2,400 students have won scholarships: Minister

 18 Oct 2016 - 1:56

2,400 students have won scholarships: Minister
Minister of Education and Higher Education H E Dr Mohammed Abdul Wahed Ali Al Hammadi speaking to Dana Shell Smith, US Ambassador to Qatar, at the universities fair at the Qatar National Convention Center yesterday, as Student Advisor, Public Affairs Section at the US Embassy, Nahid Lawson looks on.

By Mohammed Osman / The Peninsula

DOHA: Currently, there are more than 2,400 students who have got scholarships through the Institute of Higher Education to study undergraduate, Masters and PhD courses, said H E Dr Mohammed Abdul Wahed Ali Al-Hammadi, Minister of Education and Higher Education. 

The draft law regulating distance education is ready and is awaiting the final legislative approval, the minister said, speaking on the sidelines of the 7th edition of Qatar International Universities’ Fair 2016 which started at the Qatar National Convention Center yesterday. 

The fair has become a platform that brings together representatives of universities, officials, parents and interested students to explore scholarship opportunities and get information about courses and admissions, the minister said. 

“It is one of the means for implementing scholarship policies aimed at increasing the number of Qatari students joining local and international universities in different disciplines,” Al Hammadi said. 

He explained that his Ministry encourages scholarship to countries which do not teach in English, like Japan, France, Germany and South Korea. 

The minister urged parents and students to take advantage of the exhibition to learn about different academic and scientific opportunities, admission requirements, costs and campus environments and also the social and cultural environment and travelling procedures.

The three-day fair was opened by the Minister of Education in the presence of a number of ambassadors, presidents of universities, deans of colleges and visitors. 

The event is hosting over 90 local and international universities and will include lectures and workshops to be held by representatives of different universities and embassies with the aim of explaining polices, opportunities and requirements. The fair hosts well-known and world-class universities.

“Canada welcomes students from all over the world, in particular Qatari students,” said the Canadian Ambassador to Qatar, Adrian Norfolk, who attended the opening ceremony. 

The Canadian Embassy held orientation to provide information about more than 100 universities and colleges that offer courses up to the PhD level. The living cost in Canada is moderate compared to other countries, and universities in Canada provide training and working opportunities to students. 

“Having more than 90 universities from different parts of the world under a single roof represents a golden opportunity for interested students and parents who should take advantage,” said Ibrahim Al-Naimi, President of Community College, Doha. 

This year, the fair is hosting 20 universities from the US and many of them are participating for the first time, said Ali Al Buainain, Director of Scholarship at the Ministry of Education and Higher Education. 

The fair will receive high school students in two shifts throughout the three days of the exhibition, Al Buainain added. 

“It is a good opportunity for independent and private school students, as well for employees planning to continue their education or postgraduate degrees,” said Saleh Al Muftah, Director of Education Guidance. Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs, is taking part for the first time because it has plans to offer scholarships for employees and students. 

More than 40 universities from the UK and 20 from the US, in addition to universities from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Turkey, Kuwait and the UAE, are participating in the fair along with some universities participating through the embassies of the respective countries in Doha.