(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) Around 200 participants including top diplomats, academia and government officials attended Qatar University-Cambridge University conference titled 'Perspectives on Middle East Studies' hosted by Qatar University. QU's College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) in co-operation with Cambridge University Centre of Islamic Studies, the organised the two-day conference here. Academics, researchers and experts from QU, Gulf Studies Center, Cambridge University, Hamad bin Khalifa University, University College of London in Qatar, Northwestern University Qatar, and University of Sarajevo made presentations on issues relevant to the Middle East and Gulf region. The conference heard discussions on language, culture and society; international relations; history; gulf region; media; urban planning and museums; gender and women's studies; and Arabic and Beyond. The Cambridge University delegates included Centre of Islamic Studies Director Prof Yasir Suleiman, Master of Corpus Christi College Mr Stewart Laing, and Senior Fellow of the Centre of International Studies Prof George Joffe. QU VP for Research Dr Hassan Al-Derham said, "By hosting this important forum, the College of Arts and Sciences highlights institutional commitment in addressing new and emerging issues in the region." CAS Dean Dr Eiman Mustafawi said, "This event meets one of our strategic objectives as a college that fosters an intellectually stimulating environment, and provides opportunities for faculty and students to engage in such dynamic academic discussions." Centre of Islamic Studies Director Prof Yasir Suleiman said, "The conference is a unique opportunity to establish new connections between universities in Qatar and Cambridge aiming at fostering joint research projects and academic exchanges at various levels." Gulf Studies Center Director Dr Abdullah Baabood said, "Dialogue and collaboration such as this are critical not only for Qatar and the Gulf, but also worldwide." QU MA Gulf Studies student Manami Goto from Japan said, "This conference provides such a variety of unique perspectives on the Middle East, specifically the Gulf region. It is really exciting to get to hear from and meet well-known academics personally whose work I study in class."