Prof Sheikha Abdulla Al-Misnad hosted the annual event to launch the university’s new strategic planning cycle, announcing developments within student experience, institutional effectiveness, internal recognition and scholarly excellence.
“Strategies of QU’s sectors, colleges, departments and research centres will derive from this overarching plan,” she says.
Prof Al-Misnad noted that students’ university experience is critical to their personal and academic fulfilment and success. In this regard, the new plan will see QU’s transition into a residential campus, with a ‘safe and engaging housing environment’.
Two student-housing complexes, with a capacity to accommodate 450 students, will be completed in Q2 2014, which will include sporting and leisure facilities, a cafeteria, supermarket and kids playing area.
A new student centre is also in the planning phase. It will offer a full range of services and offices of the student affairs department in one building, which includes admission and registration, and student services, while the latter will cover financial aid, counselling, learning support, career services and other types of resources and support.
Prof Al-Misnad stated that career services would be enhanced to develop unique career advising programmes and events for each college, with special emphasis on first-year students. This would mean more collaboration with the faculty, governmental agencies and HR associates, for research activities on the labour market.
It would also increase the use of technology to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of all career-related services; develop and implement a comprehensive employer outreach and relations plan to increase undergraduate and graduate recruitment activities.
The organisation is also looking into offering online distance learning courses with a university wide committee, which was recently established, to determine their viability.
Several courses will be offered with the understanding that the pilot may be expanded to a broader level, if effective. For this term, the curriculum course, titled Islamic Education, will be offered online as a pilot for the committee’s assessment.
“Our technological infrastructure is at the leading edge of education technology and we are leaders in the use of lecture capture technology as well. We will build on this expertise to offer online courses,” adds Prof Al-Misnad.
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