Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) held its annual Graduate Studies Open House on November 27- the university's largest student recruitment drive event that provides key information regarding the 2019-2020 academic year.
In keeping with previous years, the Graduate Studies Open House was directed at prospective students who have already identified a program of interest and want know more about course content, study options and student life at Education City. To assist, faculty and admissions staff fielded questions and offered their perspectives on working and studying with HBKU. Current students were also on hand to highlight a range of extracurricular activities available across Education City. Additionally, participants had the opportunity to discuss strategies for developing stronger applications and watch a video in which college deans highlight HBKUs unique contributions to local, regional and global learning ecosystems.
The Graduate Studies Open House presented the perfect opportunity to highlight HBKUs growing domestic and international profile. For the 2018-2019 academic year, the university enjoyed its largest intake made up of more than 370 new students comprising 46 nationalities, 26 percent of which are Qatari nationals. As things stand, HBKUs current student body represents more than 60 nationalities, 34 percent of whom are Qataris. A multinational roster of more than 75 faculty members continues to add its own diversity to HBKUs academic experience.
The 2019-2020 academic year sees the introduction of two new programs. The College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) Master of Arts in Intercultural Communication is the first degree of its kind in Qatar. Students will engage in research, education, and outreach to understand the challenges of todays changing intercultural settings in Qatar and worldwide. The College of Laws (CL) Doctor of Juridical Science is also the first fully-fledged research-intensive doctorate degree in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). It is expected that the program will create a vibrant community of legal scholars who will assume teaching positions in universities and government roles in Qatar, the MENA region, and beyond.
Both degrees take HBKUs course offerings up to 35 programs spread across its six colleges. In academic year 2018-2019, the university introduced eight new programs: a Master of Arts in Applied Islamic Ethics from the College of Islamic Studies; PhD in Humanities and Social Sciences from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences; Master of Information Systems in Health Management and Master of Science in Sports Management (a joint degree with the University of South Carolina) from the College of Science and Engineering; Master of Laws in International Law and Foreign Affairs and Master of Laws in International Economic and Business Law from the College of Law; Master of Science in Exercise Science from the College of Health and Life Sciences (a joint degree with the University of South Carolina); and a Master of Public Policy offered by the College of Public Policy.
Speaking after annual recruitment drive event, dean of CIS and interim provost of HBKU Dr. Emad El-Din Shahin, said: "We always look forward to preparing and hosting the Graduate Studies Open House. The annual event is one of our most important channels for highlighting how HBKUs academic programs provide unparalleled opportunities for inquiry and discovery. The event is an opportunity to highlight how we inform national research capabilities, collaborate with world-leading academic institutions, develop future leaders and entrepreneurs, and shape novel solutions for a positive impact at home and abroad. Ultimately, we hope that the event inspires prospective students to study with us and uphold our commitment to unlocking human potential."
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