Posted on April 09, 2015

Qatar University (QU) in partnership with Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), a leading international ranking institution, will host the 5th QS-MAPLE (Middle East and North Africa Professional Leaders in Education) conference from May 5-7 under the patronage of H.E. Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, Prime Minister of the State of Qatar.

The opening ceremony will be inaugurated by His Excellency, and will feature speeches by Qatar Minister of Education and Higher Education H.E. Dr Mohammed Abdul Wahed Ali Al Hammadi, Qatar Minister of the Development Planning and Statistics H.E. Dr Saleh Mohammad Al-Nabet, QU President Prof Sheikha Abdulla Al-Misnad, QS Asia CEO Quacquarelli Symonds Ms Mandy Mok, and Chair of QS-MAPLE International Academic Advisory Committee Dr Kevin Downing.

Themed “International Innovation and Co-operation in Higher Education”, the event aims to help build world-class universities for Middle Eastern and North African communities through global partnerships and collaborations, and to support the processes of institutional evaluation and upgrading that will lead to greater worldwide recognition of universities in these regions.

Several presidents of universities from countries around the world are expected to attend the event that will feature a series of discussions on the opportunities, challenges, and driving forces that have an impact on the development of higher education, as well as plenary and breakout sessions, and squared debates on topics and issues related to the internationalization of higher education in the Middle East and North Africa region, and the fast emerging globalization of Middle Eastern higher education.

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Commenting on the upcoming event, QU President Prof Sheikha Abdulla Al-Misnad said: “Qatar University is pleased to partner with QS in this important forum to continue the dialogue with university leaders in the Middle East, North Africa and the Asia-Pacific regions on the opportunities and challenges in the development of the Middle Eastern higher education sector. This important conference will also give universities in the region the opportunity to foster links and promote higher education and research in line with the respective national priorities. We look forward to the positive outcomes and recommendations that will emanate from these discussions, and which will contribute to sustainable approaches in advancing higher education in the region.”

QS Asia CEO, Ms Mandy Mok said: “We are thrilled to see that QS-MAPLE is presenting its 5th chapter to higher education enthusiasts across the globe, especially those in the Middle East and North Africa, at a time when these two regions are experiencing notable growth in their higher education. The Middle Eastern higher education has made great strides towards world-class status; and for the past few years we have been witnessing globalization efforts throughout the region, especially in Qatar, through active engagement in improving higher education quality by increasing investment and forging more partnerships. We truly appreciate Qatar University’s efforts in co-hosting the QS-MAPLE conference this year for the benefit of the region.”

QU Vice President and Chief Academic Officer Dr Mazen Hasna said: “QU is well-placed to co-host this important event that will engage thought-provoking discussions on timely issues related to higher education. This event also highlights the importance of university collaborations to develop a deeper understanding of the challenges that impact on the higher education sector in the MENA and Asia regions, and help their institutions to implement sustainable solutions in their future plans.”

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