Posted on February 21, 2018

Qatar University (QU) President Dr Hassan Al Derham and General Directorate of Traffic (GDT) Director Brigadier Mohammed Saad Al-Kharji yesterday performed the ribbon-cutting ceremony to inaugurate GDT Office at QU.

The event was attended by General Secretary of the National Traffic Safety Committee Brigadier Mohamed Al Malki, QU College of Engineering (CENG) Dean Dr Khalifa Al-Khalifa, CENG Qatar Transportation and Traffic Safety Center (QTTSC) Acting Director Prof Faris Tarlochan, and representatives from the Ministry of Interior (MoI) and the National Traffic Safety Committee, as well as QU officials, faculty and staff.

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The establishment of the new office at QU aims to develop collaboration between QTTSC and GDT on the exchange of information and consultancy on traffic safety. In this regard, QTTSC and GDT will cooperate to develop awareness campaigns and new training programs for drivers, and will run development programs in coordination with international organizations and research centers. Other areas of collaboration include joint research projects in areas of transportation and traffic safety. Following the inauguration ceremony, QTTSC and GDT held a workshop on “The change in drivers bahavior and its effect on traffic safety”. The workshop’s program featured several presentations by experts from QU, GDT and the National Traffic Safety Committee.

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Dr Khalifa Al-Khalifa said: “The inauguration of the new office is part of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) which was signed between QU and GDT last year. The MoU aimed to establish collaboration between both institutions to reduce road traffic crashes and to develop a safe road transportation system in line with the National Road Safety Strategy.” Brigadier Mohammed Saad Al-Kharji said: “I would like to express my gratitude to QU for its progressive efforts to launch the GDT Office, and for providing studies, research and surveys that help find solutions for Qatar’s traffic safety challenges and that add value to our collaboration efforts to overcome these challenges.”