Posted on January 04, 2017

Qatar University (QU) and King Saud University (KSU) yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen their existing relations and promote research collaboration among institutions in the GCC.

The agreement was signed by QU Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies Prof Mariam Al-Maadeed and KSU Vice President for Graduate Studies and Research Prof Ahmed Salim Al-Aameri in the presence of QU President Dr Hassan Al Derham, as well as officials from both institutions. The agreement aims to build national human capital, and to strengthen links between researchers and develop research networks in the GCC. The terms of the agreement include exchange of students and visiting scholars, and collaboration in the area of hosting visiting delegations. Both institutions will also cooperate in establishing joint research projects and cultural programs, as well as internship opportunities.

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The agreement will contribute to strengthening the GCC-Wide Universities Funding Program which was initiated earlier this year by QU and other universities in the region. The program aims to build bridges and break barriers between institutions in the GCC, create a genuine market for GCC grant challenges, generate more research capabilities and expertise within the GCC, and further enhance regional research networking. Dr Hassan Al Derham highlighted the importance of the collaboration with KSU, which is one of the most prestigious universities in the region, especially in the field of research and community service. He also expressed his hope to establish a joint Research Fund to support the research projects, which are conducted by researchers in the GCC.

Prof Mariam Al-Maadeed said: “This agreement will contribute to build trust and strengthen links between institutions in the region. It will also provide excellent research outcomes and resources to develop the national human capital towards building a knowledge-based economy. “Cross national research projects can only be successfully undertaken when universities join hands and collaborate on such projects. The success of our research outcomes would be deepened when we compare notes and work with colleagues from universities in the region, especially when funding resources are pooled together.”

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Prof Ahmed Salim Al-Aameri said: “Today, it is an honor for King Saud University as a comprehensive research university and the first higher education institution founded in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to sign this substantial agreement, aiming at consolidating the joint collaborative relationship between KSU and QU. This MoU will document the closer partnership between the two countries and promote research and academic collaboration between the two distinguished institutions. The MoU will also facilitate the exchange of researchers and students and provide a platform to ease accessibility to graduate students in the GCC for the purpose of R&D training, capacity building and increase the number of outstanding researchers in the  GCC countries.”

He added: “There is no doubt that universities in the GCC are the "think tank" and the main engine for conducting successful research and achieving sustainable development in the GCC. Therefore, these collaborative programs between the GCC universities will establish a strong research culture among university students, improve capacity building and increase the number of Gulf researchers. It will also integrate society and industry in the work of universities, and will provide stabile research funding in the GCC countries. These collaborative programs constitute a real opportunity and an urgent need to bond the GCC countries to achieve their developmental goals and overcome the obstacles and challenges they face in the transition to a knowledge-based economy.”