The monThly magazine of qaTar foundaTion issue 25 january 2011 A society of solidarity Record amount raised at Social Development Center’s Gala Dinner will help support humanitarian serviceswww.qf.org.qa
welCome letteR Exceeding expectations What a success! An unprecedented 28m QAR was raised for the Tarahom Endowment Fund at the Social Development Center’s 7th Gala Dinner. The glittering event saw His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Amir of the State of Qatar, and Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser join previous donors for a group photograph in appreciation for their sense of responsibility in contributing to the community. The Tarahom Endowment Fund offers support to people in the community including widows, people in debt, the elderly and orphans as well as outstanding academic students. But it is just one of the SDC’s multiple funding outreach programs. Other projects, including the Rasamil fund for entrepreneurship and the Al Berr Compound Endowment, give Qatari families the confidence and financial security to control their own destinies. The charity auction exceeded all expectations with many of the items being auctioned more than once to raise even more money. The evening provided a unique opportunity for people to contribute to the community and has subsequently raised the bar for all future fundraising events. We felt a great spirit of togetherness at the event and the solidarity shown by those who attended will serve as an inspiration to others. What we have achieved in one memorable evening will provide years of sustained, continuous help and support in our society. Haya Khalifa Al Nassr Director of Communication Qatar Foundation 2 Thefoundation.
NewS“A unique opportunity” In brieffor math teaching Qf biomeDiCAl iNitiAtive~ CMUQ local partnership examines the challenges of pReSeNteD At QAtAR heAlth Dr Abdelali Haoudi,teaching mathematics in Qatar. Qatar Foundation’s Vice Presidentteachers from across Doha were mathematics in Qatar at both the school for Research,invited to discuss the challenges and and university level.” gave aopportunities presented by the teaching of Dr Winter said that through bringing presentationmathematics at an outreach event different types of experience, points of on Qatarorganised by Carnegie Mellon University view and skills together in the same room Biomedicalin Qatar (CMUQ). he hoped the teaching of mathematics Research Dr Dale Winter, Associate Teaching would get even better. InstituteProfessor of Mathematics and Director of He added: “We aim to work together to (QBRI) atThe Academic Resource Center at identify and address the mathematical Qatar HealthCMUQ, said: “I firmly believe that this teaching and learning issues of today in on 15kind of partnership – between the order to prepare more of our current December, 2010.Supreme Education Council, teachers in generation of students for the most Qatar Health, anlocal schools and CMUQ – represents a desirable, challenging and lucrative jobs international healthcareunique opportunity to examine the issues which will require a high level of congress and exhibition, is a premier healthcareinvolved in teaching and learning mathematical training and sophistication.” event organized by Hamad Medical Corporation. He explained that the recently launched QBRI is addressing key challenges facing the State of Qatar by conducting basic, translational and clinical research. The institute aims to have global impact. mAthAf: ARAb muSeum of moDeRN ARt opeNS His Highness the Amir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, and Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser attended the inaugural ceremonyin the news of Mathaf: Arab~ Qatar Foundation stories in the international press. Museum of Modern Art, on 14“Forget the football World Cup which Qatar will be hosting in 2022; December. Thethe emirate is setting itself up to make even greater achievements in museum opened tothe fields of research and education,” writes Nabila Ramdani in Abu the public on 30Dhabi’s The National. “At the World Innovation Summit for December. Located in aEducation (WISE) in Doha, I was astounded by what was promised former schoolfor the future. building in Education City, the museum has a “Representatives from more than 100 countries discussed ideas collection that represents the major trends and sitesand innovations, with the host nation setting the benchmark with its of production of modern Arab art spanning the 1840scentres of excellence. While the world’s eyes were focused on the to the present.beautiful game, it seemed clear to me that Qataris were actually far Three exhibitions are currently on view at two sitesmore interested in the advancement of science and the arts, which in Doha. Mathaf opened its new building with Sajjil: Adominates every section of society and is integral to the country’s Century of Modern Art, which rethinks the position ofvision for the future. Arab artists toward modernism and within the “Qatar is also leading the way in terms of empowering women, modernist movement. Two other exhibitions,with female students making up almost 75 per cent of Qatar Interventions and Told / Untold / Retold, can be seenUniversity’s student population. A driving force in this development at a new exhibition space located on the grounds ofis Sheikha Moza, the wife of Emir Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.” the Museum of Islamic Art. www.qf.org.qa 3
NewS Student ambition takes to the sky ~ Qatar Leadership Academy challenged to design an aircraft by guest lecturer. the future of unmanned flight was discussed Affairs at Qatar Leadership Academy, said the (UAVs), highlighting how the company built with students at an interactive presentation at partnership with BAE Systems was inspiring one unmanned aircraft, Mantis, in just 19 Qatar Leadership Academy (QLA). and demonstrated to students that the lessons months. He then spoke about the future of The lecture and workshops were taken by they learn at QLA can be applied in the real UAVs and focussed on Taranis – an Tom Hallett, an expert in unmanned vehicles at world. unmanned stealth jet – that was unveiled in BAE Systems. Hallett explained the different “It wasn’t just a lecture, it was held in a fun July. QAL cadets were also shown a short film types of flight mission and how they require and relaxed setting and it gave the students of BAE Systems’ prototype aircraft, Demon. different aircraft capabilities. He then challenged hands-on experience of applied technology,” Martin Bennett, Regional Vice President them to design an aircraft fit for the job. he said. “I was in the auditorium and every for the Middle East at BAE Systems, said: Because leadership is a central tenet of single student was engaged, it was quite “BAE Systems occupies a leading position in QLA, Hallett also spoke about how important something. It was honestly a home run to use the defense industry and is renowned for its it was when it came to designing unmanned an American expression. BAE did a fabulous engineering excellence and innovation. We aircraft: from the beginning of the creative job and it was great for us; it helped us to work with universities in the UK and US to process, through to the design, manufacture evaluate the boys and see who was stepping produce world-leading technology for a wide and finally testing of the aircraft. up to lead the groups and present the designs. range of systems across the air, land and sea The presentation was the second in a “BAE are looking to come back in the domains and are delighted to be able series of exciting lectures by BAE systems for spring and we will be very, very happy to to showcase some of this innovation in Qatar, QLA students; the first talk was given by welcome them.” which we hope will encourage tomorrow’s former UK Royal Air Force pilot Craig Hallett’s lecture also told students what generation of Qatari scientists and engineers Penrice, who spoke about fighter planes. methods BAE Systems employed to design to develop similar ground-breaking George K D Hopkins, Head of Student and engineer unmanned aerial vehicles technologies for the future.” 4 Thefoundation.
prestigious new professorship for CmuQ faculty~ Professor says chair is a way to or CMU in Pittsburgh, and there are no extra responsibilities,” he said. “It is a chair like arecognize distinction without getting typical endowed chair. It comes with somein the way of research or teaching. extra research funds, so I’m certainly supposed to use those well. But it doesn’tCarnegie mellon University in Qatar change the day-to-day life of teaching and(CMUQ) has announced the presentation of research.”a prestigious professorship. He likened the Stever professorship to a Jonathan P Caulkins, PhD, has been management promotion in an engineeringawarded the H Guyford Stever Professorship company which allows him to continue doingof Operations Research and Public Policy at what he is best at.the H John Heinz III School of Public Policy He explained: “The basic challenge is, howand Management and CMUQ. do you get your really good technical folks to The distinguished chair was established in stay in their engineering or technical roles ifhonor of H Guyford Stever, who was the first all promotions take you up into managementPresident of Carnegie Mellon University This semester at CMUQ, Caulkins is where you no longer have time to practice(CMU) and served as chief science adviser to teaching Probability Theory and Random that unique skill? Much better to have startwo US Presidents. Processes, Probability and Statistics for engineers doing engineering and maybe On top of that, Professor Caulkins has also Business Applications, Mathematical Models project leadership than to be paper pushingrecently been appointed as a Fellow of the for Consulting. middle managers.Institute for Operations Research and Caulkins said he was happy and very “It’s the same idea here. CMU wants us toManagement Sciences (INFORMS). The flattered to have been chosen for the Stever have the opportunity for recognition even ifappointment is a way of honoring outstanding chair and that although he has had a we stay a teacher or a researcher or a professor,lifetime achievers in operations research and productive career over the last 20 years at without getting sucked into the drudgery ofthe management sciences who make CMU, so have many of his colleagues who bureaucracy and administration. So theysignificant contributions to advancement in could also have been chosen. have endowed chairs and, the level beyondthese fields. “It doesn’t really affect my role at CMUQ that, university professorships.”Scholars discuss multiculturalism and minority rights~ Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies workshop deals with the pressing issues of integration around the globe.A workshop organized by Qatar Faculty of countries which have embraced integration. “thE idEA wAs nOtIslamic Studies (QFIS) examined the ways in From the point of Qatar, Ghafar said localwhich communities around the world dealt tO COmE tO people were very proud of their heritage andwith issues of multiculturalism, citizenship COnClusiOns but bEgin traditions and wanted to keep an Islamic andand minority rights. tAlking AbOut thE Arabic identity. But there is also great pride The workshop featured scholars from issuEs And thAt is vEry that Qatar is open to other nationalities and isaround the world, including Dr Tariq nEw tO thE ArAb wOrld a multicultural society.Ramadan who is a Visiting Professor at Qatar – tAlking AbOut “Definitely both our position and theFaculty of Islamic Studies and first incumbent government’s position is one of integration multiCulturAlism Andof the His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin with the global knowledge economy andKhalifa Al Thani Professorship in minOrity rights. society,” she said.Contemporary Islamic Studies chair at “This is the first part of the process. We’reOxford University. the Arab World – talking about multiculturalism hoping it will be an annual workshop or Dr Basma Abdul Ghafar, of The Centre for and minority rights,” she said. event. This was the first exploration of thisGovernance and Public Policy at QFIS, said Western societies were traditionally more issue and we hope to revisit the same in a yearthe idea was to examine the ways in which open about multiculturalism and and see what differences there are.governments throughout the world dealt with enfranchising minorities as full citizens, “Our immediate aim is to start thethe issues surrounding minority groups in Ghafar added, with the exception of recent dialogue and to begin opening up issues veryindividual countries. events in Europe like the banning of the niqab gently to contribute to the policy debates that Europe, North America and the Far East in France and the Swiss government refusing are happening all over the world concerningwere all discussed, as was the Arab World. “The to allow minarets to be built on new mosques. Muslims overseas. The idea was not to comeidea was not to come to conclusions but begin Of course, the Arab world faces challenges to conclusions but to begin talking abouttalking about the issues and that is very new to of minorities as well, but there are also these issues.” www.qf.org.qa 5
NewS joint statement from QDA and the IDF. “The IDF has recognized that we will be the center for activities relating to diabetes within the region,” said Dr Abdulla Al Hamaq, Executive Director of QDA. “As part of our efforts and as the seventh global hub, we will organize events and workshops for all nationalities. In particular, we will target obese people through education.” Looking ahead, QDA will participate in the first American Association for Clinical Endocrinologists to be held outside the US, in collaboration with the Hamad Medical Corporation. Under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, the conference aims to provide healthcare professionals with information about diabetes, obesity and other endocrine diseases. A team of international and local speakers Qatar Diabetes Association will deliver lectures, conduct workshops and hold a satellite symposium. An exhibition area, meanwhile, at the Sheraton Doha, will gets international recognition provide professionals with news from the pharmaceutical industry. “The QDA was founded in 1995 and ~ International Federation for The IDF is an umbrella organization of joined Qatar Foundation in 1999. That gave 200 national diabetes associations in 160 us the big push from Her Highness and we Diabetes chooses QDA as hub for countries. It represents the interests of the have been able to increase activities and growing number of people with diabetes and programs to eventually be recognized by the Middle East and North Africa. those at risk. IDF,” Al Hamaq said. “The plan will enable International In the MENA region there are almost 27 the international Federation for Diabetes Federation for Diabetes and MENA member million people suffering from diabetes. A has chosen Qatar Diabetes Association associations to develop National Diabetes recent forum in Dubai, attended by former (QDA) as the hub which will represent the Programs designed to prioritize diabetes US president Bill Clinton, estimated that this Middle East and North Africa (MENA) for within national healthcare frameworks, number is expected to almost double to 51.7 campaigns, conferences and research through improved access to treatment, as well million people by 2030. initiatives. as ways to improve care and treatment,” said a For further information, visit www.qda.org.qa Addressing literacy demands ~ Qatar Academy teachers receive students’ lives can be built upon in their senior years. training to enable them to operate “The learning that has happened in the primary level should be recognized and built them more effectively. on in the secondary school specifically in the area of literacy,” said Graham. teachers at Qatar Academy received Kay Mitchell, an Academic Support training on how to address the literacy Counselor at the Senior School, said that as demands of their specialist subjects. well as delivering their specific subject, school The course was organised by training and staff also have to teach literacy within that development consultants Stephen Graham subject. However, she said that teachers were and James Ferguson from Cengage Learning not always sure how they should teach the Australia Pty Ltd. language needed for their subject area. Graham said: “The response of the school As well as addressing literacy, it was She added: “By making that more has been incredibly positive and the teachers, designed to improve links between the accessible to teachers they just feel now more I think, are now looking and thinking at what Primary School and Senior School so that empowered to teach language in their subject the actual literacy demands are of the work work done during the early education of area.” they’re asking the children to do.” 6 Thefoundation.
CAleNDARCAleNDAR 2011January 2011....................................................What Qatar Music AcademylaunchWhere Qatar Music AcademyWhen 30 JanuaryQatar Music Academy will launchits preparatory program, which willoffer eight to ten year olds a seriesof one-to-one music lessons.Scheduled after school hours,children will discover a variety ofArabic and Western instruments.World-class teachers andmusicians will transform young professor Jean-marie lehntalents into a new generation ofmaestros. particular. Lehn, a French chemist, In this lecture, Dr Dent looks at the projects ranging in size from afebruary 2011 received the Nobel Prize together dwindling of critical resources that shoe to a stadium..................................................... with Donald Cram and Charles manufacturers and builders will Pedersen in 1987 for his work in need to take into account as they What The Challenges of TeachingWhat Professor Jean-Marie Lehn chemistry, particularly his design, manufacture and build in Arabic in the 21st CenturyLecture synthesis of the cryptands. the coming years. This new Where Lecture Hall 1202, CarnegieWhere Texas A&M University at For more information please visit paradigm for material sourcing Mellon University in QatarQatar www.qf-research-division.org/ may become the norm in the next When Wed, 9 and Thurs,When 6 February distinguished generation of design thinking 10 FebruaryProfessor Jean-Marie Lehn, Nobel across all disciplines. Dr Dent is This conference, an open forumPrize in Chemistry 1987, will What Lecture: ‘You Made it, You Vice President for Research at for research, will explore the manypresent the conceptual Take it Back’, by Dr Andrew Dent Material ConneXion, leading and varied challenges thatconsiderations on science in Where Atrium at VCUQatar consulting teams that help teachers of Arabic as first orgeneral and on chemistry in When Wed, 9 February 6pm companies around the world in second language face. ~ QF Radio has unveiled its new program line-up with a wide variety of daily and weekly shows. Highlights include:DAiLy shows..................................................... 09:11 Nothing is impossible performed by the Qatar 18:30 Design Edition Fitness and Health, your on-line Philharmonic Orchestra 19:00 Campus Buzz06:00 The Connection personal trainer 14:23 Asr call to prayer 19:30 Cover to CoverDeveloping a connection between 10:00 The Connection 14:28 Taking you Further Lively discussion aboutpeople’s work, interests, and Developing a connection between A human rights program, an literature and award winning/everything that impacts our daily people’s work, interests, and in-depth look at important issues best selling English and Arabiclives at Qatar Foundation everything that impacts our daily facing all of us today titles, literary events and07:00 QF News lives at Qatar Foundation 15:23 science Alive what’s happening in publishingEverything about QF 10:30 Far Corners 15:54 Piano in Qatar07:30 E-Vision 11:00 sports Global (live) 16:00 sports Global 20:32 Nothing is impossibleInteresting stories about Sports news from within Qatar and 16:23 Maghreb call to prayer Fitness and Health, your on-line‘Education, the academe, student the rest of the world 16:50 Qatar symphony personal trainerlife,’ and a lot more, straight from 11:22 Dhor call to prayer 17:00 international News 21:00 sports Globalthe students, professors and more 12:11 science Alive 17:12 Research Matters 23:00 international News08:30 “Alamouhm” Science matters and more 17:41 yohemlay song 00:00 QF News09:00 international News 13:00 E-Vision Produced By Qatar Foundation 01:00 E-VisionAll the latest news from around the 13:25 Qatar symphony 18:00 The Connection 03:07 Nothing is impossibleworld presented in Arabic The best musical pieces 18:14 Al isha call to prayer 04:20 science Alive www.qf.org.qa 7
wiSe AwARDS Celebrating Innovation in Education Six outstanding Laureates were honored for bringing education to people traditionally removed from the education system during a World Innovation Summit for Education Awards dinner. A iming to build the future of of the world, all six initiatives have one in child education: getting girls into schools. education, the second World common goal: to bring knowledge to people So far, the organization has built 660 schools, Innovation Summit for Education traditionally removed from the education educating 92,000 students from Kindergarten (WISE) encouraged 1,200 leading thinkers to system. Each winner gave more insight into to Grade 10. More than 50% of them are girls. explore innovative ideas and discuss how the ways they are achieving this, showcasing But that is not enough, Chapra explained, education systems can be improved. their projects in the course of the summit. saying that the foundation aims to build 1,000 But while the knowledge exchange will Tove Romsaas Wang, CEO of Save the schools in Pakistan. Hoping to reach undoubtedly spur solutions to critical Children Norway, an organization helping communities that are in need, TCF is creating problems, this alone is not enough to help the children in need around the world, is leading a franchise model that is replicable for other cause of education. It is equally important to a major global campaign to get three million like-minded groups to follow. support existing initiatives that could change children in conflict-affected and fragile states “We work in some of the most challenging the futures of millions around the globe. into school. Within a period of four years, the of locations – in and around Karachi and in In recognition of such cutting-edge ideas, organization’s program work has succeeded rural areas across Pakistan. Our intent is to six innovative Laureates and their projects in getting 1.4 million children into the take children of the streets and into schools,” were honored by Her Highness Sheikha Moza education system. he said. bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar “It’s likely that 50 million children are Similarly helping to educate a large Foundation, at the WISE Awards gala dinner staying out of school. As much as 67% lives in number of people is Cecilia d’Oliveira, on 8 December, 2010. conflict-affected areas. That’s why it’s so Executive Director of MIT OpenCourseWare They had been selected by a high-profile important to put this issue on the global (OCW) at Massachusetts Institute of international jury, chaired by His Excellency agenda,” she said. Technology, who leads a project which uses Sheikh Dr Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani, “[Receiving the WISE award] will act as an the internet to educate people. OCW, a web- Chairman of WISE and Qatar Foundation’s encouragement to Save the Children, and to based publication, provides free and open Vice-President of Education. Each winner all those working for education for all, to access to materials from virtually all MIT received a Prize Award of $20,000 to help redouble their efforts to ensure that no courses, including video recordings of further their projects. children, no matter what their circumstances, lectures and dozens of textbooks. Chosen from more than 400 applications are ever regarded as too difficult to reach.” Quoting MIT’s President Susan Hockfield, received from 89 countries, the outstanding d’Oliveira said: “OCW expresses MIT’s goal Laureates’ projects have had a significant impact on societies, ranging from remote villages in Africa to families around the globe. m ushtaq Chapra, Chairman and a Founding Director of The Citizens Foundation, a non-profit educational of advancing education to a global community where ideas and knowledge are shared openly and freely for the benefit of all. By sharing And while they operate in different parts organization, said he faces another challenge materials on the web, our faculty can have 8 Thefoundation.
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wiSe AwARDS much greater impact in terms of global education.” Ayla Goksel, CEO of ACEV, a Turkish NGO working in early childhood, female literacy and parent training, focuses on another aspect of education that will have an impact on people around the world. She launched a program that proved to provide long-lasting benefits to mothers and children. The Mother Child Education Program (MOCEP), a nationwide project with the Turkish Ministry of National Education, helps mothers educate their children, aided by community resources such as the ministry’s teachers and facilities. C urrently reaching over 400,000 people in Europe and the Middle East, Goksel said receiving the WISE Award will help uNeSCo Director-General expand its presence. “This acknowledgment of the success of MOCEP as an innovative and inclusive project will significantly enhance the speaks out at wiSe process of ACEV sharing its expertise and New WISE partner UNESCO stresses need for financing. know-how throughout the Middle East in particular and other regions of the world in the problem of funding education in the Bokova told the summit that, in terms of general,” she said. wake of the global economic downturn was funding, allowing the status quo to continue An equally challenging project is that discussed at the World Innovation Summit was not an option. “Business as usual is not founded by Professor Neil Turok, Founder and for Education (WISE) in Qatar. working,” she said. “Aid disbursements to Council Chair of the African Institute for Now in its second year, Qatar basic education have stopped increasing for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) Next Einstein Foundation’s WISE summit was addressed the first time since 2000 – stagnating at $4.7 Initiative. He explained the institute is training by Irina Bokova, the Director-General of billion in 2008. Education is the way to invest talented students from across Africa in a UNESCO. This year was UNESCO’s first out of the economic crisis. We must explore partnership arrangement between Cape Town’s time as an official partner of WISE. tangible proposals for innovative financing as three local universities and the universities of Cambridge, Oxford and Paris XI. Recruiting and training talented African so they get trained for employment,” he If Africa is going to catch up with the rest of students and teachers, the program is building explained. the world, it needs its own scientists and capacity for African initiatives in education, “However, [students at Next Einstein technologists.” research, and technology, said Dr Turok. “If Initiative] will be designing solutions instead Another project in Africa, this time in you look at Africa, the danger is in saying all of just implementing things from abroad. It is Nigeria, is geared towards a niche audience. Africans need is to learn how to use computers clear that the future will be knowledge driven. The Smallholders Farmers Rural Radio, a 10 Thefoundation.
decisions we take now will lay the foundations of small groups of individuals, they have notfor the century ahead.” fed into wider policy reform and resulted in Delegates at the conference were told renewal of the system as a whole. Theirthat there were three essential criteria for impact has been short-term.the future funding of education: the “In many cases, they have failed to bringring-fencing of education budgets by about even minor improvements.”individual governments along with new Tang said that for major improvements toinvestment; the need for teachers and take place there should be “greatereducation professionals to demonstrate that recognition of educational planning andeducation would provide the means to management as a specific professionalstimulate the economy through greater field”.employment and hence more wealth; and He said there should be clearer goalsthat new approaches should be considered with a shared vision and greaterto pay for education in the future. accountability and that for reform to take On the latter point, Bokova highlighted a place there needs to be a strong leadership.report from the Leading Group on Innovative Finally he told delegates that, withFinancing for Development’s Task Force on particular reference to ‘fragile states’, thereEducation. That pointed out that a tax of just needs to be external help from international0.005% each year on international financial agencies.transactions could raise $30 billion annually. Praising the event, Tang said: “I would The previous day Qian Tang, Assistant like to thank the Qatar Foundation, and inDirector-General for Education at UNESCO, particular Her Highness Sheikha Moza binthad spoken about how education could be Nasser, for having organized such aimproved, particularly in developingcountries. stimulating programme and for enabling us to be here today. wiSe “Traditional approaches have only chippedaway at the educational challenges faced by “In only its second year, the World Innovation Summit for Education has announcementscountries,” he said. “We know that simply already established a reputation as a forum At the closing session of the summit, HEbuilding schools, training teachers or that stimulates change at the highest level.” Sheikh Dr Al-Thani announced severaldistributing books does not guarantee that decisions that will be enacted in the course ofany learning will take place. For further information, visit 2011. “While such projects may change the lives www.wise-qatar.org ESTABLISHMENT OF THE WISE PRIzE The annual WISE Prize for Education will be the world’s first major international prize for education. Selected by a jury of five distinguished personalities, the winner will receive an award of $500,000. Nominations for the first WISE Prize for Education will be invited from 1 February to 30 April 2011. For more information please visit www.wiseprizeforeducation.org CALL FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A TASKFORCE DEDICATED TO EDUCATION SySTEM REBUILDING IN HAITIstation launched by The Smallholders local Igbo language. We provide information WISE called for the creation of a taskforceFoundation, is helping 250,000 small-farmer from NGO’s, embassies, universities and that can help rebuild Haiti’s educationallisteners improve their agricultural, other institutions about agriculture. In the system. The taskforce will report back with aenvironmental management and market long term, our listeners will be able to increase concrete action plan for education in Haiti.access capacity. their crop yield and household income.” Nnaemeka Ikegwuonu, Executive Director As the WISE Awards revealed, new models THE LAUNCH OF A WISE PUBLICATIONof The Smallholders Foundation, explained: of education can help bring education to AND WEB PORTAL“Farmers do not really have access to people across the world and invite entire WISE will create a publication that willtelevision. Newspaper vendors do not come communities to take part in it. Showcasing record major achievements and initiatives into these communities because they know and rewarding these projects, the awards the world of international education,these people do not understand English. hopefully will be able to help transform including those at WISE. This key point of “Our solution was to establish a radio education and trigger their replication in the reference will be complemented by anstation, which broadcasts information in the near future. enhanced WISE website. www.qf.org.qa 11
SoCiAl DevelopmeNt CeNteR SDC auction reveals “formidable social conscience” A record sum raised at the Social Development Center’s Families in need including widows, those in debt, the elderly, orphans and talented 7th annual Gala Dinner will help the organization in academic students who cannot afford education fees will benefit from the fund. its mission to assist the needy in Qatar. The event “was a spectacular success and generated proceeds for a very worthy cause,” Q atar already holds the record for SDC Executive Director Amal Al Mannai the world’s most expensive phone told The Foundation. It also “reflected the number. In December 2007, Q-Tel formidable social conscience of individuals successfully auctioned 666 6666 for QAR 10 and companies within the Qatari community.” million. Indeed an indication of just how serious the But last month, the Social Development bidding was comes when one considers that the Center (SDC) 7th Gala Dinner raised a record starting price for every item auctioned began at sum for the poor and needy of Qatar – QAR 500,000. A raised hand or nod to the auctioning off several numbers, with the most auctioneer meant an additional QAR 100,000. expensive eight digits reaching a whopping During the balmy December evening, QAR 4.2 million. hundreds of distinguished guests packed the Q-Tel was behind this remarkable Sheraton Hotel for the Iraqi Civilization achievement too, sponsoring the event themed dinner. The attendance of His alongside Exxon Mobil and offering a series of Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al mobile numbers that helped achieve a total of Thani, the Amir of Qatar, and Her Highness QAR 28 million in funds. These are now being Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, consort of the funneled into projects to support Qatari families Amir and Chairperson of Qatar Foundation, as part of the Tarahom Endowment Fund. was a particular highlight. 12 Thefoundation.
His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani and Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser at the SDC event. Guests helped raise enough money to As for the event, said Al-Kuwari, the night enjoyed not only by Iraqis but by Syrians andcontinue supporting the SDC’s almost 30,000 was a hit from the offset. Jordanians too.”beneficiaries and those who will receive “It was good from the beginning,” he said. For many years, the SDC’s Gala Dinner hasfunding in the future. “The traditional music was great and could be become one of the most anticipated events on Mariam Al Mannai, the Head of Social the Qatar Foundation calendar. Its grandServices at the SDC, said that while the dinners are always characterized byevening was a financial success, it was also a performances and displays which promote andtruly social occasion. explore global culture. Previous galas have been “The atmosphere was so humanitarian,” themed on Indian culture, the grandeur of theshe said. “Having His Highness the Amir and Venice Carnival and the romance of Andalusia.Her Highness Sheikha Moza was my most December’s soiree was titled ‘The Sevenfavorite part. In attending, they have shown Letters of Rafidain’. It captured the Goldenthe community and the world around us that Age of Islam by using theater to depict somethey support organizations that are designedto develop a society.” Key projects at the SDC of the great minds from that era, including Al Ziryab, the famous musician and artist, and The dinner also presented an opportunity The SDC helps individuals Al Kindi, a polymath who introduced Greekfor every department in Qatar Foundation to through… philosophy to the Arab world.learn from one-another and share fundraising n Career counseling, training in areas A musical play portrayed the life of Aladvice. Staff from Reach Out To Asia (ROTA) from beauty schools to opening a small Jahiz, the grandchild of slaves who became ain particular came out in force. business, and unlocking the creative noted Afro-Arab scholar. He was also one of “We at SDC are more than happy to work potential in small, home-based the first Islamic zoologists.with ROTA so we can invest our knowledge businesses by transforming them into Visitors were also able to enjoy a Timein collaboration. We are happy to discuss the larger enterprises. Tunnel tracing the Golden Age of Islamiclessons we picked up when organizing the civilization in Iraq from the mid-seventhgala dinner event,” said Al Mannai. The SDC helps low-income or century to the mid-thirteenth century. The night also marked the first time men incapacitated families by The celebrated Iraqi theater director Jawadand women celebrated and raised money for providing… Al-Assadi was involved in choreographingthe organization in a mixed environment at n Medical care, buying furniture, paying the performances with a group of Iraqi artists.an SDC event. debts, rent, utility bills, giving Eid and Inventions and mechanisms such as the “It was such a good feeling to be involved,” Ramadan gifts, issuing food coupons, robotic man, armillary sphere, and thesaid Hamza Al-Kuwari, the Director of helping to pay education fees and astrolabe, an instrument that was used toQuality Management Systems Directorate at organizing scholarships. calculate the direction of the Qibla and toQatar Foundation. find out prayer times, were also showcased. As a Qatari himself, the night held a The SDC helps businesses “This is a very important fundraisingspecial importance. progress by… event for us and we have a team of people “Being part of the mission to achieve stability n Issuing interest-free loans to support who have worked painstakingly to ensurewithin families and train them for the future is business expansion, holding awards that it is a memorable occasion with charitablewonderful. It’s good to know that in some way ceremonies to boost motivation and outcomes. We are very grateful for thewe helped Qatari families and those who live in celebrate achievement, providing support we have received from our sponsors,”Doha. I felt lucky to have participated. I know training to improve the quality of a small Amal Al Mannai added.where this money will go in the end,” he said. business’ end-product. For more information please visit www.sdc.org.qa www.qf.org.qa 13
ReACh out to ASiA ReCoRD DoNAtioN helpS RotA ReACh out The largest-ever donation made to ROTA has enabled a number of projects to raise educational standards in Nepal, Indonesia and Qatar. 14 Thefoundation.
ReACh out to ASiA r each Out To Asia (ROTA) received of education, and help with making their teachers and improving and providing basic its largest-ever corporate donation buildings more resilient to natural disaster. facilities such as separate sex bathrooms and from Vodafone Qatar in December: a ROTA estimated that 300,000 people from clean drinking water. In addition, the funding gift of $2.5 million to support some of its marginalized communities below the country’s will mean that half of the schools will offer projects. While the generous sum will be poverty line will benefit from the work. free education. remembered as a milestone in ROTA’s history, This includes the employment of extra The World Economic Forum’s 2010 Global the charitable gift is about more than just money. “This is about more than just writing a check,” said Jan Mottram, Vodafone Qatar’s HR Director. “We are working alongside ROTA as equals.” The venture also marks one of the first steps taken by Vodafone Qatar to embrace the vision of the late Grahame Maher, the company’s CEO who passed away suddenly in November. “He was so excited about this partnership. We now feel like we are living his dream,” added Mottram. “This level that Vodafone Qatar has raised is a celebration for both of our organizations,” said Essa Al Mannai, ROTA’s Acting Director. “I would like to dedicate this moment of happiness to Grahame Maher.” Vodafone Qatar and ROTA began talks a year ago to decide how the phone company can help in ROTA’s mission to empower the needy through education. Projects in Nepal, Indonesia and, perhaps surprisingly, Qatar, were selected. In Nepal, 157 schools in the Kailali district will benefit from improvements in the quality 16 Thefoundation.
Vodafone Qatar’s donation will go towards ROTA’s local humanitarian projects and education initiatives in Asia. At $2.5 million, the donation is the largest corporate sum given to ROTA in the organization’s history.Competitive Index highlighted Nepal as one of Among the accepted proposals there is an impact the community,” added Stevens. “Itthe neediest countries in terms of education. initiative called ‘I Care’ to embrace migrant also allows the students to learn lessons in The section on schooling said that Nepal workers and change the attitudes of students project design, how to run an organizationranked at 116 out of 139 for quality of primary towards those that work in universities; a and apply their skill sets to make a differenceeducation, while Indonesia was at 55 and campaign to promote safe driving; and a in someone’s life.”Qatar coming in fifth. Finland was the highest project to explore the behavioral issues The winning entries were given budgets ofrated country for primary education, and among young children in schools. up to QAR 8,000 to carry out their seven-Angola the poorest. “‘I Care’ for example teaches people to month projects, which are designed to have a respect those that are working for you. They long-lasting impact on the local community.i n indonesia, the joint venture plans to upgrade the quality of education for 72,000students and 11,200 teachers from 200 are challenging stereotypes by creating videos and posters. The students know that it will be challenging but it will raise an important Vodafone Qatar had been particularly keen to support local projects, said Luisa Gentile, the company’s Head of Corporateschools in Central Java. A scheme to improve issue. We are not under an illusion that this Responsibility. “It took us three months tothe teaching quality for students from low- will change the world in a year, but it does identify projects: it was a long negotiation.income families will help in terms of finance With the Youth Service Club we wanted toand psychological support. work with the local community in Qatar and In Qatar, Vodafone Qatar chose to assist it tOOk us thrEE we have been very impressed with howROTA’s Youth Service Clubs. Students from mOnths tO enterprising the proposals have been.”universities in Doha between the ages of 18 idEntify prOJECts: it A number of Vodafone Qatar staff willand 24 were invited to make proposals for accompany ROTA and volunteering studentsprojects that help the community in which wAs A lOng to take part in foreign trips.they live. Nine projects, including three led by nEgOtiAtiOn. with thE “But this is not a holiday volunteer trip.Qatari groups, were accepted and their work yOuth sErviCE Club They won’t just be painting schools. Theywill be completed in June. wE wAntEd tO wOrk need the right spirit; it’s a skilled trip and they “I have been inspired by the level of with thE lOCAl need a full skill set,” said Gentile. “If someonecommitment from these young people,” said COmmunity in QAtAr at Vodafone Qatar is an expert in finance, forAlberta Stevens, the Head of ROTA Qatar. And wE hAvE bEEn example, we will use those skills.”“I’ve been working with them for two years There will be 22 Vodafone Qatar volunteersand they are like a family now. They go out vEry imprEssEd with in total.and bring more students to us. The movement hOw EntErprising thE “This will strengthen Qatar’s efforts tois getting bigger and bigger and they are prOpOsAls hAvE bEEn. build the capacity of Asian schools andenthusiastic to make a difference in the world, educational facilities,” said Mottram atnot just in Qatar.” Vodafone Qatar. www.qf.org.qa 17
QAtAR philhARmoNiC oRCheStRA oRCheStRA moveS to New home told The Foundation. “They are very much Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra’s new home in the impressed by the hall, the acoustics and the Cultural Village will allow it to dramatically increase stage design. “The orchestra is very glad to have their both its performances and its outreach programs. own venue to perform. For the orchestra it’s very important to have the facilities and also for rehearsing, preparing for chamber music Q atar philharmonic Orchestra’s fillip when it moved into its new home in and practicing. Everything is now together: (QPO) mission is to educate local Doha’s Cultural Village last month. the venue for the concerts, stores for the audiences on classical music; to With seating for 500 guests, the Opera instruments and offices for administrations. engage its school children, encouraging them House is modeled on the world-famous La “If you see the new Opera House you’ll to pursue music and take up instruments; to Scala in Milan, and features rows of regal understand. I walked in and thought ‘ok, this play an important role in preserving local seats and grand balconies. It played a key role is our home’. musical traditions; and to take Arabic music in the recent National Day celebrations, with “Now we have the opera house you can sell to new audiences in other parts of the world. hundreds of people attending a special boxes, seats, special parking, special catering: Since its formation in 2008, QPO has had a performance of Qatar Symphony. it’s very important,” Meister added. “You can dramatic impact, with spectacular The response of the audience to the new even have subscription rolls, because people performances in Doha, London’s Royal Albert venue was wonderful, said QPO’s Managing like to have their own seats.” Hall and OPEC’s 50th anniversary celebrations Director Kurt Meister. “The audience Since its inception QPO has maintained a in Vienna. And its work was given yet another appreciated the Opera House very much,” he strong focus on community outreach. For the 18 Thefoundation.
concerts. As a result of that we have family “suppOrting ArAbiC concerts, which consist of a short program musiC is vEry with narrators, so I try to convince the parents impOrtAnt,” hE sAid. through the children. “bEEthOvEn And “The main thing we want to get across mOzArt ArE pErfOrmEd though is that classical music is fun. We want by All thE EurOpEAn people to understand that you can come, OrChEstrAs, but if listen and relax: it’s a kind of education.” Meister is also firm in his support for Arab yOu’rE living in An music, whether it be working with local ArAbiC COuntry thEn musicians – such as Dr Salem Abdul-Kareem, yOu hAvE tO suppOrt the man who composed Qatar Symphony – or ArAbiC COmpOsErs. playing Arab pieces to Western audiences – such as Marcel Khalife’s Arabian Concerto, “I think it’s important to bring something to performed for the first time by the orchestra the children, to let them be a part of the at its inaugural concert, as well as at the production,” said Meister. Previous events have Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and the included giving schoolchildren the chance to Champs Elysees Theater in Paris. conduct the orchestra and the opportunity to “Supporting Arabic music is very speak with the musicians and try out their important,” he said. “Beethoven and Mozart instruments. “I think that’s very important to are performed by all the European orchestras, show them that it’s fun,” he said. “We give them but if you’re living in an Arabic country thenpast two years, for example, it has involved the idea that music is not boring… We’re hoping you have to support Arabic composers.”local children in annual performances of the that we’ll inspire more people in the region to QPO now features either an Arabic piece oropera Hansel and Gretel. Around 40 children take up these instruments. an Arabic soloist in about 80% of its programs,were responsible for decorating the stage, “I saw many children who were a little bit something that has proved to be extremelymaking the costumes and, of course, shy at first, but once they’ve seen the popular with audiences. Meister gives theperforming in the show. instruments they start taking an interest and example of QPO’s recent performance in Meister says the end result was a are asking about lessons.” Vienna as part of OPEC’s birthday celebrations.celebration of Qatar’s diversity. “They were “Everybody expects that we don’t only comeasked, for example, to paint a tree, because weneeded to create a forest to cover theorchestra. So everyone painted a tree from u ltimately, meister hopes that the result will be a local pool of talent on which QPO and other orchestras can draw, with Western classical music. “We performed in Paris [in May 2010] and it was a good program: we started with Arabicwhere they were from: we had small and large although he’s realistic about the timeframe: and then the second part we played Westerntrees, all different kinds of trees in the world. “We can’t expect that in five years we’ll have music. You still need to give people what theyIt was very nice to see.” 20 or 30 Qataris [in the orchestra],” he said. know, because if you play only Arabic music While undoubtedly lots of fun for those Focussing on children also allows QPO to then people cannot compare the level of theinvolved, such community projects are reach their parents. After the Hansel and orchestra. We should show them that we canimportant for two reasons. First, they engage Gretel events, for example, each child is given do both.”children with music and second, as any a CD of the music. “Many parents said their The result, Meister says, is that QPO, in itsparent will attest, the most effective way to child insisted on playing it in the car. So the own humble way, can help form a bridgereach adults is through their offspring. result is that parents hear it and come to the between cultures. www.qf.org.qa 19
Destination of Choice With more than 20 years in the hospitality industry, Abdul Aziz Al Emadi has played a key role in its growth in Qatar. Now, as CEO of Dohaland Hospitality, he tells The Foundation about his plans to help develop the country as a destination for business and leisure, and to promote the industry as a The Foundation With Qatar hosting the World Cup 2022, how will it affect the career choice to young Qataris. hospitality market in Qatar? Abdul Aziz Al Emadi The hospitality planning Abdul Aziz Al Emadi There are a couple of for the World Cup needs to be as balanced as reasons. If you look at developments in the possible; it is important to tackle this issue economy today it’s a good time for owners with the big picture in mind, to have a unique because you have more influence: you can and integrated approach to the hospitality push for a better management agreement, for market in Qatar – focus on it as a whole unit better commercial terms. instead of competing with each other. Another reason is that we wanted This development will strongly support our Mandarin to add to the destination, to have thoughts on the need to develop nationals to that niche level of hospitality experience play a bigger role in the hospitality sector in the within our development. near future. So, it becomes mandatory to prepare Qatari youth with relevant hospitality The Foundation And you approached education and work experience to be ready for Mandarin Oriental directly to come to Qatar? the biggest sport event in the world. Abdul Aziz Al Emadi Yes, we specifically went to Mandarin. We have a strategy of whom to The Foundation You’ve signed a deal for attract. While it’s a good time for owners, it’s Mandarin Oriental to manage a hotel in also important to have that synergy and Musheireb, but the company does not yet ensure that you’re adding to a destination have a hotel in the region. Why did you not from a tourism and development point of opt for someone with more experience of the Abdul Aziz Al Emadi, left, in the view. You have to have the right fit for Middle East? early stage of his career. Musheireb.20 Thefoundation.
foRwARD thiNKeRSThe Foundation How closely will you work lots of training and development, you have towith the Mandarin Oriental? move among different departments, and onlyAbdul Aziz Al Emadi For any operator, then do you have the knowledge relevant towhenever they enter a new market they need really succeed in the industry. People don’tto have support. Of course they have always want to be working for 10 or 15 yearsexperience of the technical side of things, their like that.policies and procedures, but you need the local When people think of hotels, they look atknowledge, and that’s true of any country. If the lobby, the restaurants, and they think aboutyou build another hotel in Abu Dhabi or something beautiful that is there to be enjoyed.Oman, it doesn’t mean you can take the exact But to make that happen you have to see whatsame model and move it to Doha. You need to goes on in the back of the house. The peopleassess the location, have the right policies, and there are very important, and without themthat’s where we add value to the project. you cannot reach the requisite level of service.The Foundation As well as MandarinOriental you’ve also announced a joint yOu nEEd tO gO thrOugh lOts Of trAiningventure with Premier Inn, through which And dEvElOpmEnt, yOu hAvE tO mOvE AmOngyou’ll open a hotel in Education City. Are diffErEnt dEpArtmEnts, And Only thEn dO yOuthere more in the pipeline?Abdul Aziz Al Emadi We have four more hotels hAvE thE knOwlEdgE rElEvAnt tO rEAllyin the pipeline: three more in Musheireb and suCCEEd in thE industry. pEOplE dOn’t AlwAysone in cooperation with Qatar Foundation. wAnt tO bE wOrking fOr 10 Or 15 yEArs likE thAt.One can announce a lot of projects, but atDohaland we believe in building the rightfoundation, and ensure that when we that we can say we own one too. No. We have to The Foundation What do you think theannounce something it’s really happening. evaluate what we are adding to the country. solution might be? Abdul Aziz Al Emadi People really need toThe Foundation Will any of those additional The Foundation So far you’ve announced one spend more time in the back of house andhotels be under the Premier Inn brand? luxury- and one mid-market hotel. Are you understand the real hospitality business. ThenAbdul Aziz Al Emadi In today’s market it’s very going to look to maintain that balance or they can decide if this is what they want to do.important to position the first hotel. With a will you focus more on one area as you open Many of them accept the offer but the reality ofjoint venture, you need to test the relationship more properties? long working hours might not be appealing, orand see how it works. And then if the Abdul Aziz Al Emadi With Mandarin at luxury, there’s that better offer in banking... Now, ifopportunity comes to have a second budget we’re looking at other levels – four and five you compare it with any other sector, evenhotel in the country then we will not hesitate to stars – to ensure we have a mixed use sport, the pay scales are sometimes higherhave a second Premier Inn. development to fulfill different needs, so when than the hospitality industry. But as I say, it’s a we have customers with different budgets we long-term investment and we have to select theThe Foundation Do you have plans to expand have something for them. right people.beyond the six hotels you’ve already I have a couple of ideas based on mymentioned? The Foundation As someone who has worked experience but I moved from day-to-dayAbdul Aziz Al Emadi We need to take a while all his life in hospitality I know that operations over three years ago, so I have toto review and evaluate what we’re doing before promoting the hotel industry as a career update myself on the market today and reflectwe take the next step. The right strategy doesn’t choice for young Qataris is important to you. on the thinking of the young nationals. I don’thave to be very fast or very slow. At this stage Is that something you’ll be looking to do at want to make a judgment based on mywe’re not thinking about it, but if you ask me Dohaland Hospitality? previous knowledge, because it might not bethe same question later in the year, I might Abdul Aziz Al Emadi Yes, we want to really accurate anymore. So I have to do some markethave a different answer. support nationals. As we have a number of analysis before we come to any conclusions. hotels and new operators moving to Doha, it’sThe Foundation It’s interesting that you’ve very important that we encourage nationals to The Foundation Do you think that onegone for a budget brand when a lot of the work in the hospitality sector. solution might be more formal training infocus in the last few years was on building hospitality? Do universities not offer thatbigger, better and more luxurious hotels. Do The Foundation Why do you think it’s not currently?you think that the mid-market sector has always seen as being as attractive as other Abdul Aziz Al Emadi They do, but the problembeen overlooked? industries? is the other way around. Not all studentsAbdul Aziz Al Emadi Think of cars – everyone Abdul Aziz Al Emadi Today, there are many attending the course want to work in hotels.wants to buy luxury cars but it’s also important sectors available to young graduates and there’s Many of them finish the course as they want toto think of the maintenance, about how much huge competition to attract them. Fresh earn their degree, because that’s what you needit costs and the value you’re adding to life. graduates find it difficult to make up their for a graduate level job, and not because they While building five-star hotels, you have to minds as to where they want to work. want to work in the hotels.make sure that you are adding to the market. It’s Honestly, working in the hotel sector is a For more information please visitnot just about adding more five-star hotels so long-term investment. You need to go through www.dohaland.com www.qf.org.qa 21
bioethiCS AN iSlAmiC peRSpeCtive oN bioethiCS A pioneering project at Georgetown University School of Foreign Studies in Qatar is compiling Islamic thought on bioethics in a single resource for the first time. t he largest collection of bioethical The huge database of material is being Areas such as organ transplant, cloning and research material in the Muslim world compiled by librarian and research associate in vitro fertilization have all emerged in a is taking shape at Georgetown Ayman Shabana. He intends, with other relatively short space of time. Through University School of Foreign Studies in Qatar researchers, to identify, collect and index Islamic collating documents and books about bioethics (SFS-Qatar). materials on bioethics which have been written in an Islamic context, it is hoped the resource The three-year project secured $1 million in predominantly Muslim countries. will be of great use to scholars, doctors, lawyers of funding from Qatar National Research The issue of bioethics in the context of and even members of the public. Fund and Georgetown University in the Islam is a relatively new topic, but with the Shabana said: “This literature will help United States, and it is hoped it will put Qatar pace of scientific and medical breakthroughs, answer the questions of whether these on the map as a leading centre for bioethical it is one that has increasing importance for processes are permissible from the Islamic research. the Islamic world. legal point of view or not. Most of the material 22 Thefoundation.
250 books and documents that it physically holds, but more than 600 resources. When it is finished, it is hoped there will be about 1,000 books and many more resources such as online links and websites. The collection will be held at the Qatar Foundation Central Library. Why Georgetown should have been involved is not necessarily obvious. After all, the university specializes in international studies. But Frieda Wiebe, the director of SFS-Qatar’s library, said Georgetown University in the United States is home to the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, the largest library of its kind in the world. The institute has been collecting bioethical documents for the last 30 years, albeit most of them are in English. However, that body of knowledge can still frieda wiebe, director of the library at inform Shabana’s work and because the two georgetown university in Qatar. institutions have very close links it meant liaising with them was easier. in collating bioethical publications is huge. The project has not all been plain sailing, Although there is a body of work on bioethics however. A major problem was the discovery in the Western world, discussions and that the structure of the existing database is publications in the Islamic world are unable to handle Arabic and Farsi script, so fragmented and spread across a range of the project team members have had to genres like law, medicine and social science. research other database structures to provide Those Islamic publications which were access to the indexed materials in those two previously available were also almost all languages as well as in English. written in the West and in English. Other work includes producing a glossary of terms to ensure that all translations are the same f or shabana, the task of creating a Bioethics Research Library meant starting from scratch. and there are no ambiguities over meaning. The funding for the project runs out in 2012 but, as far as Wiebe and Shabana are He said: “We use book sellers, we do it concerned, it will not be the end of the work. personally if we come across relevant items, Wiebe said: “The really important thing we trace bibliographies and scholarly will be to carry on the collection after the life literature. There are a couple of organizations of the project. Any collection has to be in Saudi Arabia who have been prominent updated. If we have 1,000 books at the end of publishers and there are some councils which the project the number of publications meet regularly and they have been an available will continue to grow as the important resource. There are also discourse about bioethics continues.” organizations like fatwa bodies and they often have many relevant discussions on bioethical issues. Our work is to go through and identify Research at these relevant discussions and index them.” Currently the project has approximately Qatar foundationcenters on how to link traditional discussions Every month, The Foundation takes aof relevant publications on Islamic law with thE infOrmAtiOn closer look at some of the researchthe modern discussions. projects supported by Qatar Foundation. “The information should inform research. shOuld infOrm In the process of constructing its ownThe clinician should understand what the rEsEArCh. thE research institutes, Qatar Foundation ispatient’s views might be so they are at least CliniCiAn shOuld building partnerships with topaware. But whether it changes what is or is undErstAnd whAt thE international research institutes tonot allowed is not something we would pAtiEnt’s viEws might accelerate its research programs. Qatardetermine. bE sO thEy ArE At lEAst Foundation also coordinates and “When it comes to banning or allowing monitors the activities of its centers, AwArE. but whEthEr itsomething it is up to legal academies or such as Qatar Science & Technologycouncils who pass fatwas on these issues. We ChAngEs whAt is Or is Park, Sidra Medical and Researchare not doing substantive research on these nOt AllOwEd is nOt Center, and the six branch campuses inissues ourselves.” sOmEthing wE wOuld Education City. The task Shabana and his colleagues have dEtErminE. www.qf.org.qa 23
QAtAR NAtioNAl DAy QAtAR RevelS iN itS GloRiouS pASt i Qatar Foundation organized an entire week of cultural events n order for a country to embrace the future, it must first have a clear and educational activities in order to teach young people about understanding of its past. That motto was their past to mark the anniversary of the nation’s founding. put into practice to spectacular effect last month as the country celebrated National Day. 24 Thefoundation.
Qatar Foundation embraced the occasion and featured talks from experts on the subject would raise the children while the menwith a week-long program of cultural – many of whom have direct experience of embarked on long voyages.presentations, educational events and other the pearl diving industry. “Men who had reached an age wherebyactivities. Indeed the 2010 event was a double After an opening address by His Excellency they could leave the family used to go on verycelebration, thanks to the recent awarding to Dr Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al Kuwari, the long trips and they relied on women to raiseQatar of the right to host the 2022 World Cup. Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage, in their children and to provide a good and For generations, before the discovery of oil which he stressed the importance of decent living for their children. They reliedand gas, Qatar’s economy was reliant on the understanding the past in looking forward to on women to preserve the virtues of thepearl trade. So it was fitting that Qatar the future, the audience was shown a short community,” said HE Dr Al Kuwari.Foundation’s National Day celebrations began film named Sons of the Sea, produced by “We should develop our country but wewith a forum dedicated to discussing this young Qataris, which explored the deep- should never give up our traditions, ourimportant activity. rooted traditions of their ancestors. values and our customs.” The event was held at Georgetown There was also heavy emphasis on the role Fellow speaker Dr Ghanim Kaltham wentUniversity School of Foreign Service in Qatar of women in the pearl diving industry, who on to explain the ways in which pearl diving www.qf.org.qa 25
QAtAR NAtioNAl DAy went beyond a mere economic activity to play documentary film at Qatar Foundation’s wE shOuld dEvElOp a defining role in community life. Many Ceremonial Court. traditional songs, for example, have their Our COuntry but Directed by the British film maker Teresa roots in the chants that sailors would use to wE shOuld nEvEr givE Griffiths, Tales from the Golden Age, is an hour- regulate the running of the ship. up Our trAditiOns, Our long movie using a combination of film and The information presented at the pearl vAluEs And Our documentary to depict key moments in Arab diving forum is being collated and will be CustOms. history which inspire Qatar Foundation’s role published in a book in the coming weeks. of creating a society founded on knowledge. The festivities continued the following day led one of the workshops in which he Divided into three parts, it tells stories with an art workshop hosted by Qatari artists mentored students from Virginia related to each of Qatar Foundation’s three at Souq Waqif. Over a period of three days Commonwealth University in Qatar’s School pillars: education, science and research, and each of the 10 artists created paintings of the Arts Painting and Printmaking class. community development. The first was the celebrating National Day, with the audience “I didn’t know art had such an impact on story of Al-Idrisi, the Moroccan cartographer; free to ask questions as they worked. The people here, generally. But I have listened to the second followed the life of Fatima Al- results were then displayed at the popular people and they participated. They have given Fihri, the Tunisian scholar; while the final venue until the end of the month. constructive criticism and they got involved.” installment showed the journey of the Syrian “I am impressed with the students and Ibn an Nafis, the first physician to describe their attitude to art. Local artists have never come under one roof like this before,” said 54-year-old Qatari artist, Ali Al Sharif, who t he celebration of Qatar’s heritage moved from the stage to the big screen the next day with the premiere of a the pulmonary circulation of the blood. Developer Dohaland was also involved in celebrating National Day, commissioning a song by popular Qatari singer Fahad Al Kubaisi, which can be downloaded from www.dohaland.com Schools too were involved, with Qatar Academy Al Khor paying tribute to the State of Qatar with a special musical performance, while their counterparts at the sister school in Doha performed a traditional Ardha dance and recited poetry. Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra used the occasion to inaugurate its new permanent home in the Cultural Village with a performance of Qatar Symphony. The symphony, which was written by renowned composer Dr Salem Abdul-Kareem specially for Qatar Foundation, has been played around the world, in Turkey, Spain, Germany and in London’s Royal Albert Hall. Following daily rehearsals for a week, guest conductor Thomas Kalb led the orchestra in performing the piece, which tells the story of Qatar’s history. Lasting just over 40 minutes, it is split into four movements: the first movement describes the first generations of Qataris, while the second reminds the audience of Qatar’s relationship with the sea and the importance of the pearl diving industry. The third movement reflects the economic growth of Qatar and its development in all aspects of society, while the final movement deals with the hopes for the future of the nation while still retaining the cultural traditions of previous times. A long with the performance of the Qatar Symphony, the orchestra played a specially-composed concerto featuring the rababa; a traditional Arabic instrument played in a similar way to the cello. It is believed to be the first time the instrument 26 Thefoundation.
SeCtioNhas been combined with a Western orchestra. falconers describing how a lack of awareness to the individuals still alive to describe it; helping Qatar Foundation Radio, meanwhile, has harmed wildlife in Qatar; how Qatari not just with the celebrations, but with thecommissioned a series of programs from women traditionally tanned leather, fetched documentation of the root of that celebration.across Qatar offering deep insight into the firewood and water and made leather bags to The week’s activities culminated with acountry’s heritage and history as described by store dates and wove fur and sheep’s wool to spectacular event at Qatar Foundation,the people who experienced it. make into tents. They were treated to vivid including a horse parade and rides for Constructing two temporary studios to descriptions of life aboard a pearl diving ship, children and a traditional ardha dance.cover events across Doha, QF Radio’s reporters and the tombs on Haloul and Shraoah islands Al Ardha, a communal sword-song dance,spoke to elder men and woman about the past for those who died undertaking this is meant to commemorate heritage and– from how traditions of camel raising and dangerous activity. encourage kinship. The dance originates fromracing are changing, to how different tribes use With much of Qatar’s history still passed warriors preparing for battle, serving todifferent irons to brand their herds. down through the oral tradition, its was display weaponry, physical prowess, and the Listeners heard ecology warnings from particularly fitting that QF Radio should speak numerical strength of the group. www.qf.org.qa 27
SeCtioN the mother who Gave birth to a Nation By Ahlam Mosteghanemi D efinitely, the time has come. Sheikha Moza has been preparing her embarked with fluency on one of the most Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint children and the people of Qatar for years for an difficult of tasks: to present a bid that took Nasser, the Consort of the Amir of historical moment such as this; attracting the years of his and his nation’s time to prepare – Qatar, opened her defense of her country’s world’s largest and most prestigious universities in French, the official language of FIFA. right to hold the World Cup by saying, “It’s to her country and overseeing every educational This same youth caused millions of time”. In so doing, she showed those present and scientific endeavor herself. For that reason, viewers to lose their breath in 2006 when he that the Arab world is living a new reality, she is now able to enter into battles of great galloped up stairs on horseback to place his aspects of which are embodied in this significance - and she wants an overwhelming country’s torch and announce the opening of supremely elegant Arab, Muslim woman; victory for her country, earning it the honor of the 2006 Asian Games. addressing them in English, without flattering competing with the big players. The world will remember the image of that them by giving up her values. She is a descendent of Zenobia, Cleopatra, Arab knight and the tears of pride he hid with She’s from an ‘East’ which no longer and the Queen of Sheba – women who his hands when he cried upon receiving resembles their vision of it. Its wealth isn’t married themselves to history and brought notice of FIFA’s choice of Qatar. under its feet, but in the minds of its people. up men to change the world. But what stuck in my mind as a mother, This East has understood that the war now is When finishing her speech, she left the last was Sheikha Moza’s ability to resist her own a war of information and that the one who word to her son. A young man of 23 and chair motherly instinct in a moving situation such possesses knowledge possesses the world. of the Qatar 2022 Bid Committee, he as this, seeing her children crying. 28 Thefoundation.
RefleCtioNS She gave them a mere pat on the shoulder, celebrating a victory every Arab considered Qatar’s victory brought back to me thestanding at a distance. There was compassion their own. words of my professor, Jacques Berques, in onein her gesture, not motherliness, for she One of the Algerians that called in to Al of his lectures at the Sorbonne when he, anknows that she isn’t a mother but a nation. Jazeera to congratulate Qatar was on the expert in Arab affairs, said: “There are noShe, in everything she does, pays attention to verge of tears. He could not, despite his underdeveloped countries, just countriesdetail, out of respect for history. For that eloquence, have said more than his tears did. whose people have abandoned their love forreason, when His Highness Sheikh Hamad, As chance would have it, his call to the them.” I found myself feeling sad for Arabthe Amir of Qatar, invited her to stand to his program was followed by that of an Egyptian, countries that don’t suffer from a financialright and handed her the cup, she didn’t raise himself at the height of emotion. Could there deficit but an emotional one, and for theirit up in the air, nor did she hold on to it for be anything better than for this cup to unite wealth, which isn’t invested in people but theirlong, but lovingly and graciously returned it the tears of Egyptians and Algerians? neglect. It’s as if poverty were their fate andto him, a man to whom she is indebted for his The Algerians celebrated Qatar’s victory misery a way of life. Countries living outsidecourage and nobility, along with the spotlight nationally, and what increased their time, preparing five-year programs andthat surrounds her wherever she goes. enthusiasm is the immediate departure of His putting them in ten years later, no one holding Thanks to a new generation of Arab rulers Highness Sheikh Hamad Al Thani, the Amir them accountable for the value of time, nor forwho pride themselves on their wives’ of Qatar, from Munich to Algeria where he the rest of the wealth and what is done with it.achievements and possess enough self- celebrated Qatar’s victory with the people of Qatar is not the richest country, but itsconfidence to accept sharing the spotlight Algeria. wealth does not lie in its net worth, but itswith a woman by their side, Arab womenhave come to posses a greater degree ofinfluence and presence, crossing beyond theircountry’s borders to become symbols of theArab nation at international events.T he world was not in front of a ruling family, but an Arab family with its warmth, itssteadfast traditions and its persistence in thestruggle; determination to succeed. Shepresented to the world a radiant face of Islam,one commensurate to its greatness. Sheikha Moza’s presence, and the cultureand values she has instilled in her children,has helped repair what the terrorists haveruined over three decades, during which timeour enemies have risen up to announce ourbarbarity to the world. Our war with theenemy is a media war, in which the Westproclaims what it wants, and broadcasts whatmakes us look bad. I cried when they announced Qatar’s credibility. Exactly as with people, the net Except at a global event such as this, they victory. What a luxury for an Arab to cry out worth of a country lies in its good reputation.weren’t able to hide the pictures. Our victory of happiness for a nation. I happened to be in And those who gave their vote to Qatar knowvexed America, whose president raised the Doha at the time of the event, as a guest of the that it will fulfill more than it promised to theslogan “yes, we can” during his election Book Fair. The Algerian publicists who were world. Yet many governments aren’t ashamedcampaign, yet once it referred to us, decided responsible for my visit brought Algerian to let their promises to their people gothat it was a “wrong decision” to think that a flags on their way to the airport to meet the unfulfilled. Shame isn’t a requirement for anysmall country could do what a large country delegation returning victorious from Zurich. political candidate in the Arab World.could. The best sight was Sheikha Moza descending Victor Hugo said: “There is one thing He didn’t hear the words of the former from the airplane dressed in her abaya, in the stronger than all the armies in the world, andPrince of Monaco: “It is not necessary to be a midst of her children, having taken off the that is an idea whose time has come.”big country to have big dreams nor to have a weapon of her elegance in the West. At the time of the announcement of itslarge population to make them come true.” victory, Qatar announced that it would begin Qatar has wrested its victory from a countrysuperior to it in both power and wealth. For once, we have won an advanced T hose of her children who came to meet her stopped to kiss the forehead of a mother who had let them raise all of their preparations for 2022 the following day. The impossible will not accept any delays. The time has come.standing among nations in a fair competition. heads high. Her grandchildren encircled herThe sense of inferiority felt by Arabs is what from every direction, and raced her to the Ahlam Mosteghanemi is a notable Algerianmade Qatar’s victory, and its claim of the convertible to fight over the back seat with the writer, author of works such as Memory in theArab’s right to hold the event from the jaws of childlike excitement of discovering love of Flesh and Chaos of the Senses. Her latestAmerica a unifying and international event, one’s nation for the first time along with that collection of essays, Nisyane.com, is publishedbringing people out into the streets from the of motherhood. in English by Bloomsbury Qatar FoundationGulf to the furthest regions of the Arab world, She’s a mother who gave birth to a nation. Publishing. www.qf.org.qa 29
ACADemiC bRiDGe pRoGRAm bRiDGeS Qatari students thrive at some of the world’s finest universities thanks to the Academic bridge program. 30 Thefoundation.
SpeCiAl RepoRth igher education in the region is changing system in Qatar and international universities, for at a dramatic pace thanks to a significant example. Many students will have been taught degree to the institutions of Education City. largely in Arabic; Western universities teach inA wide variety of world-class universities have English. Schools often place heavy emphasis onopened branch campuses in the Gulf, providing memorization of facts; universities demand criticalMiddle Eastern students with the opportunity to thinking and analysis.earn a first-rate, internationally-recognized degree Schools across the region are increasinglyin fields from medicine and engineering to changing the way they teach, better to prepare theirjournalism and design, all without leaving home. students to go on to university either at home or But for these institutions to truly succeed – abroad. But inevitably that change takes time. In theunlocking the region’s human potential as they do meantime, some students require extra tuition to– one cannot simply import them and leave them to equip them with the tools they need to thrive atoperate in isolation. university level. And that is the job of the Academic There are many differences between the school Bridge Program (ABP). www.qf.org.qa 31
ACADemiC bRiDGe pRoGRAm “When the ABP opened in 2001 there was a realization that there needed to be a bridge between Qatari high schools and Education City universities, hence our name,” says Miles Lovelace, the ABP’s Director. “We are here to prepare talented graduates of Qatari schools, and other schools in the Gulf region, for English-language university education in schools that are reputable and highly ranked around the world.” The ABP, which is currently celebrating its tenth year, has two main foci: to prepare students for the universities in Education City, where around half of the ABP’s intake eventually go; and to prepare students for other English-language universities around the world. Last year, for example, around 20 per cent went to the UK, 7 per cent to the USA, and a smaller number to other institutions such as the American universities of Sharjah, Cairo and Beirut. As with any program designed to offer extra instruction, there always remains the suspicion that it’s made necessary by the shortcomings of the students themselves. That simply isn’t the case, says Lovelace. inEvitAbly, givEn its lOCAtiOn in EduCAtiOn First, students have to finish high school City And thE fACt thAt mAny Of its studEnts with a minimum of 80%, or a B grade, and wish tO gO On tO univErsity thErE, thE Abp score at least an intermediate level on an wOrks ClOsEly with thE OthEr institutiOns internationally-recognized English-language within QAtAr fOundAtiOn. test such as TESOL. Secondly, there is intense competition for changed from resenting it to reporting positive learning by rote. “Here, we’re trying to places. Of around 500 applications each year, experiences. We’ve introduced student introduce students to the fact that only the best 300 are admitted to the ABP. government, there are many clubs and activities, memorization won’t be adequate for “It’s perceived as a positive thing and football teams. We’ve added drama and debate university. So one of the things we work on is clearly it enhances their chances of getting and model United Nations to supplement the to make them critical thinkers and analyze into somewhere like the UK,” says Lovelace. rigid curriculum of a high school. the material they’re given and to realize that “It even expedites their getting in somewhere “Now they see this as a good experience to there’s not always one answer to a question. like Qatar University.” prepare for the dramatic leap to university.” They haven’t for the most part been exposed Originally the ABP was designed like an That preparation focuses on four key to that in their high schools. extension of high school. While that was areas: English-language, and computer skills, “The very brightest students can probably effective as it provided students with an math and science, all of which are also taught transcend that and go straight to university, environment to which they were already in English. but for the middle range, and that’s what we accustomed, there were also drawbacks. deal with, the 80th to 95th percentile, it might “There was a lot of resentment on the part of some students, who perceived it almost as if they were being held back a year. My target t he program is deliberately broad to enable students to apply for a wide variety of majors. “We concluded that if a student left be too much of an abrupt adjustment. They might be frustrated and drop out, so this is to help them deal with it in a more gradual was to change this to a community college high school fairly good in mathematics but he manner so that the transition to university is concept, which is my experience in the US, sat dormant for a year with no instruction, by not such a shock and they succeed.” where they would have half-way high school the time he got to university that he would be and half-way the university experience. “So, for example, they do not have a class every hour of the day here, which allows us to rusty, so we continue the development in science and mathematics. “We focus on the language of those subjects i nevitably, given its location in Education City and the fact that many of its students wish to go on to university there, the ABP focus on time management. In high school in English, because often they’ve been taught in works closely with the other institutions every hour of the day, you’re supposed to be Arabic, or they may have had few lab within Qatar Foundation. somewhere. Here they have about 10 hours a experiences, so we try to recreate the experience “We’ve developed a coherent curriculum week where they can do research in the they will have of the first year in university.” that, as far as we can, will satisfy the basic library, do homework. requirements for each university. Now there “Overall in the last four years the student satisfaction surveys that we’ve done have O ne of the other major changes is to encourage students to move away from are some shortcomings. For example, we have a student who wants to go to Weill Cornell to 32 Thefoundation.
SpeCiAl RepoRt that would exactly fit the requirements of each of those universities.” While the ABP’s facilities are outstanding, with a faculty of 65 and teachers with an average of at least 15 years of experience, there are, of course, some things that the universities, which offer a greater degree of specialization, do better. With that in mind, the ABP utilizes some of those resources – having a Northwestern professor teach a journalism class to those who are interested, for example. In addition some of the best students are offered the opportunity to take courses at some of the universities meaning that, should they go on to earn a place there – it’s important to point out that none of the ABP students are guaranteed places in Education City, or anywhere else – they already have some credits to their name. “That’s something that very few programs can do,” says Lovelace, “but we can because we’re part of Qatar Foundation.” In addition the ABP is in the final stages of earning accreditation from the Commission on English Language Accreditation, which means that ABP students can go to any English-language university in the world and start studies without the need to undertake a foundation course. t he Abp also works closely with schools in Qatar to help them understand the requirements of top rate universities. “Our counselors provide advice to the counselors in high schools because in the past the process in the UK, Canada or the US where you start talking to the student in the 10th grade about universities, taking the right curriculum and exams, targeting yourself toward a university where you’re likely to be admitted: this hasn’t always existed in Qatar, so they don’t get good advice about how to look ahead,” Lovelace continues. “We’re trying to help the schools understand what we offer and what the universities expect. That’s one of the things we do. We also visit up to 100 schools a year and offer English workshops for their teachers to see. “We invite other schools to take part in debate competitions, to bring their students in groups to visit the ABP. It helps them understand that if you’re going to a Western university then this could be a good half waybe a doctor. They would prefer that we teach “Another example is where Georgetown point for you.anatomy and physiology; more specialized would like us to teach a course in politics and “Down the road we hope that with thescience. We don’t do that: we teach generic international relations. We don’t do that, but reforms that are going on, and as thescience classes that are good background for in the English classes we read some political counseling and advising gets stronger and theeveryone. Each of the universities has its essays. We don’t specifically target our curriculum gets more appropriate forparticular preferences and we can’t always students to one university. For several reasons Western universities, there might not be ameet all of them. it’s almost impossible to design a curriculum need for us at all.” www.qf.org.qa 33