Stenden Qatar signs pact with Swiss Education Group

Swiss Education Group Professionals, a business unit of Swiss Education Group (SEG), has signed a memorandum of understanding with Stenden University of Applied Sciences — Qatar to collaborate in providing professional training and development courses to different industry stakeholders in Qatar and the region.

SEG is the largest hospitality and business education group in Switzerland, with nearly 40 years of experience in hospitality management and culinary arts education.

The group has traditionally had very strong links with the global hospitality industry and all five of its schools have recently been ranked amongst the Top 10 Hospitality and Leisure Management schools in the latest QS World University Rankings based on academic excellence and industry reputation.

SEG’s Culinary Arts Academy Switzerland is ranked as number one culinary school in the world.

Stenden University of Applied Sciences – Qatar, established over 20 years ago under the chairmanship of HE Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim al-Thani.

The university is the only higher education provider of hospitality and tourism management education in the country.

Its tourism and hospitality management programmes are internationally accredited by the International Centre of Excellence in Hospitality and Tourism Education and locally accredited by Qatar’s Ministry of Education and Higher Education.

The university is part of the Culture, Education, Leisure and Sports Cluster at Al Faisal Holding, one of Qatar’s leading private conglomerates.

With this partnership, working professionals in the Qatari hospitality market will have the unique opportunity to receive world-class professional trainings by global experts in the fields of hospitality, tourism, business and culinary arts.

Participants in the professional development programme will be awarded with a certificate by SEG or a joint certificate awarded by SEG and Stenden University of Applied Sciences — Qatar.

Yong Shen, CEO of SEG, said: “Over the years our schools have had the pleasure of welcoming students from Qatar to study in Switzerland. And now we are very pleased to partner with Stenden University Qatar to bring Swiss savoir faire into the Qatari market.”

“Through this partnership we will be able to effectively meet the growing demand for certified professional training and development courses in the hospitality and business sector in Qatar and the region,” added Dr Ivan Ninov, executive dean, Stenden University Qatar. 

Stenden University Qatar officially launched its Alumni Advisory Board

Doha, State of Qatar – July 2020

Stenden University Qatar (SUQ) officially launched its Alumni Advisory Board, the main role of which is be to keep and enhance the engagement of the university’s large alumni network. SUQ is one of the oldest and well established higher education institutions in the State of Qatar and its large alumni body acts as one of the main pillars of the university. The majority of SUQ’s alumni still live and work in Qatar, and many of them hold key positions in various sectors and industries.

The newly established Alumni Advisory Board aims to develop a close knit alumni community and further enhance the links between the university and its alumni. It will also actively work towards enhancing the awareness and further growing the reputation of the university. In addition to this the Board will establish and develop strong links with the student community on campus. The newly established Board will work very closely with the management of the university and will play a very active ambassadorial and representational role.

The newly established Alumni Advisory Board consists of the following 7 members: Mr. Faruk Azad – Assistant Executive Director of Business Development at Hamad Corporation and Chair of the Alumni Advisory Board; Ms. Tamador Al Hor – Business Development Manager at Qatar National Convention Center and Vice Chair of the Alumni Advisory Board; Mr. Ahmad Abbassi – Executive Director of Competition and Football Development at Qatar Stars League, Mr. Vladimir Jankovic – Senior Manager at Fragomen Services, Ms. Maryam Al Kubaisi – Business Development Manager at Discover Qatar, Ms. Sarah Loulou -Lecturer at Stenden University Qatar, and Ms. Nadia Traktar – Senior Officer, Procurement at Katara Hospitality.

On the occasion of the Board inauguration, Dr. Ivan Ninov, Executive Dean of the University said: “We are very proud with the achievements of our alumni and we respect them as one of our greatest assets. They play a key role in our future development as an educational institution, and we will not be able to achieve much without their continuous support. They are and will always remain our best ambassadors and will further enhance our reputation as a university”.

Mrs. Khadija Ibtihaj, Head of Industry and Alumni Liaison at Stenden University Qatar stated: It is our pleasure to have alumni of this caliber serving as Alumni Advisory Board Members. We look forward to successful collaboration with all Board members. We are quite confident that they will succeed in enhancing the sense of belonging amongst our alumni and will act as a link between current students and alumni.

Mr. Faruk Azad, newly elected Chair of the Board added: It is an honor and a privilege to have been elected as a Chair of the Alumni Advisory Board. I very much look forward to collaborate with my colleagues on the Board and with all other alumni. I will exert all efforts to accomplish our mission, and to achieve our goals by building a cohesive alumni network and a highly engaged university community. In these difficult times we believe that Alumni Advisory board can connect the University with the real life experiences and knowledge of our alumni to foster a fruitful exchange with our students.

Stenden Professional Online Webinars

For a number of years Stenden University Qatar has been offering a wide variety of professional training and certification courses in addition to its academic undergraduate and graduate programmes.

In order to better support organisations and individuals during the COVID-19 crisis, the university has started delivering free professional training and development webinars. The first Webinar on “Digital Marketing during Crisis”  focused on the digital transformation strategies, which could be used by organisations, which are trying the overcome the challenges caused by the COVID pandemic. The webinar was led by Dr. Ilijana Petrovska, marketing professor from Stenden Qatar and Mr. Mohammed Yusuf, a digital marketing professional and alumnus of Stenden University Qatar who gave an insight into some of the most effective digital marketing strategies, which organisations can use during times of turbulence. The participants had a unique opportunity to learn more about the techniques used by organisations in engaging various audiences such as the use of social media, influencers, and hashtags across a number of industries. The webinar will be followed by sessions of online short courses on related digital marketing topics.

Another webinar on Business English Communications was delivered to a number of local and international participants, who were looking at improving their level of Business English during the “Stay at Home” period. The online course for Business English Communications will continue to be offered during the month of Ramadan at a special price.

In addition to this, the university also offered a free webinar on “Leading during Turbulent Times”. Dr. Anu Jossan, a business management professor from Stenden University Qatar presented some of the main challenges faced by leaders during the COVID-19 crisis and Dr. Shiban Khan, a business management professional introduced the most pertinent and effective leadership styles which can be adopted during a crisis. The seminar was followed by Q&A session which provided the participants with the opportunity to ask questions and discuss ideas. As a result of the increased interest, Stenden University Qatar will continue offering courses on leadership in the upcoming weeks.  Anyone who is interested in joining the webinars and the courses offered by the university can visit the university website to register. The university believes that the development of personal skills is of utmost importance and will provide individuals with a competitive advantage once the crisis is over.

So far the feedback from different participants has been excellent and upcoming webinars would include Business English Communication, Leading during Turbulent Times, Selling during Crisis, Emotional Intelligence, and Digital Marketing.

Stenden University Qatar students visited Spain on a study trip

The International Business students of Year 1, 2 & 3 of Stenden University of Applied Sciences – Qatar visited Spain on an international study trip from the 13th to 18th of February 2020, covering four cities.

The students had the opportunity to visit various companies based on the requirements of the International Business curriculum. Among the companies they visited were the Airbus-Illescas Plant Toledo to study about its operations and supply chain, The Sword Factory in Toledo showing the making of steel swords, DYC in Segovia for its warehousing, distribution and quality management, and Weber Shandwick for its marketing based international projects in Madrid. Furthermore, in Valencia, the students had an overview of the Valencia port and its importance. The six-day study trip has enabled the students to gain practical understanding of the theories they learned and apply it in real-time projects. Every year, the students are given the opportunity to experience and visit a new country to understand its culture, trade and industry.

One of the highlights of the trip was the welcome extended by The Qatar Embassy in Spain to the 45 members of the Stenden Qatar team. The Ambassador of Qatar, H.E. Abdullah bin Ibrahim Al Hamar hosted a dinner at Intercontinental Hotel in Madrid on the last day of the trip.

The meeting with the Ambassador has inspired the students to embrace the importance of technology and other growing business areas in their career. The Ambassador urged the students to be a brand ambassador of the university and the country.

“Glow in the Dark” Art Event for Best Buddies Inclusion

Thursday, 16th of January, 2020, A “Glow in the Dark” art event was organized by students at Stenden University as part of their Event Management module. The purpose of the event was to include students from “Best Buddies Qatar” and encourage them to create one-to-one friendship with student volunteers from Stenden. This morning was finalized with touchy and emotional presentation and exhibition of the artworks created by students with mild and moderate intellectual and development disabilities that are part of our community.

The “Glow in the dark” event was based on a color system. The organizers picked six different colors and linked them with words such as: “trust” for blue, “playfulness” for pink, “imagination” for purple, “love” for red, “friendship” for yellow and “green” for harmony. The main idea behind this initiative was to actively involve students from “Best Buddies Qatar” and provide them with the opportunity to glow with the others.

The event was sponsored by Qatar Stock Exchange, Qatar Gassal, Tehnical Solutions for Events Qatar, Best Buddies Qatar and Stenden University Qatar.

Some quotes from the sponsors and partners:

”Gasal was honoured to Sponsor Glow in the Dark event that was done by Stenden University Students to Best Buddies in order to engage students with special needs and create social awareness. It reflects Gasal’s strong commitment to nurturing and supporting those less fortunate and helping them flourish, engage and grow. We would also like to thank the Event Management students at Stenden for organising this nice initiative.”

“We are very happy to be involved in this wonderful initiative, and to fully support the local community and the people in need. One of our main goals as a university is to educate and prepare socially responsible individuals, who can positively impact the overall development of society.” – Dr. Ivan Ninov, Executive Dean, Stenden University of Applied Science Qatar.

“We were honored to work with the girls from Best Buddies center and organize the Glow in the Dark event to make them feel special and provide them with an emotional experience. Thank you for letting us to see the world through your eyes.”- Triple A Management, students from Stenden University, part of the Event Management minor and organizers of Glow in the Dark event.

Stenden University of Applied Sciences- Qatar holds blood donation campaign.

As means of enhancing its impact on services rendered to the community, Stenden University of Applied Sciences – Qatar has been stepping up its Corporate Social Responsibility activities during the recent years. With this goal in mind, on Monday 11th November 2019, Stenden Qatar organised a blood donation campaign to encourage everyone at its campus to give blood.

Following on from last year’s success, the event which was jointly organized with the Blood Donation Center of Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) was held on the premises of Stenden University of Applied Sciences- Qatar in Bin Omran.

Participants who included students, academic and non-academic staff alike enthusiastically joined the event by donating blood to support this noble cause. The campaign continued for the whole day with full enthusiasm. Every donor who had to be a resident of Qatar was screened through preliminary medical tests before donating the blood. Participants in the blood donation exercise reported feelings of fulfilment about their act and expressed a sense of gratification at the prospect of having potentially made a difference to someone else’s life.

“We are very happy to be a part of this noble and very important initiative, the purpose of which is to save lives. As usual our students and staff were very excited and enthusiastic about participating in this initiative, and we can proudly say that our university community has always been actively engaged in various CRS activities across Qatar. Apart from being a high-quality higher education institution we contribute to the development of the local society in many different ways’ stated Dr. Ivan Ninov, Executive Dean of Stenden University of Applied Sciences- Qatar.

Stenden University of Applied Sciences, Qatar: September 2019 Intake Orientation Days

Stenden University of Applied Sciences-Qatar received its newest batch of students, who joined the university for the 2019/2020 academic year. The university welcomed the new students by organising a two-day orientation programme which helped the students get acquainted with the new academic environment. The students were offered a tour of the campus, and provided with an opportunity to meet their lecturers, university staff, and other fellow students. They attended various workshops on study skills and had familiarisation sessions about how to use different facilities on campus.

During the orientation programme, a number of presentations were conducted by different faculty members, support staff and alumni who shared relevant and important information with new students. The programme which also included entertainment activities and games was a rich experience for both new and senior students who participated in the events.

Stenden University of Applied Sciences Qatar is the premier university for tourism, hospitality, and international business education in the country and offers internationally accredited and recognized Bachelor degrees in Tourism Management, International Hospitality Management, and International Business.

In addition to this the university also offers Master degrees in International Leisure, Tourism, and Event Management and in International Hospitality and Service Management.

Executive Dean, Dr. Ivan Ninov stated that new students at Stenden Qatar University of Applied Sciences will experience a very pleasant international environment with a friendly and family-like atmosphere, in which they will feel at home from the very first moment.

Stenden University of Applied Sciences-Qatar initiates a Coastal Cleanup Day

As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility activities, Stenden University of Applied Sciences- Qatar and its Alumni Association organised a coastal clean-up of the Sealine Beach in Mesaieed. The event was organized in coordination with the Environmental Protection Reserves & Wildlife Department in the Ministry of Municipality and Environment, which provided additional support in the organisation of the clean-up.

The main aim of this event was to create greater community awareness about the need to protect and preserve the natural environment and keep coastal habitat safe and trash-free. The event also aimed to educate residents and visitors about environmental protection, and to lessen certain behaviours that cause environmental pollution. In addition, the clean-up aimed to promote beautification of the coastal areas and reduction of the amount of litter on Qatar’s beaches.

SUAS-Q students, staff members, and alumni volunteered in the coastal clean-up. They spent the day removing waste material from the Sealine Beach and perceived this activity as an opportunity to socialize, contribute to the conservation of the environment, and have fun.

“In addition to the beach cleanup SUAS-Q Alumni Association was also involved in the organisation of a “Plant a Tree” event last year, which was a part of the university’s CSR activities to save the environment and promote healthy living and sustainable development” said Faruk Mohammad Azad, President of SUAS-Q Alumni Association.

“Stenden Qatar is the only university in the country which offers internationally accredited academic degrees in Tourism Management and as such one of our main priorities as an institution is to educate the community about the importance of tourism, but also help them preserve the natural resources in the country for the use of future generations. The development of the tourism industry is one of the strategic priorities for the State of Qatar and initiatives like this contribute to the protection of the natural resources and the further development of the tourism product in the country” said Dr. Ivan Ninov, Executive Dean of Stenden University Qatar.”

SUAS-Q tops in five categories: global ratings agency

Stenden University of Applied Sciences-Qatar (SUAS-Q) is the only institution accredited by The International Centre of Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality Education (THE-ICE) to be number one in five categories, according to a benchmarking rating report.

SUAS-Q topped for language support, host culture, social activities, Internet access, and accommodation cost and quality in the report prepared by THE-ICE, according to a statement issued yesterday.

THE-ICE is a global quality assurance agency and a worldwide network of leading quality tourism, hospitality, events and culinary arts institutions.
The report was based on the results, analysed by the UK-based agency i-graduate and from the 2018 student satisfaction survey completed by students from all THE-ICE accredited institutions and a global group of other participating peer universities.

The Benchmarking Rating Report will help SUAS-Q to support its continuous quality improvement and strategic planning and also will provide the opportunity of benchmarking itself against many other international institutions.  

It was almost two years ago that SUAS-Q got full accreditation THE-ICE for the Bachelor in Tourism Management, and the Bachelor in International Hospitality Management. 

Dr Ivan Ninov, executive dean of SUAS-Q commented: “We are very pleased with the results of latest THE-ICE benchmarking report, in which Stenden Qatar has been compared to some of the best higher education institutions in the field of hospitality and tourism education, and other peer universities across the globe. Our successful performance in this global benchmarking study is a validation of our continuous efforts on supporting our students and enhancing their overall educational experience. The best and most effective measure of our quality as a university is the success of our graduates, and therefore we are fully focused on delivering a high-quality educational product and preparing graduates who can successfully deal with the challenges of today’s complex and dynamic business environment”.

Stenden Qatar plans maritime management course

Stenden University of Applied Sciences – Qatar is exploring the possibility of starting an undergraduate programme in international maritime management as the university has launched two master’s programmes this year.

“We are looking to expand our portfolio in our undergraduate programmes. We are in consultation with our parent university in the Netherlands for starting a programme in international maritime management. There is no such programme in Qatar as well as in most countries in the region. In Oman, there is a maritime programme and there are many students participating in it. So we are planning such a programme here.” Dr Ivan Ninov, executive dean, Stenden Qatar told Gulf Times.
“This year, we started offering master’s programmes in International Hospitality and Service Management and in International Leisure, Tourism and Events Management. We are looking at expanding our academic portfolio in the near future by adding new graduate and undergraduate academic programmes,” continued Dr Ninov.

Stenden Qatar, the first Dutch university in the region and the first private international university in Qatar, has been in existence for the last 18 years. It offers programmes in tourism management, international hospitality management and international business and management studies.

“Our tourism and hospitality programmes are internationally accredited by the International Centre of Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality Education, the most reputable accreditation organisation in the field of hospitality and tourism education. Our tourism programme is the only accredited programme in the entire Mena region and the hospitality programme is the second internationally accredited programme in the region,” explained Dr Ninov.

All the programmes of the university are accredited and recognised by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in Qatar and the Ministry of Education in the Netherlands.
“The programmes offered in Qatar are exactly the same as the ones offered in the Netherlands. Our student body is truly international as we have students from more than 40 different nationalities. Each year, we are also hosting a number of students from our main campus in the Netherlands. Stenden is a truly international university with 12 campuses in five different countries including the Netherlands, Qatar, South Africa, Indonesia, and Thailand. Some new international campuses are being planned and will be opened in the near future,” described the official.

“All our programmes have a very strong industry focus, and include an internship component. Therefore, many companies in the country are very eager to recruit students from Stenden Qatar. The placement rate is about 90% and the best measure of our quality as a university is the success of our graduates,” noted the dean.

“Apart from our academic programmes, we also offer professional development programmes to different industry partners. We have a wide list of courses varying from event management, customer service skills, cultural awareness and business communication, to more specialised programmes such as sports management, finance, and entrepreneurship. We are working very closely with different tourism and hospitality organisations, and with the organisers of FIFA 2022,” added Ninov.