Tuesday, 30 November 2021 03:07 GMT

QRCS, HBKU agreement to pursue further humanitarian cooperation


(MENAFN- The Peninsula) Doha: Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) and Hamad Bin Khalifa University's (HBKU) College of Islamic Studies (CIS) have signed a bilateral agreement to step up mutual cooperation, through exchange/utilisation of available experience and resources towards sustainable and effective activities within the humanitarian mandates of both parties.

It includes the promotion of community safety and human dignity as implied by QRCS's slogan of Saving Lives and Preserving Dignity. At the headquarters of QRCS, the agreement was signed by Ali bin Hassan Al Hammadi, Secretary-General of QRCS, and Dr. Emad El-Din Shahin, Dean of CIS.

The signing ceremony was attended by Muna Fadel Al Sulaiti, Executive Director of Volunteering and Local Development Division at QRCS, Dr. Fawzi Oussedik, Head of International Relations and International Humanitarian Law (IHL) at QRCS, Dr. Hussam Ahmed Makki, Legal Advisor at QRCS, Dr. Mustafa Osman Elamin, Professor of Islam and Global Affairs at CIS, Sara Abo Hassan, Research Fellow at CIS, and Nawal Al Kuwari, Protocol Officer at CIS.

Al Hammadi valued the partnership with HBKU, as“humanitarian action requires the combined efforts of everyone across sectors, including education and scientific research.”

“I am proud of this constructive cooperation between two prestigious institutions that share the same goal of working in the best interest of people, whether in academia or in charitable action,” said Al Hammadi.“I hope this strategic partnership would pay off, ensuring respect for human dignity by supporting people to be active individuals who contribute to their own communities.”

He commended this move, which would enable the students and faculty of HBKU to acquire basic skills for their own benefit as well as that of others. As an internationally recognised humanitarian organisation and an auxiliary to the State of Qatar in its humanitarian and social efforts both locally and globally, QRCS will hold lectures and courses on principles of IHL, risk management, disaster response, and other areas of specialization.

Dr. Shahin said,“This agreement lays the solid foundations for cooperation with QRCS. They can capitalise on our academic, research, and other aspects of expertise to enhance their humanitarian and charitable activities. Our programmes, including the Master of Arts in Islam and Global Affairs, and research activities/internships co-implemented with our local and international partners are the direct outcomes of the new system created by Qatar to achieve the objectives of Qatar National Vision 2030. I look forward to putting this memorandum of understanding (MoU) into effect, in order to help facilitate and enrich the country's humanitarian sector.”

The agreement is aimed at bringing the two sides together to publicise Qatar's humanitarian efforts at the government and public levels. 

Under the agreement, they will coordinate joint programmes in the fields of education, child and family support, services for expatriate workers, and promotion of voluntary/humanitarian work among the university community.

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