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In the last few years, Qatar has emerged as Asia’s leading education hub and global center of learning. It is a direct result of its rising position as a destination of choice among overseas students seeking international quality education. The tiny Gulf nation is home to a number of international universities and academic institutions with best-in-class and diverse range of courses. The Government’s effort to enhance and improve the education sector is aligned with the goal of knowledge-driven economic development and growth.

For way too long, Qatar has been reliant on foreign workforce to stir it from an oil and gas-based economy to one that is more service and knowledge oriented. Recognising the changing dynamics, the country realizes that becoming an education hub will support its efforts to train and retain the large expatriate population of students as well as attract international students and workers from the region and beyond.

It has been almost a decade since the launch of the Qatar National Vision (QNV) 2030 development plan, providing the wealthy state with a blueprint of transformation and growth. The country has been one of the top advocates of the significance of education

Recently, in a high-level panel discussion organised by the Education Above All Foundation (EAA), in cooperation with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva, HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of EAA and advocate for the UN Sustainable Development Goals, urged the global community to facilitate access to quality education for displaced children and to enforce severe penalties on perpetrators of armed conflict. She stated that “Education must be given priority as it is the tool for the children of the present and future.”

In line with the stated approach to prioritise education and ensuring quality education within the country, Qatar’ Ministry of Education and Higher Education outlined its Strategic Plan from 2017-2022, including development and expansion of early education and the promotion of attractive educational environment.

The most recent initiative taken by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education to promote quality education environment is designing a new Career Advising System (CAS), which is all set to be rolled out in the current academic session across public secondary schools in Qatar. The new CAS is a result of an MOU between Qatar Career Development Centre (QCDC), a member of Qatar Foundation (QF), and the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.

The new CAS is designed to cater to the futuristic needs emerging from Qatar’ social and economic environment. It is equipped with diverse and innovative components, as well as psychometric and personality assessment tools to help students identify the most appropriate academic and career paths in line with needs of the job market in the country.

Another major event, Career Guidance Stakeholders Platform 2018, was organised in line with Qatar Foundation’s efforts to promote career guidance in Qatar. The event, themed ‘Moving Operationally to Strategically Enhance Career Guidance in the State of Qatar’, was attended by 250 policy-makers, decision-makers and senior executives from various government institutions from Qatar and international organisations from the rest of the world at the Qatar National Convention Centre.

As stated by QCDC director, Abdulla al-Mansoori, “Nation-building requires a diverse set of competencies, skills, and jobs to ensure self-sufficiency when it comes to the local labour force required to bolster the state’s economy at present and in the future”. The initiatives to upgrade and direct talent in the country may be derived by Qatar’s ambition to become self-sufficient in the coming years to meet its workforce demand.

The innovation-driven approach highlighted in a recent event organised by HBKU’s College of Science and Engineering (CSE), entitled Qatar Towards a Smart Future, indicates that the move towards a knowledge-based economy is equally a strategic bend towards diversification of economy by becoming a major hub of quality education in the region.

 

Behavioural Economics is the base of effective policy process including designing and implementation of policies. It serves as a core to effective planning for optimum utilisation at minimal risk. College of Law & Public Policy at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) finally are to design deliver an innovative new programme focused on law and behavioural economics in association with The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), Qatar’s 2022 FIFA World Cup organising body.

The program is developed by SC’s Qatar Behavioural Insights Unit (QBIU) and will be offered to final-year students in HBKU’s Juris Doctor Course, initially. The program aims at introducing students to behavioural science at the same time demonstrate how nudge theories can be practically applied. Further connecting them for successful hosting of the 2022 FIFA World Cup and applying it for fulfilling Qatar National Vision 2030.

Apart from theoretical exposure the enrolled students will also get exposure to ground realities by field visit studies, which will be supported by QBIU members, who are coaching students to design, implement and analyse their projects. The total number of students enrolled in the course are 14. Currently they are being mentored and taught by Dr Fadi Makki, QBIU founder, and Professor Georgis Dimitropoulos from HBKU’s College of Law & Public Policy.

As per SC Secretary-General Hassan al Thawadi “This is a legacy initiative that will benefit HBKU students today and long after the last ball has been kicked in 2022,” said Thawadi.”By training them and giving them exposure to leading figures in the theory of behavioural sciences, real-life policy challenges and access to insights and tools, we are offering students something that no other university in the region can. The SC will also benefit from the programme as the bright young students who take the class will apply their tests and theories to the challenges we face on a daily basis and the challenges we expect to face when the tournament begins in less than five years’ time,”

Professor Clinton Francis, founding dean of HBKU’s College of Law and Public Policy, too expressed that  “Law and behavioural public policy development in Qatar is readily harnessing the power of behavioural economics to address some of the most important challenges confronting the country and the region. Working at the juncture of law and public policy, the course focuses on the development of cutting-edge theory, and will enable students to explore new and exciting behavioural theories to see how they can be directly applied to Qatar and the 2022 FIFA World Cup.”

QBIU has a record of successfully implementing a range of experiments related to subjects such as workers’ welfare, legacy programme participation and healthy eating. Hopefully this programme will also be able to bring about the desired understanding for effective public policy process which may have a long lasting impact on the current changes required in the policies and the future ones in the pipeline.

 

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Professionals of interpretation industry have an opportunity to enhance their skill- set with advanced insightful workshop organised by Translation and Interpretation Institute (TII), a part of College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU).

The initiative is part of ongoing translation education and interpretation development workshops which aim to facilitate one-of-a-kind instruction for advanced learning in the field of interpretation and translation industry.

As per Nabeel Rashid, the acting director of TII, the initiative aims to equip interpreters and professionals by preparing them for meeting future demands of the growing industry and the emerging markets.

The workshop is to be segregated in two sessions in January. One would be dedicated to ‘Audiovisual Translation: Subtitling’ and the other on the ‘Approaches to Translating Sports Documents’. The workshop sessions will be held at Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) building in Education City and will be conducted in both English and Arabic as primary medium of communication.

The first session on ‘Audiovisual Translation: Subtitling’ will take place from January 21st to 24th. The session will introduce professionals to the technique of intralingual and interlingual subtitling. Further the session will focus on specific formal and discursive features of subtitling, such as temporal and spatial constraints, timing, condensation, verbal and non-verbal cues, appropriate punctuation, positioning and segmentation.

The second session on ‘Approaches to Translating Sports Documents’, will take place from January 28 to 31. The session will focus on teaching participants techniques that are considered best practice among translators and editors in the sports sector. Moreover, attendees will also learn how to draft a sports translation revision report to further practice quality control in this field.

To learn more about the workshops and registration interested professionals may visit www.tii.qa/community.