Since the beginning of Qatar’s development, the nation has had a clear vision where education remains as the fundamental foundation for societal development. And when we look at Qatar’s achievements in the field of education, it demonstrates that the country is on the right track.
To provide quality, multidisciplinary education that contributes to meeting the needs and realizing the ambitions of the nation, Qatar Foundation (QF) was established in 1995. For over two decades, Qatar Foundation has been driving regional innovation and entrepreneurship, fostering social development and a culture of lifelong learning, and preparing the brightest minds to tackle tomorrow’s biggest challenges.
On 4 February 2020, Qatar Foundation celebrated its 25th anniversary in the presence of QF members and stakeholders, at Qatar National Convention Centre. A day that marked a milestone in the journey of Qatar Foundation, the "I AM QF" event aimed to highlight the role of Qatar Foundation in promoting Qatar's leading role at the global level, and to discuss the accomplishments of QF since its establishment in 1995 and its future aspirations.
The event was attended by HE Vice Chairperson and CEO of Qatar Foundation Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al-Thani, a number of Their Excellencies Sheikhs and Ministers, representatives from the national educational, economic and health sectors, alongside members of QF community from staff, students, teachers, faculty and researchers.
I AM QF featured a high-level panel discussion moderated by HE Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al-Thani, Vice-Chairperson and CEO of Qatar Foundation, where speakers from some of QFs key stakeholders focused on how collaboration one of the core principles of QF can advance Qatars development, strengthen its human capacity, and enable its people to realize their full potential.
Speaking during the panel discussion, HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser said: "Today I am glad to see faces that have always been present throughout all of QFs achievements. The main challenge that we faced was always to try convincing others to make a positive change, and that is through education, because education is our true wealth".
"We focused on building our education ecosystem based on our heritage not against it. And looking at the activities here today, I was pleased to see how proud and confident the Qatari youth are in their culture and identity, and in speaking the Arabic language. This is what we have been aspiring to create through Qatar Foundation, as well as throughout other educational institutions in Qatar," H.H. Sheikha Moza said.
"It was a dream, and we made it come true through Qatar Foundation and its stakeholders," H.H. added.
The panel discussion was also attended by H..E Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs and Official Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Lolwah bint Rashid Al Khater; HE Director of Public Health at the Ministry of Public Health Sheikh Dr. Mohammed bin Hamad Al-Thani; President of Qatar University Dr. Hassan Rashid Al Derham; and Vice President and Joint Venture Executive Director at ExxonMobil Qatar Dominic Genetti. The speakers explored how collaboration has already benefited Qatar, how it can be enhanced, and what it can mean for the future of the nation.
H.E. Sheikha Hind explained how collaboration has underpinned QF "from its first day to its 25th year" from allowing students to cross-register for courses at different universities and advancing autism research, to supporting young Arab innovators, and cultivating young peoples STEM skills. And she said: "Its how we enable universities and technology companies, schools and think tanks, health experts and Islamic scholars, to complement and benefit each other."
Addressing the "I AM QF" audience, HE Sheikha Hind said: "QFs journey has been all about producing knowledge, generating ideas and perspectives, and nurturing talent. And we share all of this with the world, from our unique perspective as a nation proud of its Arab and Islamic heritage".
"Now, we've reached a milestone in our journey, and so its time to ask ourselves: where do we go from here? How do we build on everything we have already achieved? And what do we need to do to realize everything we now want to achieve?" H..E Sheikha Hind added.
"For QF, I believe the answer rests on all elements of our ecosystem shaping, informing, and benefiting each other. We need to disruptively collaborate in a way that allows everyone to see the big picture, and recognize their role in creating it because QF is a platform for everyone to engage, and contribute," HE said.
I AM QF also included a series of "Discover QF" talks, focusing on themes, topics, and initiatives at the heart of the organizations mission, and an array of activities for its community.
Qatar Foundation (QF) started with a simple vision that has now become an ever-evolving organization. It's a non-profit organization made up of more than 50 entities working in education, research, and community development.
Qatar Foundation is also home to some of the world’s most famous and prestigious universities from the US, the UK, and France, alongside Hamad Bin Khalifa University, a national university that provides postgraduate education and a research ecosystem. These institutions within Education City offer programs in relevant and vital disciplines, which makes Qatar Foundation a place where the leaders of the future are nurtured.
(Information source: Qatar Foundation)
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