In his welcome introduction, Mohamed Taimur Ali Ahmad, vice-chair of the MESSA student board and a junior majoring in International Economics, said: "This conference represents a very important platform for students to engage with faculty and colleagues.
Mahir al-Toby, chair of the MESSA student board and majoring in International History, added: "Fahad al-Attiya is an excellent ambassador and representative of Qatar and Qatar's vision for the future.
After calling for submissions from undergraduate researchers, the MESSA student board reviewed all papers in order to ensure that only high quality, innovative research was presented on the day.
It should either be a new exciting topic, or something from a new perspective, or it should be that you've done very hands-on work," explained Mohammad Taimur Ali Ahmad (SFS'17), chair of the MESSA student board.
This journal is one of the visible outcomes of the second edition of the MESSA conference (hosted last year) which brought together some of the best student researchers from outstanding institutions around the world.
Qatari student Khawla al Derbasti, Editor-in-Chief of the MESSA Journal, said"A lot of changes are taking place at a fast pace around us, and this is what makes MESSA such a vital organisation.
The MESSA Journal team also includes Almaha al Hammadi as Deputy Editor.
This year we will be hosting our third annual conference under the theme Y[pounds sterling]Globalization in the Middle East: Youth, Media and Resources'," MESSA member Khawla Abdulla al Derbasti said.
It is reemphasising what MESSA is about fundamentally.
MESSA is proud of its vision to put in the spotlight not only some of the best undergraduate researchers but also the region, as students debate and discuss the most pressing and timely issues.