A collaborative agreement signed on Monday (March 2) between Qatar University (QU) and Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) will explore opportunities to develop, support and enrich academic and research activities and professional development at QU’s College of Pharmacy (CPH).
The agreement was signed between QU President Prof Sheikha Abdulla Al-Misnad and USM Vice-Chancellor Prof Dato’ Omar Osman in the presence of QU VP and Chief Academic Officer Dr Mazen Hasna, USM Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation Dr Muhammad Jantan, CPH Dean Dr Ayman El-Kadi and faculty.
The terms of the agreement comprise student and faculty exchanges, joint participation in research and the teaching of best practice in public sector leadership, and joint organized training and development programs for professional and non-academic staff.
Prof Al Misnad said: “I applaud the cooperation between QU and a number of international pioneering Malaysian universities such as USM. QU is interested in knowing more about the Malaysia’s successful academic model that is contributing to Malaysia developing internationally”.
Dr Osman said: “This agreement highlights the importance of our cooperation with Qatar University, a pioneering academic institution in the region. It addresses four important areas –student exchange, research, social development and staff development”. He also stated that USM offers diverse majors and enjoys good international relationships and a reputation that lists it as one of the top 200 universities in the world.
Dr El-Kadi noted that the agreement will bring together faculty and students of pharmacy to advance collaboration and exchanges for mutual benefit of both parties. “In partnering with USM in the stated activities, we at the College are enhancing our academic and research portfolio, and further advancing our professional development program with expertise and experience from USM that mirror those at CPH. We look forward to this partnership”.