Posted on January 11, 2018

Qatar University College of Engineering (QU-CENG) recently organized its “Academic-Industry Networking Forum”, aimed to identify opportunities for collaboration between academia and stakeholders.

The event was attended by CENG Dean Dr Khalifa Al-Khalifa, Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) Executive Director Dr Abdul Sattar Al-Taie, QNRF Information and Communication Technology Program Senior Manager Dr Munir Tag, and CENG associate deans for Academic Affairs Prof Abdelmagid Hammuda and for Research and Graduate Studies Prof Abbes Amira, as well as CENG faculty and staff.

The event brought together representatives from many industries and government agencies. They had the opportunity to exchange their ideas and experiences on various research areas related to information and communication technology (ICT), energy and environment, and biomedical and health. In his remarks, Dr Khalifa Al-Khalifa said: “This event is part of CENG’s commitment to cement relations with industrial stakeholders and push forward collaborations and joint initiatives in order to enhance CENG services that respond to industry’s requirements and needs. It will further develop the progressive research efforts between both parties towards more wide partnerships that benefit the community and the country in all related fields.”

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Dr Abdul Sattar Al-Taie said: “I am thoroughly delighted to attend this forum and witness the impressive progress made by Qatar University College of Engineering in the research arena, as well as in its research ranking, which is a source of great pride for QNRF due to the significant support it has provided to the institution over the past 10 years. It is particularly encouraging to see the level of engagement and insight by the attendees of the forum, during the roundtable discussions, on how best to meet Qatar’s national research priorities and the thematic areas of research focus identified by QNRF within its ongoing funding programs. This reflects the commitment and responsiveness of the research community to addressing the nation’s greatest needs.”

Dr Munir Tag said: “I am very pleased to participate in this university-industry network event, which is timely and needed. Over the last ten years, QNRF has been funding research that focused on building capacity, capability and infrastructure. We are now focusing on creating research impact on the economy and the society in Qatar in view of achieving a knowledge-based economy. I found the discussion among academia, business and government representatives extremely useful. Such interactions will help in addressing the problems and challenges through our research funding programs and lead to more innovation and entrepreneurship opportunities that will yield to a sustainable development of the country.”

Prof Abbes Amira said: “We recognize the importance of the university-industry collaboration in facing different challenges resulted in particular from the current economic climate and recent developments in the region. The collaboration between industry and academia has always supported improvement and innovation in the industry and helps to ensure industrial relevance in academic research. In addition, a good industry-academic partnership set up from the start is always a win-win for all sides.”