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Story | Education
15 December 2019

Education is the key to development, says Malaysian Prime Minister during QF visit


His Excellency Mahathir bin Mohamad praises Qatar’s pioneering spirit

Education holds the key to the success of developing countries, the Prime Minister of Malaysia has said during a visit to Qatar Foundation.

His Excellency Mahathir bin Mohamad was given an insight into Qatar Foundation’s (QF) efforts in the fields of education, science and research, and community development during his time at Education City, where he toured the 2015 building (QF Headquarters).

And speaking during his visit, he emphasized the role of education at the heart of a nation’s development, while also highlighting the potential areas of collaboration between Qatar and Malaysia.

“There are certain similarities between our countries, such as our environments, and I believe we can work together very closely in areas such as this,” he said. “Qatar is also very strong in the context of oil and gas, as Malaysia is on a smaller scale.”

His Excellency Mahathir also praised Qatar’s “pioneering efforts” in areas such as food security, including through the establishment of dairy farms, and spoke of his admiration for the ecosystem of learning QF has created at Education City.

“Having many universities together in one place, devoted to different disciplines, is a unique idea,” he said. “Qatar is fortunate to have this, and I am sure it means future generations of Qataris will be extremely well-educated.”

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