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"This Memorandum of Understanding is a major achievement, which will contribute to the betterment of the country and its community. HEC Paris in Qatar"
Dr Saleh bin Mohammed Al Nabe, General Secretary for Development Planning
The General Secretariat for Development Planning (GSDP) has announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with HEC Paris in Qatar
The MoU was signed on behalf of GSDP by its Secretary-General HE Dr Saleh bin Mohammed Al Nabet and on behalf of HEC Paris in Qatar by Professor Bernard Ramanantsoa, Dean of HEC Paris. The signing ceremony took place at the offices of the GSDP on May 6 with the goal of setting up a framework for partnership and co-operation between the two signatories.
The Memorandum identified the actions required of each party. These include an agreement to co-operate in supporting – through teaching and training – of national skills, and further co-operation in the field of scientific research and conducting strategic studies that are in accordance with the requirements of the National Development Strategy 2011 to 2016. The Memorandum also stresses the need for both parties to present the necessary technical support to the programs and the projects included in the national development strategy.
Dr Al Nabet said of the signing, “This Memorandum of Understanding falls within the policy pursued by GSDP to build strategic partnerships with specialized institutions of training and development, including universities, to contribute to the achievement of the aspirations and goals of the Qatar National Vision 2030.
This Vision, instigated by His Highness the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani (may God protect him), stresses that it is the individual who is the focus and purpose of development. Partnerships such as the one signed today with HEC Paris in Qatar contribute to the provision of technical support, and develop the necessary skills to implement the various projects and programs of the National Development Strategy 2011 - 2016, which was launched by His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, Heir Apparent and Chairman of GSDP, in March 2011. This Memorandum of Understanding is a major achievement, which will contribute to the betterment of the country and its community. HEC Paris in Qatar is well known for its practical research, and for its educational and training programs, especially in Executive Education.
What HEC Paris in Qatar does in this country in terms of developing and educating executives is helping to enable our business and management professionals to compete in the international labor market, and keep them abreast with the growth and development in Qatar, as stipulated in the National Development Strategy 2011 to 2016. HEC Paris in Qatar is one of the most prominent universities in the field of Executive Education specialized in business and sciences administration, with it being ranked by the UK’s Financial Times media group as the world’s number one educational establishment of its kind. It has achieved this ranking through offering unique educational curricula and training programs designed to combine theory and practice at the cutting edge of executive training,” he said.
Professor Ramanantsoa added, “On behalf of HEC Paris I would like to praise the vision of His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani and Her Highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development for their unflinching support of education in Qatar that makes this signing possible. HEC Paris is proud of its global reputation for excellence and we are achieving the same thing in the Middle East with HEC Paris in Qatar. We appreciate the support we continue to receive through partnering with the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development.
“My colleagues and me are very pleased to be here for this signing. A number of us have flown in from France as we appreciate the importance of this event and because we are very keen, as an institution, to actively participate in the execution of the Qatar National Vision 2030 and the national development strategy through its four pillars of human development, economic development, social development and environmental development.”
The signing ceremony was also attended by heads of departments from the GSDP and other experts. The HEC Paris delegation included: Professor Antoine Hyafil, Academic Dean of HEC Paris in Qatar; Mr Joshua Kobb, Chief Operating Officer, HEC Paris in Qatar; Dr Marina Kundu, Director of Degree Programs, HEC Paris; Ms Sandra Nichol, Director of Development, HEC Paris in Qatar; Mr Mohamed Abuelgasim, Corporate Development Manager, HEC Paris in Qatar, and Ms Galateia Androulaki, Marketing Manager, HEC Paris in Qatar.