The Qatar Foundation occupies a unique place and time in history

May 8, 2006 by

“There is no doubt in my mind that the Qatar Foundation is becoming the single most influential source in the world in helping lead a new renaissance of understanding regarding the link between democracy and education which will eventually help bridge vast cultural differences between the nations and people of the world,” Jimmy Kilpatrick says.

The owner and publisher of EducationNews.org made his remarks after returning from a symposium held in Doha, Qatar that attracted 80 of the world’s leading experts in academia and technology as well as some 400 invited participants in the international political, government and media sectors from over 14 countries.

Kilpatrick notes that while several American universities have already established campuses in Education City, Qatar, the foundation’s efforts in supporting research in a variety of disciplines will also attract a worldwide presence of prestigious institutions.

He says the symposium’s focus upon “Technology, Empowerment and Education” served as an effective topic which spurred a range of insightful presentations and discussions about the common educational challenges confronting all nations.

“As consistently cogent and valuable as the presentations from the experts were at this one conference, the real value was a commitment that the Qatar Foundation was dedicated to turning words into action and programs,” Kilpatrick said.

“It created a symposium environment of genuine participation and open and frank discussion proving that people with vastly different cultures and backgrounds can find common ground,” Kilpatrick said.

“The Qatar Foundation has signaled by the words of its leaders, institutional actions and dedication of financial resources that it understands that it occupies a unique place and time in history.

“We live in a world in which cultural differences too often lead to tragic consequences,” Kilpatrick says. “The Foundation’s focus at Education City coupled with its worldwide efforts will hopefully give all of us a better chance of developing genuine mutual respect and cooperation.”

“I am extremely proud to be an American. I am extremely proud of the outstanding contributions that the United States has made to the world in so many ways,” Kilpatrick said. “However, sometimes Americans don’t like to listen when others are talking. What is happening at Education City under the leadership of the Qatar Foundation is something that America needs to hear and understand.”

“I left the symposium understanding that EducationNews.org’s status as a leading force for communication among educators, public policy leaders, law makers and citizens throughout the United States gives us an unparalleled opportunity to play a pivotal role in expanding the international discussion and understanding on these critical issues that have been identified by the Qatar Foundation,” Kilpatrick said.

“I met people from all over the world. My writers will continue to write articles from interviews conducted at the symposium, and we’ll be following through with a series of in-depth stories focusing on the major issues addressed,” Kilpatrick said. “EducationNews.org is now committed to helping provide an avenue of communication where American educators and the public can listen more effectively.

EducationNews.org is independently rated as the number one website in the world strictly for educational news.

After establishing his website, Kilpatrick has been asked to participate in a variety of seminars and events in both Texas and the United States including one at Harvard University . He was active in Texas public education issues even before establishing EducationNews.org. His counsel has been sought by state governments in the U.S. as well as by officials of American universities and state legislatures. Kilpatrick also has advised officials of the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. House Education and Workforce Committee.

Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development is a private, chartered, nonprofit organization, founded in 1995 by His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Emir of Qatar. Guided by the principle that a nation’s greatest resource is the potential of its people, Qatar Foundation aims to develop that potential through a network of centers devoted to progressive education, research and community welfare.

Qatar Foundation’s flagship project, Education City, is a 2,500-acre campus on the outskirts of Doha that hosts branch campuses of some of the world’s leading universities, as well as numerous other educational and research institutions.

By forging partnerships with elite institutions, Qatar Foundation aims to make Education City an international leader in progressive education and cutting-edge research. Our institutions are training the region’s next generation of leaders and innovators, who will transform Qatar into a knowledge-based society.

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