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New programmes commence at UCL Qatar

2 October 2013

UCL Georgetown Building

UCL Qatar has today welcomed students onto two new programmes. The MA Library and Information Studies and the Diploma in Academic Research and Methods (DARM), developed to address substantial local and regional needs, draw upon the expertise of existing programmes offered at UCL’s Department of Information Studies, as well as the UCL Centre for Languages and International Education (CLIE).

Nine students have enrolled on the MA Library and Information Studies, hailing from Qatar, Egypt, Palestine, India and Canada. In addition, seven students have joined the DARM, including four Qatari nationals, as well as students from Egypt and Jordan.

UCL’s new programmes have been developed in partnership with Hamad bin Khalifa University (HBKU). From 2014, the DARM will become a HBKU award, while the MA Library and Information Studies will become a joint award between UCL and HBKU. The programmes represent an example of the growing number of opportunities for collaboration between various institutions based at Doha’s Education City.

Mr Brett Kershaw, Marketing and Student Recruitment Manager for UCL Qatar said “It gives us great pleasure to launch these important new programmes and welcome a very strong first cohort of students. The launch of these programmes was only announced very recently, and our initial enrolment figures demonstrate the huge demand that exists in Qatar and regionally for professional training in librarianship.”

“Furthermore, the Diploma in Academic Research and Methods opens up a new avenue for students wishing to go on to pursue graduate level study at UCL, HBKU or elsewhere. We expect student numbers for both programmes to grow substantially in the short term. Graduates will be equipped with the skills to pursue leading professional roles within Qatar’s cultural heritage and information services sectors” he added.