Published on 9/16/2018

On September 11, 2018, The Doha Institute’s (DI) Department of Communications and External Relations organized an induction event for new faculty members. The DI’s various schools and departments welcomed 25 new faculty members, making a total of 66 teaching staff at the DI divided among 17 Master’s programs, all of whom have academic, research, and professional backgrounds and expertise, and have graduated from and worked in the most prestigious and venerable Arab and international universities. This event, an annual tradition of the DI, introduces professors to the DI’s various services and facilities.

 

Opening the event, Dr. Yasir Suleiman, Acting DI Provost, welcomed the new professors and wished them success during their association with this distinguished academic institution. He invited them to contribute,  together with their colleagues, to the DI’s quest for excellence and leadership in education, underlining the important responsibility held by every member of the DI in their work with students from across the region.

 

The establishment of the DI as a Qatari institution serving Qatari society and Arab societies – stressed the Acting DI Provost – was to provide qualified cadres in fields of specialization that are on the wane across the Arab world and globally. The birth of the DI, he noted, sprang from the wish to compensate for a clear lack of interest in the disciplines of the social sciences and humanities in Arab countries and societies, especially in the Gulf region at postgraduate level. The goal of the DI, pointed the Provost,  is to respond to the needs of Arab countries in their path toward development and renaissance, and to contribute to the development of their educational, research and service institutions. The Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, he added, “is from Qatar for Qatar and from Qatar for the Arab world, and for what transcends geography and its human boundaries”. He then thanked all those who support the DI.

 

Next, Dr. Hend Al-Muftah, Vice President of Administration and Finance, noted how the main objective of this event was to welcome new professors whilst providing them with a valuable opportunity to get acquainted with the culture of the DI and academic life on campus. The event also marks the launch of the training workshops and introductory and orientation seminars for new faculty members.

 

Dr. Al-Muftah called upon all professors joining the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies to contribute to the expansion and development of the DI’s programs, thus creating a new generation of intellectually enlightened young people. She expressed her hope that the new faculty would have a positive impact and make a visible impression in creating the present and future of the Doha Institute.

 

She added that the establishment of the Doha Institute complements the path of reform and modernity adopted by Qatar, in line with the future roadmap embodied by the Qatar National Vision 2030. The Qatari leadership believes that investment in human capital is a priority in the attainment of sustained development, noting how there is no identity without belonging to wider circles: “Qatar is part of the Arab Gulf region, part of the Arab world and the Islamic world, and part of humanity and the international community”.

 

Attended by the Deans of the Schools, DI professors and Directors of the DI Departments, the event included a video presentation on the State of Qatar and the Doha Institute produced by the Department of Communications and External Relations. This was followed by a speech on behalf of the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies (ACRPS) and another on behalf of the Doha Historical Dictionary of the Arabic Language Project. At the end of the induction event, a Q&A session was held for all faculty members.