Doha: Qatar University (QU) and the Embassy of the Republic of Costa Rica to the State of Qatar signed a letter of intent yesterday at the QU campus, in the presence of the Vice President of Costa Rica H E Marvin Rodríguez Cordero.
The letter of intent aims to develop friendly international cooperation according to the two parties’ interests by developing academic and scholarly exchanges and establishing a long-term, mutually beneficial association.
Ambassador of the Republic of Costa Rica to Qatar, H E Mariano Segura, and QU President Dr. Hassan Al Derham signed the agreement.
Vice President Cordero said, “The contribution of public and private universities, in association with State institutions, private companies, and communities, constitutes an innovative initiative and disruptive for the promotion of productive and social development of those peripheral and impoverished territories.”
“Both the government institutions and universities need to work hard for the empowerment and autonomy of all communities and of all new social and productive enterprises that are established,” he added.
Ambassador Seguro said, “Agreements such as the one signed today are very profitable for both countries. Therefore, from our representation in Qatar, we assume the commitment to work hand in hand with Qatar University, thinking not only in strengthening diplomatic ties that unite our countries but also of the well-being of our students, teaching staff, and the future of education.”
Meanwhile, Dr. Al Derham said, “The signed MoU today is in line with QU’s strategy to expand its Graduate Studies programme and enrich it with the best talents worldwide. Through this cooperation, we open an opportunity for distinguished and talented students from Central and South America the opportunity to be a part of Qatar University’s distinctive graduate community renowned for academic excellence.”
Both parties agreed to establish ties of friendship and cooperation, establish specific QU scholarship schemes and reciprocal scholarships at interested Costa Rican institutions.
They will also promote mutual understanding, academic collaboration, cultural and personnel exchanges, and work toward more formal, complex, and binding agreements.