Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) and The Hague Institute have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to enable cooperation between the two institutions. The agreement will promote knowledge sharing, student exchange opportunities and shared research programs in the fields of conflict prevention, rule of law and global governance. The President of HBKU, Dr. Ahmad M. Hasnah, and Dr. David Connolly, Head of Research at The Hague Institute, signed the MoU on behalf of their institutions on 9 February, 2017.
HBKU and The Hague Institute share the conviction that knowledge sharing and capacity building are central to improving best practice. Aiming to contribute towards peace, security and justice, the two-year MoU enables cooperation in both research and education, driving innovation and leadership in the Middle East and Europe.
“At HBKU, we value the significance in building synergies with international partners, to help inspire and benefit the Qatari community towards discovering innovative solutions that respond to regional and global challenges.”
– Dr. Ahmad M. Hasnah, President of HBKU
Both parties have formed a steering committee to design a clear and long-term plan to implement activities of mutual interest. This could include a series of roundtable discussions with staff and students from both institutes to identify some of the critical issues surrounding peace and justice at the local, regional and international levels.
“We are eager to partner on teaching and research activities in Qatar and the Middle East – a region at the forefront of innovation, despite significant political transitions and volatility.”
– Dr. David Connolly, Head of Research at The Hague Institute
Specific areas of interest include climate adaptation, human security, peace building and international law.