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3rd International Women's Day Colloquium by CUC Ulster University

CUC Ulster University Hosts Inspiring 3rd International Women's Colloquium, Advocating for Gender Equity and Qatar's Vision 2030

Doha, Qatar (6th March 2024) — CUC Ulster University proudly hosted the 3rd International Women's Colloquium at the prestigious West Bay Hilton Hotel in Doha on 6th March 2024, in the Nashira Ballroom II. Dr. Faris Gorashi, Executive Dean of CUC Ulster, encapsulated the significance of the event, stating, “As we commemorate International Women’s Day 2024, we proudly honor the indomitable spirit and remarkable achievements of women around the world."

Themed "Inspire Inclusion," the colloquium served as a beacon for gender equity and empowerment, featuring distinguished guest speakers who shared their inspiring journeys and emphasized the rising prominence of women in STEM careers. Among the esteemed speakers were:

  • Dr. Noora Fatis Al Marri, Founding Secretary General of the Arab Association for Cybersecurity and Associate Professor at Qatar University
  • Ms. Shaika Al-Nassr, Director - Museum of Islamic Art, with Qatar Museums
  • Ms. Raida Abdulsalam, Founder & Chairwoman at Al Jedad Holding
  • Ms. Shams Al-Qassabi, Entrepreneur - Qatar’s first woman to create innovative spice mixes and food combinations
  • Professor Jackie McCoy, Ulster University Belfast, Northern Ireland, Associate Dean of Global Engagement

The opening address was presented by Ms. Komal Beg, Dean of Operations at CUC Ulster University. The moderator of the event was Eman Al Abdulla, who is a student at CUC Ulster University’s MBA Women in Leadership programme. 

Ms. Lamese Abrahams, Director of Education for ACES, addressed the group with an exciting preview of the new CUC Ulster University campus being built in Lusail, and set to open this September. 

In addition, inspiring messages from our Faculty were shared via video, amplifying the event's impact. Students from CUC Ulster University also contributed messages of support, adding to the collective spirit of empowerment.

In a profound recognition of Qatar's Vision 2030, discussions during the colloquium highlighted the pivotal role of women's equity in achieving the country's expected growth, particularly in STEM-related fields. Qatar's ambitious National Vision aims to transform the nation into an advanced society of innovation and progress, with female empowerment at its core. However, the attainment of such objectives hinges crucially on harnessing the full potential of its female workforce.

As articulated by Dr. Faris Gorashi, "Inclusion is not just a buzzword; it’s a cornerstone of our values, shaping a diverse and vibrant community where every voice is heard and every story matters." The active participation and leadership of women in STEM fields are essential for driving innovation, fostering economic growth, and ensuring Qatar's competitiveness on the global stage.

The event, broadcast live on YouTube, attracted a diversified global audience from over 40 countries, underscoring the universal importance of gender equity and inclusivity in achieving sustainable development goals. Michael Stellwag, MBA, Head of Marketing & Recruitment at CUC Ulster University, emphasized the significance of the day’s proceedings, stating, “Together, we can build a future where equality and diversity are not just ideals but ingrained principles that guide our actions."

In conclusion, CUC Ulster University exemplifies the spirit of International Women’s Day, advocating for inclusivity, diversity, and equal opportunities for all. Let us unite in transforming challenges into opportunities, shaping a better future where everyone thrives. As CUC Ulster aptly puts it, “Investing in women accelerates progress, and together, we can create a world where everyone flourishes.”

For media inquiries, please contact:

Michael Stellwag, MBA

Head of Marketing & Recruitment
CUC Ulster University

About CUC Ulster University:

CUC Ulster University is committed to providing a transformative educational experience that empowers individuals to excel in their chosen fields and contribute positively to society. With a focus on innovation, inclusivity, and excellence, CUC Ulster prepares students to meet the challenges of a rapidly evolving global landscape. The university is moving to a new dedicated campus in Lusail in the Fall of 2024 and is one of the fastest growing private universities in Qatar. For more information about CUC Ulster, visit or call +974 40 198 198. The university can be found on social media channels at /cuculster.

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