The Opening Ceremony featured several dignitaries from QCDC’s partner institutions, including the United States Ambassador to Qatar, His Excellency Timmy Davis, the Director of Education Supervision Department at MoEHE, Ms. Maryam Noman Al-Emadi, along with Mr. Francisco Marmolejo, President of Higher Education at QF, Dr. Hayat Abdullah Marafi, Executive Director of Qatar Debate, and QCDC’s Director, Mr. Abdulla Al-Mansoori.
During his opening remarks, Abdulla Al-Mansoori, Director of QCDC, highlighted the significance of the Career Counselors Hub 2023, saying: “The Hub has evolved into a dynamic force that unites career practitioners from diverse backgrounds. It’s a bridge where experience meets innovation, and where seasoned professionals collaborate with emerging talents. This synergy is vital for our counselors as well as for the entire career development ecosystem in the State of Qatar. The Career Counselors Hub 2023 has become the catalyst for forging connections, fostering mentorship, and driving the evolution of career guidance practices. It’s an indispensable asset to our nation’s sustainable human capital growth.”
His Excellency, Mr. Davis, stressed the importance of such collaborations to the bilateral relation of Qatar and the U.S. saying: “Today, I’m proud to say that our relationship is stronger than ever thanks to our shared values, interests, and goals. Education is a key component of this relationship, and I want to acknowledge everyone here today for your steadfast commitment to enhancing educational programs and opportunities for students in both Qatar and the United States.”
In her opening speech, Ms. Al-Emadi emphasized the significance of this gathering, stating: “The aim of our meeting is to enhance the quality of academic and career guidance in Qatar’s schools, elevate the proficiency of academic counselors, improve the level of guidance and career awareness services provided by MoEHE to our students, prepare them for higher education, guide them towards academic paths that suit their abilities and interests, and introduce them to the future professions that Qatar will need in the present and future.”
Participants engaged in diverse workshops and presentations in Arabic and English on topics such as “Effective Communication with Parents”, Technology and Career Counselling, and “Tips on Managing Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).” Additionally, participants attended a networking exhibition for local universities, government, and educational institutions to explore admission requirements, national service updates, scholarship, internship, and volunteer opportunities.
The Career Counselors Hub, jointly orchestrated by QCDC, MOEHE, and U.S. Embassy Doha, underscores these institutions’ profound commitment to the educational and professional well-being of the nation’s students.