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UCL Qatar welcomes new batch of students for final academic year

UCL Qatar welcomes new batch of
students for final academic year

Tribune News Network
UCL Qatar celebrated its last student induction week, welcoming 51 students from around the world for the university’s final academic year.
UCL Qatar’s rigorous MA Programmes, first launched in Qatar in 2010, have allowed students to pursue higher levels of expertise within the field of culture and heritage, and apply skills accumulated during their studies in practical environments. Since its inauguration, UCL Qatar has been a core contributor to the country’s cultural heritage and knowledge management sector, and graduated over 200 students, of which 21 percent are Qataris.
The class of 2020 is one of the most diverse in UCL Qatar’s history, representing 26 nationalities consisting of 61 percent female and 39 percent male students.
Throughout its nearly decade-long presence in Qatar, hundreds of UCL Qatar graduates have made significant contributions to the broader development of a knowledge-based economy in Qatar. Graduates are working towards the development of the country’s cultural heritage and knowledge management sector across iconic institutions like Qatar Museums, Qatar National Library and the British Library.
Somaya Ahmad al Tamimi, director of strategy and quality assurance at Qatar Museums, commented, “UCL provided me with the opportunity to study a field that is significant to Qatar’s heritage and has contributed significantly to my professional career, especially that I was promoted at Qatar Museums after graduating from UCL Qatar.”
Speaking about how her MA helped her achieve success in the workplace, Shaima Sherif, executive education and public engagement coordinator at UCL Qatar, stated, “UCL Qatar was the perfect choice for its multidisciplinary modules and its teaching staff who went above and beyond in and outside the classroom to help me achieve my academic and personal goals.”
Shaima’s continuing passion for community development led her to expand her dissertation research in collaboration with the UCL Public Engagement team and finally came full circle by becoming the UCL Qatar Executive Education and Public Engagement Coordinator.
Dr Sam Evans, director of UCL Qatar, looked back at the institution’s time in the country, saying, “In the past 10 years, our faculty, staff and alumni have been instrumental to our work here in Qatar, which has supported the development of the country’s cultural heritage institutions. We have worked diligently to achieve the ambitious goals of the Qatar National Vision 2030 and made major strides in the development of the knowledge management sector as a result.”
UCL Qatar will mark its 10-year anniversary at the end of 2020, which will also mark the successful conclusion of its contract with Qatar Foundation.