The third S R Nathan Annual Distinguished Lecture was held on October 5, 2016. Provost of the National University of Singapore (NUS), Professor Tan Eng Chye, had the honour of introducing this year’s distinguished speaker, Qatar’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency (HE) Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Bin Jassim Al Thani.
Here are the key points of Professor Tan’s speech:
1. Singapore and Qatar share many parallels. For instance, they depend on knowledge-based economies and both countries invest heavily in university education.
2. One of the many joint partnerships between the countries was a memorandum of understanding that was signed between Qatar University and NUS in 2013.
The following are the main points of HE Sheikh Mohammed’s lecture:
1. Singapore-Qatar relations extend beyond business cooperation into other domains such as the promotion of good governance and development of resources.
2. Qatar’s strategy in development emphasizes good education policies for the youth that centre on free-speech and openness.
3. Qatar is committed to global peace and security, especially in Syria and Palestinian territories, but also understands the importance of state sovereignty.