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HBKU's College of Science and Engineering Launches a Flagship Digital Inclusion Project

08 Nov, 2020 12:49 PMHamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU)Intended Audience
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The use of information and communications technology (ICT) to promote digital inclusion provides the foundation for a major new project by the College of Science and Engineering (CSE) at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU).

Working in collaboration with the University of Ottawa, the project will examine the use of ICT by older persons and their carers to support caregiving activities, independent living, and social inclusion. The initiative will also identify obstacles and highlight opportunities for greater digital inclusion and active participation in local communities.

As part of the project launch, Dr. Dena Al Thani, Assistant Professor, CSE, said: "This project not only reflects that older persons are an integral part of the family unit in Qatar but also that family members are increasingly expected to take on caring roles. While families willingly engage in this activity, the impact on the health and wellbeing of both parties is often overlooked. Studies have shown that family caregiving is a demanding task, with 75% of carers experiencing depression and other psychological illnesses".

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