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Despite siege, QF achieves new milestones

Despite siege, QF achieves new milestones

Unfazed by the blockade imposed on Qatar by a four-nation group three years ago, Qatar Foundation has continued its efforts to provide world-class education to all in Qatar and promote cutting-edge scientific research, while also implementing a vast array of initiatives for community development.
QF has made outstanding achievements in the past three years of the blockade. Here are some of the highlights:
PRE-UNIVERSITY EDUCATION
Qatar Academy STEM School: QF announced the launch of a new Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) school under the umbrella of QF’s Pre-University Education (PUE). QAST will offer a programme focused on STEM learning, hands-on science skills and innovative thinking, which will allow students to apply their knowledge to real-world challenges using both traditional and modern methods.
Academiyati: In February 2019, Qatar Foundation launched Academiyati, a progressive school offering a globally-unique learning model of education. It is the first of its kind in Qatar.
Tariq Bin Ziad: On February 25, 2020 The Father Amir HH Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani and Chairperson of Qatar Foundation Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser attended the official opening ceremony of Tariq Bin Ziad School under the umbrella of QF.
The event was also attended by His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani, ministers and dignitaries, senior figures from QF, alumni of Tariq Bin Ziad School and parents of the students.
Tariq Bin Ziad School, which came under the umbrella of PUE at the start of the current academic year, offers a bilingual co-educational Primary Years Programme that follows the International Baccalaureate curriculum, with additional aspects that reflect the importance and the enduring relevance of Qatari heritage.
The school focuses on providing quality education that prepares children to be future leaders and active citizens, while being rooted in Arabic cultural heritage, identity and values, and the Arabic language, and has an academic focus that extends into the community.
HBKU
HBKU celebrated the graduation of its Class of 2018, with this year witnessing the graduation of its first cohorts of science and engineering PhD students and Juris Doctor law programme graduates. The university also reinforced its year-on-year growth by graduating its largest class to date, with 206 students from 42 different countries – including 78 Qatari students – graduating from 25 Master’s and PhD programmes.
HBKU announced the launch of six new academic degrees, including both Master’s and Doctoral programmes. The new degrees under HBKU’s College of Islamic Studies include a Master of Science in Islamic Art, Architecture and Urbanism; a Master of Arts in Islam and Global Affairs; and a PhD in Islamic Finance and Economy.
QATAR NATIONAL LIBRARY
QNL opened its doors to the public for the first time on November 7, 2017, and was officially inaugurated as the Qatar National Library by His Highness The Amir of the State of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani at a grand opening ceremony on April 16, 2018.
The ceremony was attended by over 700 invitees, including The Father Amir HH Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser and the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of Qatar, among other dignitaries.
QNL opened all its services to the public during 2017-18, including its children’s library, young adults’ library, heritage library and reading room, reference services, lending collection, innovation station, group work rooms, and study carrels.
QNL entered into a new three-year agreement with the British Library to repatriate Qatari historical content to the Qatar Digital Library.
EDUCATION CITY GOLF CLUB
On March 5, 2020 Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of QF, attended the official opening of the Education City Golf Club as it hosted its first international tournament, the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters 2020.
Comprising 18-hole, nine-hole, and six-hole courses, the Education City Golf Club also houses a state-of-the-art learning and practice facility within its Centre of Excellence, which combines modern technology with expert training opportunities and includes a women-only tuition area, as the club seeks to support the growth of women’s golf in Qatar. Its nine-hole course is floodlit, enabling people to enjoy a round of night-time golf, with the club also providing a range of fitness classes and offering golf lessons for individuals, groups, and children.
SIDRA MEDICINE
In April 2018, Sidra Medicine launched several new women’s services, including a women’s urgent care service, to complement a growing number of specialities available for both inpatient and outpatient care.
Sidra Medicine welcomed its first patients to the main hospital building in January 2018, opening the hospital with the launch of its inpatient obstetrics services.
The Father Amir HH Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani and HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser attended the official inauguration of Sidra Medicine – a brand new, world-leading women’s and children’s hospital in Qatar.
One of the most ambitious greenfield hospital developments of its kind, Sidra Medicine represents the vision of HH Sheikha Moza to develop the region’s leading academic medical centre and provide healthcare of the highest global standards to the people of Qatar and beyond. The new hospital addresses the growing need for specialist children’s and maternity care by offering services previously unavailable in Qatar and, in many cases, across the wider MENA region.
EQUINE VETERINARY MEDICAL CENTER
On March 7, 2020, HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser officially opened the Equine Veterinary Medical Center (EVMC), a regionally unique facility designed to provide the highest caliber of healthcare for horses while also advancing veterinary science.
The EVMC houses an equine referral hospital, a veterinary diagnostic laboratory and a clinical research laboratory, with its team of veterinarians employing advanced treatments and techniques to care for horses. Its specialised services include surgery, internal medicine, rehabilitation, dentistry, diagnostic imaging and pain management, with the centre also offering a round-the-clock emergency service.
WISH
Building a healthier world through global collaboration is the goal of the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), a QF initiative that has created an international healthcare community united in its dedication to addressing today’s most pressing health challenges.
In November 2018, almost 2,200 healthcare experts, innovators and entrepreneurs, health ministers and policymakers lent their voices to these conversations at the 2018 edition of the WISH Summit in Doha. Its opening ceremony reflected Qatar’s commitment to healthcare innovation and the advancement of precision medicine, as HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser was presented with the first ‘Q-chip’, highlighting the progress made by QF’s Qatar Genome Programme and Qatar Biobank in developing the first gene array based on data from thousands of Qatari genomes.
Unfolding over seven days immediately before the WISH 2018 Summit, and attended by more than 10,000 people, the festival’s 54 activities raised awareness of health resources in Qatar and encouraged the local community to embrace healthy, active lifestyles.
WISE
In the context of education, the world came together at QF in November 2019 for the WISE Summit 2019, with the goal being to explore how the future of learning can be reimagined.
As QF’s global education think-tank, the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) is a worldwide community of partners, thought-leaders and change-makers, whose collective impetus is to advance quality education and emphasize its role in empowering individuals and societies. In the 10 years since its establishment, WISE has become a global reference point for discussing, identifying, and sharing new approaches to education.
More than 3,200 educators, decision-makers and experts, representing over 100 countries – a record attendance - attended the latest edition of the WISE Summit, held under the theme UnLearn, ReLearn: What It Means To Be Human.
DOHA INT’L FAMILY INSTITUTE
Through its research, its role in influencing policy and its capacity to create international networks of knowledge, QF member Doha International Family Institute (DIFI) is integral to ensuring a cornerstone of Arab society – the family unit – remains robust, cohesive, and equipped to deal with the challenges that modern life presents.
Reflecting the importance of strong families to the fabric of society, DIFI was established with the aim of expanding the knowledge base on Arab families, and contribute to developing a framework that educates and supports them.
DOHA DEBATES
A new dimension on global dialogue is now being provided to the world by QF, through the relaunched Doha Debates, bringing fresh voices and viewpoints to topics and themes that shape our world.
Six years after the last airing of the original Doha Debates, the QF production returned in February 2019 with its inaugural live event, showcasing its innovative new concept and its goal of unlocking solutions to global challenges through diverse, rigorous and honest debate.
Doha Debates’ approach includes live debates, digital videos, a TV series, blogs, podcasts and majlis-style conversations designed to bridge differences, build consensus, and tackle urgent global issues through discourse and the exchange of perspectives. It retains the essence and traditions that characterised Doha Debates from its inception in 2004, while also representing how the series has evolved to spark the imagination and participation of people around the world.

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