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14th cycle of Al-Bairaq Program launched | Qatar University

14th cycle of Al-Bairaq Program launched

2017-10-03

The 14th cycle of the “I am A Researcher” module of QU Al-Bairaq Program was launched in a ceremony held at the University last Thursday.

The event was attended by QU Center for Advanced Materials (CAM) Manager of Outreach and Engagement and Al-Bairaq Supervisor Dr Noora Al-Thani and a large number of Grade 12 students and teachers from seven high schools in Qatar -- Tariq Bin Ziad Independent Secondary School for Boys, Al-Arqam Academy – Girls, Omar Bin Abdulaziz Secondary School for Boys, Al Bayan Educational Complex for Girls, Jassim bin Hamad Independent Secondary School for Boys, Aisha Bint Abi Bkr Independent Secondary School For Girls, and Omar ibn al-Khattab Secondary School for Boys.

Al-Bairaq promotes innovation, entrepreneurship and applied research in line with Qatar National Vision 2030, and the country’s ambitions towards a knowledge-based economy. It also stresses interdisciplinary research that can cover any and all STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects. The Program is supported by UNESCO Doha Office (Partner), Qatar National Commission for Education, Culture and Science (Partner), RasGas Company Limited (gold sponsor), and Shell Qatar (silver sponsor).

In her remarks, Dr Noora Al-Thani said: “Al-Bairaq is a unique experience that motivates high school students to innovate and achieve their full potential through a wide range of projects that contribute to shaping their personalities and enhancing their critical-thinking, problem-solving, and teamwork skills. It is the result of the committed vision of QU to build a generation capable of research and development towards achieving a knowledge-based economy. It also highlights CAM’s commitment to promoting scientific culture and research from high school to university towards achieving the objectives and priorities of the State of Qatar.”