Alberta’s Minister of Intergovernmental, International and Aboriginal Relations, Cal Dallas believes the University of Calgary – Qatar is the kind of collaborative expertise that is coming from Alberta. “I’m very impressed with what I’ve seen here today,” stated Dallas after a tour of UCQ. The minister was in Doha for the World Petroleum Congress.
“In a very short period of time the University of Calgary – Qatar has created a world class nursing program that appears to be successful. You’ve already placed 28 highly qualified nurses in the Qatar health care system, after graduating with a Bachelor of Nursing degree. With a student population of more than 180 women and men there are many that will be joining them,” the minister noted.
Promoting Alberta’s dynamic energy industry and positive business climate is one of the minister’s goals while attending the WPC. Dallas is heading a delegation of approximately 50 Alberta companies. He plans to discuss shared interests and explore future collaborative efforts to advance cooperation in energy development, research and innovation. “I’m seeing that kind of research and innovation happening here at UCQ. It’s a success story that we’d like to see repeated elsewhere.” he stated.
“We are thrilled that the minister took time from his busy schedule to visit our campus. We are proud of what our faculty is accomplishing here. Their hard work, innovation and creative and critical-thinking skills are being passed on to our students who will put them to work in the Qatar health care system,” stated Dean & CEO Dr. Carolyn Byrne.
The minister was accompanied on his tour of UCQ by Canadian Ambassador Gary Luton, John Cotton, Assistant Deputy Minister, International Relations, IIAR, Norm Morrison, Senior Director, Middle East and Africa, IIAR and Jeff Henwood, Executive Assistant to the Minister.
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