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UDST starts new academic year with fresh programmes and close to 6,000 students

Published: 02 Aug 2022 - 08:19 am | Last Updated: 02 Aug 2022 - 08:22 am
A lecture at the School of Business Studies of UDST.

A lecture at the School of Business Studies of UDST.

The Peninsula

Doha: University of Doha for Science and Technology (UDST) has welcomed back students to campus for the start of the new academic year. 

Close to 6,000 new and returning students joined the university for the 2022-23 academic year across four different colleges from Business Management, Computing and Information Technology, Engineering and Health Sciences.  

This year saw an increase of 15% in the application rate after announcing 12 new programmes that the university has made available for this Fall term. At UDST both Qatari citizens and children of Qatari women are exempt from the payment of tuition fees for Bachelor’s degree and diploma programmes.

UDST offers applied Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes in addition to diplomas and certificates. As many as 62 programmes are tailored to the needs of Qatar’s economy. Out of them eight are unique in Qatar: Bachelor of Applied Business Administration in Banking and Financial Technology; Bachelor of Applied Science in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence; Bachelor of Applied Science in Respiratory Therapy and Bachelor of Applied Science in Medical Radiography; Bachelor of Applied Science in Digital Communications and Media Production; Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering - Applied Electrical Power and Renewable Energy; Bachelor of Engineering in Construction Engineering; Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering - Applied Automation and System Control Engineering.

President of UDST Dr. Salem Al Naemi expressed his confidence that the university would continue to grow at a fast pace.

“UDST’s core values of performance, excellence, and achievement are the foundation of our commitment towards our students and our nation. Our aim is to help our community self-develop and seek innovation that serves society and achieves sustainability under the Qatar National Vision 2030,” said Al Naemi. 

“We have developed many strategies in collaboration with our partners which will result in the reveal of multiple unique projects that will benefit our society and position UDST as a leading institution in applied education. We are also on the verge of witnessing a one-of-a-kind event in Qatar and that is the much-awaited FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.”

“We are all looking forward to this world event that will bring together people from across the globe to celebrate not only football but the state of Qatar. I wish everyone a happy and safe return and we start this term full of hope and optimism as the university gears up to equip its students with the tools to face changes and achieve new goals,” added Al Naemi. 

Prior to the first day of classes, students took part in orientation sessions organised by the Student Engagement Department. 

New joiners were introduced to the many advanced laboratory and simulation facilities that the campus boasts, and were able to meet highly skilled counsellors who will be supporting them through their study journey. 

Students had the opportunity to engage in different activities and join clubs and a wide variety of sports teams.