UDST Launches 8 New Programs to Address Industrial Needs, Economic Growth

University of Doha for Science and Technology (UDST) announced the launch of eight new programs that were created to address the market needs and contribute to economic growth in Qatar and the world, noting that all new programs are available for the Fall 2023 semester and are open for admission.

The list of programs includes Bachelor’s degree in marine engineering, smart manufacturing engineering, software engineering, and midwifery. In addition to a post-diploma Bachelor in Midwifery, a Master’s program in sustainable tourism management, a post-graduate diploma in interprofessional neonatal intensive care, and a post-graduate diploma in STEM/TVET education.

UDST revealed the uniqueness of some programs shedding light on each and every aspect of them. The marine engineering program is the first, occupationally dedicated undergraduate program in Qatar and exclusive to UDST. While the program meets international standards and accreditation, it relies on a customized curriculum to answer local needs, codes, and practices in Qatar, particularly related to LNG shipping; the marine engineering will support the mega expansion of LNG production and shipping in the State of Qatar.

The smart manufacturing engineering program is also unique and a necessity in a rapidly evolving economy and will prepare students to integrate high-level skills in managing smart manufacturing and design processes. Furthermore, the software engineering program will graduate software experts who are needed in the new era of automation impacting almost all industries and businesses.

The Master’s program in sustainable tourism is designed to attract students who wish to develop specialist skills in managing sustainable tourism, eco-tourism, and heritage tourism. After the successful organization of the World Cup, Qatar is becoming the destination of choice for both business and pleasure and a hub for international tourists, hence, the demand for such a program is very high.

The midwifery program is inaugural to Qatar and addresses the country’s need to develop “homegrown” midwives who can contribute to its vision for healthy women leading to healthy pregnancies.

The program is aligned with the International Confederation of Midwives standards of education that will prepare midwives to provide skilled, knowledgeable, and compassionate care for childbearing women, newborn infants, and families across the continuum from pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and the early weeks of life. The interprofessional neonatal intensive care program is developed in response to Qatar’s workforce needs for specialty education to prepare health professionals working with high-intensity care neonates in neonatal intensive care units. The program will be offered through micro-credentialing to support working health professionals to return to upscale their specialized knowledge and skills to care for vulnerable babies.

The STEM/TVET Education program is designed for bachelor’s degree graduates, industry professionals, and qualified professional educators, who are interested in gaining the knowledge, skills and competencies to work as Educators/Trainers/Lab Instructors/Experiential Learning Facilitators in education environments utilizing STEM/TVET curricula and industrial training settings.

Commenting on the announcement, UDST President Dr. Salem Al Naemi said: “At UDST we continuously strive to provide world-class education and offer our students programs that give them real-life experiences and prepare them to lead the careers of the future. We are pleased with our increasing number of students which has reached 7000 so far, and we are happy to see that the new generation and their parents have become more aware of the importance of applied education. Our students learn in simulated environments and get the chance to experience the professional world through our partners’ network as well. It is through a critical and integrative learning experience that UDST builds graduates with employable skills.” UDST has more than 60 programs that fall under five main streams: Engineering Technology, Business Management, Computing and Information Technology, Health Sciences, and General Education.

Source: Qatar News Agency