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Dr. Hassan Rashid Al-Derham

President of Qatar University

Dr. Hassan Al-Derham is Qatar University’s sixth president and is recognized for playing a major role in advancing research activity at both university and national levels. He was previously Vice-President for Research from 2007, during which he guided Qatar University to its current position as leader of research excellence in the GCC region. During his tenure, Qatar University has won the largest percentage of grants in the National Priorities Research Program (NPRP) and Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP) under the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF). 

He also served in several earlier roles at Qatar University, including Associate VP for Research and Head of Civil Engineering at the College of Engineering. 

He holds a PhD and Post-Graduate Diploma in Construction Project Management from University of Glamorgan (currently University of South Wales), UK, and obtained his master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Georgia Tech, USA.  His undergraduate is in Architectural Engineering from North Carolina Agriculture and Technical State University, USA.