Qatar Petroleum (QP) and Qatar University (QU) have signed a framework agreement for research cooperation that focuses on establishing a number of bilateral research programmes in the areas of materials & corrosion, gas processing, and the environment.

The agreement was signed by Saad Sherida Al Kaabi, Qatar Petroleum Managing Director, and Professor Sheikha Abdulla Al Misnad, President of Qatar University. According to Al Kaabi, the QP/QU agreement will secure a strong link between education and applied research. He said:

The objective of the agreement is to connect QU faculty members, researchers and students with QP researchers in defined research projects.’

QP is a state-owned fully integrated National Oil Company established by Emiri Decree No. 10 of 1974. It is responsible for all phases of the oil and gas industry in Qatar. The principal activities of QP, its subsidiaries and joint ventures are upstream activities including, exploration, development, and production of Qatar oil and gas resources and downstream activities including petrochemicals and refining activities.

Professor Al Misnad said:

We are pleased to partner with QP on this initiative that will add value to Qatar’s fast-developing culture of research, a critical area of focus at QU. This agreement will serve to advance our collaboration with organisations in various sectors that place national concerns such as the environment within their research and innovation goals.’

QU is one of the leading institutions of academic and research excellence in the GCC region. It provides high quality undergraduate and graduate programs that prepare competent graduates, primed to shape the future of Qatar. The organisation’s strong relationship with Qatari society is reflected in its community service efforts and in its vibrant research portfolio that addresses relevant local and regional challenges, advances national goals towards a knowledge-based economy, and contributes actively to the needs and aspirations of the society.