Posted on September 29, 2014

An agreement was signed yesterday between Qatar University (QU) and Qatar Petrochemical Company (QAPCO) to establish a Professorial Chair in Mathematics that will be housed at the College of Education (CED).  The Chair will also be managed in conjunction with a specialist team of academics and practitioners from Tokyo Gakugei University, Japan. 

The agreement was signed by QU President Prof Sheikha Abdulla Al-Misnad and QAPCO Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Dr Mohammed Yousef Al Mulla, in front of an audience that comprised  Japanese Ambassador His Excellency Shingo Tsuda, QU VP and Chief Academic Officer Dr Mazen Hasna, CED Dean Hissa Mohamed Sadiq, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Dr Yahya Al Nakeeb, QAPCO Learning and Development Manager Eng Abdullah Ahmed Naji, QAPCO Public Affairs and Communication Manager Ahmed Al-Hamadi, and QAPCO Head of Qatarization Mejali Al Kuwari, as well as several officials from QU and QAPCO.

Funded jointly by QU and QAPCO, the 3-year agreement covers a seven-year project that aims to improve teaching and learning of primary and preparatory school mathematics and to motivate more students to pursue higher-level mathematics at secondary schools. In the terms of the agreement, QU will fund a startup and an internal grant for the project, as well as deliver training programs at the College of Education for school teachers.

QU & QAPCO establish Mathematics 2 [].jpgThe organization will also provide supervision and support for the Chair’s duties and responsibilities while QAPCO will contribute to the Chair’s performance assessment and evaluation.  In collaboration with the CED team, the Chair will implement a program to support teachers, and a follow-up research studies on its effectiveness. Prof Al-Misnad noted that one of the main challenges facing education in Qatar is the level of achievement in mathematics.  “This Chair will give much-needed support to Qatar’s education sector”, she said.

Dr Al Mulla said: “This agreement to establish a new Chair in Mathematics strengthens QAPCO’s and Qatar University’s alliance to drive education forward in Qatar. Both organizations already work together on strategic educational initiatives and we have developed innovative agreements to promote disciplines that play an essential role in advancing Qatar’s industry, such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics.” He added, “This new Chair will focus on developing teaching methodologies and approaches to learning,  while contributing to further enhancing the performance of teachers.  I believe this groundbreaking initiative will have a positive impact on the next generation’s future”.

QU & QAPCO establish Mathematics 3 [].jpgCommenting on the agreement, Dr Hasna said:  “This is a significant agreement that aims to strengthen math skills in children from an early age, and to enhance teachers’ capabilities in teaching techniques, and in building their students’ interest in the subject. QU is pleased to partner with QAPCO in an effort to tackle this important issue that underlines our contribution to the goals and values of the National Vision and development strategies.”

Ambassador Tsuda welcomed the agreement saying, “This project focuses on learning mathematics reasoning among students, as well as on targeting math teachers to strengthen their skills.  It aims to increase the number of Qatari students motivated to achieve a higher level of math whether in secondary or in primary schools”. Dr. Sadiq noted that the College has for very many years employed strategies to advance the teaching and learning of math in Qatar’s schools. “This agreement will serve to strengthen our efforts to develop K-12 math literacy and support primary and preparatory-level teachers in teaching the subject efficiently”, she said.

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