Haya H Al Muhannadi
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QF team in UK to forge closer links

Officials from Qatar Foundation institutions are in the UK to participate in the “QF/UK Road Ahead Forum” to be held today at King’s College London.
The forum implements a memorandum of understanding on research and education signed in September 2013 by QF and its UK partners: the Department for Business Innovation & Skills, the British Council, and Universities UK International Unit.
The event is among a number of activities designed to develop closer links between QF and the UK.
The visiting QF delegation will include representatives from Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF), Qatar Energy and Environment Research Institute (QEERI), Qatar Biomedical Research Institute (QBRI), Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI), Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP), Qatar National Library (QNL), and World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE).
The forum is expected to be both informative and interactive with discussions focusing on new directions for QF and UK partnerships.
It will also include breakout networking discussions on potential research collaboration in the following areas: computing, biomedical and health research, assessing and measuring innovation in education, open access information, and energy, environment and water applied research.
British Ambassador Nicholas Hopton said: “I am delighted that this large number of Qatar Foundation institutions will be visiting the UK. This visit reflects the strong relationship we share with Qatar and our commitment to further enhancing our existing co-operation, particularly in the research and education sector.
“We see Qatar as a strategic partner for the UK, and this forum represents an excellent opportunity for UK institutions to learn about Qatar Foundation’s priorities and discuss new partnerships.”
Martin Hope, director of the British Council in Qatar added: “We are delighted to be partnering with Qatar Foundation in organising the QF/UK Road Ahead Forum in London.  The forum is the result of our strong partnership work with Qatar Foundation over the last few years.
“This is the first time that the leaders of all QF institutions have had the opportunity to engage with UK higher education and research institutions to explore partnership opportunities. I hope in years to come people will look back on this event as a catalyst for even closer QF and UK ties.”
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