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QU and QF R&D establish 1st class PhD research program

Qatar University (QU) and Qatar Foundation Research & Development (QF R&D) yesterday signed a cooperative agreement to establish an interdisciplinary PhD program in all fields of research.

The aim of the program is to provide first-class training and education for outstanding graduate students from Qatar and elsewhere in the world. With QU overseeing academic quality and QF R&D facilitating a stimulating research environment through its institutes — Qatar Energy and Environment Institute, Qatar Biomedical Research Institute, and Qatar Computing Research Institute — the program will serve as a platform from which graduates can launch globally-successful research careers in Qatar.

The agreement was signed by QU President Prof Sheikha Abdulla Al-Misnad and QF R&D President Mr Faisal Alsuwaidi, in the presence of QU Vice-President and Chief Academic Officer Dr Mazen Hasna, and QF R&D Executive Director of Education, Training, and Development Dr Wyatt Hume.

Prof Al-Misnad said: “This agreement highlights the spirit of collaboration that will optimally serve students at the most advanced levels of their academic journey. It also serves towards the realization of the values and objectives outlined in Qatar National Vision 2030, the development strategies and the Qatarisation initiatives. We are very pleased to partner with Qatar Foundation Research and Development in this unique program that will contribute in no small measure to the country’s stated ambitions of a knowledge-based economy”.

Mr Alsuwaidi added: “Formalizing this program agreement with our colleagues at Qatar University is a very important milestone in building the much-required human capacity for research in Qatar. We value their expertise highly, and look forward to collaborative engagement with their students and faculty, as we work together to address Qatar’s most pressing needs and research challenges in the area of energy and environment, health, computing and information technology, and social sciences”.

Structured on the Max Planck model, the Program will employ and support students and facilitate their research in collaboration with a QF R&D research institute. Per the terms of the agreement, students enrolled in the program will first be employed as Research Associates by Qatar Foundation in the research development category of employment and will then go on to be enrolled at an academically-accredited partner university. All scientific work will be conducted in collaboration with QF R&D institutes or their affiliated institutions and will conform to their standards of good scientific practice.

Students will complete a PhD dissertation and follow a curriculum that provides additional personal training, outreach, and research skillsets, in addition to other activities relevant to a career in scientific research. On completion of the program in three or no more than four years, students will be awarded a PhD degree by a formally-affiliated and academically-accredited university partner.