HE the Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr Mohamed Abdul Wahed Ali al-Hammadi Tuesday met the President of the International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO), Professor Paresh Joshi, and his accompanying delegation, currently visiting Qatar.
The meeting reviewed the ministry's preparations to host the 16th International Junior Science Olympiad, which will be held in Qatar in December.
In statements following the meeting, Assistant Undersecretary for Educational Affairs Fawzia Abdulaziz al-Khater said that the final report issued by the IJSO team, headed by professor Joshi, was reassuring and emphasised the readiness of Qatar to host this important scientific event. The tournament is the first in the Arab world.
Meanwhile, professor Joshi said in a press statement that the delegation held many meetings with the organising committee of the IJSO Qatar 2019, and found a remarkable progress in the planning and implementation aspects of the events that have been well planned, stressing that the 16th edition in Qatar will be a well planned and excellent event.
For his part, Assistant Undersecretary for Higher Education Affairs Dr Khalid al-Ali, who is chairman of the scientific committee of the International Junior Science Olympiad, said that many meetings were held between the scientific and organising committees of Qatar Olympiad and representatives of the organisation to discuss the measures and preparations related to the tournament, in addition to field visits which were conducted to the facilities where the contests will take place.
Meanwhile, Chairman of the Organising Committee of IJSO Qatar, Ali al-Buainain, said that 50% of the work of the competent committees has been completed, which confirms Qatar's full readiness to organise the tournament at the highest level.
Qatar will host the 16th International Junior Science Olympiad from December 3 to 12 as the first Arab country to host the event. A total of 62 countries have announced participation in the tournament so far, making IJSO Qatar 2019 the biggest ever in the event's history.
The International Junior Science Olympiad aims to promote and reward the pursuit of excellence in scientific endeavour; and challenge, stimulate and encourage gifted students to further develop their talents in Natural Sciences.