Qatar University has adopted, for the first time, an electronic system for inductory meetings for new students in the spring semester 2020, which started yesterday and will continue until January 9 for all colleges.
Chairman of the Strategic Initiative Committee on the Electronic Induction Programme Dr
Nizam Hindi said that the online induction meeting aims to develop the educational process at Qatar University by facilitating time and effort for new students, and a seamless transfer of information via a link sent to their e-mail includes videos containing information of interest to them in their university life.
He explained that the introductory meetings focus on clarifying the university’s policies and laws, the most important information and instructions that enable them to enter and use the electronic portal to register the courses for the Spring 2020 semester, as well as getting to know the IT services available at Qatar University to manage their academic affairs and other types of services and student support.
He pointed out that the student is being tested via an electronic link to ensure that he is familiar with the introductory programme paragraphs, and that his success in it is a condition to allow him to register the academic subjects for the new academic semester.

Ministry starts receiving applications for school heads’ professional licence
The Ministry of Education and Higher Education, represented by the Department of Teachers Affairs, yesterday announced that it has started to receive applications for professional licences for school heads, including principals and deputies who meet the requirements, in accordance with the Professional Licence Policy, through the registration link https://rukhsa.edu.gov.qa, starting today through January 12.
This came in the context of the ministry’s continuous efforts to develop educational cadres and upgrade the teaching and learning processes in Qatar, and out of the belief in the importance of obtaining a professional licence as a guarantee of the quality of educational practices.
Those wishing to apply for professional licence must pass the training programmes according to the category they belong to.
This includes first-time applicants and those those who want to renew the licence.
Registration opened at the beginning of the first semester of this year for all teachers and co-ordinators who meet the requirements for first-time applicants for a professional license, or those who hold an expired licence and have the desire to renew it in accordance with the approved terms and mechanisms. - QNA

Qatar condemns Tripoli air strike
Qatar voiced its strong condemnation and denunciation of the air strike which targeted a military college in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, leaving scores of students killed and injured.
In a statement yesterday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the airstrike may amount to a war crime and crimes against humanity.
The statement called on the international community to take immediate action to protect the civilians and open an urgent investigation into the incident, paving the way for bringing the aggressors to international justice.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed the condolences of Qatar to the families of the victims and to the government and people of Libya, wishing the wounded a speedy recovery.

Burkina Faso bus blast condemned
Qatar has voiced strong condemnation and denunciation of the blast which targeted a passenger bus in northwestern Burkina Faso, causing deaths and injuries.
In a statement yesterday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reiterated the firm position of Qatar on rejecting violence and terrorism, regardless of motives and reasons.

Qatar signs Arab customs pact
Qatar signed yesterday the Arab Customs Co-operation Agreement, at the headquarters of the General Secretariat of the League of Arab States. Qatar’s Permanent  Representative to the Arab League, ambassador Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz al-Sahlawi, signed the agreement on behalf of Qatar. The agreement aims to combat customs crimes and violations in light of the close cooperation between customs departments in the Arab countries. - QNA

Zakat Fund gives aid worth over  QR15mn in December last year
The Zakat Fund at the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs provided aid worth QR15,866,574 during December 2019. It was disbursed to beneficiaries of families registered with the Fund, in addition to some beneficiaries eligible for emergency one-time aid. The aid included permanent assistance, which is provided monthly with a value of QR9,632,477, one-time aid with a value of QR2,457,690, as well as QR3,305,943 tuition fees and QR420,465 treatment fees along with QR50,000 for those in debt distress. The Zakat Fund is the government entity which collects Zakat  and pays them to the beneficiaries who meet the Shariah conditions. - QNA

Ministry of municipality calls for abiding by camel grazing ban
The Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) renewed its call to farm and camel owners to adhere to the decision that bans camel grazing, in order to preserve the natural environment and contribute to the efforts that the ministry is making to enrich wildlife in Qatar. The ministry said that the patrols of Department of Protection and Wildlife at the Ministry of Municipality and Environment work around the clock to control violations, and to take all legal measures in this regard, noting that during December last year, 111 violations were registered, and all the necessary legal measures were taken to preserve the environment. - QNA
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