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Sheikha Hind attends ACD Education Workshop at QF

Sheikha Hind attends ACD Education Workshop at QF

Tribune News Network
Her Excellency Sheikha Hind bint Hamad al Thani, vice-chairperson and CEO of Qatar Foundation (QF), on Wednesday attended the opening of the Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) Education Workshop. The event was organised by QF and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) at the 2015 building (QF Headquarters).
Being held in partnership with the ACD – a pan-Asian forum that aims to maximise the expertise, strengths, and resources of its member states to elevate the continent’s global competitiveness – and the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), a QF initiative, the workshop focuses on enhancing collaboration in the field of higher education across Asia. Qatar is one of the 18 founding members of the ACD and holds the presidency of the forum for 2019.
The two-day workshop is being held under the theme ‘Learning from Neighbours: A Pan-Asian Effort to Build Contextualized Education Policies’. The participants include representatives from QF member Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), QF’s partner universities and other higher education institutions in Qatar, as well as from members of the ACD University Network and other universities from ACD member states.
The workshop’s goal is to advance a common agenda among decision-makers, at a regional and continental level, that will improve educational access and quality, promote global citizenship and foster competitive workforces.
The forum also provides delegates with the opportunity to learn about impactful education-related partnerships that have been formed in Qatar, including those driven by QF, with its debates being intended to help inform education policy and explore potential new educational initiatives.
Director of the Asian Affairs Department at the MoFA HE Ambassador Khalid Ibrahim Abdulrahman al Hamar praised the success of the workshop and the high level of attendance. He said that Qatar places great importance on the ACD and that organising this workshop has aligned with Qatar’s focus on education and the objectives of Qatar National Vision 2030..
Explaining that the aim of the workshop is to share experiences and build education policies, he said: “This is one of the main activities that comes within the context of Qatar’s presidency of the Asia Cooperation Dialogue for 2019. In addition, Doha will host the 16th ministerial meeting of the member states of the Asia Cooperation Dialogue in 2019. It will coincide with hosting the forum for businessmen from April 30-May 2, 2019, as well as organising a workshop on culture in September.”
Dr Marwan Khraisheh, senior research director, HBKU, said: “Many higher education institutions around the world face difficulties and dilemmas in trying to be ‘international’. But it becomes less daunting when there are pathways that allow open dialogue and the exchange of support between different institutions.”


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