Qatar University set to start environmental science course

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Qatar University set to start environmental science course

QATAR University is all to set to kick off its newly-established Environmental Sciences Programme, a first in the country, next month with the commencement of the fall semester.
The Programme, under the Biological and Environmental Sciences Department at the College of Arts and Sciences, is to admit as many as 30 female students in the first phase.
“The aim is to provide the region with environmental specialists of professional skills and technological expertise necessary to face the continuous challenges posed by the many environmental problems,” Biological and Environmental Sciences Department head Hamda al-Naemi said yesterday.
The university’s departments in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Law will contribute to the Programme which includes environmental policy, international treaties, sustainable development, environmental monitoring, and environmental health.
The eight-semester course, covering 125 credit hours, will offer specialisations in Biotechnology and Marine Sciences.
“By establishing the Environmental Sciences Programme, the university is adhering to Qatar’s vision to address environmental issues in joining and signing a number of environmental conventions and protocols since 1992, establishing the Supreme Council of Environmental and Natural Reserves in 2000, and celebrating 26 February as Qatar Environment Day,” al-Naemi explained.
Referring to the expected outcome of the course, she observed that graduates ought to understand the needs of society with respect to the social and ethical consequences of urban and industrial growth and be aware of national and international environmental laws, regulations and environmental science policy as they pertain to the GCC in general, and Qatar in particular.

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