Education and community development are central to Qatar Foundation’s (QF) ethos; they are the driving force behind building a passionate, engaged, and empowered society that strives to further the development of the nation. As part of this dedication, QF hosts a series of exciting and educational summer activities designed to inspire high-school students with a sense of discovery and self-belief in their future academic and career opportunities.
From creative art projects to practical research internships, hands-on medical experience to writing news articles; QF oversees a diverse range of educational summer activities across its various centers and partner universities, reflecting a wider year-round program of community engagement and education.
Fahad Saad Al Qahtani, President of Community Development, QF, commented: “Many of our comprehensive summer programs focus on young students considering university and on those wanting to explore their creative talents and future careers. These summer programs prove immensely popular every year and are an integral part of the world-class learning environment provided by Qatar Foundation.”
Students taking part in this year’s summer internship programs at Hamad bin Khalifa University’s (HBKU) three research institutes were given the opportunity to learn directly from industry specialists and work on innovative research projects.
Chosen students were immersed in eight-week summer internships at Qatar Biomedical Research Institute (QBRI), Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI), and Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI); each organization has been specifically designed to build national research capacity and attract young people to the sciences.
HBKU interns gained practical laboratory research experience under the supervision of distinguished QBRI scientists and were able to select projects to work on in the areas of diabetes, cancer, stem cell research, and neurological disorders. At QCRI, interns worked on research, and developed projects in the areas of Arabic language technologies, data analytics, social computing, cyber security, distributed systems, and computational science and engineering. Six students participated in this year’s QEERI summer internship program and learned about the organization’s work on the country’s energy and water security grand challenges.
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