Interview with Dr. Mohamed El-Gammal, Associate Professor

Interview with Dr. Mohamed El-Gammal, Associate Professor, College of Islamic Studies (CIS)

31 Oct 2021

HBKU Marks 10 Years of Innovation and Excellence

Interview with Dr. Mohamed El-Gammal, Associate Professor, College of Islamic Studies (CIS)
Interview with Dr. Mohamed El-Gammal, Associate Professor, College of Islamic Studies (CIS)

You have been working at HBKU for 10 years. Why did you initially apply to work at the university and why do you still find this place attractive to work?

Hamad Bin Khalifa University remains an attractive place to work. It is open to the world and provides opportunities for supporting and developing academic research by encouraging its members to take part in conferences and academic seminars across the world with their research papers. The university also encourages its members to publish their research in the most prominent academic journals that have a strong impact factor.

Additionally, HBKU pays great and continuous attention to attracting the best students across the world by setting stringent criteria for selecting them. This helped in raising the standards of lectures and graduation theses generated by HBKU. The university has also attracted the most prominent academic and administrative staff who contribute to the creation of a diversified yet integrated academic ecosystem. 

I would also like to mention here that the university selected the programs needed by modern societies. This enhanced the integration, diversity and richness of knowledge and contributed to laying down a foundation for multidisciplinary research. This orientation helped me to take part in various research programs and to contribute to the design and development of the Contemporary Islamic Jurisprudence (Fiqh) Program. 

What/who is the first thing that comes to mind when you think back over the decade? And why?

The first thing that comes to my mind when I reflect on the past decade is a question addressed to myself about my responsibility: Have I duly assumed my responsibility toward the students, society and academic research? 

What aspect of your life and work at HBKU has changed the most since you joined?

I benefited from the great research opportunities available at the university. I developed my teaching and supervision skills while dealing with HBKU students and researchers. I also developed administratively by taking part in various committees and coordinating efforts in the disciplines on Fiqh and the society and research projects management. The residential and university communities have also contributed in introducing me to various cultures and helped me to be integrated in the community.