The Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies and the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies signed two memoranda of cooperation with the Arab Planning Institute (based in Kuwait) on Monday, November 15, 2021. The memoranda are related to strengthening partnership and cooperation between the three institutions in the fields of research and studies on topics of common interest, especially issues of economic, social and institutional development, as well as cooperation in the fields of consultancy and training.
The two memoranda of understanding aim to develop cooperation between the Arab Center and the Doha Institute on the one hand, and the Arab Planning Institute on the other hand, within the framework of technical support, holding forums, holding developmental events, and exchanging experts, consultants, researchers and any other areas of mutual interest.
Dr. Azmi Bishara, Director-General of the Arab Center for Research and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, received Dr. Badr Othman Mal Allah, Director-General of the Arab Planning Institute, and members of the accompanying delegation, Dr. Khaled Maqabla and Dr. Faisal Al-Manawer. Dr. Azmi praised the role of the Arab Planning Institute and its persistent activity in research and training in rationalizing policy-making in Arab countries, providing a vivid example of Arab cooperation and integration. Dr. Badr Othman Malallah also praised the Arab Center, its activities and its academic standing, as well as the Doha Institute, its mission, and its role in the field of graduate studies.
The memorandum of understanding was signed by Dr. Abdul-Wahab Al-Affandi, Acting President of the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, Dr. Muhammad Al-Masry, Executive Director of the Arab Center and Dr. Badr Othman Mal Allah, Director-General of the Arab Planning Institute.
On this occasion, Dr. Abdel Wahab Al-Affandi said that the signing of the memorandum of understanding comes in the context of achieving the message of the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies and its role in strengthening the frameworks of joint Arab cooperation in a way that supports development efforts with local and international Arab institutions and contributes to raising the efficiency of performance and enhancing the process of cooperation and constructive research integration in the fields of education development and scientific research and development, and achieving aspirations with scientific institutions of national and international standing.
For his part, Dr. Badr Othman Mal Allah expressed his happiness at signing the two memoranda of understanding that will contribute to strengthening and supporting development efforts in the State of Qatar. He explained that this cooperation will be in a number of economic and social development fields, in addition to capacity building, training, scientific research, and organizing conferences and events. In the context of supporting development efforts that support achieving the goals of Qatar Vision 2030, Dr. Mal Allah presented a set of proposals and initiatives related to the application of responsive governance requirements, development planning, industrial clusters and investment maps, which in turn are considered priorities to be focused on at this stage.
In this context, Dr. Abdel-Fattah Madi, Editor-in-Chief of the "Hikama" periodical issued by the Arab Center and the Doha Institute, expressed his happiness at the inauguration of cooperation between the three institutions, especially since there is a common concern between them, which is to contribute to the renaissance of our Arab societies and to put Arab research and knowledge at the service of citizens and society, noting the importance of integrating the efforts of the three institutions and exchanging experiences in all development fields.
The Arab Planning Institute (API) is an Arab development institution based in the State of Kuwait. The institute aims at supporting economic and social development efforts across Arab countries through national capacity building, consultancies, research, specialized and general studies, reports, periodicals and books on development, and holding specialized conferences and seminars.
The Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies is an independent research institute and think tank for the study of social and human sciences, with emphasis on the applied social sciences. It adopts a renaissance vision for Arab societies, committed to the issues of the Arab nation, and its advancement and development, based on the understanding that development does not contradict culture and identity, but the development of a particular society, with all its categories, is only possible in its historical framework, in the context of its culture, language, and through its interaction with other cultures.
The Doha Institute for Graduate Studies is an independent institution founded in 2015 based in Doha, in the State of Qatar. Postgraduate programs of study are offered in two schools: The School of Social Sciences and Humanities and The School of Public Administration and Development Economics. Arabic Language is the main language for study and research and is supported by other common languages. The Institute seeks to achieve its goals through the integration of teaching and learning with scientific research, taking into consideration the interdisciplinary approach.
The Institute also aims to qualify researchers who can advance human knowledge in accordance with international scientific standards. As well as developing professionals who are fluent within their disciplines and advanced skills and enabling leaders who can respond to the needs of the Arab region in sustainable development, and intellectual, social and professional advancement.