Posted on October 01, 2014

Qatar University (QU) and Qatar Fuel Additives Company Limited (QAFAC) signed a three-year sponsorship agreement on 29 September 2014 to establish a Professorial Environmental Materials Chair. The Chair will be housed at  QU’s Center for Advanced Materials (CAM).

The agreement was signed by QU President Prof Sheikha Abdulla Al-Misnad and QAFAC Chief Executive Officer Nasser Jeham Al-Kuwari in the presence of CAM Director Dr Mariam Ali Al-Maadeed, as well as several officials from QU and QAFAC. In the terms of the agreement, QU will provide consultation services to QAFAC, as well as training courses for selected QAFAC employees, while QAFAC will fund the Chair position during the three-year term.

Prof Al-Misnad welcomed the audience saying, “We are pleased to sign this agreement which will definitely enhance the research on materials science and technology. By developing a strong platform of mutual cooperation with QAFAC, we demonstrate our commitment to supporting the industrial sector in Qatar. This agreement will be an effective tool to bridge the relationship between academic education and industry. It will serve to attract Qatari students to science and boost their sense of responsibility to contribute to the National Vision and the future of Qatar.”

Qatar University signs Chair agreement 2 [].jpgMr Nasser Al-Kuwari said: “QAFAC is proud to partner with Qatar University on this initiative as we have been cooperating with the university over many years on various subjects. One of QAFAC’s core values is “green thinking” and we are aware of the country’s challenge to reduce the CO2 emissions hence it became obvious to us that sponsoring a professional Chair in the CO2 Environmental studies, emission control and utilization would be the right choice and in perfect alignment with Qatar National Vision 2030.  We believe that sponsoring a professional Chair will benefit both parties and enrich student knowledge on the subject.”

Commenting on the agreement, Dr Al-Maadeed noted: “This agreement will offer knowledgeable support to energy and industrial sectors as well as to learning community in Qatar. It will also serve to strengthen research projects and provide knowledge and experience that meet the needs of industry and society.”