Qatar Science Leadership Program (QSLP), a science and research management program in Qatar, will host an information session for those interested in pursuing a career in the field of science and research. Held on Thursday 28 March 2013 at Texas A&M University in Qatar Foundation from 11 am to 1 pm, the event will provide attendees with the opportunity to understand the programme elements in their entirety, including track options, application criteria and relevant dates for enrollment in the 2013 programme.
Introduced by Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development in 2008, QSLP has become one of Qatar’s greatest resources for producing scientific talent that will support the country’s national research agenda. This year, QSLP achieved a significant milestone with the introduction of two new programmes designed for undergraduates and post-doctoral candidates. To date, over 50 young Qataris have enrolled and are pursuing careers in a variety of highly specialised scientific fields including stem cell research, biomedicine, environmental sustainability and biostatistics.
Dr Wyatt Hume, Director of Education, Training & Development at Qatar Foundation’s Research Division said:
‘Talented individuals are undertaking Masters and Doctoral studies abroad. They will make substantial contributions to research & development when they return to work. Others are developing skills as research administrators and science advocates and communicators through the QSLP Management Track. I am most impressed by the quality of these individuals. QSLP will continue to expand as more people join the programme, especially now that it is extended both into the undergraduate and postdoctoral years.’
According to Abdelali Haoudi, Executive Director, Qatar Biomedical Research Institute (QBRI):
‘Because of the structure of QSLP, with trainees moving from one research area to another, QSLP members bring a diversity of experience and fresh ideas. The trainees also benefit from training provided by senior experts at QBRI. This is important because scientific inquiry needs to be monitored and evaluated on an ongoing basis. The valuable experience they gain enhances their professional value and helps contribute towards the creation of a knowledge-based society in Qatar.’
QSLP now offers Qataris four tracks to applicants. The Research Undergraduate Track caters for undergraduates who are keen to pursue higher education in scientific research fields. The Research Management Track allows trainees to gain hands-on experience of critical areas relating to different aspects of research management. Meanwhile, the Research Scientist Track is tailored for Qataris who want to pursue Masters or PhD degrees in areas that will develop Qatar’s economic and scientific footprint, and the Research Postdoctoral Track trains Qataris to champion specific areas of scientific investigation that are of strategic importance to Qatar and the wider MENA region. The programme focuses on Qatar’s core research areas of Health and Biomedicine, Energy and Environment, Computing and Information Technology, Behavioural and Social Sciences, and Humanities.
To register for the information session, please send an email to [email protected].
For more information about the program, visit QSLP’s website or call 4454 0541.