A large number of students, many of them accompanied by parents, thronged the Qatar National Convention Centre yesterday as the eighth University Expo Qatar got under way with the participation of more than 50 universities, colleges, and academic institutions from over 15 countries.
HE the Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr Mohamed Abdul Wahed Ali al-Hammadi inaugurated the exhibition in the presence of dignitaries, senior officials from the ministry, VIP guests, and ambassadors.
Officials from educational institutions based in Qatar and other participating countries are guiding the visitors and providing information about their academic and professional careers.
Those interested can visit the expo, which concludes today, from 8am to 1pm, and from 5pm to 8pm.
University Expo Qatar is organised by Informa Tharawat in collaboration with Qatar Chamber, and presented by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.
Highlighting the importance of the expo for prospective students, the minister said that the hosting of such events and availability of professional counsellors there would help the country’s students and parents get acquainted with educational courses and programmes available around the world, including in Qatar.
“Our strategy is to enhance education within Qatar by providing a variety of choices for students in Qatar, whether this is through private or public universities,” he said.
On the sidelines of the exhibition, the minister stressed that the higher education system is evolving and dynamic, which necessitates that students keep abreast of the changes in the field of scientific and literary disciplines, conditions and requirements of admission and other topics.
HE Dr al-Hammadi appreciated the liberal support provided by the country’s leadership to the education sector in Qatar, while noting that the exhibition is being held to support and prepare students in Qatar for university programmes.
He also lauded the education sector’s partnership with the private sector and Qatar Chamber in organising the exhibition.
The minister said that the expo brings together various stakeholders – including students, parents, employees, school counsellors, those offering scholarships in the State, the private sector as well as admissions officials at local and international universities – under one roof in order to inform students about academic opportunities and options in the field of higher education.
Such opportunities, the minister added, would lead to an increase in the number of students seeking admission for undergraduate and post-graduate studies.
This, in turn, would help achieve the goals and objectives of Qatar National Vision 2030.
Further, the minister said that the expo is a chance for international universities to attract Qatari students and residents in the country, and learn about the academic environment, the opportunities and investment choices in the public and higher education sector in Qatar.
In addition, it is an opportunity for the participating universities to meet potential students, their parents and others concerned, and learn about their interests, which will allow them to explain the major options they provide, exchange expertise, promote academic co-operation, build partnerships and extend bridges of communication with public educational institutions in Qatar, especially that there are a number of foreign institutions with branches in the country, he added.
A number of seminars and one-to-one meetings are also being conducted as part of the University Expo.
(With inputs from QNA)
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