Starting this fall, Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) is introducing three new community classes as part of its commitment to provide life-long learning opportunities to residents. The courses, which are offered annually, focus on a wide range of self-improvement topics such as healthy living, public speaking, and self-awareness.

One course is for people looking to pursue a healthier lifestyle. Participants will construct their own customised nutrition and fitness plans under the guidance of Dana Habayeb, a certified Personal Trainer, and nutritional consultant. The class will also focus on weight loss techniques and how to make healthier choices based on proven scientific research.

Another course is directed towards women seeking to gain a deeper insight into their personality. The workshop will help participants understand the link between their bodies, minds, and spirits and how they can leverage these elements to lead a balanced and fulfilling life.

The courses also aim to build a community of well-rounded leaders. Career professionals who are interested in honing their self-confidence and public speaking can register for the ‘Effective Presentation and Public Speaking Skills’ course. Training in this course will revolve around effective and professional presentation skills in the modern workplace. It will use advanced techniques for capturing the attention of audiences and for engaging them by using appropriate voices, tones, and body language.

Speaking on the aim of HBKU’s community classes, Maryam Al Mannai, Vice-President of Student Affairs at HBKU, said that initiatives such as these help build bridges between the public and the university.

At HBKU, we recruit the best available instructors who are qualified to deliver an outstanding classroom learning experience. Offered annually, these classes are in line with our community development initiatives and HBKU’s contribution towards achieving Qatar National Vision 2030.’

Moza Al Thani, who took  Food Safety and How to Train Yourself courses at the university said she totally enjoyed her participation in the two HBKU Community Classes she attended earlier this year.

I still remember all the details from the classes – they greatly influenced the way I think about the food I consume, and motivated me to make lifestyle changes that greatly impacted my daily routine.’

All courses will begin in the first week of October. Deadline for registration is on 17 September.

To learn more about HBKU’s community classes and to register, visit