Female leaders working in Qatar’s booming higher education sector shared their experiences of building careers in the academia during a live seminar event hosted by the Division of Continuing Professional Development at Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q).

The event, titled ‘Breaking the Bias: Stories from Academia’, featured expert speakers from several of Qatar’s leading universities, an interactive Q&A session, and a panel discussion. The seminar was also accessible via the online platform of WCM-Q.

Dr Thurayya Arayssi of WCM-Q speaking at the ‘Breaking the Bias’ event.

The event began with opening remarks by Dr Aicha Hind Rifai, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at WCM-Q. Dr Christine Schiwietz, Assistant Dean for Curriculum and Academic Advising at Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q), gave a presentation which highlighted the challenges faced by women aiming to progress to senior positions in the higher education sector. She also led a Q&A session later.

Dr Thurayya Arayssi of WCM-Q and Dr Selma Limam Mansar of Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, meanwhile, recounted their respective career journeys in a session titled, Stories from Academia.

Dr Arayssi, a professor of Clinical Medicine and Vice-Dean for Academic and Curricular Affairs at WCM-Q, said they were delighted to invite senior female academics to WCM-Q to share their stories.

Through diligence, persistence and application of their great talents, these women have achieved wonderful things in academia, benefiting not only themselves but also their institutions and their colleagues and students, both female and male.

She said that their stories serve as an inspiration and a guiding light to women and girls everywhere who have ambitions to reach the very highest standards in the academia.

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