Sunday 21/09/2008
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Social and Economic Survey Research Institute

Qatar University has signed an agreement with the world-renowned Institute for Social Research.
Qatar University has signed an agreement with the world-renowned Institute for Social Research (ISR) at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, whereby the ISR would provide technical and professional assistance to Qatar University in developing its Social and Economic Survey Research Institute (SESRI).

Qatar University President Dr Sheikha Abdulla Al-Misnad said of the signing: "Qatar University views this venture as an important step in fostering fruitful intellectual cooperation through investigating a wide range of social science and economic issues and in supporting university-wide and society-wide infrastructure for qualitative and quantitative research."

In line with Qatar University's mission to promote the cultural and scientific development of Qatari society while preserving its Arabic characteristics and Islamic cultural heritage, the Social and Economic Survey Research Institute (SESRI) will be a valuable addition to existing research units at the University such as the Gas Processing Center and the Environmental Studies Center. SESRI will conduct rigorous social science research in areas of importance to Qatar society, including labor, commerce, economic dynamics, modernization and cultural values, family structure and dynamics, changes in the social values system, and the influence of the media. In addition, SESRI will conduct comparative studies, which will place Qatari indicators in regional and international contexts.

In collaborating with the ISR at University of Michigan, Qatar University is joining hands with a premier research university known for its wealth of social science research and teaching experience. ISR stands out among the University of Michigan's many interdisciplinary units. It is the longest standing laboratory for research in the social sciences in the United States, housing much of the world's significant archives of social and political data. From the late 1940s to today, the ISR has for more than fifty years collected, stored and analyzed data on the behavior, attitudes, health and wealth of populations around the world. It is also renowned for its respect and support for diversity, with a number of researchers from every continent going to the ISR to teach and conduct research.
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