Published on 1/21/2018

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 both parties.

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 development perspective.

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.