Doha University for Science and Technology celebrates International Women’s Day
Doha: The UDST organized a full day of activities to celebrate International Women’s Day. A round table moderated by Applied Research and Innovation of the University and supported by QAPCO entitled “#BreakTheBias: Gender equality today for a sustainable future” took place in the presence of eminent women from the Qatari community: Ms. Fatima Al Saadi, Capability Building Manager at Qatar Petrochemical Company (QAPCO); Nada Mir, national team golfer and UDST student; Amal Dahawi Al-Shamari, Head of Strategic Planning for Qatar Fertilizer Company (QAFCO); Fathea Salama, Director of Pharmacy at Sidra Medicine. The discussion was moderated by Wadha Salem Alathba, communication expert and influential life coach.
Panelists shared their experiences on empowering women and building the confidence to lead in a predominantly male-dominated field. They also discussed the importance of education in creating assertive women and how persistence can play a major role on the road to success.
On this occasion, Dr. Salem Al-Naemi, President of UDST, said: “Doha University for Science and Technology supports the fundamental values represented by International Women’s Day. This event is an opportunity to highlight the issues that women around the world face, whether at work or in everyday life. It is our duty as an educational institution to support women and help develop future leaders who close the gender gap and work for equality in their organizations. I want to thank all the women in the UDST community and all the women who are blazing a trail and making a difference despite all the challenges.
The university’s student engagement department organized a women’s market, where women entrepreneurs – many of whom are UDST students and alumni – from across the country were able to showcase their work and interact with the UDST community at a special “Meet and Greet”. The University has hosted a number of organizations that support women in Qatar such as: “Wifaq”, the family counseling center and “Aman”, the center which aims to protect and rehabilitate women and children who are victims of violence or separation and to reintegrate them into society, “Qatar Women Engineers Association “Qwea” under the aegis of the Qatar Society of Engineers; Al Dana Girls Center, Women of Qatar, Doha Girls Center affiliated with the Ministry of Youth and Sports .
The celebration continued in the afternoon with a deadlift competition for women only. The latter is supported by UDST’s Sport and Wellness division, where students are trained to be able to lift more than their body weight or even pull a truck. Such a competition reflects the University’s efforts to break down prejudice, build the confidence of female students so that they can become leaders not only among their peers, but also serve as champions in the country. The day ended with a women-only event led by the Department of Student Engagement – Elle: A Celebration of the UDST Women’s Community.
About Doha University for Science and Technology
The first national applied university offering applied bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in addition to certificates and diplomas. UDST offers more than 50 programs in the fields of engineering technology and industrial trades, business management, computer science and information technology, health sciences, training continuing and professional and development, etc. The University is renowned for its student-centered learning and state-of-the-art training facilities. UDST has over 20 years of experience in Qatar; it started as a college and transitioned into a university in 2022. The university is an in-state destination for technical and vocational education and training (TVET), its world-renowned faculty works on developing student skills and helps raise well-equipped graduates who proudly contribute to a knowledge-based economy and make the Qatar National Vision 2030 a reality.