HE Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani, Vice Chairperson and CEO of Qatar Foundation (QF), took part in a panel discussion hosted by QF and Inside Higher Ed at The St. Regis in Washington, DC.

Sheikha Hind was joined by Georgetown University Professor Thomas Banchoff; Columbia University‘s Victoria Rosner; and Dr Sukant Misra of Texas Tech University. The panel, moderated by Scott Jaschik of Inside Higher Ed, was titled ‘Innovation from Home: How International Collaboration Can Promote New Models in Higher Education’. The panelists discussed how higher education institutions are pushing the boundaries of innovation by adopting new teaching models and exploring the idea of going abroad.

Sheikha Hind highlighted the approach used by QF using Education City, and the cooperation between its partner universities, as a notable example.

Each partner university was hand-picked due to their world-renowned specialisations and impact. Beyond Qatar, our partner universities must fulfil a mandate that prepares global citizens who are ready to meet the challenges that will greet the industries of the future.’

Sheikha Hind added that today’s technology played an important part in this approach.

Wherever we live, ours is a world that is connected like never before. That gives us a unique opportunity to share best practices, create lasting partnerships that span continents, and ultimately instil our young people with tools they need to surpass everything we have achieved. It is my hope that through our combined wealth of knowledge and experiences, we can begin to arrive at a new international model of success.’

Earlier in the week, Sheikha Hind attended the United Nations Youth Dialogue at the UN Headquarters in New York where she delivered an opening address to global thought leaders, educators, and inspiring young people.

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