Palmer Appointed to Qatar Education Council

Written by: CEHD Communications Staff
Post date: May 07, 2009

Dean Douglas J. Palmer of the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University is a newly appointed member of the board of the Qatar Supreme Education Council. Palmer is the only American education leader to be chosen to serve on the council.

Council members are traditionally drawn from Qatar's top leaders in government, business and academia. While they reflect diversity and experience across multiple disciplines, the board members are united in their commitment to building a world-class education system for Qatari children, noted a council spokesperson.

"My appointment to the council is an extension of the five-year collaborative relationship our college has had with Qatari educational leaders to further educational reform in Qatar," Palmer said. "It is an honor for me to serve on this distinguished council."

Palmer and other faculty in the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M entered a collaborative partnership with faculty at the University of Qatar to develop a teacher education program. These programs have the goal of improving education in Qatar by improving the quality of teacher training.

Following a reconstitution of the council by Emiri decree in April 2009, the deputy emir and chairman heir apparent, His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, appointed Her Highness Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned as vice chairperson. In addition to Palmer, the following board members were chosen: His Excellence Mohammed Salah Al Sada, minister of state for Energy and Industrial Affairs; Her Excellence Sheikha Abdulla Al Misnad, president of Qatar University; His Excellence Sheikh Abdulla Bin Ali Bin Saoud Al Thani; Sheikha Aisha bint Falih Al Thani, director of Doha Academy; Mazin Qasim Al Jaidah; and Dr. Sigbert Franke, former chancellor of Umea University in Sweden.

The Supreme Education Council was established in November 2002 by emiri decree to signify "Education for a New Era" in Qatar. The council serves to direct the nation's education policy by playing an integral role in the development and implementation of the education reform effort, and works cooperatively with The Education Institute, The Evaluation Institute and The Higher Education Institute to support independent schools; test, monitor and evaluate student performance; and administer scholarships and grants for higher education opportunities.

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