LATEST UPDATE - MARCH 16, 2020
Following a meeting of Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Crisis Management regarding further precautionary measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), all incoming flights to Hamad International Airport will be suspended starting from Wednesday, March 18, for an initial period of 14 days.
In view of this, Hamad Bin Khalifa University remains fully committed to operating remotely, ensuring research and educational continuity.
HBKU employees who wish to travel should note the precautions set by the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) at all times. In addition, employees affected by the travel restrictions are advised to contact HBKU Human Resources and inform their line managers accordingly for further steps.
Qatari employees outside the country would need to adhere to the national policies in place in that country with the readiness of the country's embassies to provide the necessary services, including facilitating the procedures for returning to the State of Qatar if needed.
With the remote working approach, Hamad Bin Khalifa University remains fully committed to ensuring research and educational continuity.
Line managers are requested to oversee workflow to serve their unit function and continue to be as effective as possible while operating remotely; ensuring employee work hours are met and team assignments are completed.
HR electronic requests will continue to be processed through the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, which can be accessed through eservices.qf.org.qa
For further Human Resources (HR)-related queries, please contact your HR focal points:
To support our community members during the period of remote working, the HBKU IT team will be using the following protocols:
Please note that the following tools will be required to telecommute and stay connected:
In an effort to safeguard the health and wellbeing of our community, Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) continues to take measured steps to reduce the risk of infection and transmission of COVID-19.
Given the developing situation, HBKU employees are advised to work remotely from Sunday, March 15, until further notice and are expected to continue fulfilling their duties in coordination with their respective line managers. Members involved in critical business functions are required to operate on site and will be informed accordingly.
Please be informed that, due to the current situation regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), further precautionary measures have been announced by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in an effort to protect the health of students and the wider community in Qatar.
To this end, Hamad Bin Khalifa University will be suspending classes from tomorrow, Tuesday, March 10, 2020, until further notice. Students are advised to coordinate with faculty members to work remotely and continue studies online until advised otherwise.
In order to safeguard the health and safety of the Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) community amid the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, HBKU’s senior management has agreed to postpone or cancel all public entity functions, both locally and internationally, from now until the end of June 2020. Events scheduled to take place after June will be evaluated in the coming weeks as we continue to monitor the situation.
The Class of 2020 graduation ceremony is still scheduled and set to take place on Sunday, May 3.
We understand that the decision may cause some inconvenience for our entities; however, the health of our members, their families and the wider public is our number one priority as we continue to monitor updates regarding COVID-19.
For further inquiries on the above, kindly liaise with the Interim Provost’s Office and Vice President of Research’s Office.
At Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), our priority is to safeguard the community, while maintaining operational continuity as far as possible. In line with the recent Qatar Foundation Maktabi circular, kindly note the following:
In most cases, HBKU will continue to conduct standard activities, with Education City remaining open.
Furthermore, HBKU management recommends that its community members (students, faculty, researchers and staff) limit their personal travel plans. However, should they wish to do so (at their own risk), please note the precautions set by the Ministry of Public Health.
Please be informed that a number of inaccurate news articles relating to the coronavirus COVID-19 in Qatar have been circulated.
Various media outlets outside of Qatar have reported two coronavirus cases occurring at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), which is entirely false. Likewise, information circulating regarding a complete travel ban to and from Qatar is incorrect.
To this end, we recommend that students, faculty, researchers and staff reference official sources to obtain accurate information, including Qatar Foundation’s Maktabi Portal and Qatar’s Ministry of Public Health.