Vice Chairman of Qatar University (QU) Board of Regents Sheikh Dr Abdulla bin Ali Al Thani honoured the students who won first place in the scientific and improvisational challenges in the Destination Imagination (DI) 2018 in Tennessee last May.

The students – Aldana Ali Alyafei and Suhila Tariq Zaffer (QU College of Engineering), Sameera Hamad Al Muraikhi (QU College of Business and Economics), Sumaya Tariq Zaffer, Raja Mohamed Aderdor and Al Anqa Alharbi (QU College of Arts and Sciences), and Fatima Al Mansouri (QU College of Education) represented QU Destination Imagination competition in the scientific and improvisational challenges.

Sheikh Dr Abdulla bin Ali Al Thani was joined by QU President Dr Hassan Al Derham and QU officials and staff.

The finals of the scientific challenge witnessed a strong competition between the State of Qatar, China and the US. As the culminating event of the DI season, Global Finals provide finalists with the opportunity to showcase their top-scoring innovative solutions in the areas of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM), as well as service learning and improvisation, at the world’s largest celebration of creativity.

The solutions were assessed by a panel of judges and were scored based on a variety of factors including originality, workmanship, presentation, and teamwork.

QU Director of Student Services and Activities Dr Abdulla Al Yafei congratulated the winning students.

We are proud of our students’ achievement. The university is not limited to classroom learning. At QU, the students are engaged in programmes and activities that contribute to enhancing their practical, leadership, problem-solving and teamwork skills, and to preparing them for the labour market. High national competencies play a key role in overcoming the challenges resulting from the current blockade imposed against Qatar. They also contribute to the fulfilment of future national development plans.’

Student Sameera Hamad Al Muraikhi said they are proud of this achievement, and shared their plans to establish a club to prepare students participate in international competitions.