Qatar University Young Scientists Center (QU-YSC), in partnership with the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies office, has inaugurated Qatar University’s first cycle of the “National Science Promotion Program (NSPP)” in Doha, Qatar.
As a result of the initiative, the country’s young people will have more exposure to research. It’s a good start from Qatar University, in line with the pillar ‘Human Development’ aims that support the Qatar National Vision 2030. Accordingly, the initiative supports the empowerment of young people via applied research in STEM disciplines and professions.
Director of QU-YSC; Dr Abdelaziz Bouras, Prof. Noora Al Thani, the Research Pre – Award Department Manager, ORS, the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, as well as members of the Qatar University Young Scientists Center, researchers, and students, all attended the opening ceremony among others. For the purpose of better understanding and selecting the study that best matches their interests, the NSPP winners shared their research with the high school students who participated in the programme.
The National Scientific Research Program’s first cycle involves 12 students from five different schools, both public and private. Jassim bin Hamad Boys High School, Al Jazeera Academy, Qatar School of Banking and Business Administration for Boys, Zubaida High School for Girls, and Al-Araqm Academy for Girls are the schools that these students are representing. To increase the level of competition, the competitors were split up into groups. Different scientific study is conducted by each group to address a specific issue.
“NSPP has been launched to provide a valuable opportunity to the Qatari youths to discover the research field and learn from specialist scientists and researchers at Qatar University. This aids Qatari youth to open new horizons of knowledge, to improve their scientific, intellectual, and cultural skills,” said Prof. Noora Al.