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Moroccan Minister of Education Dr Lahcen Daoudi addressing a plenary session of the World Congress on Engineering Education 2013 at the Qatar National Convention Centre, yesterday. Others from left are, Dr Khaled bin Lataief, Dean, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; Dr Sheikha Al Misnad, President, Qatar University; Dr R Bowen Loftin, President, Texas A and M University (TAMU), US; Dr Sabah Randhawa, Provost and Executive Vice-President, Oregon State University, SA; and Dr N K Anand, Executive Associate Dean of Engineering and Associate Director, Texas A and M Engineering Experiment Station, TAMU. (Salim Matramkot)
DOHA: Qatar could host the World Congress on Engineering Education (WCEE), which is being held in Doha, at least two more years. The event is organised by Texas A&M University in Qatar (TAMUQ) and sponsored by Maersk Oil.
Dr Mark H Weichold, TAMUQ’s Dean, told The Peninsula: “We have already been in contact with other universities in the region, and it looks like we have sponsors for the next two years. It seems like it will happen regularly,” he added.
“This is no ordinary gathering of scholars, but a vibrant and dynamic mix of professionals whose daily work influences the current and next generations of engineers,” he said at the opening session of the congress yesterday.
“The theories, research and technologies discussed today have a very real bearing on how engineering education will evolve and develop in the near future,” he added.
Lewis Affleck, Managing Director of Maersk Oil in Qatar, said: “The WCEE 2013 will help share good practices in engineering education, and therefore, benefit educational institutions and future engineering students in Qatar.”
Dr Sheikh Abdulla Ali bin Al Thani, President of Hamad bin Khalifa University and Vice-President of Education at Qatar Foundation, also spoke at the opening ceremony, saying: “I believe strongly in the importance of engineering to the advancement of human development.
“Our purpose is to constantly improve engineering education so that the discipline can meet the demands being placed upon it and can consequently enhance quality of life of people the world over,” he added.
Dr Sheikha Al Misnad, President of Qatar University (QU), emphasised the value of cultural diversity in performing the work of an engineer. Among other qualities useful for an engineer, she said, were creativity, problem solving skills and social responsibility. She added that in QU the number of female engineer students is over 60 percent.