The Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Doha Institute for Graduate Studies yesterday in a bid to enhance co-operation in vocational training and scholarships.
The signing of the MoU comes within the framework of the ministry’s efforts to bolster the competencies of its human cadres and build societal partnerships across various sectors and industries including the education and scientific research sectors, the MoCI said in a statement.
“The MoU reflects the ministry’s belief in the important contribution of highly qualified human cadres to sustainable development,” the statement noted.
The ministry was represented by Tareq al-Khalaf, director of the Human Resources Department, while the institute was represented by Dr Farid El Sahn, professor and director of the Executive Education Excellence Centre.
On the occasion, al-Khalaf highlighted the importance of the MoU, noting that it was in accordance with the ministry’s keenness to develop human cadres and empower its employees by bolstering their knowledge and scientific skills through education and training programmes that would enable them to contribute to the accomplishment of Qatar National Vision 2030.
For his part, Dr El Sahn said he was pleased to sign the MoU, which came within the framework of the strategic partnership between the MoCI and Doha Institute for Graduate Studies.
Dr El Sahn noted that the institute is an educational institution that offers educational services while the MoCI plays a key role in providing services to the State and citizens, which necessitates the promotion of co-operation to advance shared objectives, particularly with regard to the National Development Strategy 2018-2022 and Qatar’s economic diversification efforts.
Further, Dr El Sahn explained that the MoU aims at promoting joint research and training programmes to develop the skills of the ministry’s employees while offering them the opportunity to obtain a master’s degree. On the other hand, the institute will despatch students to undertake practical training at the MoCI.
In line with the MoU, the two sides will exchange expertise in the fields of scientific research and studies of mutual interest in addition to exchanging professional experiences, experts and researchers in their respective fields.
The MoCI and Doha Institute for Graduate Studies will also co-organise conferences, seminars, specialised workshops and joint activities and co-operate in the fields of education and training provided for departments and executive leaderships at the Ministry.
The MoU also calls for the promotion of co-operation when it comes to discounted academic fees and scholarships according to the needs of the ministry and its competencies, and in accordance with the institute’s admission policies, terms and procedures.
Based on the MoU, the ministry will offer vocational training and summer training opportunities for students of the institute, which will also encourage students to volunteer and participate in the MoCI’s activities.
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