Qatar-Oman pact for better cooperation in education, tech
June 10 2018 09:47 PM
Dr Ibrahim bin Saleh al-Nuaimi and Najeeb bin Yahya Al Balushi exchanging the documents after signin
Dr Ibrahim bin Saleh al-Nuaimi and Najeeb bin Yahya Al Balushi exchanging the documents after signing an MoU in Doha.


Qatar and Oman signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on enhancing and developing cooperation in the fields of science, higher education and technology.

Dr Ibrahim bin Saleh al-Nuaimi, undersecretary at the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, signed the MoU with ambassador of Oman to Doha, Najeeb bin Yahya Al Balushi.
The signing of the MoU stems from the excellent relations between Qatar and Oman, and their keenness to promote and develop cooperation in the fields of science and higher education on the basis of the principle of mutual interest and to achieve the goals and objectives of common concern.
According to the MoU, the two parties encourage cooperation in exchange of experiences in the transfer of science, knowledge and modern technology as well as conducting joint scientific research and exchanging visits between higher education officials, members of academic entities, lecturers, researchers and students at higher education institutions.
The cooperation includes training of researchers and joint organisation of exhibitions, seminars and scientific forums, in addition to ensuring equal and effective protection of intellectual property rights in accordance with the legislation of both parties and international treaties that they are parties to.
Under the MoU, the two parties shall prioritise cooperation in quality improvement in higher education, advanced educational programmes and use of modern technology in higher education. 
In accordance with their respective procedures, the two parties shall encourage the enrollment of students of the other party into their own recommended higher education institutions in accordance with the capacity of these institutions and meeting the admission requirements for the courses offered.

Dr Ibrahim bin Saleh al-Nuaimi and Najeeb bin Yahya Al Balushi along with other officials

The two parties shall also encourage the exchange of information on all diplomas and degrees issued by institutions of higher education in both countries in order to accredit these diplomas and degrees based on the rules of mutual academic accreditation and in accordance with the laws and regulations in both countries.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Dr al-Nuaimi expressed his delight at signing the MoU, praising in this regard the lasting relations with Oman in all fields. “The signing of the MoU reaffirms that the relations between the two countries will see a greater development in the coming phase, and that the agreement will be a good start for both parties,” he said.
He noted that the Ministry of Education and Higher Education is committed to put its scientific and research capabilities and expertise in the different fields at the disposal of Omani entities to benefit from them. “The ministry is also pleased to benefit from their expertise in the areas covered by the MoU,” he added.
Al-Balushi said that the MoU includes many articles that are in the interest of both countries, especially enhancing cooperation in science, higher education and technology, and forging a new relationship in the field of education.
The ambassador noted that the MoU would be a good start to open other areas of cooperation for the benefit of the two countries, stressing the importance of activating the provisions of the memorandum and turning them into reality.

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