Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) and the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) signed a five-year partnership agreement, cementing a commitment to collaborate and fund joint research projects. The partnership aims to advance their initiatives and their strong commitment to a shared vision for both Qatar and Kuwait.

The agreement was signed by Dr Ahmad M Hasnah, president of HBKU, and Dr Samira Omar, director general of KISR. The signing marked the establishment of a joint committee for cooperation, to oversee the implementation of the provisions of the agreement, and to agree on future projects going forward.

Both institutions will coordinate efforts to facilitate an encouraging environment for innovative minds to conduct scientific research. This will materialise through the provision of training, funding, laboratories, as well as other resources. Both entities also pledged faculty supervisors to assist in assessing graduate theses and projects of the other institution.

Dr Hasnah said that HBKU’s strategic vision is built upon a pillar of innovation and development of partnerships to facilitate and encourage a learning ecosystem for scholars, researchers and students.

Our partnership with KISR advances our common objective to address environment, energy and water security challenges, which are critical to Qatar and the region. The agreement also amplifies our intent as a leading academic institution to build on regional partnerships that have an impact locally and globally.’

The agreement also includes a comprehensive arrangement of joint-commitment initiatives that facilitate student research through a variety of supportive measures, including funding, provision of faculty supervisors, and exchange opportunities that seek to yield a successful and fruitful partnership.

Dr Omar stated that KISR’s approach to meeting challenges is distinguished by a culture of openness, a commitment to clients, and an integrated, cross-disciplinary approach. She pointed out that the institute routinely embarks on strategic partnerships with other regional and international institutes, agencies, and academic bodies, allowing an exchange of knowledge and expertise.

KISR is home to over 580 researchers and engineers and over 100 laboratories, housed at nine locations, with growth expected through the implementation of a new strategic plan. KISR conducts scientific research and performs technological consultations, often in partnership with other regional and international institutions, for governmental and industrial clients in Kuwait, the Gulf region, and the rest of the world. Dr Omar added that the agreement with HBKU shows a lot of promise.

The HBKU – KISR agreement is the first agreement between HBKU and the Kuwait institution, and confirms the university’s unwavering commitment to pursue solid, regional partnerships.

Visit the HBKU website for more information about the collaborative agreement.