Qatar University (QU), in co-operation with the Qatar National Commission for Education, Culture and Science, organised the Second Youth Forum on “The Role of Youth in Innovation and Sustainable Development in Qatar” under the slogan “A Knowledge Economy Benefits All.”
QU’s vice president for research and graduate studies Prof Mariam al-Ali al-Maadeed, Qatar National Commission’s Arab and Islamic Affairs Department head Abdullah Khamis al-Kubaisi, representatives from Qatar Youth Hostels and a number of researchers including those interested in innovation and sustainable development were present.
The forum saw the participation of a number of local high schools, including Noor Al Khaleej International School, the Sudan School, Global Academy International, Ahmed Bin Hanbal Independent Secondary School for Boys, MES Indian School, Middle East International School and for the first time, also included the participation of young adults from Oman.
Officials and dignitaries at the forum
In her opening address, Dr al-Maadeed described the forum as a valuable opportunity to develop students and empower them through research and the various requirements needed for the sustainable development of Qatar.
Al-Kubaisi told the students that the forum is an excellent opportunity for creating constructive dialogue among their peers. “You will develop your talents, discover your creative and innovative potential and strengthen your way of thinking by discussing your research on a scientific and also a humanistic basis. You will also learn to use these skills to solve problems, lead sustainable development projects and conduct meaningful, respectful dialogue with others from all walks of life.”
The idea of establishing a youth forum in Qatar aims at developing and highlighting the role of the society and the private sector in human development through education, establishment of universities and promoting the culture of scientific research and the benefits of museums.
The forum had sessions on various topics including: Gender equality, clean water and sanitation, and sustainable cities and communities.
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