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October 23, 2016

Minister of State for Defense Affairs Visits QF

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Qatar Foundation has welcomed His Excellency Dr Khalid bin Mohamed Al-Attiyah, Minister of State for Defense Affairs, to Education City to visit QF’s higher education and research and development facilities, and to discuss potential collaboration with the Ministry of Defense (MOD) across areas of education, training and research.
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HE Dr Al-Attiyah, who was accompanied by a high-level delegation from the MOD, met with senior leadership from QF’s homegrown Hamad bin Khalifa University (HBKU), and with Deans from QF’s partner universities on Thursday, 20th October. The MOD delegation was also introduced to the work of Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP), part of Qatar Foundation Research & Development (QF R&D).

Commenting on his visit, HE Dr Al-Attiyah said:“I am delighted to have been invited to Education City to witness firsthand the amazing work being undertaken in support of our nation’s ambition to build a diverse, knowledge-based economy. Qatar Foundation has a vital role to play in achieving this aim, and the people within the organisation, who are working each day to educate and innovate, are key to Qatar’s long-term objectives.”

HE Dr Al-Attiyah toured HBKU’s extensive Research Complex, where the MOD delegation was introduced to the Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI), one of HBKU’s three research institutes, and met with HBKU’s President Dr Ahmad M Hasnah and QCRI’s Executive Director Dr Ahmed K Elmagarmid. The visiting group was given a presentation on some of the centre’s technology research and development projects, including Arabic Language Technologies such as Speech Recognition and Machine Translation research.

Dr Ahmad M Hasnah, President of HBKU, said:“This meeting with Qatar Ministry of Defense opens the door to future collaborations in the areas of education, research and executive education, allowing us to build human capacity in strategic industries, and helping to pave the way for a bright and sustainable future for the country.”

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