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QNRF at Going Global 2013

(l-r) Dr. Omar Boukhris, Mr. David Moore, Dr. Abdul Sattar Al-Taie
March saw a QNRF presence at the British Council's "Going Global 2013" conference in Dubai. The theme "Global education: knowledge-based economies for 21st century nations" reflected the ever-increasing internationalization of education and attracted distinguished representation from around the globe.

Dr. Fathy Saoud, President of Qatar Foundation, spoke about how Qatar Foundation had gained a competitive edge as an international educator in the region and how key players can build knowledge and create structures to support shared goals, rather than just buying it.

Dr. Abdul Sattar Al-Taie, Executive Director, QNRF, moderated a session designed to gather opinion and stimulate debate on role models for international collaboration in research. Delegates were given the opportunity to hear directly from individuals involved in developing and managing international research partnerships, the challenges faced, how they have been overcome and the benefits that international collaboration brings. Dr. Al-Taie elaborated on how collaborative knowledge exchange can help generate local innovation and expertise, avoid repetition, duplication and waste of resources, as well as stimulate the creation of new income generating industries through the commercialization of research.

QNRF's booth, manned by Mr. David Moore, QNRF's Head of Public Relations, attracted a significant amount of interest, not only from researchers exploring funding opportunities but also from governmental bodies interested in QNRF's pioneering approach to collaborative partnerships, the challenges, the outcomes and what they will contribute to Qatar's prosperity and well-being. Visitors expressed admiration for QNRF's 21st century cross-boundary and inter-cultural model of funding and how the systems developed by QNRF help to underpin Qatar's economic transition whilst inspiring future generations and creating employment opportunities.

Overall, Going Global 2013 generated significant debate on the issue of knowledge-based economies, how hubs are established, how stakeholders respond and whether the outcomes are worth the challenges.

Stand-up comedian Wonho Chung, an Arabic speaking Korean-Vietnamese born in Jeddah, and brought up in Jordan closed the event.

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