Sunday 09/10/2011
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Significant international cooperation agreeements signed
Comoros Islands to benefit from QU expertise
MOUs signed with Qatar Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Poiltecnico di Torino, Italy

QU and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish a wireless telecommunications network in the southern African islands of Comoros. The agreement was signed by QU President Prof Sheikha Abdulla Al-Misnad and H.E. Mohammed Bin Abdulla Bin Mutib Al Rumaihi, Foreign Minister’s Assistant for Follow Up Affairs and Head of the Arab Committee for Development and Investment in the Comoros in the presence of members of QU leadership, College of Engineering (CENG) Dean Dr Mazen Hasna, and CENG faculty.

The project will be executed in coordination with Politecnico di Torino, Italy.

Prof Al-Misnad said: “This is one of the ways in which QU plays a lead role in assisting government initiatives that support international cooperation objectives and principles".

H.E. Al Rumaihi thanked QU and the Politecnico for collaboration on the project that will support development activities in the Comoros. “This initiative represents the good intentions of both institutions to contribute to the country’s services upgrade in order to help the government build Comoros’ status among the other Arab and Islamic countries. The project that is financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be carried out by the two organizations to bring advanced technology to Comoros to enable the authorities and institutions to get better equipped on wireless telecommunications technologies. The Arab Committee for Development and Investment in the Comoros will do make every effort to facilitate the project and bring it to life”.

Following the signing and press conference, Prof Al-Misnad signed a 5-year agreement with Politecnico Rector Prof Franscesco Profumo to further mutual cooperation in education and research.

In the terms of the agreement, QU and Politecnico will develop collaborative activities in staffing and student exchanges to the mutual benefit of both institutions, and with Qatari national students as a priority. It also covers new initiatives that support the strategic development of industry and provide opportunities for cultural and intellectual enrichment for staff and students on each side.

The two institutions will collaborate in the areas of teaching, research and development and consultancy studies as well as the exchange of academic materials and the production of co-authored international publications.

Commenting on the agreement, Prof Sheikha Abdulla Al-Misnad said: "We are pleased to expand our partnership with Politecnico di Torino through this strategic agreement for collaboration in teaching , R&D, and consultancy studies for the benefit of students and faculty at both academic institutions. Over the past two years, we have had a successful cooperative relationship with the institution through a research study conducted with QU Wireless Innovations Center. This 5-year agreement represents the mutual respect for the standard of quality and excellence generated by the two institutions".

Prof Profumo said: “The agreement signed today with Qatar University follows an intense collaboration started several years ago, on education, basic and applied research, technology transfer, and international cooperation”.

Director of Politecnico iXem Labs Prof Daniele Trinchero, said: ”The cooperation project fully reflects the philosophy of our Labs, for which one of the main objectives is to increase networking capabilities and access to the information, all over
the world and in developing countries in particular”.

Staff exchange activities will include reciprocating visits to either institution, engagement of staff for purposes of curriculum development and review, course attendance and upgrading of teaching and research skills, participating in seminars and other academic forums, contributing to teaching programs and training on advanced scientific equipment and methods, co-supervising Bachelors’ and advanced degree students, conducting study tours, joint research funding applications and consultancy work.

Student exchange activities will include visits to either institution course attendance, summer job training; and/or involvement in study tours.

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