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DI and University of Houston-Clear Lake sign partnership agreement

DI and University of Houston-Clear 
Lake sign partnership agreement

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THE Diplomatic Institute (DI) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the University of Houston-Clear Lake, in the presence of a number of officials.
Consul-General of Qatar in Houston HE Rashid bin Abdullah Al Dehaimi and President of University of Houston-Clear Lake Dr Ira Blake signed the MoU.
The remote signing ceremony was attended by the Director of Diplomatic Institute Dr Abdulaziz bin Mohammed Al Horr, the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Trade and International Affairs Christopher Olson in Houston and a number of senior members of the administrative and educational body of the university.
In a speech, Mayor of Houston Sylvester Turner praised the MoU described the agreement as ‘innovative and important’ for Houston, which is home to more than 95 consulates. He said that the partnership would provide learning opportunities for diplomats and students in the city, and thanked Qatar for its continuous support to the city of Houston.
For his part, the director of the Diplomatic Institute said it was the right time for such a partnership as diplomacy faces many challenges in the contemporary world.
He pointed out that the Diplomatic Institute is always exploring new programmes to sharpen the skills of Qatari diplomats and hoped that the work to implement the agreement would begin soon.
In her speech, the President of University of Houston-Clear Lake said the Institute of Diplomacy at the University of Houston will be the platform to demonstrate the university’s commitment to supporting diplomatic partnership.
She also expressed her happiness over starting the work with the Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs, noting that such partnerships and providing continuous support are not unusual for Qatar which supported the state of Louisiana during Hurricane Katrina and the City of Houston during Hurricane Harvey.

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