The University of Doha for Science and Technology (UDST) hosted its largest co-curricular event of the academic year, the annual UDST “Skills Competition” supported by Qatar Petrochemical Company (QAPCO) Q.P.J.S.C. This event offers more than 35 different competitions around campus - in Engineering Technology and Industrial Trades, Information Technology, Health Sciences, Business Management, and Academics - simulating a variety of real-world tasks that students will perform in the workplace once they graduate.
Modeled after World Skills International, which is a global initiative to promote the development of skilled trades, UDST “Skills Competition” showcases that learning at the University is all about building experiential and technological competencies required in the world of work.
More than 423 students competed against their peers to test the technical skills they are learning through their studies. Commenting on the event, Dr. Salem Al-Naemi, UDST President said:
“The University is committed to advancing Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in Qatar. We empower students with hands-on competencies and applied education, and as a result, we celebrate skilled, talented, and work-ready graduates who can answer the needs of an ever-evolving national and global economy. The “Skills Competition” is a testament to this commitment, and it is a unique and interesting way to demonstrate what our students have learned here at the University. Our aim is to eventually build a National Skills Competition program and have Qatar become a member of World Skills, and compete at the regional and international level.”
UDST partnered with local schools to offer hundreds of secondary students the chance to witness the competition and try a skill themselves, giving more young people the opportunity to be involved in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
Some competitions are completed individually, while others are group competitions where students solve real-life scenarios and participate in business simulations in addition to challenges in the fields of electrical and mechanical engineering, energy and sustainability, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, programming, problem-solving challenges, and health care as well as communication contests and debates.
The “Skills Competition” winners will be announced in a special ceremony on the 23rd of March 2022 and will be awarded medals and recognition certificates. Through “Skills Competition”, UDST works on engaging its community and the wider audience in experiencing the excitement of STEM and technical activities for themselves, while showcasing its state-of-the-art campus.
Source: Press Release
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