Her Highness attends QF's Annual Alumni Forum

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Her Highness attends QF's Annual Alumni Forum

Doha, Qatar, 13 May 2023

Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation, has encouraged Qatar Foundation graduates to develop friendships between themselves, and use these friendships to advance innovative ideas and projects, at the organization’s annual Alumni Forum.

The Forum brought together hundreds of alumni from across Qatar Foundation’s (QF) ecosystem of education – which includes 13 schools, seven international partner universities, and Hamad Bin Khalifa University – to reconnect, share stories and experiences, build networks, and express their views of topics such as career pathways and job opportunities.

Organized as part of the QF Alumni Program, launched in 2022, the forum – held at Multaqa (Education City Student Center), and also attended by Her Excellency Sheikha Hind, Vice Chairperson and CEO of Qatar Foundation, ministers and dignitaries, and industry and business leaders – provided an open platform for alumni to explain challenges they face directly to key decision-makers, and discuss solutions for overcoming them.

Speaking at the Forum, Her Highness Sheikha Moza told alumni: “The essence of the Forum is to maintain the deep ties between QF and its alumni, and its goal is not only to meet, but to discuss your ideas and reflect on what you have achieved in order for us to develop effective ways of implementing what we are looking for.

“Most innovations around the world – especially in the fields of education and health – have stemmed from new ideas that students share. This Forum is intended to enhance the relationships between our alumni, and is an opportunity for you to meet your peers, turn relationships into friendships, and then turn these friendships into partnerships and projects. Around the world, we have seen that most initiatives and projects that generate positive impact are connected to students who have been peers, who share their dreams and goals, and who have faith in their abilities.”

At the end of her speech, Her Highness Sheikha Moza emphasized QF’s support for its alumni, announcing the establishment of an alumni startup accelerator fund to provide various forms of support for QF graduates.

Sessions held during the Forum allowed alumni to have direct dialogue with government and private sector representatives based around on three themes – nation-building, entrepreneurship, and employability – before an open discussion on challenges that alumni face, and solutions that can expand their opportunities to succeed and contribute, in these areas.