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UCL Qatar welcomes new students

3 September 2013

2013 UCL Freshers

Thirty-nine new students have enrolled at UCL Qatar, becoming the department’s second cohort of students following the commencement of teaching in Doha in August 2012.

The students, spread across three Master’s degree programmes in Conservation, Museum Studies and Archaeology, hail from 25 different countries around the world, emphasising the diversity UCL is renowned for, as well as underscoring the increasing appeal of Qatar as a primary hub for high-quality graduate education of a world-leading standard.

In addition to Qatari students, nationalities from the local region represented in UCL Qatar’s new cohort are Bahrain, Yemen, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Egypt, Tunisia and Libya.

UCL Qatar’s programmes have also drawn students from outside of the region who are attracted by the specific focus of the programmes on the heritage and archaeology of Qatar, the Gulf and wider Middle East region. This year students from the United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Greece, Italy, Serbia, Sweden, China, India, Taiwan, Argentina, Canada, Mexico, Jamaica, the USA and South Africa have taken up places on UCL Qatar degree programmes.

The enrolment figures at UCL Qatar represent a substantial increase from 2012’s first intake, underlining the continued growth taking place within the department. To further underscore this, UCL Qatar will welcome additional students in October 2013, on to two new programmes in Library and Information Studies (MA), as well as a Diploma in Academic Research and Methods (DARM). Both programmes have been devised in collaboration with Hamad bin Khalifa University, for whom UCL is committed to offering the courses as joint awards.

Shaima Sherif, a student on the MA Archaeology of the Arab and Islamic World degree programme commented “I always knew archaeology was my calling, and securing a place at UCL meant I could study archaeology of the Islamic and Arab world within the heart of the Islamic world through a prestigious school, which is an opportunity that rarely presents itself and is exclusively offered here at UCL Qatar.”

Professor Thilo Rehren, Director of UCL Qatar, added “We warmly welcome our new intake of students. Each of them comes with an outstanding academic profile and great potential. We expect very big things from them indeed. They have been through a rigorous admissions process and selected based on academic merit – and though their programmes are very intensive, we looking forward to each of them making a significant contribution to the UCL and Hamad bin Khalifa University community, and to becoming current and future ambassadors for UCL Qatar.”

Students have completed UCL’s traditional “Fresher’s Week” involving a range of induction courses, as well as social activities including a tour of the Education City facilities and the Museum of Islamic Art, as well as an all staff-student welcome dinner of traditional Lebanese and Armenian cuisine at the Katara Cultural Village.