Doha – Qatar University (QU) Student Affairs Sector organised third edition of student leadership conference ‘Taqadam: Tanmeea, Enjaz, Qiaadah’ under the patronage of Her Excellency Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Chairperson of Qatar Museums.
The two-day conference, first-of-its-kind in Qatar, was organized by university students as part of their leadership development training at QU, and in partnership with universities across Qatar, Kuwait and Oman. It aimed to share knowledge and learn strategies on driving change, developing leadership skills, and solving problems in a local, regional and global context.
The event brought together over 350 students from colleges and universities across Qatar and the GCC.
The opening ceremony was attended by QU President Dr Hassan Al Derham, QU VP for Students Affairs Dr Khalid Al Khanji, and officials from QU and partnering institutions.
The day one featured a workshop on “How to become a social leader?” presented by Dr Jassim Al Moutaweh and success story of Reem Al Sowaidi. It also included five workshops presented by Ms Rawdha Al Kubaisi, Abdulaziz Al Khalidi, and Dr Abdullah Al Filkawi, as well as presentations from American University of Middle East (AUM) and Sultan Qaboos University (SQU).
Discussions focused on leadership skills for Qatari women, AUM achievements, SQU Student Advisory Council, steps towards achievement, and seven leadership skills.
On the second day, a training workshop was presented by Mohammed Sari Al Mutairi and success story of Sabah Al Kuwari. It also included five workshops delivered by Hissa Alnasr, Ahmed Al Shuaibi, Dr Ayoub Al Ayoub, and presenters from Kuwait Public Authority for Applied Education and Training.
Discussions focused on innovation in planning public relations campaigns, leadership and teamwork, and role of the leader in promoting innovation.
Commenting on the conference, Dr Hassan Al Derham said: ‘“Taqadam’ aims to create an interactive and dynamic environment focused on development of student leadership skills through various training courses in the field of leadership and youth empowerment at the local, national, regional and global levels. Through hosting this forum, Qatar University strives to promote dialog among students from various universities and to provide a platform to discuss the importance of developing student leadership skills.”
He added: ‘“Taqadam’ aims to support the pillars of Qatar National Vision 2030 through shaping a generation of young leaders who will contribute in building their nation.”
Dr Khalid Al Khanji said: ‘“Taqadam’ brings together students from higher education institutions in Qatar and the region. This event comes in line with Qatar University’s continuous commitment to raise student awareness on importance of gaining leadership skills and the know-how to apply them in real-life situations.”