Six female students from Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) in Muscat, Oman, visited Qatar University (QU) for an externship in the field of food sciences and technology as part of a prior agreement to organise student exchange between the two universities.
The QU Department of Human Nutrition at the College of Health Sciences allowed the SQU students to work in laboratories and experience the analysis of a number of Qatari dishes in order to know the nutritional contents and their impact on health.
Commenting on the International Student Exchange Programme, QU Nutrition Department head Dr Tahra El-Obaid said the opportunity to continue the programme is part of the objective to enhance the academic level of students.
The exchange programme between SQU and QU helps access educational content with the purpose of transferring experiences that contributes to the development of students. The programme includes active participation in laboratories, workshops and various activities.
During their visit to Qatar, the SQU students made educational visits to various medical centres, such as Hamad General Hospital, where they were able to see how food is prepared for patients; sports medicine hospital Aspetar; QU’s Central Laboratories Unit; and Qatar Foundation’s Primary
Health Care Center.
Al-Jazi al-Qahtani, assistant teacher at QU's Nutrition Department, noted that the programme has a positive impact in terms of the exchange of skills and development.
In January this year, SQU hosted six female QU students at the College of Agricultural and Marine Sciences, which provided an opportunity for students to learn about the different study plans in the nutrition curriculum.