Posted on March 04, 2017

A collaboration between Texas A&M University at Qatar and Qatar Foundation (QF) is giving young Qatari employees on-the-job experience in the workplace.

Texas A&M at Qatar and QF solidified the partnership recently by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish the national trainee program in which Qatari nationals are embedded in QF organizations for one year to get firsthand, real-world experience. Commenting on the agreement, Mohammed Abdulaziz Al Naimi, Chief Operations Officer of Qatar Foundation, said, “Young people are our greatest asset, and we are delighted to sign this MoU with Texas A&M University at Qatar. This initiative helps QF to promote lifelong learning, while providing greater professional development opportunities that will empower future generations to thrive in a global environment.”

The program has already been a success at Texas A&M at Qatar. Wadha Al-Thani, a Texas A&M at Qatar graduate, has been working at the branch campus in the Office of Development, Engagement and Outreach since summer 2016. She brings her engineering education and academic background to Texas A&M at Qatar’s Dhia: Engineering Leaders STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) outreach programs where she serves as a positive role model of a successful Qatari engineer for young girls participating in the educational programs.

Jowaher Al-Marri, who supervises Al-Thani, said, “This unique and successful partnership provides the young and talented professionals like Ms. Wadha with the experience and the leadership skills required to contribute to Qatar's National Vision 2030, enabling younger leaders to provide the best future to Qatar by its own people.” Interns are nominated and interviewed before being hired, and throughout their employment are evaluated to help develop their professional skills based on their target positions. The trainee program benefits everyone involved: Young Qataris get an exciting boost to their careers and Texas A&M at Qatar benefits from the professional contributions of Qatari nationals who are shaping their country’s future.

Texas A&M at Qatar is currently reviewing résumés and is expected to hire its second trainee this spring. Texas A&M at Qatar dean Dr. César O. Malavé said, “Texas A&M at Qatar has always been proud to partner with Qatar Foundation to help develop human capacity in Qatar. Together, we are committed to building a workforce that Qatar needs to achieve the goals set forth by Qatar National Vision 2030. We look forward to receiving young Qatari graduates to intern with us, and we believe such initiatives help in developing a generation of innovators and professionals.”