HBKU begins a new academic year with over 350 students
Doha: Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) has welcomed new and returning students to campus to begin the 2022/2023 academic year. A two-day orientation on July 24-25 included a virtual experience and an in-person event in Multaqa that brought together the university community.
Coming from a solid pool of candidates and a marked diversity of their academic and professional backgrounds, more than 350 new students are about to begin their journey at HBKU. About 100 Qataris are part of the new group of students enrolled in HBKU’s 36 multidisciplinary programs.
HBKU also received the first promotion of the Master in Social Policy and Program Evaluation (MSPPE). The full-time, two-year interdisciplinary degree is offered by the College of Public Policy.
The orientation program aimed to help incoming students transition to HBKU, navigate on-campus and Qatar Foundation resources, and connect with their peers. The breakout sessions provided an opportunity to meet program advisors, learn about the program, and prepare for their classes.
The event included keynote addresses by Dr. Abdesselam Bouzerdoum, Vice Rector for Academic Affairs; Dr. Maryam Al Mannai, Vice President for Student Affairs, Dr. Richard O’Kennedy, Vice President for Research, and the Deans of the Colleges. The leadership messages spoke of HBKU’s commitment to advancing Qatar’s national development by cultivating human capabilities through innovative research training. They encouraged students to take advantage of opportunities provided by HBKU to gain skills and knowledge in areas of local and global significance.
Dr Michael J Benedick, HBKU Provost, said: “The start of a new academic year is a time of great potential and expectation. Our new students are joining HBKU at a particularly exciting time and we urge them to seize the benefits that come with studying at a growing research university. Exceptional opportunities to make new discoveries and to understand how research answers questions and addresses challenges will greatly enrich their learning process. We expect them to leave HBKU with an entrepreneurial spirit that applies innovative thinking to today’s challenges, both locally and globally.
In May, HBKU celebrated the achievements of 215 graduates, representing 47 countries, both an inspiration to the new class and a testament to the exceptional academic experience they can expect.
In her message of encouragement to the student body, Dr. Maryam Al Mannai, Vice President for Student Affairs, said, “I am very happy to welcome you to HBKU whether you are continuing or beginning your academic journey with us. Congratulations on taking this important step towards achieving your aspirations.
I encourage you to seek out all opportunities to learn and grow here at HBKU. Our programs will challenge you academically, but you are now part of a support network and a strong campus community. We will be at your side to motivate and encourage you throughout your journey.