Posted on May 09, 2015

The Qatar University’s Research Complex with 14 unique research centres was inaugurated by HE Ahmed Bin Amir Al-Humaidi, Minister of Environment recently, The Peninsula said. The state-of-the-art facility houses the Biomedical Research Center, Center for Advanced Materials, Environmental Studies Center, Gas Processing Center and Laboratory Animal Research Center. 

The development of the multi-million research complex is in line with QU’s growing stature as a leading research institution and its commitment to Qatar’s research priorities as evidenced by the university’s ambitious research road map featuring the priority areas of energy, environment and resource sustainability, social change and identity; population, health and wellness; and information, communication and technologies. The inauguration of the research complex was part of the annual QU Research Forum, and was attended by members of the university community, partners and researchers and included addresses by QU President Prof Sheikha Abdulla Al Misnad, QU VP for Research Dr Hassan Al Derham, and guest speaker Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research Prof Stacey Sorensen of Lund University, Sweden.

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The Research Forum, which featured several strategic topics on the priority areas covering QU research, was also an opportunity to recognize QU staff and students who excelled in their research efforts. Center for Humanities and Social Sciences director Dr Kaltham Ali Al Ghanim received the 2015 Research Excellence Award in Social Sciences and Humanities while associate professor of electrical engineering Dr Atif Iqbal won the Research Excellence Award in Sciences and Engineering. Dr Al Ghanim described the research complex as a major step toward integrating the University into the objectives of Qatar National Vision 2030 and investing in scientific research and human potential. 

Engineers Waleed Shala and Khalid Halabi were recognised for their contribution and efforts towards the planning and design of the research complex. Prof Al Misnad said, “We are focusing efforts on developing infrastructure as well as increasing the number of graduate programmes to achieve our strategic goals and contribute to realizing the objectives of Qatar National Vision 2030. The research complex is one of those efforts.” Prof Sorensen said that today’s global challenges in environment, climate and health required solutions that reached across boundaries. “The meeting of scientists with different mindsets and different approaches to a problem creates a sum of creativity, skills and applications that is greater than the parts.”