Qatar University’s (QU) Office of Graduate Studies held an orientation meeting for the nearly 460 newly admitted graduate students online through Webex, following the precautionary measures taken during the third phase of lifting restrictions as a result of the spread of Covid-19.
A group of college representatives and the new students attended.
In his welcome speech, the Graduate Studies dean Dr Ahmed al-Own discussed the nature of study life at the postgraduate stage compared to the undergraduate level, and introduced the sections of the Office of Graduate Studies at QU and the services provided at each section.
He encouraged the students to bring their best efforts in the near future, especially since most of them have career and family responsibilities in addition to their studies.
Ghada al-Kuwari, assistant dean for Student Affairs at the Office of Graduate Studies, presented a tour on the graduate studies office web page on the QU website and explained some important policies that students should observe during their graduate studies.
Dr Mary Newsome, assistant dean for Student Academic Support, talked about the services provided at her office, such as workshops for writing thesis, and how to use the SPSS program in research questionnaires.
In addition to student events such as tad boot camp for thesis and dissertation, tad Talks for discussing the different life experiences and challenges for graduate students and others.
Dr Sandi Adeeb, head of Research Ethics & Integrity, gave a detailed explanation of the research ethics and the approvals that the students must obtain when they begin preparing for their thesis.
Shaikha al-Kobaisi, a senior student affairs specialist, talked about student services available on campus, such as photocopying, printing and university ID card, as well as an overview of how the students can get their textbooks (paper and electronic copies).The event ended with an open discussion session, during which all students' questions were answered by the dean and the assistant deans in office of graduate studies.
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