QU Holds Virtual Seminar to Discuss Higher Education Post COVID-19
22 May 2020

QU Holds Virtual Seminar to Discuss Higher Education Post COVID-19

Doha, May 22 (QNA) - Qatar University's international seminar discussed the future of higher education institutions after the coronavirus (COVID-19) during a webinar in which nearly 300 university leaders, experts and interested people from a number of countries of the world participated. Entitled 'Higher Education Post COVID-19 - New Era of Resilience, Lessons and Opportunities', the seminar focused on the higher education's most prominent post COVID-19 challenges, development and opportunities created by the pandemic, and the future of international cooperation in this field. During the seminar, President of Qatar University Dr. Hassan bin Rashid Al Derham said that higher education institutions face a challenge in view of the corona pandemic, adding higher education post COVID-19 is not the same as before, after the pandemic imposed new experience and distance education. He pointed out that Qatar University has learned a lot from the corona crisis, and has succeeded in the experience of distance education through its educational platform. It strives to develop its electronic systems in a way that meets this new challenge, he added. The President of Qatar University stressed the importance of cooperation between universities and focus on areas of innovation and development to face this crisis and its implications. Dr. Khalid Kamal Naji, Dean of the College of Engineering which supervised the organization of the seminar, said the virtual seminar and other seminars organized recently by the College are in support of all efforts of state institutions to confront the coronavirus and to study its effects and mitigate them in coordination with other sectors. He pointed out that the seminar was an opportunity to review various patterns of higher education discussed by the panelists and an opportunity to answer a large number of questions raised by the public regarding the outlook for the future of higher education and its potential patterns after the corona pandemic, the effects, challenges and potential opportunities. This seminar and other seminars, he said, are the result of the research efforts made by the teams of the College of Engineering to find the necessary solutions to challenges facing the various sectors in the country in an effort to bring a qualitative and distinctive addition. He pointed out that the College is currently working on developing distance education initiatives and technologies in coordination with partners through studies, consultations and research programs in which the College of Engineering participates along with other universities, companies and institutions in the industrial sector. The seminar saw the participation of leaders and representatives from universities in various countries of the world, including the United States of America, Sweden, Turkey, Brazil and others, in addition to the International Association of Universities. (QNA)