Hamad bin Khalifa University (HBKU) welcomed its first class admitted for the university’s Executive Master in Energy and Resources program on 19 January.
The Master students were invited to an event, held at the HBKU Student Center, which was attended by His Excellency Sheikh Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani, Ph.D., President of Hamad bin Khalifa University, the deans of several HBKU partner universities, high-profile executives from leading organizations, and honored guests.
HBKU’s Executive Master in Energy and Resources program, offered in partnership with Georgetown University, Texas A&M University, and HEC Paris, has been specially designed to create an in-depth understanding of the role of energy and resources in modern life.
The program will integrate the disciplines of geopolitics, public policy, technology, finance, management, and strategy, and will prepare participants to conduct strategic analysis, reach effective decisions, and manage their operations with a global understanding of issues affecting the field of energy and resources.
Dr Mounir Hamdi, newly appointed as Dean of HBKU’s College of Science, Engineering and Technology, spoke at the event.
Dr Hamdi is a world-renowned researcher and a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and was Chair Professor and Head of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) before joining HBKU.
He has received awards and grants for his initiatives to improve teaching methodologies, delivery, and technologies, and has consulted for companies and government organizations in the USA, Europe, and Asia, also serving on the editorial boards of several prestigious academic journals.
Dr Antoine Hyafil, Academic Coordinator for the Executive Master in Energy and Resources, gave a small introduction about the program. Dr Hyafil told the students: “The HBKU Executive Master in Energy and Resources implements Qatar National Vision 2030 which aims to build a knowledge economy, through interdisciplinary learning on issues which are relevant to Qatar and the Gulf region.
“We are happy to see that the 29 admitted students - 21 men and eight women - come from a wide variety of backgrounds from oil and gas to engineering, finance, transportation, and real estate. This diversity will certainly add value to the class discussions. “The admitted students must be congratulated for being pioneers in a program which will be enriched by their contribution and by the contribution of their corporate sponsors.”
Among the students admitted to the program is Yousef Al Jaber, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and Institutional Affairs, Total E&P Qatar.
Commenting on the program, Al Jaber said: “This program fits with my career development. I studied Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University at Qatar and the Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar.
“I am interested in this program because it focuses not only on oil and gas, but on all aspects of the energy industry. “It will give me a better understanding of how the energy market is developing, which will help me in my career.” Abeer Al Dosari, Head of Administration and Shared Services, Facilities Management Directorate at Qatar Foundation, is also admitted on the program.
Al Dosari said: “This type of program will have a great benefit to our society. It complements my background having worked previously in the oil and gas industry as an accountant for Qatar Petroleum. “HBKU has captured the different components of my experience, including administration, accounting, and the technical side of the oil and gas industry.
It is a very unique curriculum.” The students, who started their classes on 25 January, will study five modules over a period of 16 months.