Posted on April 18, 2017

Qatar Minister of Energy and Industry H.E. Dr Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada yesterday honored the signing ceremony of a research memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Qatar University (QU) and Qatar Electricity and Water Company (QEWC).

The MoU was signed by QU VP for Research and Graduate Studies Prof Mariam Al-Maadeed and QEWC General Manager and Managing Director Mr Fahad Bin Hamad Almohannadi, in the presence of H.E. Dr Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada, QU President Dr Hassan Al Derham, QU VP for Academic Affairs Dr Hassan Alfadala, QU Center for Advanced Materials Director Dr Nasser Abdullah Alnuaimi, QEWC Chief Executive Officer-Ras Abu Fontas Mr Abdul Rahman M Nasrallah, QEWC Business Development Director Mr Abdul Sattar Mohammed R Al-Rasheed, QEWC Finance Manager Mr Jimmy Chung, QEWC Executive Officer - Events and Activities Mr Mohammed Saad Almohannadi, and QEWC Public Relations Coordinator Mr Mohammed El-Tayeb, as well as QU officials, faculty and staff.

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The MoU aims to establish collaboration between QU and QEWC in the field of water treatment and related technologies. In the terms of the MoU, QU and QEWC will collaborate on building a knowledge base for seawater desalination and on developing a membrane based water purification such as Reverse Osmosis (RO). Both institutions will also cooperate on building local capabilities in the field of water treatment and on promoting research and innovation in the drinking water sector and related activities. Other areas of collaboration include the development of training programs and the transfer and implementation of technology for water purification.

Commenting on the MoU, H.E. Dr Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada said: “This MoU has a special importance as it underlines the collaboration between Qatar University and Qatar Electricity and Water Company. Both are national and prestigious institutions that complement each other. Qatar Electricity and Water Company provides electricity and water which are the two essential components of life and social development, while Qatar University is a key partner in the field of education and research in Qatar. This MoU aligns with Qatar University’s research strategy and contributes to building partnership between the University and Qatar Electricity and Water Company in various research areas.”

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Dr Hassan Al Derham said: “This MoU contributes to promoting sustainable development and water security in Qatar and to building national research capacities in the field of energy and water. In this context, Qatar University continues in its efforts to strengthen links with industry in line with the national research priorities. I would like to thank Qatar Electricity and Water Company for its trust in Qatar University and we look forward to the outcomes that will emerge from this collaboration.” Mr Fahad Bin Hamad Almohannadi said: “The development of a membrane based water purification such as Reverse Osmosis (RO) is a new technology used in Qatar and we need partners such as Qatar University to promote research in this field.”

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