Qatar University (QU) and SOAS University of London (SOAS) have signed a memorandum of understanding to promote collaboration in the field of education and research.
The memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed by QU president Dr Hassan al-Derham and SOAS director Baroness Valerie Amos in the presence of QU vice-president for Academic Affairs Dr Hassan Alfadala, QU vice-president for Research and Graduate Studies Prof Mariam al-Maadeed, SOAS London Middle East Institute director and Reader in Economics with reference to the Middle East Dr Hassan Hakimian, QU Scholarships and Partnerships Office director Mr Cesar Wazen, QU staff, and SOAS graduates.
Under the agreement, the institutions will co-operate in the field of research and the presentation of its results.
They will also collaborate on the exchange of academic and administrative staff and students, as well as the exchange of resources and staff in the area of library and other auxiliary services.
Other areas of collaboration include the exchange of academic materials, publications and other scientific information, QU has explained in a press statement.
Dr al-Derham welcomed the audience, saying: “We are pleased to sign this memorandum of understanding with SOAS, which will serve to strengthen our collaboration in the field of education and research.
“This memorandum of understanding aligns with Qatar University’s ongoing efforts to build partnerships and strengthen links with local and international institutions to promote academic and research excellence.
“Through this memorandum of understanding, Qatar University demonstrates its commitment to engage its faculty and staff on professional development, and provide its students with opportunities to heighten their skills and foster their experience in order to become the next generation of professionals and leaders who can drive the country’s progress in line with the Human Development Strategy.
“The university has signed more than 400 collaborative projects with industry, government, academia, business and civil society in over 130 countries.”
Baroness Amos said: “As an institution focusing on the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East with students from over 130 countries and staff from over 90, we are able to bring together a diversity of views and challenge conventional ways of thinking about the world.
“Partnership and collaboration is at the centre of our ethos. So, I very much welcome the signing of the MoU with Qatar University.”
She added: “We have a shared commitment to education and research excellence and look forward to developing a range of future collaborations.”
As a follow-up to the MoU, a committee with representatives from both institutions will be established to develop a plan of action for implementation.
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