Doha University for Science and Technology (UDST), in collaboration with FISU, and the Qatar Collegiate Sports Federation (QCSF), organized the first meeting of the “Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Universities Sport & Wellness Symposium 2024” a prestigious event held from 14 to 16. January.
With the participation of more than 300 representatives from various countries, including the GCC countries, the symposium highlighted the growing interest in the role of post-secondary institutions within the GCC sports development framework. Its main objective was to bring together the leaders of sport and well-being, at domestic and international events, to provide a unique means of dialogue between government officials, universities, university sports associations, and FISU. Interestingly, this was the first time that these stakeholders had come together, with the aim of initiating discussions on the opportunities for cooperation and economic growth in the region.
The symposium became important because of the presence of famous people who are deeply committed to his vision. Leonz Eder, President of FISU, gave an overview of the various events and educational programs created and organized by FISU. He appreciated the unique quality of the symposium and recognized the valuable contributions of QCSF and UDST. In addition, FISU Secretary General and CEO Eric Saintrond, provided important information on the current sport around the world. He emphasized the opportunities and facilities of university sports, especially in the Gulf region. In particular, Ibrahim bin Saleh Al-Naimi, President of QCSF and Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, and Salem Al Naemi, President of UDST, participated in the event with their presence, highlighting the importance of national and international work. stakeholders in the development of university sports.
The symposium featured a distinguished line-up of experts who gave insightful presentations, emphasizing opportunities for student participation, especially in health and events related to the FISU Healthy Campus program. Speakers were Fernando Parente and Ivo Carvalhosa from the FISU Development and Healthy Campus group, Noemi Zaharia from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, two-time Olympic Medalist and FISU Universiade Athlete (seven medals in Zagreb 1987), and Dr. Brian McCommons, Dr. Brian McCommons, UDST Program Development & Accreditation Specialist.
Taking advantage of the presence of the President and Secretary General of FISU in Doha, a meeting was held with Bornan Sports Technology to explore the digital revolution and look for possible future collaborations. As digital and the integration of new technologies have emerged as important factors in sport, inextricably linked to the vision of FISU, President Eder said, “We all see the potential of technology to help us achieve our dreams and our challenges”. The talks revolved around the main points of FISU’s vision, with both sides expressing their willingness to work together. Among those present from Bornan Sports Technology were Chairman Mr. Mohammed Al-Suwaidi, CEO Eva Maria Cordoba, and Managing Director Roberto Garcia.
After two days of workshops and productive meetings with stakeholders in the region, UDST received a group of FISU auditors to review its actions as the first university in Qatar under the “Healthy Campus” program. This Platinum University presented the best health program in its area, demonstrating the institutional commitment and exemplary practices that FISU aims to spread throughout the world.