Qatar University ExxonMobil Teachers Academy
Held jointly by the National Center for Educator Development, Qatar University (QU) and ExxonMobil Qatar, the Qatar University ExxonMobil Teachers Academy is an innovative professional development program established in 2012 to enhance math and science teaching skills among educators. The annual, week-long academy provides independent school teachers with active-learning and inquiry-based teaching techniques, tailor-made for engaging students in the learning process and deepening their understanding of math and science. Teachers are selected by QU and the Supreme Education Council based on their qualifications and commitment to participate in the academy.
More than 160 teachers in Qatar have participated in the academy since its creation, impacting more than 17,000 students. The academy is the first international program to stem from the successful Michelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy in the U.S., established in 2005.
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Adventure Week
Sponsored by ExxonMobil Qatar and organized by QU’s College of Education’s National Center for Educator Development, STEM Adventure Week introduces students to industries, which rely on professionals with backgrounds in STEM. The week-long activities give students access to practicing STEM professionals and educators, including those at ExxonMobil Qatar and ExxonMobil Research Qatar, so that they can learn about and personally engage in STEM activities. STEM Adventure Week was established in 2010 and targets students from grades seven to nine within Qatar’s independent school system.
Life is Engineering
Launched in 2009, the Life is Engineering Program utilizes the cutting-edge facilities at QU’s College of Engineering for a high-spirited and innovative engineering competition. To date, the program has brought together more than a thousand Qatari high school students from schools across Qatar to build model race cars and compete in a final race at Lusail International Circuit. Each year, the winning team is awarded a trip to an assembly factory such as BAE Systems and Williams F1 in the U.K. (2014) and Nissan and Toyota in Japan (2015). ExxonMobil Qatar has been supporting the program since its inception in 2010.
GASNA (Our Gas) Competition
ExxonMobil Qatar supports the QU Gas Processing Center’s annual GASNA competition, which increases students’ understanding of the oil and gas industry and its integral role in the State of Qatar’s progress and development. Since 2009, GASNA has engaged more than 3,000 students from kindergarten to grade 12 with individual, classroom and group activities, equipping them with tools and skills to enhance their appreciation of their responsibility as Qatar’s future leaders.