Posted on January 19, 2018

Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies (DIGS) to provide scholarships of approximately QR20m for international students, especially those from conflict zones who are pursuing their graduate studies at the Institute, during the next four years.

The MoU was signed by QFFD Director General Khalifa bin Jassim Al Kuwari and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the DIGS Dr Azmi Bishara. The MoU aims at launching the Qatar scholarship program, which is adopted and backed by the QFFD in collaboration with the DIGS and other Qatari universities, to promote academic cooperation and benefit from the common potential of the DIGS and the QFFD to support scientific research on topics of interest to developing countries and within QFFD’s strategy.

Under the MoU, the QFFD will provide financial support to international students who complete their graduate studies at the DIGS. The two sides will also enhance cooperation in several areas, including organising joint events related to the QFFD’s external support and conducting research, conferences and related seminars. The DIGS will provide training programs and courses for members of the QFFD in various administrative and research areas, in addition to special disciplines offered by the DIGS’s colleges and programs.

QFFD Director General Khalifa bin Jassim Al Kuwari said that the signing of this agreement comes as part of the launch of the Qatar scholarship program with the DIGS, the first specialised institute of its kind not only in Qatar but throughout the region. Through the launch of this program, the QFFD seeks to achieve an integrated system of cooperation with the development institutions and academia at the local and international levels, he pointed out.

Al Kuwari added that this program reflects the QFFD’s support for one of the most important sectors of its strategy which is the education and scientific research in developing countries. The first project launched within the framework of this MoU is the Qatar scholarship initiative, which aims to support students from developing countries by providing scholarships of approximately QR20m for international students who are pursuing their university studies at the Doha Institute during the next four years, he said.

The QFFD Director General said the fund allocated to the Qatar scholarship initiative will exceed QR100m when more Qatari universities and other government institutions join the initiative in the near future. Al Kuwari stressed that the memorandum aims to exchange expertise in the academic and research fields which its benefits will go to the QFFD’s employees, students in terms of academic aspects and the State of Qatar in terms of humanitarian and development.

Dr Hend Al Muftah, Vice-President of Administration and Finance at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, said that the signing of the memorandum of cooperation and partnership between the DIGS and the QFFD is within the framework of institutional and community integration and the efforts of the State of Qatar in providing external support, especially as Qatar was ranked as the first country in the Arab region and the fifth in the world in terms of providing external support for global development. 

Dr Hend Al Muftah stressed that the agreement will open new horizons to enhance cooperation in the field of academic support and scientific research for international students, especially those from conflict zones and provide them with opportunities to complete their graduate studies.

source: The Peninsula

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