01 Jun 2018 - 1:50
HBKU and DCMF sign two benchmark documents
DOHA: Opening new avenues to mutual support and collaborative achievement, Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) and the Doha Center for Media Freedom (DCMF) yesterday signed two benchmark documents, including a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and a Translation Services Agreement.
The documents outline common objectives of both signatories to exchange professional expertise, experience, and skills towards a unified mission for Qatar’s growing knowledge-economy. The Services Agreement allows for the Translation and Interpreting Institute (TII) of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) to provide high-quality translation and interpretation services in English and Arabic for publications, reports, events and training courses to DCMF. In return, DCMF will provide practical advisory services and student opportunities in the form of workshops and research support.
In an official ceremony attended by officials of both organisations, Dr Amal Mohammed Al Malki, Founding Dean of CHSS, where TII was established, and Hanan Al Yafei, Content Manager at DCMF representing Abdelrahman Bin Nasser Al Obaidan, Acting General Manager of DCMF, signed the agreement in the presence of distinguished guests and media personnel.
Describing the importance of the translation services agreement and the MoU, Dr. Al Malki, said: “Our MoU with DCMF today is yet another step in the same direction. By partnering with a centre that serves at the vanguard of protecting freedom of expression and strengthening communication of ideas and thoughts between communities, our institute endeavours to make a meaningful contribution to the growth of journalism in Qatar through making the voices of Doha-based journalists intelligible to more ears within our country and around the world.”
Commenting on the partnership, Member of the Executive Committee and Director of DCMF, Abdulrahman Bin Nasser Al Obaidan, said: “Since its inception, DCMF has aspired to build bridges of cooperation with expert organisations in the fields of human rights, academia and media, both locally and internationally. These partnerships will serve their mission in strengthening the role of professional practices of journalists, and, in turn, the quality of media in Qatar. Today’s agreement with HBKU will further enrich and diversify these partnerships.”