Since its inception in 1973, Qatar University (QU) has served as Qatar’s prominent national institution of higher education, and is positioned as a beacon of academic and research excellence in the region.
Serving over 15,000 students, the university provides a teaching and learning environment enhanced by top-rate faculty, facilities, resources, and student-driven services that enhance academic performance and produce quality student outcomes.
QU prides itself on its close relationship with Qatari society and ensures that activities at the program, college and institution level are geared towards finding sustainable solutions to the community’s needs.
These include professional development courses, health and wellness campaigns, programs for high school students, environmental conservation, library facilities, consultancy support services, and research and collaboration.
As part of its mission and vision, QU commits itself to enhancing leadership skills and qualities to produce future leaders who will contribute to the country’s progress. Volunteerism is area that the university continually supports to strengthen students’ knowledge, skills and experience and consequently to enable their future contribution as responsible citizens and drivers of change in Qatar’s multicultural society and fast-developing economy.
The university encourages students’ civic engagement through a number of established initiatives such as the Center for Volunteerism and Civic Responsibility, Time Bank, Community Service Committee and QU Alumni Association (QUAA). Student-driven civic engagement activities are also included in the university’s Core Curriculum Program.
Students also organize and participate in a number of charitable events such as the annual Charity Fair, Eid charity, blood donation campaigns, and health awareness on cancer, obesity and diabetes. They also take the lead on commemoration activities for World AIDS Day, World No Tobacco Day, International Volunteer Day, and International Day for Persons with Disabilities. Students have also been involved in course-level leadership and civic responsibility activities to give back to the community and to raise awareness of social issues and to engage the most disadvantaged members of society.
QU alumni also play a keen role in community service activities — these ambassadors of QU have their finger on the pulse of community needs and expectations and bring their expertise to QUAA in its wide-ranging efforts that benefit society.