Qatar University Forum Digital Innovation kicks off
In the presence of HE the Minister of Transport and Communications, Jassim Saif Ahmed Al-Sulaiti, President of Qatar University Dr Hassan Al-Derham and Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education HE Dr Ibrahim bin Saleh bin Khalifa Al Nuaimi, Qatar University (QU) launches the QU Digital Innovation Forum yesterday amongst a number of QU faculty and those interested and relevant parties from outside the university. The forum, which will continue for two days, aims to bring technology and industry leaders together to share ideas and insights on new technology trends and their impact on education. The forum also provides the university community to explore the latest technological developments related to education.
In his speech during the event, Dr Hassan Al-Derham said, “The organization of this forum enhances our capacity to do more and how we can volunteer in the service of education to make the future brighter.”
He adds, “Digital innovation is a part of our lives, with its many benefits and also its many challenges. We are in a stage where there are many solutions provided by technology, in various ways such as in education, business, personal lives and even our social relations… We need to stop for a moment and question where are we headed? What are the implications of using such solutions in our everyday lives? More importantly, we need to ask, how can we use digital innovations to build a knowledge economy to achieve sustainable development in line with the Qatar National Visions 2030. Such questions require a concerted effort from all disciplines and extensive research and studies. I believe the QU Digital Innovation Forum is an important first step for this.”
QU through its strategic plan 2018-2022, provides six key goals, including seven key strategies, that includes a digital transformation strategy, and a leadership and innovation strategy. This is in line with the state’s keenness to achieve its national vision to transform Qatar into a knowledge economy, which requires a radical change in strategies, plans and goals.
Vice President, Finance & Administration at the College of the North Atlantic, Dr Salem Al-Naemi also spoke saying that QU’s organization of the forum was vital because of the importance of the issues and ideas being discussed. He hoped that the participants through the various sessions can reach concrete results that enhance the positive aspects of this “digital innovation.”
Al Nuaimi said that innovation in education has become the cornerstone of producing knowledge, explaining that today's studies have shown that more than 59% of people have telephones and 80% use the means of communication in their work, which underscores the great impact of the techniques in our lives today.
QU in participation with the computer technology company “Dell” hosted an exhibition on the sidelines of the event, featuring a number of leading institution in the field.