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Malek Helali
Prime Minister and Minister of Interior HE Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al Thani opened the Education Conference 2017: 'Pioneering and Creativity' at Qatar National Convention Center (QNCC) on Tuesday.
Speaking at the conference, Minister of Education and Higher Education HE Dr Mohamed bin Abdul Wahed al Hammadi said Qatar has pioneered an education system with an eye on the future that meets the highest standards by adopting modern techniques and applying educational and research projects in the curricula, evaluation and training.
Hammadi praised the role of the conference in serving as a platform to share innovative experiences and address issues in the field of scientific research and education ” key pillars of the Qatar National Vision 2030.
"Qatar has come a long way in building an educational system that meets global standards through implementation of modern practices and innovative projects for research, training and evaluation. This system has help helped to grow our students' talents and their critical thinking by teaching them constructive dialogue and tolerance in a culturally diverse environment," he added.
The minister pointed out that the 'Pioneering and Creativity' slogan was inspired by and reflected in Qatar's educational journey as the country's wise leadership values the role of education in developing society and unleashing human potential.
Director of Information Technology Mohamed al Hajri disclosed the ministry's plans to make all of its services electronic in two phases.
Hajri explained that the first stage includes services for the teachers, students and their parents featuring the ministry's news and information on schools and universities in Qatar, while the second stage expected to be implemented during the next academic year will be more comprehensive to include all the ministry's services such as transferring students from one school to another.
Furthermore, he pointed out that"a project for unifying all these services in one place is currently under development".
In his speech on behalf of Faisal al Suwaidi, President of Research and Development at Qatar Foundation, Dr Hamad al Ibrahim said the institution's 'National Priorities in Scientific Research' programme aims to reinforce the collaboration between academics and end-users of research studies, while focusing on the research projects that address Qatar's economy and society.
Ibrahim noted the importance of merging the efforts of the government and private sectors in order to motivate local production and its importation while diversifying the skills of Qatar's workforce.
Keynote speaker and senior lecturer on Education at Harvard Katherine Merseth was impressed by Qatar's outstanding efforts in enhancing scientific research and empowering women in the scientific field, some significant values that, according to her, are not as prevalent and prioritised in the US.
A short film was screened featuring the accomplishments of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in areas of scientific studies and applied research. The film also highlighted the unique discovery of the planet 'Qatar-16', the first in the country to be observed by a group of students.
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