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
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.