Doha, November 06 (QNA) – Qatar University (QU) and Qatar Fertiliser Company (QAFCO) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to enhance cooperation between the two parties in a number of areas. The MoU was signed by QU President Prof Sheikha Abdulla Al-Misnad and QAFCO CEO Mr Khalifa Abdullah Al-Sowaidi.
In the terms of the agreement, both parties will cooperate on areas related to energy systems. This includes building and commissioning a Heat Exchanger Pilot Plant at QU and appointing a QAFCO Chair in Energy Systems at the College of Engineering (CENG).
The Pilot Plant is a stand-alone unit that will be housed at the university’s Gas Processing Center and is expected to be operational this month.
The Chair which is established and funded by QAFCO, will develop an applied research program in the area of Energy Systems according to QAFCO needs. The research program will be integrated with the undergraduate student graduation projects and graduate theses as appropriate.
The Chair will also establish a research and consulting program, as well as conduct workshops, technical consultation, and provide engineering education through course development and summer training supervision.
In her remarks, Prof Al Misnad said: “This agreement adds to QU’s ever-growing research portfolio which demonstrates our commitment to serving the needs of the community by seeking solutions to everyday problems. We are pleased to cooperate with QAFCO in this important area and very much appreciate their sponsorship of a Chair position which highlights the confidence they place in our programs, faculty, students, and QU as a whole”.
Al Sowaidi said: “We at QAFCO believe that academic research and industry work in tandem, and as an industrial company, we understand our responsibility to provide necessary support to academic institutions in order for them to achieve fruitful outcomes in their research. Through this Chair, QAFCO aims to strengthen cooperation with QU and support collaboration between industry and academia. Such partnership enhances the process of connecting research with education towards achieving the objectives and priorities for the state of Qatar under the leadership of HH Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani and HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani”.
Commenting on the agreement, CENG Acting Dean Dr Rashid Al Ammari said: “This MoU will add great value to research efforts at the College, and we are confident of fruitful results that will benefit both parties. We continue to encourage such partnerships that bring the College closer to industry and help reach successful outcomes and solutions”. (QNA)