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Qatar University Wins Gold and Silver in Reimagine Education 2019 | Qatar University

Qatar University Wins Gold and Silver in Reimagine Education 2019

2019-12-16
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Al Bairaq program has achieved great success in the Reimagine Education Conference and Awards 2019, wining for the fourth time in a row, out of 1500 applications in 16 categories. The program won gold award in the Natural Science discipline and silver award in Middle East region, this success is a testimony that Al-Bairaq has gained international recognition for its impact and achievements in the field of innovation in education. The win coincided with the tenth anniversary of the establishment of the program in 2010 at the University of Qatar. Reimagine Education is a global conference, competition and platform that brings together startups, academics from top universities, education innovators, university leaders, and those interested in the future of teaching and learning. It is an initiative from the Wharton University in Pennsylvania, which is one of the most prestigious universities in the United States and QS Quacquarelli Symonds, which is specialized in evaluating universities globally. It aims to recognize institutions and programs that seek to create educational initiatives and innovations that work to enhance the outcomes of students' learning and qualify them for the job market.
Al-Bairaq was qualified to win the competition after completing a detailed application on the importance of the program, its methodology, outputs, impact on students and society and its achievements in local and international scientific forums and competitions. After that, the program was nominated to be among the few chosen and invited to give a presentation on the program in the United Kingdom on 8-10 December 2019. This was an opportunity for the program to highlight its innovative teaching methods in stimulating students' curiosity to acquire science and encouraging them to undergo a learning journey that will motivate them to choose scientific majors upon joining the university. Eng. Ruba Ali, a member of Al-Bairaq team, gave a detailed presentation on the teaching methods used, which include STEM Learning, a global curriculum that integrates science, technology, engineering and mathematics in a comprehensive framework. The program also follows Project Based Learning, a dynamic curriculum where students explore science in an active learning environment and take on realistic challenges, leading to deeper knowledge acquisition. The first year Qatar University student Noora AL-Laram, a former participant in the Al-Bairaq program, also presented her exceptional experience as a participant in the “I am a Researcher” track in high school. This attracted the admiration of the conference participants and raised their curiosity about the experiences of Al-Bairaq students.
Dr. Noora Al Thani, head of the Al-Bairaq program and head of the Communication and Outreach at Qatar University, expressed her happiness and pride in the successes Al-bairaq has been achieving year after year. Stating that is a great motivation for the program to take on more global challenges that increase its expertise in this field and increase its eagerness to keep pace with the newest educational methods. She also mentions, “Since its initiation in 2010, Al Bairaq has a very important social responsibility to raise Qatari youth and enable them to compete globally. Therefore, the programs offer specialized educational tracks, aiming to stimulate the curiosity of the students by providing an interactive learning environment that results in creations and scientific innovations.” She also emphasized on the program's commitment to achieving Qatar Vision 2030 in the areas of education, national community development, human development and strategic sustainability. Dr. Noora also thanked and appreciated the Ras Laffan Community Outreach Program, the sponsors of Al-Bairaq, as their support to education programs that are based on solving problems and projects related to life and employing creative methods in research, analysis, and investigation is the key to the country's development.