President of the Republic of Lithuania

Science and culture bring nations together and enhance their development

2012-04-30

Monday, April 30, Doha - President Dalia Grybauskaitė paid a visit to the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, established by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, the wife of His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar. This Foundation aims to support Qatar on its journey from a carbon economy to a knowledge economy by unlocking human potential.

The President underlined that an educated knowledge-seeking society is the basis for a country's progress.


"Success of each country lies in human investments. Not only gas and minerals are necessary for successful development of a country. Educated and bright people are the main asset. Only by investing into people, their education and science can we survive difficult historical periods and overcome the hardships. For a small nation this is especially important," Dalia Grybauskaitė said.

According to the President, Lithuania and Qatar share the same goals of promoting economic development through education, science and knowledge. Our countries have great opportunities to cooperate in the fields of science and culture, innovations and high technologies, renewable energy and medicine, she said.

At the Foundation's initiative, the Education City was set up in Doha, the capital of Qatar, with branch campuses of some of the world's leading universities from Europe and the USA. The Education City contributes largely to the societal progress in Qatar, preparing the specialists needed for economic development and promoting the application of innovations and scientific inventions in the country's industry and business.

The representatives of the Foundation gave to the President a very rare manuscript of the Holy Qur'an which will be delivered to the library of Vilnius University. President Dalia Grybauskaitė also visited an exhibition of Islamic history at the Centre of Islamic Art. According to the President, cultural dialogue serves to promote openness and tolerance of the nations.

Press Service of the President

Last updated 2012.04.30 10:33

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