QU Launches New University “Community Service-Based Learning” Program…

(MENAFN- Gulf Times)

As part of Qatar University (QU)’s efforts to achieve its vision and connect students to the community, Qatar University (QU) – Dean of General Studies has announced the launch of the academic course “Life-Based Learning Community Service” (UNIV 220), starting in the fall semester 2022. The course is considered World Cup Cultural Heritage because it is part of the social and behavioral sciences university requirement group. In the fall of 2022, students will engage in many challenging volunteer activities through various Qatar 2022 events.
“Highlighting Qatar’s distinctive identity in this historic event will equip them with skills that will enrich their ability to respect and interact with others from different societies and cultures. This course aims to develop students’ inclinations towards service and community involvement by engaging in exciting volunteer experiences in many fields, including sports, health, environment, social and humanitarian, in which students will demonstrate their civilized human behavior and contribute effectively to meeting needs. of their community, in addition to their assessment of the community service-based learning experience through reflective academic writing,” QU said in a statement.
Community service-based learning (CSBL) is a type of experiential learning that combines academic study with meaningful participatory community service activities and structured reflective thinking from the student’s side. This approach is a fruitful educational experience for students who wish to participate in many upcoming community events in Qatar, including the World Cup, where the course allows students to participate in at least 40 hours of on-field community service outside of the campus in partnership and in cooperation with various authorities. and institutions across the country to educate students about the needs of the community and then instill in them a sense of civic responsibility and development, the statement said.
Dr Omar al-Ansari, Vice President of Academic Affairs at Qatar University, said: “We are excited to prepare students with the skills to meet the needs and aspirations of society, especially for the largest sporting event in the world (FIFA World Cup).This course will enable students to achieve the strategic objectives of the university.
Professor Ibrahim al-Kaabi, Dean of General Studies at QU, said the course “Community Service-Based Learning” enables students to gain practical experiences in various fields of voluntary work and develop their inclinations towards service. public and community participation.
He added: “Participating in such an approach teaches students a variety of skills, including problem solving, communication, leadership and responsible citizenship, while enabling them to apply these talents in real-life circumstances encountered through volunteer work and community service. ‘
He said this will help QU achieve its goal of “excellence in community engagement,” which is one of the university’s most critical strategic goals.
Professor Rana Sobh, former director of the University Requirements Program and currently dean of the College of Business and Economics, said that according to the Association of American Colleges and Universities, community service-based learning is one of the global practices to strong impact in the field. public university education. It also helps to meet the requirements of implementing “experiential education”, which is one of Qatar University’s most important pillars of excellence in education, focusing on the independence of the student and by pushing him to relate to societal and human values, to adapt to the world around him and to solve the problems of the community.
She added that students would learn, through this course, the basic concepts and characteristics of community service, its benefits and its challenges. Additionally, the system equips students with the knowledge and skills to meet the urgent needs of society and increases their desire to engage in community work. Here, the possibility of applying what the student has learned in class to the community around him emerges, opening up new horizons for the student to offer different results inspired by the practical experience he practices.

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