Posted on November 24, 2014

As part of efforts to strengthen academic and research collaboration, Qatar University (QU) and Sidra Medical and Research Center (Sidra) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) yesterday to foster research, develop academic and scientific relationships, and facilitate academic and technical exchange.

The agreement was signed by QU Vice-President for Research Dr Hassan Rashid Al Derham, and member of the Office of Sidra Chief Executive Officer, Executive Vice Chief Medical Officer Dr Abdulla Mohammed Al-Kaabi. The purpose of the MoU is to identify the areas of interest, and articulate a mutual strategic intent for further development and collaboration and facilitate the work of QU’s Laboratory Animal Research Center (LARC) in those areas. Dr Al Derham said: “This initiative between QU and Sidra is a demonstration of the two organizations’ commitment to the realization of the objectives of the Qatar National Vision 2030 as it aims to develop and empower our people to be able to sustain a prosperous society”.

“The agreement will further empower QU’s Laboratory Animal Research Center in its efforts to realize its mission of providing quality animal husbandry and veterinary care to support QU’s leading role in education and research,” he added.

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Dr Al-Kaabi said: “Sidra’s partnership with QU) signifies the growing importance of developing talent, research and knowledge in Qatar. Our partnership can help build a thriving and sustainable future in the field of science and medicine. We hope that through shared areas of interest, such as joint research, training and educational initiatives, exchange programs and student sponsorships; we can create the landscape necessary for the delivery of globally relevant research and ultimately contribute towards advanced healthcare services in the country”. 

LARC Director Dr Hamda Al-Naemi said: “The agreement between QU and Sidra opens opportunities for collaboration between the two parties. It serves as an umbrella to develop scientific relationship between LARC and Sidra in various areas of interest such as establishing joint research projects or programs, and developing training programs for professional staff”. “In addition, it will help in facilitating joint conferences, symposiums and workshops for the mutual benefit of both parties. The agreement is the start of a strong collaboration between LARC and Sidra that will result in considerable scientific and professional rewards for both institutions. It will also open up more opportunities for academics, researchers and students to explore other areas of cooperation,” she added.