A memorandum of understanding between the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies and Florida International University was signed yesterday. The agreement between both entities aims to enhance teaching and exchange academic resources specifically for the School of Public Administration and Development Economics (SPADE). It was signed by Dr. Yasir Suleiman Malley, Acting President of the DI and Dr. Meredith Newman, Vice Provost for Faculty and Global Affairs at Florida International University.
The MoU was preceded a day earlier with a the first meeting of the newly established advisory board for SPADE. The meeting was opened with remarks from Dr. Azmi Bishara Chair of the Board of Trustees and the DI. This was followed by detailed presentations about SPADE's work, its future strategic plan, academic curricula and programs. SPADE's advisory council is composed of 7 members from Qatar representing government entities as well as 3 international members from reputable universities. The council meets once a year by invitation from the President of the DI and the recommendation of the Dean of SPADE.