The Qatar University (QU) Library has opened a photo exhibition showcasing the institutions legacy in a ceremony attended by Board of Trustees vice-chairman Sheikh Dr Abdulla bin Ali al-Thani and QU vice-president for academic affairs Prof Dr Ibrahim al-Kaabi.
The exhibition at the QU Library provides a historical glimpse into the university's buildings, sports events, and memorable moments of its early graduates.
It features photographs, memorabilia from the first graduating batches, and ancient seals, offering a comprehensive view of the QU's illustrious journey.
The opening ceremony, also attended by a large number of university staff and guests, included the screening of a documentary featuring rare recordings of the late His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad al-Thani, the former Amir of Qatar.
During his reign, the foundation of the university was laid, and his words and directives played a crucial role in its establishment, a statement said.
Following the documentary, Sheikh Dr Abdulla, accompanied by university officials, went on a tour of the exhibition.
The tour provided a closer look at the historical narrative about the university's buildings, sports events, early graduate memorabilia, and ancient seals.
In a statement during the exhibition's inauguration, Sheikh Dr Abdulla emphasised the significance of the event in preserving the university's memory.
He commended the efforts of those involved in reminding the public of a pivotal era in the establishment of the nation's foremost educational institution.
Sheikh Dr Abdulla urged individuals possessing photographs from that period to contribute them to the library, ensuring their preservation and display in this crucial exhibition.
Asma al-Buainain, head of Acquisition and Collection Development at the QU Library, expressed her gratitude to the attendees, organisers, and contributors for their efforts in making the exhibition a success.
“Many faculty members today yearn to revisit and witness these images that remind them of an essential period in their academic and professional lives,” she said. “The exhibition serves as a vital means to revive the collective memory of an entire generation.”
Sheikh Dr Abdulla al-Thani and other dignitaries during their tour of the photo exhibition.