HE the Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr Mohamed Abdul Wahed Ali al-Hammadi inaugurated the new office of the Qatari Cultural Attache in London to serve Qatari students enrolled in British universities and educational institutions.
In remarks on the occasion, HE Dr al-Hammadi said that the new office would contribute to meeting the needs of the Qatari students as a basic reference to resolve the challenges they might face during their stay in the UK.
HE the Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr Mohamed Abdul Wahed Ali al-Hammadi meeting Qatari students in the UK
He said currently there were 1,000 Qatari students, sponsored by the ministry of education, in the UK, pointing out that opening the new office would facilitate the Cultural Attache's job in looking after them.
During his visit, the minister met with Qatari students studying in the United Kingdom, in order to get acquainted with their conditions and discuss their problems, including administrative and educational difficulties.
During the meeting, the minister stressed that the leadership of the country attaches special importance to education and considers it the main pillar to development. He pointed out, in this context, to the speech of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, during the opening of the 48th session of the Shura Council, which emphasised attention to people and stipulated many educational values.
HE Dr al-Hammadi urged the students to exert more efforts to complete their studies and to represent their country properly. "Students must respect the constants of their personality and Qatari identity and adhere to the religious and cultural foundations on which they grew up," he said.
He also called on them to invest their years of study and develop their personal skills in the best possible way and benefit from the culture and heritage of the United Kingdom, and to return to their homeland to participate in its construction in various fields, stressing the ministry's keenness to eliminate all the difficulties facing students and solve them by appropriate means.
The events were attended by Qatar's ambassador to the UK, Yousef bin Ali al-Khater, and officials in the embassy and the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.
HE Dr al-Hammadi also held meetings with senior officials from Cambridge University Press, the British Council in London, and British universities that have relations with Qatar's education ministry. The meetings discussed ways to further strengthen co-operation in the field of education.