Posted on April 05, 2016

Qatar University College of Arts and Sciences (QU-CAS) recently signed an agreement with Katara Hospitality, aimed to provide QU students with the opportunity to benefit from multi-disciplinary training, to improve their skills in hospitality-related fields, and to contribute positively to Qatar’s current and future socio-economic welfare.

The agreement was signed by QU President Dr Hassan Rashid Al-Derham and Katara Hospitality Chief Corporate Services Officer Mr Salem Al Kubaisi in the presence of CAS Dean Dr Eiman Mustafawi, CAS Associate Deans for Academic Affairs Dr Hassan Abdulaziz and for Planning and Quality Assurance Dr Steven Wright, CAS Biological and Environmental Sciences Department Head Dr Fatima Ammar Al-Naemi, QU Graduate and Senior Officer-Legal at Katara Hospitality Mr Nasser Al-Obaidly, as well as CAS faculty.

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The terms of the agreement include providing CAS undergraduate and graduate students with internships, training and scholarships, as well as organizing joint events such as workshops and presentations. Dr Al-Derham said: “Our partnership with Katara Hospitality is aligned with our capacity-building strategy to meet the needs of the society. The agreement reflects QU’s endeavors to develop good communication with the industry. Katara Hospitality is the best partner to promote such a concept and we hope that our students benefit from this MoU.”

Mr Al Kubaisi said: “We are honored to work hand in hand with Qatar University as we create initiatives that foster the holistic growth of our indigenous population. This signed Memorandum of Understanding is a testament of our ongoing commitment to creating unique employment and career development opportunities for promising young Qataris; further encouraging our nation’s youth to explore careers in Qatar’s bourgeoning hospitality sector.”

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Dr Mustafawi said: “We are delighted to have this partnership which exemplifies the kind of collaboration that we would like to see more of between academia and the industry.” She noted that this agreement highlights the College’s ongoing efforts to expand its local and international connections. She stated further: “This agreement will provide our students with multi-disciplinary training through internship opportunities to enhance their skills in the hospitality related fields which reflects CAS’ goal for providing its students with unique educational experiences. Additionally, the agreement includes sponsorship opportunities.”

She added: “I am certain that the objectives of the agreement would be put into practice through the collaborative efforts of our two institutions.”