|QU, ExxonMobil launch Visiting Professors' initiative|
Focus on engineering, math, and science
Will provide unique learning experience and enhance competencies of QU students
QU and ExxonMobil Qatar announced the latter’s support of the new QU Visiting Professors Initiative during a press conference held on September 19. The aim of the initiative is to host two world-class professors from renowned global universities at QU to teach in various disciplines, with a focus on engineering, math and science.
The visiting professors will provide a unique learning experience which will enhance the technical skills and competencies of QU students.
The joint press conference was attended by QUPresident Prof Sheikha Abdulla Al-Misnad, QU VP and Chief Academic Officer Dr Sheikha Bint Jabor Al-Thani, Senior Vice President of Exxon Mobil Corporation Mr Andrew Swiger, ExxonMobil Qatar Acting President and General Manager Mr Barton Cahir, a number of ExxonMobil representatives and QU faculty.
Commenting on the new initiative, Prof Al-Misnad said: “We are pleased to partner with ExxonMobil in this very strategic initiative which will benefit our students and place them in front of other graduates in our competitive job market. Additionally, it will strengthen their confidence and inspire them to push forward to further academic studies at home and abroad.”
“As part of our commitment to social responsibility and our continued support of the Qatar National Vision 2030, ExxonMobil strongly believes that the human caliber is a key cornerstone to building a prosperous future,” Mr Cahir said. “This new initiative is one way we can develop individuals and ultimately foster the intellectual capacity needed to address society’s future challenges”.
In a short presentation, Dr Al-Thani outlined the selection criteria QU follows when hosting visiting academics. “This initiative establishes a strong foundation for future collaboration with prominent companies in the industrial sector”, she stated.
QU and ExxonMobil Qatar enjoy a long-standing relationship, with the latter actively participating in a variety of QU projects and programs including Life is Engineering, Gasna and the annual Plant Design competition.