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Doha: Qatar Foundation (QF)'s commitment to education, research, and innovation is making Qatar a role model and an example of success globally.
2018 has seen some significant achievements for QF, making for another extremely busy, yet successful year.
A key highlight for QF in 2018 was the opening of its state-of-the-art teaching and research hospital, Sidra Medicine. Designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects of New Haven, Connecticut, the building is strikingly modern and sets a new standard for medical architecture.
The World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) held its annual summit in the same month as the grand opening of Sidra Medicine, and drew in researchers and scientists from around the world. Inaugurated in 2013, WISH is rapidly gaining credibility in the scientific community across the globe.
The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) had two significant events this year in New York and Accra, Ghana. After successful gatherings in Tunis, Beijing, and Madrid, the event in Ghana turned its attention to educational innovation in Africa in May of this year. Speakers included Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana, and the Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, Minister of Education.
H H Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of QF, participated in [email protected] in September of this year, which was presented as part of the Global Goals Week a series of events held during the United Nations General Assembly. The theme of the forum was ‘Learning Revolutions: Creating Educational Environments for Empowerment and Inclusion.'
Two significant milestones were celebrated at Education City in 2018 the 10th anniversary of Northwestern University in Qatar and the 20th anniversary of Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar. Both QF partner universities, along with the other academic institutes based in Education City, have indelibly changed the educational landscape of the country.
During the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia this year, QF had an active presence at Qatar's flagship installation, Majlis Qatar, which aimed to create awareness among football fans from around the world about Qatar's culture, and provide a glimpse of the experiences they will have during the 2022 FIFA World Cup. This coincided with the Qatar Russia 2018 Year of Culture during which many events were held to help strengthen cultural links between the two countries.
In December, QF was an institutional partner in the Doha Forum, an event that drew significant influencers from all over the world and featured speakers including the UN Secretary-General, António Guterre, and the joint Nobel Prize for Peace winner, Nadia Murad.
December also saw the relaunch of the Doha Debates under the patronage of Sheikha Moza. 'Its new concept continues the proud Doha Debates tradition, stretching back to its inception 14 years ago, when it was the only platform of its kind for Arab youth to speak out about the world's most pressing matters and share their perspectives. But it also represents the evolution of this platform and what we stand for as a culture, as a nation, and as Qatar Foundation, H E Sheikha Hind, Vice Chairperson and CEO of QF.
This year, QF also celebrated 10 years of one of its greatest projects, Stars of Science. The widely watched program is the Arab World's leading innovation show and has helped launch the businesses and careers of many innovators who have appeared on the set. QF has a lot more in store for 2019 as it helps shape the nation as a leader for productive change in the world.