Posted on January 13, 2019

Her Excellency Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani, Vice Chairperson and CEO of Qatar Foundation (QF), has participated in the latest ‘Off The Record’ discussion in New York City, US. The talk, titled ‘A Discussion of Education, Women's Rights and the Blockade’, was moderated by journalist Magalie Laguerre-Wilkinson from US news program ‘60 Minutes’.

Speaking about her participation in the event, Her Excellency Sheikha Hind said: “This discussion has provided a valuable opportunity to outline and promote the vision and mission of Qatar Foundation to the world, on an impactful international platform that focuses on addressing global and international challenges in education and other areas through collaboration.

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“Innovation in education is one of the key elements of QF’s mission. Our participation in this event has illustrated how we are an exemplar of high-quality education provision, and how we have created a multidisciplinary, cross-cultural educational and research environment. This environment is built on equality of opportunity, and equipping young people with the skills that enable them to address national and global challenges and make a positive impact on the world.”

QF’s commitment to empowering women in education is reflected by the fact that the number of female students enrolled in engineering courses at Texas A&M University at Qatar, a QF partner university, has reached an all-time high of almost 50 percent in the current academic year, while overall female enrolment at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar – also a QF partner university –stands at 63 per cent. Across QF, 40 percent of the organization’s leadership is female.

Her Excellency Sheikha Hind’s participation in the ‘Off The Record’ event formed part of a four-day visit to the US, which concluded on January 11. As part of the trip, she met with senior officials from the home campuses of QF’s international partner universities, as well as influential thought leaders, innovative think tanks, and leading policy-makers in education and research, and toured Weill Cornell Medicine, part of Cornell University, to meet students and learn more about its innovative research initiatives. 

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