Dr. Abi Williams, President of the Hague Institute, and Qatar University’s 6th President Dr. Hassan Rashid Al-Derham

Furthering the Fields of Education and Research

Qatar University, the Qatar Leadership Centre and The Hague Institute Announce a Memorandum of Understanding

Dr. Abi Williams, President of the Hague Institute, and Qatar University’s 6th President Dr. Hassan Rashid Al-Derham

THE HAGUE – On Tuesday, 19 January, Dr. Abi Williams, President of The Hague Institute for Global Justice, traveled to Doha, Qatar, to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Qatar University and the Qatar Leadership Centre.

Under the agreed terms, the three institutions will partner in areas of mutual interest to promote knowledge sharing, to develop executive and student education programs, and to expand joint research projects, which will include addressing the role of education in countering violent radicalization and promoting citizenship in Europe and the Middle East and North Africa region.

“Chief among our priorities at The Hague Institute is sharing knowledge among practitioners, academics, students and policy-makers globally with the aim of informing policy recommendations and improving best practices,” said Dr. Abi Williams, President of The Hague Institute. “Qatar University and the Qatar Leadership Centre both share this important pillar of our mission and we are very eager to partner with them on teaching and research activities within Qatar and the Middle East, a region at the forefront of many groundbreaking innovations, despite significant political and security upheaval.”

Education is at the heart of a society’s development and prosperity. It helps to form bonds between people and communities that are essential to social cohesion. It trains a new generation to take responsibility for the economic and political life of a country, endowing a country with the skills it requires to thrive on the world stage. And evidence suggests that education is critical to building more inclusive, equitable and peaceful societies, particularly in post-conflict and developing countries. Qatar University (QU) has been ranked first among 200 institutions worldwide in the International Outlook Indicator in the overall Times Higher Education World University Rankings list (THE-WUR) 2015-16.

Provided with educational and knowledge-sharing opportunities, people can develop into agents of social, economic and political change. However, to be effective, building this global consciousness must begin as early as possible. Qatar University, the Qatar Leadership Center and The Hague Institute together will endeavor to promote the role of education and research in developing good leadership and innovation in the Middle East, Europe and beyond.

For further information, please email Ms. Marie-Laure Poiré or call +31 (0)70 – 30 28 133


Qatar University is the national institution of higher education in Qatar. It provides high quality undergraduate and graduate programs that prepare competent graduates, destined to shape the future of Qatar. The university community has diverse and committed faculty who teach and conduct research, which addresses relevant local and regional challenges, advances knowledge, and contributes actively to the needs and aspirations of society.

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Qatar Leadership Centre (QLC) is an initiative of His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, Amir of the State of Qatar. QLC was established by His Highness Sheikh Tamim to be a national platform for leadership excellence, in support of the development goals of the State of Qatar. His Highness saw QLC as a center of excellence for developing leadership and creating knowledge, in support of the human, social, economic and environmental pillars of Qatar National Vision 2030. The National Vision highlights the fact that Qatar cannot fully develop its economy and society without its human capital and chief resource– its people.

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The Hague Institute for Global Justice is an independent, nonpartisan organization established in 2011 by the city of The Hague and key Hague-based organizations and with support from the Dutch government to conduct interdisciplinary policy-relevant research, develop practitioner tools and convene experts, practitioners and policymakers to facilitate knowledge sharing to contribute to, and further strengthen, the global framework for preventing and resolving conflict and promoting international peace.


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