Ashghal has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Texas A&M University at Qatar (Tamuq) to offer a number of training and development programmes for both Ashghal employees and university students in Qatar.
Ashghal president and senior engineer Saad bin Ahmed al-Muhannadi was joined by Tamuq dean Dr Cesar O Malave in signing the MoU during a ceremony in the Texas A&M Building in Education City.
According to the MoU, Ashghal will offer training opportunities for students in the fields of construction and management of projects.
On the other hand, Tamuq will provide educational support to Ashghal staff who wish to continue their studies in the university in various fields, through training courses offered by the university to employees.
Ashghal will also sponsor Tamuq’s conference ‘Advances in Materials and Pavement Performance Prediction’ (AM3P) to be held in April next year in Doha in collaboration with a number of Qatari and international entities.
The memo also stipulates that Ashghal’s employees participate in the steering committee of the Consortium of Asphalt Pavement Technologies, with the goal of constructing long-lasting and high-performing roads in Qatar.
While speaking before the signing Saad al-Muhannadi expressed his happiness at the collaboration between Ashghal and Texas A&M at Qatar.
“Within Ashghal’s strategic objectives that relate to training and developing national competencies according to the Qatar National Vision 2030, Ashghal seeks to support Qatari students who attempt to improve their skills and scientific background, in addition to enhancing Ashghal’s staff efficiency, by continuing their educational journey, and widening their knowledge in various fields of specialisations”, he said.
President of Ashghal added “there is a continuous co-operation and co-ordination between Ashghal and various education entities in the country. This agreement represents a strategic co-operation and a good effort to develop Ashghal’s vision in training and development to meet the needs of the Public Works Authority in this field, in addition to the co-operation in research and recycling materials used in Ashghal’s projects, opening the possibility of finding alternatives for projects’ materials to guarantee quality and reduce cost”.
Dr Malave said: “Texas A&M at Qatar and Ashghal have a long history of collaboration and mutual support that has led to this significant milestone that we think will have significant impact on Qatar’s roads and indeed around the world. We are grateful to our friends at Ashghal for their continued support as we work to address road construction challenges and reduce costs for all stakeholders.”
The MoU reflects the desire of both sides to promote and develop awareness of the importance of similar educational initiatives as a platform for the exchange of knowledge, academic learning and professional development between the authority and the branch campus.
Ashghal’s assistant president Abdulla Hamad al-Attiyah, Technical Officer Ahmed al-Ansari and Qatar Society of Engineers chairman Ahmed Jassim al-Jolo were among others present at the ceremony.
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