Under the patronage and in the presence of His Excellency the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al-Thani

Dr. Hassan Al-Derham: The Times Higher Education summit seeks to measure the impact of universities in creating the future

Phil Baty: Our rankings have gained global attention because we focus on the role of the university and the importance of scientific research in sustainable development

Under the patronage and in the presence of His Excellency the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, the Times Higher Education (THE) Emerging Economies Summit was launched in Qatar University (QU) yesterday morning in Ibn Khaldoon Hall. The summit is the first event of its kind in the Arab world with participation from over 240 researchers and educators from around the world, more than 35 university presidents and 110 speakers, during the three-day summit sessions.

The summit included experts from the Times Higher Education organization and various leaders in the field of higher education and industry, which aims to share experiences in building and developing knowledge economies that will benefit societies with emerging economies and in developing countries.

In his opening remarks, Dr. Hassan Al-Derham, President of QU, praised the generous sponsorship and attendance of His Excellency the Prime Minister in the international conference. Dr. Hassan pointed to the organization of the conference as evidence of the State of Qatar’s confident progression towards the advancement and development in all areas. Education, he says, is the start of any renaissance and stressed that the summit organized by QU in partnership with Times Higher Education is primarily aimed at measuring the impact that universities and higher education institutions play in the renaissance of societies of the summits participating countries.

Dr. Hassan noted the presence of more than 35 university presidents, 240 participants and 110 speakers, which confirms the strength and importance of the summit in shaping educational and economic policies in countries with emerging and the importance of innovation, which allows universities to be the principle tool to solve future issues.

Dr. Hassan tells the audience that the global classification of universities has become a vital indicator for the measure of scientific research provided by universities. While rankings are not the goal, they can be a strategic indicator, of what universities offer. QU, which offers its service to Qatar’s community, seeks to be categorized high in world rankings in order to best serve its society.

In his speech, Phil Baty, Chief Knowledge Officer at Times Higher Education stressed the importance of the summit in shaping future policies for higher education so that universities have a profound impact and a proven role in supporting the economies of countries at local levels in order to make a better world in the future.

Phil Baty added that THE offers important degrees to universities from a specialized point of view based on indicators that are carefully collected through working committees, during which emphasis is given to research and what universities offer in the field of scientific research and student services.

This summit will determine the impact of universities through flexibility and innovation so that researchers and the public can see what universities offer, their value and vital role in building societies. Baty says of Qatar, that despite an 18-month siege, he assures every one of the country’s ability to do more to benefit people, as this summit will make the universities more flexible and more changeable for the better. He also expressed his appreciation and deep thanks to the Prime Minister for his presence and generous patronage of the summit, which will help achieve the set goals in what universities offer and the role they play in shaping the future.

Dr. Hessa Al-Jaber, former minister of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Qatar, opened the first session on the second day of the summit, delivering the keynote speech on digital transformation, as a prelude to a session about technology for collaboration and resilience, where panel discussions were held on Research Collaboration Overcoming Boundaries and Industry Partnerships in Emerging Markets.

The conference will conclude Wednesday with the announcement of the results of the world rankings of the Times Foundation for Higher Education for the year 2019, an important event that the world’s universities are anticipating with much attention.

Qatar University is moving forward with achievements at the global rankings level, with Qatar University maintaining its position among the top 500 universities in the world in the recent THE World University Rankings 2019. QU also continues to be ranked number one in the International Outlook indicator in the overall Times Higher Education World University Rankings list for the fourth time in a row.

Source: Qatar University