(MENAFN- The Peninsula)
Doha: Qatar University Young Scientists Center (QU-YSC) recently launched the first cycle of the Qatar University Gateway Program for preparatory schools.
QU-YSC seeks to establish a culture of creativity and innovation among the younger generation as the basic building block for a knowledge economy based on research and innovation. In this regard, the programme aims to enhance students' interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by engaging students in simulated engineering, medicine, and science environments to develop their critical and creative thinking skills.
Students from six schools in Qatar participated in the course. The programme aims to allow students to discover their aspirations and scientific passion, facilitating choosing a university major later. The programme contains various workshops that follow the STEM Learning System. This innovative educational system aims to advance education and prepare students to deal with modern practical reality through interactive scientific activities based on research and creative learning.
During the first cycle of the“Qatar University Gateway Program,” students will learn about several scientific fields at QU, specifically engineering, science, and medical fields represented in the college of medicine, college of dentistry, college of pharmacy, college of science, and college of engineering. During this period, students will embark on an interesting and enjoyable scientific journey within Qatar University to get to know in-depth the different majors offered by each college, in addition to the job opportunities available for each major.
In a statement, Prof Noora Jabor Al Thani, Director of the Qatar University Young Scientists Center, said:“Involving students from the early stages in research programmes enhances students' skills and enriches their scientific experiences, in addition to providing them with many skills such as creative thinking and problem solving, which in turn contribute to refining a new generation of creative leaders who contribute to finding solutions that keep pace with the developments of the era and its renewed needs.”
“This programme enhances the role of the Center and QU as a national leader in attracting Qatari youth towards scientific disciplines and prepares a whole generation of Qataris from various scientific disciplines, to inject them into society in response to the needs of the labour market and to achieve Qatar Vision 2030,” she added.
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