University of Doha for Science and Technology ( UDST) held its 'Clubs Festival', an event that takes place at the beginning of each Fall and Winter semester to encourage students’ involvement in extra-curricular activities.
The Student Engagement Department, a division of Student Affairs, coordinates the event along with students from each club who are encouraged to decorate their booths and find engaging ways to attract new members to their clubs.
The event adopts a “by students, for students,” approach which provides students an opportunity to participate in student life activities as well as share ideas and create memorable activities and performances. Extracurricular activities such as these provide opportunities for students to expand their networks, communicate professionally as well as develop new skills and talents.
Dr Salem Al-Naemi, president of UDST described the event as a bridge that creates more interaction between students and contributes to their personal and professional growth.
He added: “UDST adopts a student-centred approach, therefore we aim to give a holistic experience to our students that supports their development, builds their character, and strengthens their creativity and innovation. The different clubs founded at the university reflect as well students’ interest in being active outside the classroom while pursuing their academic life.”
Students at UDST can start their own club or join an existing one. The clubs’ list is extensive and reflects the great involvement of UDST’s management in creating extra-curricular activities that answer the aspirations of the students and their interests.
Some of the clubs are: Photography Club, Music Club, Volunteers Club, Art Club, Debate Club, Deen Club (Religion) Toastmasters Club, Four Paws Club (animal welfare), Theater Club, Environment Club, Book Club and Best Buddies Club. New clubs have also been created this semester and include Qatar Student Association, the Filmmakers Club, Fan Club, and Cooking Club.
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