Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) Wednesday held its annual Graduate Studies Open House – the university’s largest student recruitment drive event that provides key information regarding the 2019-2020 academic year.
In keeping with previous years, the Graduate Studies Open House was directed at prospective students who have already identified a programme of interest and want to know more about course content, study options and student life at Education City.
To assist, faculty and admissions staff fielded questions and offered their perspectives on working and studying with HBKU.
Snapshots from the Open House
Current students were also on hand to highlight a range of extracurricular activities available across Education City. Additionally, participants had the opportunity to discuss strategies for developing stronger applications and watch a video in which college deans highlight HBKU’s unique contributions to local, regional and global learning ecosystems.
The Graduate Studies Open House presented the perfect opportunity to highlight HBKU’s growing domestic and international profile.
For the 2018-2019 academic year, the university enjoyed its largest intake made up of more than 370 new students comprising 46 nationalities, 26% of which are Qatari nationals.
As things stand, HBKU’s current student body represents more than 60 nationalities, 34% of whom are Qataris. A multinational roster of more than 75 faculty members continues to add its own diversity to HBKU’s academic experience.
The 2019-2020 academic year sees the introduction of two new programmes. The College of Humanities and Social Sciences’ Master of Arts in Intercultural Communication is the first degree of its kind in Qatar.
Students will engage in research, education, and outreach to understand the challenges of today’s changing intercultural settings in Qatar and worldwide.
The College of Law’s Doctor of Juridical Science is also the first fully-fledged research-intensive doctorate degree in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena). It is expected that the programme will create a vibrant community of legal scholars who will assume teaching positions in universities and government roles in Qatar, the Mena region and beyond.
Both degrees take HBKU’s course offerings up to 35 programmes spread across its six colleges. In academic year 2018-2019, the university introduced eight new programmes: a Master of Arts in Applied Islamic Ethics from the College of Islamic Studies (CIS); PhD in Humanities and Social Sciences from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences; Master of Information Systems in Health Management and Master of Science in Sports Management (a joint degree with the University of South Carolina) from the College of Science and Engineering; Master of Laws in International Law and Foreign Affairs and Master of Laws in International Economic and Business Law from the College of Law; Master of Science in Exercise Science from the College of Health and Life Sciences (a joint degree with the University of South Carolina); and a Master of Public Policy offered by the College of Public Policy.
Speaking after annual recruitment drive event, Dr Emad El-Din Shahin, dean of CIS and interim provost of HBKU, said: “The annual event is one of our most important channels for highlighting how HBKU’s academic programmes provide unparalleled opportunities for inquiry and discovery. The event is an opportunity to highlight how we inform national research capabilities, collaborate with world-leading academic institutions, develop future leaders and entrepreneurs, and shape novel solutions for a positive impact at home and abroad. Ultimately, we hope that the event inspires prospective students to study with us and uphold our commitment to unlocking human potential.”
Admission to HBKU’s programmes is now possible via the university’s website. HBKU regularly holds events to highlight its research activities and projects.