Posted on December 05, 2017

The Center for Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) at Qatar University College of Arts and Sciences (QU-CAS) and the Behavioral Healthcare Center signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on December 4 to enhance their collaboration in the field of behavioral health.

The MoU was signed by CHSS Director Dr Kaltham Al Ghanim and Behavioral Healthcare Center Director Mr Rashid Bin Mohammed Al Hamdah Al Nuaimi in the presence of CAS Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies Prof Ibrahim Al-Kaabi, CHSS faculty and researchers, and representatives of the Behavioral Healthcare Center. It aimed to provide effective treatment, training and awareness services in the field of behavioral health, and to shape highly qualified professionals in the field of behavioral and cognitive therapy.

The terms of the MoU include collaboration between CHSS and the Behavioral Healthcare Center on conducting research that meets the needs of Qatari society. Both parties will collaborate on developing, evaluating and implementing policies and programs to advance research in the State of Qatar. They will also collaborate on the exchange of technical, consultative and training services. Other areas of collaboration include the organization of joint conferences, seminars and exhibitions. In his remarks, Prof Ibrahim Al-Kaabi said: “Through its Center for Humanities and Social Sciences, QU offers specialized training programs that contribute to bridging the gap between academia and industry. The University also provides many collaboration opportunities for the development and implementation of joint research, in line with the best international standards and practices.”

Dr Kaltham Al Ghanim said: “This agreement highlights CHSS role in promoting quality and interdisciplinary research. It also underlines QU’s commitment to meet the needs of society by providing practical research outcomes in the field of human and social sciences.” Mr Rashid Bin Mohammed Al Hamdah Al Nuaimi said: “The Behavioral Healthcare Center is committed to raising community awareness of behavioral health by educating youth about the dangers of behavioral deviations. The center is also committed to developing and integrating appropriate treatment plans. In this context, the center will offer a number of training programs in 2018, aimed at enhancing the efficiency of rehabilitation services in various behavioral health institutions.”