Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q) and Qatar University (QU) co-organised the first Student Learning Support Symposium, bringing together Qatar’s academic support community for a day of constructive discussion and exchange on the topic of student academic success at the college level.
Held at Ibn Khaldoun Hall of QU, the symposium was the first of its kind in Qatar, and provided a valuable forum for networking, sharing ideas, research and good practices in learning support in Qatar.
Panel discussions, held in English and Arabic, featured education specialists from GU-Q, QU, Texas A&M at Qatar and Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar.
The symposium is a reflection of the continued growth and expansion of Qatar Foundation’s higher education mission, according to Laura Hiatt, the associate director of academic services at GU-Q. “The goal of academic support programmes at Georgetown is to help students hone their skills and increase their confidence to become independent thinkers and learners. This approach is shared by Qatar University and our colleagues across Qatar Foundation and our collaboration provides an opportunity to build sustainable knowledge sharing practices in Qatar, for the benefit of all.”
Attendees represented a wide range of support services, and included directors of learning centres at Qatar’s major universities, as well as learning specialists, tutors, writing centre staff, and education professionals interested in finding practical solutions and strategies for a variety of learning needs, and to foster nurturing learning environments that produce the best education outcomes for students.
“We were very pleased to host such an important and successful first symposium for the learning support community in Qatar,” said Dr Yasser Hussein, director of Student Learning Support Centre at QU. “Student services that ensure students meet their academic, personal, and professional goals are a shared priority, and a core value of every university’s education mission.”