Qatar University (QU) and Qatar Fertiliser Company (Qafco) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance cooperation in areas related to energy systems.
The agreement includes building and commissioning a Heat Exchanger Pilot Plant at QU and appointing a Qafco Chair in the Energy Systems at the College of Engineering (CENG).
The Pilot Plant is a stand-alone unit that will be housed at the university's Gas Processing Center and is expected to be operational this month.
The Chair, which is established and funded by Qafco, will develop an applied research program in the area of Energy Systems according to Qafco needs.
The research program will be integrated with the undergraduate student graduation projects and graduate theses as appropriate.
The Chair will also establish a research and consulting program, as well as conduct workshops, technical consultation, and provide engineering education through course development and summer training supervision.
The MoU was signed by QU President Prof Sheikha Abdulla Al Misnad and Qafco CEO Khalifa Abdullah Al Sowaidi.
"This agreement adds to QU's ever-growing research portfolio which demonstrates our commitment to serving the needs of the community by seeking solutions to everyday problems. We are pleased to cooperate with Qafco in this important area and very much appreciate their sponsorship of a Chair position which highlights the confidence they place in our programs, faculty, students, and QU as a whole," Prof Al Misnad said.
"Through this Chair, Qafco aims to strengthen cooperation with QU and support collaboration between industry and academia. Such partnership enhances the process of connecting research with education toward achieving the objectives and priorities for Qatar," Al Sowaidi said.