The British Council has held an education networking lunch, hosted by Msheireb Properties at the Msheireb Enrichment Centre on the Corniche.
The lunch was organised for representatives of the 32 UK universities who are in Doha to attend the Supreme Educational Council Qatar International College fair.
It provided an opportunity for these representatives to meet key individuals from Qatar’s education sector and for the guests from both countries to make connections and exchange ideas.
UK Ambassador John Hawkins’ opening remarks welcomed the guests to the event which featured briefings on the opportunities in Qatar by Zeina al-Azme, director, Qatar University’s external relations; and Simon Winetroube, director, British Council Qatar.
Over 60 people attended, including representatives from UK universities, Qatar Higher education institutions, Qatar Foundation, Qatar University, the Supreme Education Council, scholarship granters, secondary schools, educational agents and the British embassy.
While the lunch focused on professional exchange, it also provided an opportunity for visitors to enjoy the wonderful views from the Msheireb Enrichment Centre and to join a guided tour.
Winetroube said: “I am delighted to see a record number of UK institutions represented at the SEC Qatar International College Fair (QICF) this year. Once again, the UK has the highest representation of all countries, which is appropriate as the UK is the leading destination of choice for Qatari students studying abroad.
“Our research tells us that Qatari students appreciate the overall strength of UK education, the international reputation of UK qualifications, and the lifestyle in the UK. However, it is the strength of the relationships which UK institutions have with the Qatari education sector which helps them to attract the suitable students to the UK and to offer them such a positive experience when they get there. The British Council sees this education networking lunch as an important element in further strengthening those relationships and building greater mutual understanding.”
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