Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), is hosting a Graduate Studies Open House for students who are interested in pursuing master’s and doctoral degrees.

The open house will be held on November 22 at 5.30pm at the Education City Student Centre.

HBKU’s provost, deans, faculty members and admissions staff will be available to meet prospective students and answer questions about the university’s graduate programmes and admissions, according to a press statement.

The Graduate Studies Open House will open with an introduction from HBKU Provost Dr Khaled B Letaief, who will provide attendees with context about the university’s interdisciplinary approach to its academic curriculum as well as an overview of the various colleges and programmes.

An anticipated highlight of this year’s Graduate Studies Open House will be the shared experiences of some of HBKU’s alumni and students, who will speak about their studies at the university and how their education has helped them thrive both personally and professionally.

The Graduate Studies Open House is one of several planned events that focus on welcoming potential students to HBKU. “We encourage individuals who are interested in graduate studies to attend this event and hear first-hand about how HBKU is making an impact across Qatar and the globe,” said Dr Letaief.

“It will be a great opportunity for them to learn about our unique innovative interdisciplinary academic programs and meet our highly accomplished students, faculty and alumni.”

This academic year, HBKU has introduced three new graduate programmes -- a "testament to the university’s continuous efforts to pursue excellence, as well as its mandate to bring world-class education to Qatar", the statement notes.

The new graduate programmes include the Master of Arts in Digital Humanities and Societies degree, which blends digital tools and computing methodologies with the study of humanities. Also at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, a Master of Arts in Women, Society and Development degree was introduced to focus on issues related to women in the context of socio-economic development in the Middle East.

Master of Science and PhD degrees in Genomics and Precision Medicine are now being offered at the College of Science and Engineering, which provide, in a "region’s first", an advanced curriculum in the life sciences, integrating an extensive approach to hands-on research.

With graduate degrees in the fields of cyber security, data science, computer science and engineering, sustainability, biological and biomedical sciences, law, translation studies, audiovisual translation, Islamic studies, Islamic finance, and energy and resources, HBKU continues to offer academic programmes that are both relevant and distinctive.

“Last year’s Graduate Studies Open House was the ideal avenue for me to learn about the different graduate programmes offered at HBKU,” said Houd al-Obaidli, a Qatari PhD student working towards a degree from HBKU’s sustainable energy programme.

The university’s admissions cycle opened in October. Those interested in attending the Graduate Studies Open House can register for the event at http://www.hbku.edu.qa/openhouse

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