H H Sheikha Moza bint Nasser with Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, H E Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad Al Thani, Chairperson of Qatar Museums Authority, UCL Provost and President, Professor Sir Malcolm Grant, and other officials at the inauguration of University College London Qatar in Education City yesterday.
DOHA: H H Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, formally inaugurated University College of London, the first UK university to be set up in the Education City, at a ceremony at the Qatar National Convention Centre yesterday.
Set up in collaboration with Qatar Foundation and Qatar Museums Authority (QMA), UCL Qatar is a leading centre of excellence for the study of cultural heritage at postgraduate level.
A partner of Hamad bin Khalifa University, the campus draws upon UCL’s world-renowned academic expertise, with leading academic scholars, teachers and scientists implementing its unique curriculum and research.
Guests at the event included Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, H E Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad Al Thani, Chairperson of QMA, outgoing UCL provost and president, Professor Sir Malcolm Grant, and Sheikh Dr Abdulla bin Ali Al Thani, President of Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) and Vice-President of Education at QF.
Having welcomed its first batch of 29 Master’s students in August 2012, UCL Qatar has seen further growth with the arrival of another 39 students last month.
In addition, five PhD students from UCL’s Institute of Archaeology are based at UCL Qatar to conduct research into heritage issues of relevance to the Arab and Islamic world.
The Master’s programmes at UCL Qatar in museum studies, archaeology and conservation have a significant focus on Qatar and the wider region, providing students with practical skills to pursue careers as leaders in the cultural heritage sector.
Sheikha Al Mayassa said: “UCL is a key strategic partner in terms of building capacity for QMA’s museums and for our work in archaeology and cultural heritage through their Master’s and short course programmes. We share the same vision of establishing Qatar first of all as a regional and later as a global leader in cultural heritage, and our partnership work towards this end is extremely productive and enjoyable.”
Sheikh Abdulla said: “UCL Qatar has shown itself to be an enthusiastic partner of HBKU and I look forward to its participation in our new graduate programmes.
“UCL has always been a pioneer in higher education and I believe it has much to contribute to our emerging research university.
“The globally recognised quality of its scholarships in many areas will enrich our collaborative, interdisciplinary model of teaching and research.”
Professor Michael Worton, UCL Vice-Provost, said: “We are delighted that UCL Qatar has been formally opened. Later this year our first cohort of Master’s students will complete their studies and by December 2013, we will have delivered more than 50 short courses for professionals working in the local museum and cultural sector.
“We are also working closely with a range of sectors within the community, such as schools, explaining the personal and social importance of cultural heritage to everyone.
“UCL Qatar’s published research is having significant impact in the region, and we are working in close partnership with HBKU to develop new postgraduate programmes, such as a Master’s in Library and Information Studies that fit specific needs of the local population,” he added.
“UCL Qatar is young, but we are committed to fulfilling the educational, research, social and ethical visions of UCL and its key partners Qatar Foundation, HBKU and QMA.”