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March 24, 2014

Role Of Civil Societies Discussed at HBKU Event

Share bin Khalifa University (HBKU) has collaborated with the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy (Baker Institute) in hosting a student exchange program in Doha, the program is dedicated to public policy and diplomacy issues, with a particular emphasis on Qatar-US relations.

Between 3-6 March, seven participants from HBKU and its partner universities discussed a wide range of policy issues with counterparts from Rice University in the USA under the theme ‘The role of civil societies,’ at the HBKU Student Center.

Alternating locations annually between Doha and Houston, this is the third exchange program which was designed to allow the visiting students to experience Arab or American culture in the context of their policy discussions.

Discussions covered humanitarian aid, natural resources and health, and also addressed specific issues such as the humanitarian response to conflict in the Middle East, social determinants of health, viable transportation systems, sustainable development of natural resources, and the roles of biotechnology, bioterrorism and chemical warfare in today’s society.

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