HBKU organises first Community Leaders Forum

 28 Feb 2016 - 1:43

HBKU organises first Community Leaders Forum
Minister of Energy and Industry H E Dr Mohamed bin Saleh Al Sada (second right) with other officials at the forum.

By Fazeena Saleem 

DOHA: In a new initiative to develop strong links with the private and public sectors in the country, Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) of Qatar Foundation (QF), held its inaugural Community Leaders Forum on Thursday. 
The forum, which included a keynote address by Minister of Energy and Industry H E Dr Mohamed bin Saleh Al Sada, received more than 100 senior government officials and private sector representatives from various industries, at HBKU’s Student Centre in Education City. 
The forum was developed to showcase HBKU’s development and engage leaders in the public and the private sectors in a discussion about the role higher education can play in building and enhancing national capacity. 
Highlighting the role of quality higher education in supporting Qatar’s needs, Dr Al Sada said, “I urge attendees to fully support HBKU’s efforts to unleash its potential so that it can achieve the objectives for which it has been created,” he added. 
“One cannot help but notice HBKU’s immense contribution to the four pillars of Qatar National Vision 2030 by developing our nation’s most valuable and important resource — Qatar’s youth.
“We surely look forward, with great expectations, to HKBU’s continuing role in contributing to Qatar’s ambitious developmental plans,” he added. 
The forum also highlighted that all industries, however financed or organised, need sufficient well-trained, qualified leaders and staff to achieve the goals, especially because all sectors are growing at an extraordinary level. 
“The year 2015 witnessed unprecedented growth of the university, offering many postgraduate programmes and conducting research in response to current and future needs of Qatar in the sectors of energy, environment, science, and medicine,” said Dr Ahmad Hasnah, President, HBKU. 
He stressed the need to develop strong and effective relationships for the benefit of internships, employment and research collaborations. 
“The university is committed to building a knowledge-based economy and we believe that the development of the nation requires collaboration and building bridges between national institutions. With this in mind, we would like to highlight the importance of institutional cooperation between the university and the public and private sectors, with the hopes of building positive relations and capitalising on available national resources to realise Qatar’s ambitions,” said Dr Hasnah. 
Present were Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al Thani, Chairman and CEO, Al Faisal Holding Company, Sheikh Faisal bin Fahad Al Thani, Acting Managing Director, Maersk Oil Qatar, together with heads and senior representatives of many major companies and organisations, including Qapco, ExxonMobile, Qatar Airways, Gulf Drilling International, ConocoPhillips Qatar, Lusail Real Estate, Dolphin Energy, and Qatar Tourism Authority. 
Faisal Al Suwaidi, President, Research and Development, QF, and representatives of educational partners of HBKU, including the deans of HEC Paris in Qatar and Northwestern University in Qatar, were also present.The Peninsula