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Qatar University gets new president

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For the first time in 12 years, Qatar’s largest university will have a new official at the helms.

Al-Derham has held the post of Vice President of Research at QU for the past eight years.

According to his online biography, he is also an assistant professor at the College of Engineering and has a PhD in construction project management from the University of Glamorgan in Wales, UK.

His appointment comes at a time when QU is expanding and putting a greater emphasis on boosting its profile through research.

According to QNA, Dr. Sheikha Abdulla Al-Misnad has been replaced by Dr. Hassan Rashid Al-Derham as president of Qatar University, following a meeting with the board of Regents today.

Al-Misnad was the fifth QU president, taking over the role in 2003. An alumnus of the university, she graduated in 1977 with a Bachelor’s degree in Education and followed that the next year with a diploma.

She got her PhD from Durham University in the UK with a thesis on “The Development of Modern Education in the Gulf States with Special Reference to Women’s Education.”


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