Qatar University Signs Research and Training Agreement with Qatar Media Corporation

Doha, Qatar University (QU) signed an agreement with Qatar Media Corporation (QMC) to strengthen their existing relations in the field of research and training to achieve the Qatar National Vision 2030 in the field of developing the Qatari human resources in local media.
The agreement was signed by QU President Dr. Hassan Al Derham and QMC Chief Executive Officer HE Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Hamad Al-Thani in the presence of officials from both institutions, as well as QU faculty and staff.
“Qatar has contributed to promoting the field of media at the regional level at the time when HH the Father Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani launched Al Jazeera Channel, which comprised numerous national competencies. The collaborative agreement between Qatar Media Corporation and Qatar University comes in line with the vision of both institutions to realize the goals of Qatar National Vision 2030. We look forward to implementing the terms of the agreement in order to shape national competencies and ensure their employment at QMC and the various print and broadcast media outlets,” HE Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Hamad Al-Thani said.
Commenting on the agreement, Dr. Al Derham said: “Over the past decades, media has become more influential and impactful. Hence, it is crucial that we prepare highly qualified national competencies to lead and develop the field of media in Qatar. The agreement will contribute to empowering national students with media skills and talents, and to providing them with training and research programs to meet the needs of the local labor. It will also serve to encourage and motivate them to develop a professional experience in various print and broadcast media.” He added that since the 1990’s, Qatar has held an important ranking regionally and internationally due to the launch of Al Jazeera Media Network, Al Kass Sports Channels and Al Rayyan Satellite Channel, and the importance of maintaining the success and developing it with more national expertise.
In response to a question from QNA regarding attracting Qatari students to study media, Al Derham said that the media department is considered one of the biggest in the University and interests many Qatari students. He added that QU is in the process of progressing the academic programs of the university and plans to change the department into a college, to be inaugurated in 2018.
The terms of the agreement will be implemented at QU through its Career Services Center (CSC), Center of Continuing Education (CCE), and Department of Mass Communication at CAS. (QNA) The agreement aims to establish a strategic collaboration between both institutions in the field of training and research to benefit QU students and QMC employees. It will also serve to attract QU national students and alumni to work in various positions within the field of media such as directors, journalists, presenters, sports commentators and/or analysts, TV producers, photographers, and bilingual editors and translators.
In the terms of the agreement, QU will select students to receive training courses under the umbrella of QMC in many TV channels and radios such as Al Kass Sports Channels, Qatar TV, Qatar Radio, and Sout Alkhaleej FM. QU will also host QMC to attend lectures, activities and events organized by the Department of Mass Communication at the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). QMC will provide training opportunities to QU students and alumni within the duration for not less than two months and not to exceed six months. QMC will also provide full-time employment opportunities to the trainees who pass the probation period. The Corporation will also collaborate with QU students and faculty to conduct research projects. The terms of the agreement will be implemented at QU through its Career Services Center (CSC), Center of Continuing Education (CCE), and Department of Mass Communication at CAS.

Source: Qatar News Agency