Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), a Qatar-based educational institution of higher learning, and Orange Business Services, the B2B branch of the Orange Group focused on supporting companies’ digital transformations, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at a ceremony held at Orange headquarters in Paris.
The MoU aims to establish an internship programme, as well as to enable both institutions to benefit mutually from resources, expertise and human talent.
The three-year MoU primarily revolves around a collaborative internship agreement, which includes up to three HBKU students per year partaking in a three to six month placement with Orange Business Services in France, as well as other placements with relevant affiliates within the larger Orange group.
The internship enables students to gain unique experience in IT fields, such as network services, big data, IOT solutions and smart services, with the objective of achieving a greater understanding of the digital realm.
Dr. Ahmad M. Hasnah, president of HBKU, said: “Part of our mandate at HBKU is to foster an environment that encourages innovation among our students. This is even more applicable in the ICT field, as innovation drives the technological advancements we see every day. Working with our partners at Orange means that we are able to capitalise on exceptional real-life opportunities, as well as give our students the chance to learn and grow beyond the classroom.”