Posted on October 03, 2015

Qatar University College of Education (QU-CED) hosted a visit by a 6-member delegation from LNG Corporation (LNG Japan) and RasGas Company Limited on September 30.

QU Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Dr Humaid Al-Midfaa and CED Dean Dr Hissa Sadiq welcomed officials from both institutions -- LNG Japan Chairman and Executive Director Mr Yasunori Takagi, President and CEO Mr Norikazu Onishi, Business Development & Operations Division Deputy COO Mr Nori Kawai, Gas Business Department 2 General Manager Mr Nobuaki Terao, and Doha Liaison Office General Manager Mr Katsuharu Tsuda, and RasGas Company Limited Acting General Counsel Mr Flynn Jennings. 

Also attending the meeting were QU Associate Vice President for Facilities & IT Dr Khalid Naji, QU Capital Projects Department Director Eng Khalid Halabi and CED Associate Professor of Early Childhood Dr Chris Coughlin. Discussions focused on a wide range of issues, including progress on the construction of the new Training Center for Early Childhood Teachers (TCECT) which is jointly funded by QU and LNG Japan in the amount of US$5million. The program agenda also included an on-site visit of the new building.

Dr Al-Midfaa highlighted the importance of education from early childhood which he said helps to develop young minds towards critical thinking and problem-solving and encourages their curiosity, initiative, and creativity. “Through the center, QU is contributing to the country’s human and social development strategies and its mission to prepare the younger generation for the responsibility of leadership of its progress and development”, he said, adding, “I thank the College of Education, LNG Japan and RasGas Company Limited for their efforts in making this center a reality.”

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Mr Takagi said: “We deeply appreciate the time taken to show us the progress on the construction of the Training Center for Early Childhood Teachers. We are honored to be part of such a prestigious project which highlights the fulfillment of Qatar National Vision 2030. We are looking forward to the completion of the training center. Human resources are very important for the prosperity of every country. We, LNG Japan, are honored to be given this opportunity.”

Mr Jennings said: “The progress in the construction of the new Training Center for Early Childhood Teachers marks Qatar University’s continuing contribution towards guiding the younger generation of Qatar. Through this endeavor, LNG Japan reinforces itself as a prominent partner in our journey to meet the ideals of Qatar National Vision 2030.”

Dr Sadiq said: “I am pleased with the progress that has been made since we broke ground in June 2014 and that brings us closer to presenting the center to the wider community and advancing the skills and capabilities of early childhood teachers and young children, as well as parents. The center underlines the close links we enjoy with our industrial partners to ensure that education in Qatar continues to develop to an international standard while maintaining its national focus.” 

The TCECT project which was launched in 2007, is part of the College of Education’s Early Childhood Center (ECC), and is the focus of an agreement signed in May 2013 between QU and LNG Japan to advance training for early childhood teachers, and will benefit 210 children of ages 2 to 5 years. It will enhance the quality of academic programs offered by the College and develop related research. Additionally, it will also offer training courses and workshops as well as educational and psychological counseling to parents.

The new building which covers 5005m2, is designed to meet international environmental and renewable energy standards. To date, it is 42% complete and is expected to be inaugurated in June 2016.