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24 Qatari students receive virology lessons at QU’s Empower Generation Consortium

24 Qatari students receive virology lessons at QU’s Empower Generation Consortium

Tribune News Network
Doha
Twenty-four Qatari students from various high schools across the country have received intensive training in medical virology, with a special focus on the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, during Qatar University’s (QU) Empower Generation Consortium.
The course is considered the first of its kind for high school students from both genders in Qatar in terms of the content which has been carefully designed to enrich their learning experience.
The participating schools included Micheal E Debakey High School Qatar, Hayat Universal School, DohaAcademy, Al Arqam School, Al Bayan Secondary School, Rabaa Al Adawiya Secondary School Girls, Rouda Bint Mohamed Secondary Girls, Qatar Secondary School and Aleman Secondary School Girls.
The training was initiated under the leadership of the consortium founder Prof Asmaa Al Thani, professor of Virology and director of the Biomedical Research Center and associate vice president for Strategic Planning at the Medical and Health Sciences Office.
Prof Al Thani said: “The consortium is a model for high impact collaborative projects that exhibit the active role of Qatar University in evaluating the market’s occupational demands and developing solutions for capacity shortage. We eventually aim to achieve a national base of human resources in healthcare and life sciences.”
The training was designed and supervised by Dr Hadi Yassin, associate professor and researcher in virology and research projects manager at the Biomedical Research Center.
Dr Yassin said: “This specialised course is designed for young ambitious Qataris who are interested in virology and scientific research. This course concluded with the students completing ten literature-based scientific articles as one of the training requirements.”
The intensive training course focused on medical virology and epidemiology and comprised sessions on Basics of Medical Virology, led by Aisha Fakhroo; aspects of COVID-19, conducted by Najlaa Al Thani and Al Reem Johar; genomics and personalised medicine in viral diseases, led by Al Bandari Al Khater.
The trainers are from Barzan Holdings and are undergoing a research training period at the BRC on infectious diseases and molecular biology.
It is worth noting that the Empower Generations Consortium, on behalf of QU, has won several prizes such as the ‘Oscar of Education on the Middle-East’, the World’s Gold for the Discipline of ‘Life Sciences’ and the World’s Silver for the ‘Best University-Employer Partnership in 2019 at QS-Reimagine Education conference in London-UK.
Reimagine celebrates and rewards the successful educational and innovative projects that enhance the learning outcomes and employability annually through the conference.

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