The Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) and the Doha Institute for Graduate
Studies (DI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Wednesday, January
17, 2018, in the presence of His Excellency Khalifa bin Jassem Al-Kuwari,
Director General of QFFD, Dr. Azmi Bishara, Chair of the DI Board of Trustees, Dr.
Yasir Suleiman Malley, Acting President of the DI, and representatives from
The MoU inaugurates the Qatar Scholarship Program, which is sponsored and supported by the QFFD in cooperation with the
DI and Qatari Universities to enhance academic cooperation, taking advantage of
the joint capabilities of the DI and the QFFD to support academic research relevant
to developing countries.
The MoU signed by His Excellency Khalifa bin Jassim Al-Kuwari and Dr. Azmi
Bishara stipulates that the Fund will provide financial support for international
students completing their graduate studies at the Doha Institute.
The two parties will also work to strengthen cooperation in several areas,
including the organization of joint events related to QFFD foreign aid and the
conduct of relevant research, conferences and seminars. Further, the MoU stipulates
that the DI will provide training programs and courses that develop the capacity
of students targeted by the QFFD in various administrative and research fields,
in addition to the major specializations offered by DI faculties and programs.
The Director General of QFFD noted that the signing of the MoU comes within the
framework of the launch of the Qatar Scholarship Program in conjunction with
the DI, which is the first specialized institute of its kind in Qatar and in
the region. With the launch of this program, the QFFD aims to achieve an
integrated system of cooperation with development and academic institutions on
both the local and international level, to consolidate the QFFD’s support for
one of the most important sectors targeted by the Fund’s strategy, namely
education and academic research in developing countries.
The launch of the first project under the framework agreement, the Qatar
Scholarship Program Initiative, aims to support students from developing
countries by providing approximately QR20 million in scholarships over the next
four years for outstanding international students pursuing their graduate studies
at the Doha Institute. “We expect the funds allocated to the Qatar Scholarship Program
Initiative to exceed QR100 million once Qatari universities and other
government educational institutions come on board in the near future” added His
Excellency Al-Kuwari. The MoU, he stressed, aims to foster exchange of
expertise in academic and research fields, with the prime beneficiaries being
the QFFD staff and DI students, but also the State of Qatar from a human and
Dr. Hind Al-Miftah, Vice President of Administration and Finance at the Doha
Institute for Graduate Studies, said: “The signing of a memorandum of
cooperation and partnership between the Institute and the Qatar Fund for Development
is an element of institutional and community integration and a consolidation of
Qatar's efforts in the areas of foreign aid, especially since Qatar, the bastion of the oppressed, has been ranked first in the Arab region
and fifth in the world in the provision of international development aid.
Dr. Hind Al-Miftah stressed that the agreement will open new horizons to
enhance cooperation in the field of academic support and research for
international students, especially those from conflict zones, providing them
with the opportunity to complete their graduate studies.