Posted on July 12, 2015

Qatar University College of Arts & Sciences (QU-CAS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) last Thursday with  Hamad International Training Center of Hamad Medical Corporation (HITC-HMC). This agreement provides CAS students from the Health Sciences Department with a number of  experiential learning opportunities such as the Experiential Learning Program at (HITC-HMC) and the Training Center’s Kulluna health and safety initiative. 

It was signed by CAS Dean Dr Eiman Mustafawi  and HMC Chief of Business Services Mr Ali Al Janah at a ceremony that was attended by  QU Associate VP for Faculty Affairs Dr Khalid Al-Ali, HITC director and Chairman of Kulluna  Dr Khalid Abdulnoor Saifeldeen, HMC deputy chief medical officer and Director Medical Education Dr Abdullatif Al Khal, CAS Associate Dean for Outreach and Engagement Dr Khalifa Al Hazaa,  CAS Health Sciences Department head and  QU Biomedical Research Center director Dr Asma Al-Thani, HITC Assistant Director of Health Promotion & Community Engagment Dr Mahmoud Younis, and a number of CAS and HMC members.

Under the agreement, CAS health sciences students who have successfully completed the prerequisite courses and/or required academic experiences will be nominated to participate in the Experiential Learning Program at HITC.  The Training Center will also work collaboratively with CAS to provide relevant training opportunities for students enrolled in the college’s Public Health Program.  This will serve to establish a link between the two parties which will engage the students early in their university education  and later facilitate career opportunities following their graduation.

HITC trainers will also orient CAS students and faculty members on health and safety policies that apply to each area of training, as well as provide other relevant information to ensure students’ safety at the Center and during their participation in the Experiential Learning Program. CAS and HITC will liaise to develop and promote many areas of collaboration opportunities such as the involvement of students in the Kulluna initiative as part of their supervised field experience,  as well as research studies based on Kulluna activities. The two parties will also collaborate  to design and develop Student and Instructor insurance policies, including health, accident and malpractice in alignment with the requirements of both HITC and QU.

In her remarks, Dr Mustafawi said “We are delighted and honored to be with you on this occasion to sign this MOU that will be of immense benefit to our students and enrich our health sciences programs”. She added that CAS Department  of Health  Sciences is a key partner in contributing to the promotion of  health and well-being in the Qatari community, and consequently, to advancing knowledge  and  methods for  assessing  health  and  associated factors within the population and among diverse  groups.

Dr Mustafawi noted that the agreement is part of CAS’ plan to promote the experiential learning in all its programs. “It will provide our students with a wide range of opportunities for learning and discovery in a field that is of growing and critical importance in Qatar “, she said.

Dr Saifeldeen said: “Hamad Medical Corporation and Qatar University have a healthy and strong relationship and have collaborated on a number of initiatives, including as key contributors to Qatar’s Academic Health System partnership. This new memorandum of understanding between Hamad International Training Center and the university’s College of Arts and Sciences will provide students with invaluable insights into the HMC working environment and operational practices across various disciplines. We hope to inspire students in the selection of their future career field, arm them with practical workplace knowledge and encourage them to consider HMC as a viable option for employment post studies.”

Dr Al Khal said “The public healthcare industry in Qatar is growing and in need of educated candidates. The Kulluna for health and safety campaign encourages the development of students into potential future employees in the public health sector through firsthand experience in the workplace. It is a commonsense and practical approach for Qatar University and Hamad International Training Center to engage in this collaboration for the benefit of Qatar, and we are pleased to be able to facilitate it.”

President of ConocoPhillips Qatar, a Kulluna partner,  Gary Sykes, stated: “We at ConocoPhillips are pleased to see our signature CSR campaign Kulluna partner with Qatar University (to launch an initiative that will lead the path towards collaborative research activities and better career opportunities for Qatar University Public Health Program graduates. Through our sponsorship of Kulluna, and initiatives such as this, we strive to cement our position as active participants in the national efforts to improve health and safety.”