Opening new avenues to mutual support and collaborative achievement, Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) signed two benchmark documents – a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and a Translation Services Agreement with the Doha Centre for Media Freedom (DCMF).

The documents outline their common objectives towards a unified mission for Qatar’s growing knowledge-economy.

Services Agreement

The Services Agreement allows for the Translation and Interpreting Institute (TII), under the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS), to provide high-quality translation and interpretation services in English and Arabic for publications, reports, events and training courses of DCMF. In return, DCMF will provide practical advisory services and student opportunities in the form of workshops and research support.

The official signing ceremony was attended by officials from HBKU and DCMF. Describing the importance of the deal, Dr Amal Mohammed Al Malki, Founding Dean of CHSS, said that from the very onset of the institute’s founding, they have committed to a core pursuit – the facilitation of communication between people.

By partnering with a centre that serves at the vanguard of protecting freedom of expression and strengthening communication of ideas and thoughts between communities, our institute endeavours to make a meaningful contribution to the growth of journalism in Qatar, making the voices of Doha-based journalists intelligible to more ears within our country and around the world.’

The agreements also included HBKU Press and the HBKU Executive Education Centre to support in the distribution and publication efforts of DCMF, and enhance joint training and education efforts. DCMF, in turn will extend funding opportunities to current HBKU students, and a chance at full-time employment for graduates.

DCMF, a non-profit organisation, is actively engaged in Qatar’s media landscape through a broad range of support and assistance to the media community. Its various activities aim to uphold freedom of the press as per the guiding ideals of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Both HBKU and DCMF are well-recognised for promoting knowledge. As one of Qatar’s premier homegrown educational institutions, HBKU has established a novel platform for discussion and knowledge-sharing.

For more information about the agreement, visit the HBKU website at hbku.edu.qa.