(QNA) - The Education Conference and National Scientific Research Week wrapped up on Thursday at the Qatar National Convention Center as HE Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Wahed Al-Hammadi awarded the head of the jury as well as winning teachers, students and schools in the different research competitions.
The conference was organized by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education over five days under the theme "Pioneering and Creativity." Ms. Fawzia Al-Khater, the ministry's undersecretary for educational affairs, said the event aimed to provide an appropriate atmosphere for exchanging national and international expertise. This year, she added, the conference dedicated a whole week for scientific research and attracted most of the scientific research entities such as Hamad Bin Khalifa University's Qatar Environment, Energy Research Institute (QEERI) and the British Council.
In a speech given on her behalf by Dr. Asma Al-Mohannadi, head of the ministry's scientific research team, she said the ministry has worked to encourage teachers and academics at government and private schools to implement advanced practices in education so that they become part of the cultural formation of teachers and academics.
She went through the activities of the conference and the scientific and national research competitions, saying that the ninth exhibition of scientific research, which took place in collaboration with Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF), was one of the highlights of the conference as it reaffirmed the established belief in the importance of scientific research and its role in pushing forward development and growth in Qatar.
QNRF Executive Director Dr. Abdul Sattar Al-Taie addressed the closing session, pointing to the partnership between QNRF and the ministry in terms of re-designing the scientific research competition and transforming it into a national competition by adopting the standards of Intel International Science and Engineering Fair so as to produce research and innovative projects that qualify them for competing at the event in Los Angeles in May.
Middle and high schools were allowed this year to participate with nine research items instead of two in order to give a better chance to schools as well as spread the culture of scientific research. There was 680 researches this year compared to 300 in the previous edition.
Qatar University Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, Prof. Mariam Al Ali Al-Maadeed, who was the founder and director of the Center for Advanced Materials at QU, and founder of the master's program in materials science and technology at QU, highlighted the theme of the conference and said that innovation is based on improving and developing society.
Ms. Al-Maadeed talked about her scientific career and academic, research achievements and the awards that she on locally, regionally and internationally. The conference aimed to disseminate the culture of research and innovation in the Qatari society and to develop students' scientific and creative thinking skills. The theme of the conference reflected the ministry's belief in excellence and innovation in education.
It discussed several educational aspects and issues that concern Qatar, including the role of teachers and school leaders as producers of knowledge. It also exchanged national and international expertise and provided a scientific platform for the dissemination of national expertise and learning about the best practices in the field of education, while creating a sustainable network of communications that provides opportunities for research cooperation in the future.
Additionally, the conference touched on educational and research issues such as change and innovation, talent nutrition, creativity in practices and strategies, and effective academic guidance.