Qatar and Turkey have rich experiences in the development of university, vocational, applied and technical education, which allows the two countries to exchange experiences and expertise, thus, to improve their education system in accordance to the latest developments, to serve their goals in building a knowledge-based economy, where the education sector is its main pillar, and at the same time embodies their beliefs that education is the engine of growth, development and modernization.
The interest in educational cooperation between Qatar and Turkey is due to the wise leadership of the wise leaders of both countries and the common will to strengthen this vital sector through joint conferences, meetings and committees.
The Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education and Chairman of the Joint Qatari-Turkish Working Group, Dr. Ibrahim bin Saleh Al-Nuaimi, praised the advanced level of cooperation observed in the field of education.
He said in a statement to the Qatar News Agency (QNA) on the occasion of the holding of the 8th session of the Qatari-Turkish Supreme Strategic Committee chaired by His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, that the two countries signed a cooperation agreement in the field of education in December 2015, and it was activated during the first meeting of the joint working group, where they discussed the possibility of cooperation in terms of equivalence of certificates, exchange of experiences related to new technologies, education, training, vocational and technical education, etc.
Dr. Al-Nuaimi highlighted another Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation in higher education, which was signed between the two governments in December 2016. The most important areas covered by Qatari-Turkish cooperation included learning online, vocational education, technical education, teacher training and the twinning of public schools between the two countries.
It should be noted that within the framework of the educational cooperation between Doha and Ankara, the first Turkish school was opened in Qatar on October 16, 2016. Six Turkish universities are included in the list of government scholarship universities of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education. and the universities in which the study is conducted at private expense.
Qatar University (QU) and Ibn Haldun University (IHU) in Turkiye signed an agreement in December 2021 to strengthen cooperation between them, with the aim of benefiting from joint capacities at the service of both institutions, including the exchange of students and support for sustainable development in the field of economy based on knowledge transfer.
Qatar University and Istanbul Technical University signed a Memorandum of Understanding in January 2021 to enhance cooperation in science, technology and education. QU also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc in March 2022 to facilitate the transfer of knowledge and technology in the service of the university and society, and to deepen relations with the local and global industrial sector towards more cooperation and joint interaction to support the educational process and students, and to establish new relationships towards fruitful cooperation.
Within the framework of student exchanges, QU has signed a cooperation protocol with the Turkish Knowledge Endowment, according to which 30 students are sent to the university each year to complete their undergraduate studies in Arabic.
In April 2022, Lusail University also signed a cooperation protocol with the Turkish Knowledge Endowment, whereby the university would advertise the educational opportunities available there and provide the necessary facilities to join them.
Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) and its Turkish counterparts also enjoy advanced educational relations, as partnerships and partnerships have deepened in this context to advance science, technology, innovation and higher education. and to enable the two brotherly countries to face the global challenges in this field. Concerning.
HBKU has also signed a number of MoUs and Agreements with Istanbul Universities, Ibn Haldun University, Sabahattin Zaim University, Fatih Sultan Mehmet University, with the aim of cooperating on projects students and scholars, cooperative research studies, joint contributions to academic and scientific publications, exchange of scientific papers, in addition to extracurricular activities, such as educational courses, language programs, conferences, symposiums, exchanges of faculty, summer schools and degree programs, and opportunities for doctoral students to collaborate with their peers, including co-supervised doctoral dissertation writing.
This cooperation also includes the organization of seminars and conferences, master’s programs in Islamic studies, Islamic finance and economics, Islam and international affairs, humanities and digital societies, studies of women in society and development, translation studies and audiovisual translation.
Both parties are keen to improve the prospects of their educational relationship and explore new opportunities.