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The Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) and the College of the North Atlantic in Qatar (CNA-Q) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to cooperate in the fields of academic, research and student support in terms of Information and Communications Technology (ICT).
The MoU was signed by Mohammed Ali Al Mannai, president of CRA, and Dr Salem Nasser Al Naemi, acting president of CNA-Q.
The MoU will be valid for three years and the cooperation framework and scope of work include setting up testing and validation processes and procedures for telecom and networking systems at CNA-Q. In addition, instructors and faculty members will be invited to participate in finding solutions for current telecom-related challenges in Qatar, and to set up, review and update regulations for CRA in various telecom fields.
Other benefits of the MoU include providing instructors and faculty members with resources that help conducting applied research that has mutual benefits to CNA-Q and CRA, as well as inviting students to attend and participate in activities organised by CRA such as training sessions, workshops, conferences and symposiums.
Capstone projects themes to students in telecom and networking will also be proposed, while having co-supervisors from CRA, coordinating short visits and trips to CRA’s departments and sites, and updating curriculum plans for the telecom and networking diplomas and bachelor’s degree to include regulatory related courses. The MoU is also open to allow cooperation in any other programmes and activities agreed upon by CRA and CNA-Q.
“CRA welcomes the signing of the MoU. It will enhance the cooperation and coordination between CRA and CNA-Q, as we are always keen to build bridges of cooperation with different entities to exchange information and best experiences. The MoU will support training and developing youth skills and increasing their knowledge of ICT, also through applied research which is a key tool for development and providing solutions to related challenges. The MoU will contribute to the development of ICT sector in Qatar,” said Mannai.
Dr Naemi said, “We are pleased to collaborate with CRA, in order to offer our students and faculty new knowledge-sharing opportunities. Contributing to the development of ICT sector in our nation is an important step, as we move at a fast pace into a digitally driven era. I am confident that this agreement will prove to be mutually beneficial, especially as CNA-Q is committed to creating highly-trained, industry-ready graduates. Above all, we greatly anticipate our evolving role in this collaboration; it is a new milestone in our journey to empower the new generation and give them the right tools to sustain our country’s growth, and help achieve Qatar National Vision 2030 goals.”
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