying exhibition of more than 80 research projects, with students presenting Her Excellency with their projects and sharing feedback on their training experiences, with Her Excellency praising the program's outputs and encouraging students to carry on with their research careers.