Qatar University (QU) hosted the ninth meeting of the International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE) Forum for Asia and the Pacific (APIF), which aims to strengthen the exchange between member countries and tackle challenges together. The forum fosters the core values of Asian and Pacific members’ friendship.

The International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience, Association sans but lucratif (non-profit association), commonly known as IAESTE A.s.b.l. is an association of national committees representing academic, industrial and student interests. The association offers employers well-qualified and motivated trainees to promote international understanding, cooperation and trust among students, academic institutions, employers and the wider community

QU College of Engineering Department Head Dr. Nasser Al Emadi spoke at the event saying, Qatar University has been hosting the IAESTE since 2011. Our national committee consists of academic and student representatives from Qatar University, College of the North Atlantic-Qatar, Community College of Qatar and industry representatives from Qatar Petrochemical Company (QAPCO), Qatar Fertilizer Company (QAFCO) and Qatar Chemical Company (QChem). In addition, we have been accepted during the general conference in 2019 to be an associate member and we hope to get the full member position in 2021.

In his speech, Sultan Qaboos University College of Engineering Assistant Dean for Training and Community Service, and Asia-Pacific IAESTE Forum President Dr. Ghazi Ali Al-Rawas said, This annual meeting aims to strengthen ties and discuss common issues among the members of APIF, and I would like to thank Qatar University represented by IAESTE-Qatar for hosting this forum 2019.

Other objectives of this gathering are to overcome the challenges of student exchange in APIF region, promote and increase student exchange between APIF countries, enhance the core values and principles of IAESTE, improve communication among APIF members and discuss strategic plans to develop the future of the APIF.

17 delegates from Asian countries and the Middle East participated in the forum including Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Palestine, Turkey, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Indonesia, and Thailand, in addition to representatives from IAESTE board. Delegates also had the opportunity to meet with officials from QU during these two days to learn about the cultural and tourist attractions of Qatar through some visits to the most important landmarks of bountiful Doha.

During the forum, strategic plans for future development were also discussed and to prepare for the next annual conference, which will be held on 24-30 January 2020 in Tatranska Lomnica, Slovakia.

Source: Qatar University