Qatar University College of Engineering (QU-CENG) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) and two agreements with Qatar Rail to establish collaboration in the field of research, consultancy and exchange of information.
The MoU and agreements were signed by QU president Dr Hassan al-Derham and Qatar Rail managing director and CEO Abdulla Abdulaziz T al-Subaie in the presence of officials from both institutions.
The MoU aims to establish collaboration between QU and Qatar Rail in the field of information exchange and consultancy, and its terms include collaboration between the two sides in areas of education, research and student training and support.
The first agreement aims to establish collaboration between both institutions on the development of a framework for research to tackle contemporary issues related to railway engineering through academic work. Both institutions will collaborate on providing academic and industrial inputs to support undergraduate and postgraduate students to investigate, plan and assess the different designs of railway tracks for future rail projects.
The work will also include the operation, maintenance and investigation of the behaviour of slab and ballasted tracks and their impact on the environment.
The second agreement aims to provide sponsorship to the Engineering Week that will be held by CENG in April 2018.
Dr al-Derham said, “The MoU and agreements help cement relations and enhance collaboration between QU and Qatar Rail. This partnership will facilitate knowledge and technology transfer with Qatar Rail. It aligns with QU’s commitment to offer consultancy and research services to industry and to drive the sustainable socio-economic development in Qatar.
"It also underlines QU’s ongoing efforts to find solutions to the current challenges in the field of transportation and to widen the scope of cooperation with local institutions in line with the national priorities towards a knowledge-based economy.”
Al-Subaie noted, “At Qatar Rail, we place great value on the contributions of our future generation of homegrown talent. This partnership will act as the driver by which we reap the unparalleled rewards of developing the Qatari youth, building their capabilities and encouraging the students and alumni to join the railways transport sector.
"It is a new sector in the country and we strive to shape highly qualified national competencies through partnering with leading academic institutions such as Qatar University.”
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