Posted on December 11, 2019

College of the North Atlantic-Qatar (CNA-Q) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with fertilizer giant QAFCO. The MOU was signed by Dr. Khalifa Al-Khalifa, President of CNA-Q and Chief Executive Officer of QAFCO, Mr Abdulrahman Al-Suwaidi.

The MOU covers Internships, Sponsorships of CNA-Q students, Case studies for CNA-Q students by QAFCO staff, and Technical training of short courses for QAFCO staff. The move follows a visit to the state-of-the-art CNA-Q campus by QAFCO leadership earlier this fall. “We are extremely pleased to sign this important MOU with a world leader such as QAFCO,” said Dr. Khalifa Al-Khalifa. “This agreement will be beneficial to both parties. I look forward to working in close collaboration with QAFCO as we move forward in this exciting new relationship.”

Mr. Abdulrahman M. Al-Suwaidi, QAFCO Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, said, “QAFCO is proud to partner with the local educational sector as part of its support towards Qatar’s vision of a knowledge-based economy. By signing the cooperation with CNA-Q, QAFCO hopes to facilitate the development of a world-class educational system in Qatar, in alignment with the human development pillars of QNV 2030.”

Since its inception in 2002, CNA-Q has grown to offer more than 30 diploma and certificate programs in applied, technical and occupationally-aligned fields. It has graduated thousands of students who have infused Qatar’s industries and sectors with work-ready professionals. This year marks the 18th year that CNA-Q has been providing experiential technical education in Qatar to support the State’s strategic vision for human capital development.

QAFCO was founded in 1969 as a joint venture between the Government of Qatar and a number of foreign shareholders. The country's first large-scale venture in the petrochemical sector, QAFCO was established with a view to diversify the economy and utilize the nation's enormous gas reserve.