The Qatar National Library (QNL) was open to the public last November but recently hosted its official grand opening this past weekend in Education City, Qatar. The building was inaugurated by HH Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. The opening ceremony featured a performance by the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra and the Doha Youth Choir who performed the Qatari National Anthem. Additional acts included the lead Dutch architect Rem Khoolhaas who commented that the project made him a very happy architect. International Palestinian poet Tamim Barghouti also recited several of his poems.
The library’s main role is to serve as a steward of Qatar’s national heritage by collecting, preserving, and making available the country’s recorded history. The library, in terms of content, boasts more than 800,000 books. In addition, the library also hosts 500,000 eBooks, periodicals and newspaper, and various other unique collections. HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser placed the first book on the library shelves as it was opened to visitors for the first time, late last year.
The library, in the 4 months it has been operating (since November), has had nearly 160,000 visitors. Yet, the most impressive aspect of this library is that 25% (200,000 books) of its 800,000-book collection is checked out at any one given time.
(Emir of Qatar, HH Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, inaugurates Qatar National Library)
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The Qatar Foundation announced the establishment of the new Qatar Academy for Science and Technology (QAST) within its pre-university education system. QAST will serve as an elite science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)-oriented primary school in Qatar. The school is one part of Qatar’s National Vision 2030 plans, as the country adjusts to building a sustainable, knowledge-based economy prepared for the future. QAST will open in the 2018-19 school year with 40 students starting in the ninth grade. Its classes will be specifically designed to ensure students’ success in university.
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On March 22nd, Qatar University’s College of Law hosted the Women in Law Conference. The purpose of the conference was to give female students, faculty, alumni, and more the resources they need to advance their careers and professional development. The event featured female leaders in law so students could identify mentors and role models to help support their growth. The event’s keynote speaker was Asma Al Hamadi, a TV presenter on Al Jazeera, and it featured a short film “Women in Law,” directed by Rawda Al Thani. Breakout sessions focused on gender bias in the workplace and the importance of female empowerment in the courts.