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MoEHE, CNA renew partnership deal

MoEHE, CNA renew partnership deal

Tribune News Network
THE Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MoEHE) and College of the North Atlantic (CNA) in Canada have renewed the service agreement, which enables the College of the North Atlantic - Qatar (CNA-Q) to continue its role as Qatar’s premier technical and vocational college, for the next three years.
The agreement signing ceremony held on CNA-Q campus in Doha was attended by Minister of Education and Higher Education HE Dr Mohammed Abdul Wahed Ali al Hammadi, representative of the Provincial Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, a number of senior officials from the MoEHE and the College of the North Atlantic in Canada and Qatar.
As per the agreement, CNA will continue to provide academic and vocational programmes and services for CNA-Q for three years (2019-2022) in accordance with best technical and vocational practices; as well as providing support services for information systems for the benefit of CNA-Q.
Addressing a press conference, Dr Hammadi expressed his pleasure in signing the agreement with CAN and appreciated the pioneering role that the college has played in Qatar since 2002. Today CNA-Q offers more than 30 academic technical and vocational programmes to 2,600 full-time students.
He said, “CNA-Q has contributed to building the national capabilities of Qatar in the technical and vocational fields, especially in the field of engineering technology, business studies, information technology and health sciences. It has also contributed to bridging the vocational skills gap in the labour market and offered many academic opportunities for students to continue their university and postgraduate studies.”
The education minister praised the quality of the graduates from the college.
He added, “The development of education, technical and vocational training is a top priority in the ministry’s strategy for the period 2017-2022.
“Meanwhile, a committee is being considered to enhance the integration of all technical and vocational institutions to meet the requirements of the labour market.”
Commenting on the renewal of the agreement, Dr Mohammed bin Saleh al Sada, the former Minister of Energy and Industry, and chair of CNA-Q’s Board of Trustees said, “The strong academic partnership between Qatar and CNA, has produced thousands of highly skilled, technically-competent graduates for Qatar’s workforce who make daily contributions to the successful realisation of Qatar National Vision 2030, and we are always looking forward to the continuation of this partnership.
CNA-Q President Dr Khalifa al Khalifa said, “In our 17th academic year, we take great pride in the achievements of the college thus far. With the signing of this agreement, we start the next chapter, launching into new programs, building more educational capacity, and evolving with the changing needs of our students and industry stakeholders.”
Dr Khalifa added that the service agreement signed between the Ministry of Education and Higher Education and CNA will assist the college continue its work in Qatar as the academic partner CNA-Q.
Bernard Davis, minister of advanced education, skills and labour, from the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador spoke on behalf of CNA at the ceremony.
He said, “Our relationship has fostered a deeper cultural understanding of two peoples on an international stage, as we worked diligently together to create highly-trained, industry-ready, globally-conscious graduates.
“They are the future leaders, who are ready for the challenges of the new economy and who will build real world solutions. Above all, we greatly anticipate our evolving role in this collaboration as CNA-Q builds autonomy to support an innovative education strategy that focuses on the strengths of the Qatari people.”


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