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27 Feb 06:14 AMSector : Education Country : Qatar
Hamad bin Khalifa University (HBKU), is a recent and valuable addition to the higher education landscape of Qatar. Since being named in honor of His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Father Emir, by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of QF, in 2011, HBKU has established itself as a graduate university that builds upon unique collaborations with local and international partners – including those institutions present when the university received the name it now proudly carries.
HBKU combines inquiry and discovery to provide unparalleled opportunities for all of its students through an array of interdisciplinary postgraduate programs that are targeted at serving local and regional needs. Crucially, the capacities currently being developed at HBKU will help build the knowledge-based society that is central to realizing Qatar National Vision 2030, under the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of Qatar.
HBKU is creating new and exciting models of collaboration with its partners in a way that results in the educational whole being greater than the sum of its parts. Under the leadership of His Excellency Sheikh Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani, Ph.D., President, HBKU, a dynamic and culturally diverse campus community is growing, and exciting educational opportunities are being created where they did not previously exist.
Innovative degree programs that are built on HBKU’s partnerships at Education City are already beginning to shape Qatar’s graduate landscape. In January 2014, HBKU welcomed its first cohort of graduate students into its Executive Master in Energy and Resources program. Working in partnership with Georgetown University, Texas A&M University, and HEC Paris — all of which are existing members of the QF higher education community — HBKU has created a unique and carefully tailored program aimed at those seeking new insights and paradigms in these fields that are so relevant to Qatar.
Engagement with the Qatari community is an essential part of HBKU’s purpose, and a major strategic theme for the university. The graduate degree programs and research must serve industry, business, and the community at large. Of the 28 students accepted on its first Executive Master program, 24 are Qatari. They represent a wide spectrum of Qatari organizations, demonstrating that the university is already reaching Qatar’s business community and offering it a valued opportunity and resource.
As HBKU grows, future faculty and students will benefit from being part of an institution where opportunities for graduate-level research and teaching cut across traditional disciplinary boundaries and where there is a willingness to engage with partners both within and beyond Education City.
Tangible results are now being seen across this young university. Five students from HBKU’s Translation and Interpreting Institute (TII) and 76 students from Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies (QFIS) made up HBKU’s graduating class of 2014. These graduates represented Qatar and 23 other nations.
Through TII, HBKU is building translation capacity in Qatar at the highest level. By the time of their graduation, students of the two-year Master of Arts ?in Translation Studies program have developed the knowledge and skills required of highly specialized translators in areas such as business and commerce, science and technology, as well as in literary translation and the translation of media texts.
Since August 2014, this valuable Master’s course, which is validated by the Faculty of Translation and Interpreting Quality Label of the University of Geneva, has been joined by a Master of Arts in Audiovisual Translation. This new postgraduate course focuses on the core skills of subtitling and dubbing as well as offering the chance for students to explore such diverse specialisms as subtitling for the hard of hearing or website and software localization.
QFIS, a college of HBKU, was founded upon the spirit of Islamic heritage and its ability to serve all of humanity through dynamic contributions to the arts and sciences. For some years, QFIS has offered six master’s degree programs, including Contemporary Fiqh, Public Policy in Islam, Islamic Finance, and Contemporary Muslim Thought and Societies, as well as postgraduate diploma courses.
Faculty and students at QFIS also conduct important research on diverse topics such as Islamic Moderation and Renewal, Economics, and Finance within five specialist research centers.
Elsewhere, HBKU is working with its partner University College London to offer an intensive six-month Diploma in Academic Research and Methods that provides the fundamental skills, training and knowledge to further pursue research-orientated graduate studies. And in collaboration with Qatar Petroleum and Qatar Shell, HBKU has created TAFAWOQ, which offers an opportunity for early- to mid-career professionals to receive executive educational training opportunities.
At Education City, HBKU staff, faculty and students are united in their commitment to creating an academic institution with the capability to serve Qatar’s future. The spirit of opportunity and collaboration fostered at HBKU is producing something very special.