Education Minister affirms investment in science, technology and innovation – The Peninsula

Minister of Education and Higher Education H E Buthaina bint Ali Al Jabr Al Nuaimi during the Science and Technology Ministers Roundtable held in Tokyo, Japan.

Tokyo: Minister of Education and Higher Education, H E Buthaina bint Ali Al Jabr Al Nuaimi affirmed Qatar’s commitment to investing in the science, technology, and innovation fields, and its keenness on international cooperation in these fields to address the challenges and risks facing the world today, including climate change, COVID-19 and other crises.
The Minister was talking at the Science and Technology Ministers Roundtable held on the sidelines of the 19th Annual Meeting of Science and Technology in Society forum in the Japanese city of Kyoto. The forum will continue till tomorrow.
Al Nuaimi also highlighted the country’s efforts and achievements in the field of financing scientific research and innovation regionally and internationally, the possibilities it offers to attract researchers and experts, and its work to enhance and develop scientific capabilities and talents among young people. Since the establishment of the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) 16 years ago, more than US$1.4bn has been invested to fund over 4,700 research projects in the country, as well as research partnerships with 54 different countries around the world, the Minister said.
Minister of Education and Higher Education highlighted the pioneering role played by the Qatar Research Development and Innovation Council (QRDI), established in 2018.  
QRDI set a 10-year strategy for research, development, and innovation until 2030, as a fundamental pillar in building a knowledge-based economy, making Qatar a regional centre for research and innovation. The council focuses on five priority areas — energy, health, resource sustainability, society, and digital technology.
On the sidelines of the  forum, the Minister met with Qatari students on scholarships to study at Japanese universities.  She reviewed the students’ academic conditions, listened to their opinions, suggestions, and requirements, and recommended them to strive and persevere in their studies to obtain highest academic degrees, which qualify them to serve Qatar. The country is in dire need of its citizens in the scientific disciplines.

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