QU’s College of Engineering Hosts University Industry Network Session

Doha, Qatar University College of Engineering (QU-CENG) has hosted the “University Industry Network Session”, aimed to highlight the relevant engineering research priorities of the National Priorities Research Program (NPRP) 10th cycle and to identify opportunities for collaboration between academics and stakeholders.

Highlighted topics were ICT, materials and nanotechnology, energy and environment, biomedical engineering, and infrastructure and livable environments.

“This event is part of CENG’s preparation for the (NPRP) 10th cycle, and a testament of QU’s commitment to strengthen collaborations between academia and industry in Qatar. It also aligns with CENG’s ongoing efforts to provide services that fulfill the requirements and needs of the local business and industry. This will contribute to promoting the existing research activities between academia and industry, while advancing further partnerships between both sectors in the field of research, which will benefit the society in Qatar and the region,” CENG Dean Dr. Khalifa Al-Khalifa said.

For his part, QU director of research support, Dr. Aiman Erbad, said the research sector at QU is “building platforms of collaborations between researchers and industry to help QU researchers develop the industrial sector, its services and products. The role of industry is important to guide the research towards finding solutions for today’s challenges.” Dr. Munir Tag, director of Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF), and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Program said: “I am very pleased to attend this university-industry network event, it is timely and needed. QNRF has been funding research over the last ten years where the focus was on building capacity, capability and infrastructure. We are now focusing on research impact on the economy and the society in Qatar. I found the discussion among academia, business and government representatives extremely useful. Such interaction will help in addressing problems and challenges through our research funding programs and lead to more innovation and entrepreneurship opportunities in the country that will contribute to building a knowledge-based economy.” CENG faculty and staff attended the event along with representatives from Qatar Ministry of Municipality and Environment, Qatargas, Dolphin Energy Limited, Qatar Fertilizer Company (QAFCO), Qatar Chemical Company (Qchem), Qatar Petrochemical Company (QAPCO), Public Works Authority (Ashghal), Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) and Qatar Science and Technology Park, in addition to a number of engineering, technology and industrial companies.

Source: Qatar News Agency